Muggles, Can You Help? Harry Potter Is Looking for Directions in Penn Station!

In a new Improv Everywhere skit, a kid actor dressed as Harry Potter searches for platform 9 and 3/4 and amuses and confuses everyone in sight.

Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will recall that when muggle Harry headed for Hogwarts, he needed to catch the train at platform 9 and 3/4. Perplexed, he spent quite a bit of time looking around, and then (like magic, duh!), the train appeared. 

The hilarious Improv Everywhere troupe recently brought that scene to life in their new "mission" (part of their "Movies in Real Life" series), with 11-year-old actor Sebastian Thomas dressed as our favorite boy wizard, British accent and all. Pushing his cart, complete with a stuffed owl in a cage, Harry is searching for the platform all over New York City's Penn Station to the delight of commuters and confusion of employees.

"Hogwarts? I cannot answer that question," one New Jersey Transit ticket-booth employee tells Harry. (Love you, Jersey, but pretty sure Hogwarts isn't there.)

"Run really hard at that pillar," a woman says pointing, "and you'll get there." Good advice.

One of our favorite parts? When he asks an Auntie Anne's pretzel shop employee, "Are pretzels good for owls?" and then wonders if they take wizard currency. Poor kid also gets harassed by a conductor for blocking the platform with his luggage.

With no new Harry Potter movie to look forward to, we muggles will take a little magic where we can get it. Watch with a mug of butterbeer and enjoy:


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