SIOUX CITY – Well, there you go, my boy. Platform nine – platform ten. Your rig should be somewhere in the middle, but they don’t seem to have built it yet, do they? “
Platform 9 3/4 is a popular Harry Potter reference that is recognizable by those who have read the books or seen the movies, and even those who haven’t.
Now that’s the name of the front oval promenade of Bishop Heelan High School.
For the first time, Bishop Heelan auctioned off the opportunity to name the “Oval Walk” outside the high school. The winner could choose anything, like a last name or business name, but the winner of the H auction – who wants to remain anonymous – wanted to do something more interesting.
H said the family wanted to set a different precedent for the family name. They wanted to have something fun and quirky, with a literary or lyrical reference.
All the children in the family read the Harry Potter books and the whole family has seen the movies.
In the story, a crowd of child wizards enters a metal barrier between Platforms Nine and Ten every year on September 1.
Platform Nine and Three Quarters is where the Hogwarts Express is located and where parents drop off their kids for the next wizarding school term.
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H said that was the perfect name for a drop-off point in high school.
Although all seven books in the series were released between 1997 and 2007, they remained popular reading for middle and high school students.
Ashley Locke is an English teacher at Bishop Heelan and is a fan of the series. When the movies came out, she saw them with her little brother, who had to explain what was going on. Once the couple were halfway through the movie, she decided to start reading the books.
During the COIVD-19 pandemic, Locke said she missed seeing children, so she started a book club for high school students in the community, and they read all seven books, ending with a party. themed in his garden.
The class is currently reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and Locke talks about Harry Potter and connects the two books.
H and Locke both said the show is a coming-of-age story with lessons in friendship, strength, and self-confidence.