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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - They Passed Which Tower?
In a scene set on 1 September 1992, when Harry and Ron arrive at Hogwarts in their stolen flying Ford Anglia, and are being punished for their various offences in doing this, one such mentioned is that they were spotted by Muggles in various places -- including flying past the "Post Office Tower".
There are least two things wrong with the above:
1) In 1984 the former GPO (which handled all British communications) was split into two; mails and their infrastructure were handed to Royal Mail, while electronic communications and their infrastructure went to British Telecom. The correct name for the above building has thus (since 1984) been the "BT Tower".
2) and even worse, Harry and Ron were navigating to Hogsmeade by following the Hogwarts Express. All railway tracks (real and fictional) from King's Cross run northwards. So how on earth could they have passed anywhere near the BT Tower, which is about a mile east and half a mile south of King's Cross?
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korax1214 on 08-02-2011
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Map showing relative positions of VT Tower and of Kings'Cross Station
Map showing relative positions of VT Tower and of Kings'Cross Station
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korax1214 writes:
Oops -- the BT Tower is of course west of King's Cross, not east. This of course doesn't invalidate this goof.
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korax1214 writes:
One ironic fact about this passage was that until 19 February 1993 (17 years after it opened to the public, five months after the above scene took place, and five years before the book was published) the BT Tower was officially secret! It is a dirty great tower (over 600 feet tall) right in the middle of Britain's largest and busiest city, was the tallest inhabited building in the UK when it opened, was open to the public for the first five years, and appears in countless photographs and TV shows -- and yet was supposed to be "secret"? How silly can one get? ;-)
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