You can now ride Harry Potter’s ‘real life’ Hogwarts Express

GROWING up reading Harry Potter meant we all anxiously waited for our letter from Hogwarts to arrive (via owl), and were crushed to find out we weren’t witches and wizards.

But for any diehard fans out there, you can at least ride the real Hogwarts Express.

The gateway to the magical wizarding world, from Kings Cross, has become immortalised with a trolley going into the wall at Platform 9 ¾.

But while the platform doesn’t actually exist the train does – but you can’t catch it from London.

The locomotive used in the films is called the Jacobite, and it runs two trips a day in western Scotland from April until October.

The train dates back to the Victorian times and recently celebrated its 125th birthday, and while it may be old it’s certainly still gold, as it was voted the best steam train railway journey in Britain.

If you fancy a ride on the iconic steam train, you need to head to Fort William for the six-hour trip.

The train covers 84 miles to Mallaig, and on the way you’ll get to see some impressive sights, with the route promising “a list of impressive extremes.”

The route starts near Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before heading to Britain’s most westerly main rail station, Arisaig, before taking in Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain.

Then you’ll pass the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, before finally going past Loch Nevis, the deepest loch in all of Europe.

And you can explore the breathtaking landscapes, as the route stops off at picturesque villages along the way.

If you fancy sitting in the same cabin as Harry, Ron and Hermione, a one-way ticket costs £31.75, with a return coming in at £37.75, or you could treat yourself to first class for £59.95.

Sadly, you won’t be able to buy any chocolate frogs or pumpkin pasties from the trolley on board.