우연히 책상 위에 놓여 있는 해리포터를 발견하고, 내가 좋아하는 장면 중 하나를 찾아 읽기 시작했다. 다름 아닌 해리가 호그와트 마법학교를 가기 위해 킹스 크로스 역에서 9와 3/4 플랫폼을 찾아 벽을 뚫고 지나가는 장면. 마치 하얀 토끼를 따라 동굴로 들어간 앨리스나, 옷장에 들어갔다가 눈 내린 나니아를 발견한 루시를 보는 기분이랄까?
어쩌면 내가 매일 오가는 사무실 벽 뒷편에도 내가 알지 못하는 공간이 숨어 있을지도 모르겠다.
'Not to worry,' she said. 'All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don't stop and don't scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best do it at a bit of a run if you're nervous." p.99
He (Harry) pushed his trolley round and started at the barrier. It looked very solid..(중략)..the barrier was coming nearer and nearer - he wouldn't be able to stop - the trolley was out of contro; - he was a foot away - he closed his eyes ready for the crash. p.99
It didn't come... he kept on running... he opened his eyes.
A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a pltform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, 11 o'clock. Harry looked behind him saw a wrought-iron archway where the ticket box had been, with the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it. He had done it. p.100