Celebrate Hogwarts Day by Harry Potter Fans

For Harry Potter fans, September 1st marks a very special occasion: the first day of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, alsoknown as “Hogwarts Day.” The first step in getting to the elite academy of magic, however, is boarding the crimson steam train, the Hogwarts Express, which departs from London’s King’s Cross Station at Platform 9 3/4, taking students directly to Hogsmeade Station. You can only board if you’re a witch or wizard, and you can melt through a solid brick wall that’s been “magicked” as a portal. That means Muggles can’t make the trip, but they still posed as if they were going to on Thursday morning in London.

To celebrate this year’s Hogwarts Day, the train station also got in on the action, posting an unusual departure on the schedule.

Author J.K. Rowling herself also gave a shout-out to the day, although there was a bit of confusion over whether or not this year would be the first year of school for Harry Potter’s son Albus Severus Potter… or not. “If you’re at King’s Cross, the Potter, Granger-Weasley and Malfoy families are there too. Albus Severus starts school today. #19YearsLater,” she wrote in anow-deleted tweet; in the Harry Potter universe, the epic Battle of Hogwarts occurred in 1998.

Acoustic Cover Performed by Justin

In a 2015 interview with France’s Clique TV, Justin Bieber revealed that his top five rappers are Tupac, Mase, Nas, Biggie and Eminem. And during his Thursday appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, he turned to one of those favorites for inspiration, breaking out an acoustic cover of Pac’s “Thugz Mansion.”

Biebs performed the stripped-down version of the hip-hop classic with the help of a single guitar player, much to the surprise of the show’s host. “Something I thought I’d never say on national radio — Justin Bieber covering Tupac’s ‘Thugz Mansion’ in the Live Lounge,” she said.

The session’s only hiccup occurred when the Purpose artist sang “Cold Water” — his recent collaboration with Major Lazer — and seemed to forget a few of the song’s lyrics. “I don’t usually get nervous but tonight I was thrown off and I was. Sorry about that. Really wanted to be my best. Hope u all had fun,” he tweeted afterward.