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Boudicca totally wiggled her way into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Who is Boudicca?
Oh, she’s this historical figure turned folklore superhero. Back when the Romans and the Celts (specifically the Iceni tribe) were pretending to get along and then fighting to the death when it suited them, Boudicca’s husband, Iceni chieftain, died. He left the kingdom to her and her daughters. They were supposed to share with the Romans.
Not a great move on dear husband’s part.
The Romans basically snorted at husband’s will, took the Iceni land, beat the crap out of Boudicca, and raped her daughters.
But Boudicca didn’t give in to the Romans.
As soon as their backs were turned, she grabbed some neighborly Trinovantes and led a revolt with her people. They demolished what we know as Colchester, handed a Roman legion their asses, and burned London and St. Albans.
A woman scorned, people. It’s a serious thing.
So anyway, someone along the line decided to add to Boudicca’s history. (It was probably the Victorians. They were into that sort of thing. They loved ridiculously fantastical history that made them look better.) King’s Cross in London used to be a tiny little village called Battle Bridge. Someone told someone else, who told another few someone elses, that it was the site of a big ole battle between Boudicca and the Romans. Another little fibber who could spin a fine yarn told people Boudicca was actually buried between platforms nine and ten at King’s Cross station.
Ah! You recognize it!
To catch the train to Hogwarts, Harry Potter runs straight into the wall between platforms, you guessed it, nine and ten. It leads to the magical platform 9 3/4 where Boudicca is supposedly buried!
Although J.K. Rowling supposedly confused the look of Euston station with King’s Cross, I don’t think she chose the location on accident. Nothing in her books is an accident. Everything means something. That’s one of the reasons the books rock.
So now you know. Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen, killed bad Romans, ransacked towns, inspired uptight Victorians, and helped Harry Potter rise to become the greatest wizard of all time. Not too shabby.