Harry Potter Train Platform Marriage Proposal Nearly Thwarted

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A Texas man flew his girlfriend all the way to goddamn England to propose marriage at a specific train station that appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Only he arrived and discovered that the goddamn trains weren't running, and so he had to improvise. (His backup plan involved taking the bus.)


That's according to local outlet ThisIsLondon.co.uk (h/t the Daily Mail). Samuel Goetsch lured Stephanie Dodd all the way to the U.K., supposedly for a visit with his father but really so he could pop the question at the Surbiton station in suburban London. Not an especially picturesque spot from the looks of Google, but apparently it's the setting for a pivotal moment in the Harry Potter movies. ("The scene in the movie is all about new beginnings," his father explained.) Point to you, Samuel. But then, upon arriving across the pond, Goetsch discovered that the trains weren't running that weekend, we apologize for any inconvenience, tough shit, old chap.

So he had to convince Stephanie, the love of his life, to get on the damn bus:

"Stephanie had no idea so my son had to do some quick thinking working up a reason to get her to the station.

"He had to pretend he had some business in Surbiton and convince her to go with him."

Once they finally made it to Surbiton, Goetsch proposed, she said yes and all was well. Good luck, you crazy kids, and never depend on public transportation if you can help it.

Image via AP.


Isn't that the scene where he's flirting with the hot waitress who looks about ten years older than him? And then Dumbledore makes a joke about it? Way to make sure every time she looks at the ring, she's reminded of one of the stupidest invented-for-the-film scenes in the whole series.

Also, I grew up near Surbiton, so I can say it: it isn't the nicest of places, and the station is hideous. With all the gorgeous settings in the Potter films (Alnwick Castle? Oxford University? King's Cross, even, if you want to go with a station?) why you'd go for fucking Surbiton is BEYOND me.