The Knight Bus is a triple-decker, purple bus that assists stranded individuals of the wizarding community through public transportation. It operates at a very fast speed and obstacles will jump out of its way. To hail the bus, a witch or wizard must stick their wand hand in the air in the same manner that a Muggle might do to hail a taxi. The Knight Bus' conductor is Stan Shunpike, who greets passengers and handles baggage. It is driven by Ernie Prang.
Inside, during the night, the Knight Bus has beds, curtained windows, candles burning in brackets beside each bed, and fourteen Sickles buys a cup of hot chocolate, while fifteen gets a hot water bottle and a toothbrush in any colour. During the day, there are just seats that are apparently not bolted down. The bus does not seem to have much in the way of safety features, as passengers and luggage alike are being thrown around the inside of the bus during its haphazard manoeuvres.
Known passengersEditIn 1993, Harry Potter stumbled across the Knight Bus after leaving 4 Privet Drive following the inadvertent inflation of his Aunt Marge, and in 1996 the Knight Bus was seen again when Harry, Ron, and Hermione travelled back to Hogwarts from 12 Grimmauld Place after the winter holiday.
EtymologyEditThe Knight Bus is possibly named after London's Night Bus, which operates a reduced service in the early morning hours when the London Underground is closed. Another possibility is the Night Bus service in Edinburgh, which also runs during the early hours of the morning.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Since Apparition would be a faster and more practical way of transportation, the Knight Bus may be used for those who cannot use Apparition or Portkeys, and therefore need the bus, and may even be accessible to Squibs.
- In the film version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a talking Shrunken Head with a Caribbean accent was hung from the rear-view mirror.
- In the book, items appear to jump away to avoid collision. In the film, the bus just swerves around or squeezes past (or through) obstacles, and in terms of the latter, the driver is shown throwing a switch that causes the bus to contract.
- In the book, Harry identifies himself to Shunpike as "Neville Longbottom." In the film, he does not give a name.
- One notable feature of the film adaptation of the Knight Bus is the large chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
- Two buses were made for the film: one for the exterior shots and one for the interior shots.
- At the opening of the Harry Potter Theme-park at night, some of the actors arrived in the Knight Bus.
- In Harry Lego Potter Years 1-4, the Knight Bus squeezes in between two London Buses brick by brick.
- In a International trailer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry says to Stan Shunpike while riding the Knight Bus: "Isn't this a bit dangerous?" to which Stan replies: "No. We haven't had an accident in about a week." These lines were cut from the final version of the movie.