Jon and Helen Cluett were enjoying a lakeside vacay on Loch Elit with their four young kids, when they woke to find their canoe had been swept out to sea by a storm. They called the police for help, and were happily surprised when the Hogwarts Express was sent to come rescue them.
“The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train,” Cluett told the Associated Press. “Your kids are going to love it.”
And so the train that took Harry Potter to school in the movies (which is actually known as the Jacobite steam train in real life) veered off its route through the Scottish Highlands in order to make a pit stop and pick up the family of Muggles. Needless to say, the four kids—all Harry Potter fans—were beyond excited.
“They know the Harry Potter films and they know that are filmed in the Highlands,” Cluett explained. “But they hadn’t put all of that together in their heads until they saw the train.”
Coolest. Rescue. Ever! And while the family’s canoe is still apparently at large, Cluett remains nonplussed.
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“It’s got to turn up at some point,” he said. “The thing is 16-foot-long, red and floats.”
Wonder if anyone’s checked Platform Nine and Three Quarters…?
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