Harry Potter Train Rescues Stranded Family

After losing their canoe, the Cluetts were picked up by the Hogwarts Express
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2017 1:45 PM CDT
Harry Potter Train Rescues Stranded Family
   (Jon Cluett)

For one family who found themselves stranded in the Scottish Highlands recently, life became like something out of a movie -- a Harry Potter movie. Jon and Helen Cluett and their four young children were staying in a small cottage in the remote boggy region of Lochabar when they woke up one morning to find their canoe had been washed away in the swollen river, the Telegraph reports. Though the family had canoed to the spot for their vacation, they faced a three-mile walk over difficult terrain with young children to get back to their car. "In the end I decided the only option was to phone the police and mountain rescue, ask if they have any local knowledge that could help us out," Mr. Cluett says.

Authorities made arrangements for the next train on the local line to make an unscheduled stop near the cottage. What the Cluetts didn't realize is that the train they were sending was the same one made famous in the Harry Potter movies. The Jacobite train is used for trips through the region, and was known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies, the BBC reports. "The kids, when they saw the steam train coming, all sadness left their little faces and was replaced by excitement and fun," Cluett says, "just the real joy of having an adventure and having the train stop right next to them." The Jacobite dropped the family off at the next stop, where Cluett was able to catch a ride to his car and then retrieve his family. (Read more Harry Potter stories.)

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