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Flying Ford Anglia
Flying Ford Anglia
Object information
Manufacturer

Ford Motor Company (later enchanted by Arthur Weasley)

Usage

To travel in.

Owners

Arthur Weasley

Arthur: "But the things our lot has taking to enchanting, you wouldn't believe..."
Molly: "LIKE CARS, FOR INSTANCE?"
Arthur: "C-Cars, Molly dear?"
Molly: "Yes, Arthur, cars. Imagine a wizard buying a rusty old car and telling his wife all he wanted to do with it was take it apart to see how it worked, while really he was enchanting it to make it fly."
— Exchange between Arthur and Molly Weasley[src]

The Flying Ford Anglia was a light blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe that was modified by Arthur Weasley to be able to fly, as well as become invisible, via the use of a specially installed device called an Invisibility Booster. It was also modified so that it could fit eight people, six trunks, two owls, and a rat comfortably. It also either doesn't run on petrol, or it can never run out of petrol, as it was still running after being in the Forbidden Forest on its own for several months.

Usage

Flight between Little Whinging and the Burrow

"Your sons flew that enchanted car of yours to Surrey and back last night."
—Molly Weasley[src]

The Flying Ford Anglia was used in the summer of 1992 by Fred, George, and Ron Weasley to rescue Harry Potter, who was locked up in his room at the Dursleys' and had been unable to receive any mail from the Wizarding community as a result of Dobby's attempts to protect him. When they arrived at 4 Privet Drive, the Weasley boys pulled the car up to Harry's window, alerting him to their presence, after which they proceeded to pull off the bars on Harry's window and help him retrieve his things. As they were returning to The Burrow, Harry was worried that his friends would get in trouble for using the car due to the Reasonable Restriction for Underage Magic, but as they did not place the spell upon the car and were "only borrowing it, "it "[didn't] count." Upon their Return to the Burrow, Mrs. Weasley was furious with her sons for taking the car but placed no blame on Harry. The next morning, at breakfast, Mrs Weasley told Mr. Weasley what the boys had done, and, startled, he began to ask how it went before hastily switching to a reprimand at a look from his wife. He tried to excuse the car by referring to a loophole in the law regarding ownership of charmed objects, but Molly noted that he was the one who had written that law.

Last Flight

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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the Flying Ford Anglia looking for the Hogwarts Express.

At the start of their second year, Harry and Ron used the enchanted car to get to Hogwarts when the entrance to Platform 9¾ was sealed by Dobby, in another attempt to protect Harry by preventing his return to school. Ron was worried that his parents might not be able to get back through, so they used the car to fly to Hogwarts. Just as they arrived on school grounds, the car began to break down and they ended up crashing into the Whomping Willow. Professor Snape informed them that their journey was "seen by no less than seven Muggles" and that if it had been up to him he would have had them on the train back to London the very same night. The car, after having unloaded everything and everyone in it, drove off into the Forbidden Forest, where it later saved Harry, Ron, and Hagrid's dog, Fang, from Aragog's family. Considering it did all of this on its own, the enchantment placed on the car apparently gave it some level of sentience. Arthur was fined 50 Galleons for bewitching the car illegally.

Behind the scenes

Car

The Flying Ford Anglia.

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Ford Anglia replica at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, near the entrance to Dragon Challenge.

  • J. K. Rowling said in 1999 that it was supposed to reappear in a future book,[1] but eventually discarded the idea.
  • In a deleted scene from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron says that the Forbidden Forest has turned the car wild. He made a similar statement in the book.
  • The vehicle used in the film was stolen from South West Film Studios in Cornwall, in 2005.[2]
  • Also, in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the car's registration plate is 7990 TD. However, on the cover of one edition of the book, the plate can be seen to start with "H". On other publicity material the registration was shown as HOW 777. In Pottermore, however, the Ford Anglia's license plate number is COS 207. This last one may be a reference to the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, as the car rescues Harry and Ron on page 207 in the UK edition.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Harry used a flying light-blue scooter to travel alongside while Ron flew the car.
  • A car of same colour and model appeared in the background of the motorcycle chase scene in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This makes it an anachronism, as the movie is set in 1957 and the Anglia 105E was released two years later.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter sells a battery operated toy version of the car.
  • Before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows there had been strong rumours that it would return in it, however, these proved false.
  • Despite being referred to as a "1959" model, the Anglia 105E was not launched until October of that year and would be considered a 1960 model under most standards, except the UK where it would be known as a 1959 Model. Details on the Weasleys' car peg it as 1963 or earlier.
  • The car was Rupert Grint's favourite prop from the series.[3]
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, in the level "Fiendfyre Frenzy", the car is upside-down on the first part when you are escaping from the flames, and you have to lift it up and use it as a bridge. It is presumably destroyed along with the other artefacts in the Room of Hidden Things.[4]
  • When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in 2010, most of the invited actors arrived in the Knight Bus, but Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe arrived in the flying Ford Anglia.

Appearances

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Notes and references

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