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Always wondered what would have happened to the flying car. i thought it might reappear in some of the other parts but it never did.--Morsmordree 08:21, October 1, 2009 (UTC)

A very good question. While the car never again features in the novels after 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', it is briefly mentioned in a later book (from memory, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban') and is said to be "currently running wild in the Forbidden Forest" where it disappeared into after saving Harry and Ron from Aragog's lair in their second year. If I had read this question prior to the release of the 'Deathly Hallows', I would have said that the flying Ford Anglia could re-appear in the last book of the series. As we know, there is no mention of it throughout book seven. One theory might suggest that possibly, the car had joined in on an off-screen fight during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998. That could be wrong, but to me, the final battle was a lot like a reunion of past characters that had not been seen for a while. Everyone from the acromantula and centaurs in the Forbidden Forest to Grawp and the Hogwarts House-Elves made re-appearances in this battle as a way of, I believe to be, saying goodbye to the readers before the final curtain call. So who's to say that the car didn't make an unmentioned appearance; possibly running over a Death Eater (that idea just warms my heart).--Yin&Yang 12:46, October 1, 2009 (UTC)

LOL. that is exactly what I would have expected. You stole the thoughts from my mind. Great thinking. I would have expected it to help the three characters whenever they entered the forest or on their run in chapter 7. but hey i got no regrets the thought of a flying invisible car gives me goosebumps!!--Morsmordree 03:22, October 4, 2009 (UTC)

Ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah, I agree. It kind of gives you that feeling of being watched, doesn't it? Especially since it's a Ford Anglia from pre-1992! Urgh!--Yin&Yang 07:19, October 4, 2009 (UTC)

Would've been awesome if it was mentioned in the epilogue, like Harry warning his kids. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by LilyG (talkcontribs).

JK Rowling has actually said she wanted to include the Flying Ford Angelina in the Battle of Hogwarts but couldn't find a place to mention it fighting that worked well with the chapter. I agree with her though as the battle was from Harry's perspective which was inside Hogwarts and unless she just put a brief mention of the car driving wildly as Harry, Ron and Hermione crept to the Shrieking Shack I just think it was better that the car was omitted. Patr0nus ( Expecto Patronum! ) 13:11, October 4, 2009 (UTC)

Well there you are! Looks like J.K. Rowling did mean to include the car in the 'Battle of Hogwarts' after all. I agree with Patronus though, unless the car was in Harry's sight the effect of its inclusion into the chapter would have detracted from the seriousness of the scene. Then again, Rowling could have added it in during the scene after Harry, seemingly dead, is carried to the castle by Hagrid. Maybe having it charge its way over the lawns alongside the herd of angered centaurs towards the Death Eaters would have been a good moment for the Ford Anglia to reappear. Or better yet, have it attack from the air alongside Buckbeak. Maybe the filmakers can include the car in the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' film.--Yin&Yang 08:19, October 5, 2009 (UTC)

I hope they don't. They don't need to change the book, its perfect the way it is. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by LilyG (talkcontribs).

I totally agree that the books are completely perfect, but we haven't seen a Harry Potter film that faithful to the books since Chris Colombus stopped directing them. Besides, I wasn't serious about my suggestion for the Battle of Hogwarts scenes in the last Harry Potter film - I was only kidding.--Yin&Yang 08:22, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

But that's the whole point of splitting it into 2 movies, so they don't skip anything, and they don't need to change it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by LilyG (talkcontribs).

I think you might be over-estimating the filmakers' abilities slightly. The truth is that even splitting the book into three films wouldn't be enough to cover every minute detail. I can pretty much guarantee you that there will be quite a few changes to the plot in the film adaptation. Don't forget that it's not really a director's aim to try and compress a 600 and something paged book into a two hour film, it is their job to create an adaptation of the novel. Directing a movie involves hundreds of techniques and camera angles and lighting and sound effects and so much more! In fact, one of the reasons that J.K. Rowling loved the third film so much was because of the then director, Alfonso Cuaron, adding his own touches to set a very specific and dark mood. Yes he left out a lot of the book's information, but still did a terrific job. It is virtually impossible for a film to be perfectly lifted out of the pages and onto a screen.--Yin&Yang 06:11, October 9, 2009 (UTC)