Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family in Scotland

Train made an unscheduled stop at the request of police

The Hogwarts Express, the train that shuttles Harry Potter to wizard school in the movie series, crosses a viaduct in this image made available by West Coast Railways, Friday march 23, 2007. A gang of teenage vandals has wrecked the train - famed for departing from imaginary platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross station in the fantasy series - at it's depot at Carnforth, England, which had more than 230 of its windows smashed in the incident. A spokeswoman said hammers were used to break the toughened glass and several were found at the scene.(AP Photo/West Coast Railways, ho)
The Hogwarts Express, the train that shuttles Harry Potter to wizard school in the movie series, crosses a viaduct in this image made available by West Coast Railways, Friday march 23, 2007. A gang of teenage vandals has wrecked the train - famed for departing from imaginary platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross station in the fantasy series - at it's depot at Carnforth, England, which had more than 230 of its windows smashed in the incident. A spokeswoman said hammers were used to break the toughened glass and several were found at the scene.(AP Photo/West Coast Railways, ho)

LONDON (AP) — As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland.

The train that took Harry Potter to school was played onscreen by the Jacobite steam train in the Scottish Highlands.

On Friday, it made an unscheduled stop to pick up a family of six who were stranded when their canoe was washed away in a storm.

Father of the family Jon Cluett says he called police to see if any form of rescue was available.

Cluett said “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 said Sunday that his kids, aged 6 to 12, were “really excited” by the adventure.