Original article from Kent Live
A thief has been jailed for 22 months for stealing a replica of the Weasleys’ Ford Anglia car from the Harry Potter films.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “The pale blue Ford Anglia, which had been a replica of the Weasleys’ car from the Harry Potter films, was stolen from a Walmer garage by 37-year-old Richard Matthews in October 2019.
“However, a media appeal and investigation using CCTV stills led to his identification and subsequent arrest.”
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PC Katie Clarke said: “Like all burglars, Matthews showed little respect for other people’s property, taking what didn’t belong to him, for his own selfish reasons.
“Since his arrest, Matthews has not been willing to say where the car is, which is so disappointing for the victim, who put a lot of time into restoring and customising the vehicle.
“I would hope Matthews develops a sense of decency regarding the loss and considers the impact of his actions.”
Owner Steven Wickenden had lovingly restored the vintage car before it was taken.
He even added some of the magical touches associated with the series – including putting a replica Hedwig in the cage in the back seat.
The car features prominently in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as it's used by Harry and Ron to fly to school when they miss the Hogwarts Express.
In the series, as well as being able to fly it also has the ability to turn invisible.
The car has acquired quite a reputation in wizarding circles.
The 1965 105E model is used for hire at a variety of Harry Potter themed events including weddings, birthday parties and fundraisers.
It has also been used for TV and movie filming and has had even had the original stars of the film in it.
Both Julie Walters and Rupert Grint have taken the wheel of the beloved car while working at Harry Potter conventions.
The vintage car is one of the last of its kind and dates back to the 1960s.
A defining characteristic of the car is it's backward, with a slanted rear window.