The Hogwarts Express is shown steaming across the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland in several films. (Reuters: Russell Cheyne)
“I would like to remind everyone that we are mere Muggles.”
That’s the message from a British police officer who is warning Harry Potter fans not to put themselves in danger by walking along an active railway line to see a landmark from the fantasy films.
British Transport Police (BTP) say there has been an increase in the number of people walking down train tracks to the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands.
The Hogwarts Express is shown steaming across the viaduct in several Harry Potter films.
“Much as we love Harry Potter, I would like to remind everyone that we are mere Muggles, and if you trespass on the railway and are struck by a train, the consequences could be extremely serious and probably fatal,” Sergeant Kevin Lawrence said.
A flying Ford Anglia tries to beat the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Despite repeated warnings and the loss of life by trespassers on the railway, BTP said there had been a 16 per cent rise in the number of trespass offensives in the last 12 months.
BTP said if visitors wander onto the railway track, there is nothing to protect them from being injured or killed by a passing train.
“Tourists from all over the world travel on the Jacobite steam train during the summer months to visit the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct,” Sgt Lawrence said.
“When they are caught up in the excitement of their trip, people may not realise that what they are doing is trespassing on the railway, risking the lives of themselves and other people who could be travelling on trains passing through.”
Sgt Lawrence said fencing and signing in the area had been improved to encourage tourists to photograph the landmark from safe vantage points.
In issuing a warning, the BTP reminded people that “we are mere Muggles”. (Warner Bros: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)