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Charity creates magic for Harry Potter fans

It was an early start on Saturday morning as I set off from my home in Leeds to Grimsby train station on a very special trip to the home of Harry Potter.

Platform nine and three quarter at Grimsby train station Credit: Calendar

The day-out had been organised by the charity When You Wish Upon a Star which aims to grant wishes to children with life threatening or terminal illnesses. They are well known for their trips to Lapland each Christmas.

Dozens of families were invited to board the sister train to the Orient Express – The Northern Belle. Its final destination would be Alnwick Castle which was used as Hogwarts in several of the Harry Potter films.

Children getting into character on the Northern Belle Credit: Calendar

"All of the children are very, very deserving. They suffer from terminal or a life-threatening illness, so we like to do things where we can create a bit of magic and do something a bit different."

– Joanne Heywood - When You Wish Upon a Star
Cameraman Simon White with Harry Potter Credit: Calendar

Once we arrived, the children were introduced to the characters – among them Dumbledore, Hagrid and of course Harry Potter.

Alnwick Castle used in the Harry Potter films Credit: Calendar
Hagrid on board The Northern Belle Credit: Calendar

Each of them were given special lessons in how to fly a broomstick – essential for travelling around Hogwarts. We were all then invited to make a magic wand before a tour of the castle.

Families at Alnwick Castle Credit: Calendar
Alnwick Castle Credit: Calendar

The charity is continuing to raise money and is planning the trip to visit Father Christmas in Lapland later this year.

The Northern Belle train Credit: Calendar