The Hogwarts Express was summoned by police from London, King’s Crossing Platform 9 ¾, to rescue a stranded family in Scotland.

The magical train that shuttled Harry Potter and his wizarding peers to and from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was played onscreen by the Jacobite steam train. The steam engine locomotive runs on a remote and scenic route throughout the Scottish Highlands.

On Friday, the locomotive made an unexpected stop to lend help to a family of six that had become stranded after a stormed washed away their canoe.

Jon Cluett, his wife, and their four children, ranging in age from 6 through 12, were staying in a lakeside hut on Loch Eilt when they awoke to find their canoe had been washed away.

To avoid the arduous task of having to trek through several miles of boggy landscape to the family car, Cluett phoned police to see if they could lend any assistance.

“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. Your kids are going to love it,'” Cluett told sources on Sunday.

Cluett said all of his children are avid fans of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series and were “really excited” by the enchanted adventure.

“They know the Harry Potter films and they know that are filmed in the Highlands,” he said. “But they hadn’t put all of that together in their heads until they saw the train.”

Cluett, a pastor in Stirling, central Scotland, has faith that his canoe will be found and returned to his family by a Good Samaritan.

“It’s got to turn up at some point. The thing is 16-foot-long, red and floats,” he remarked.