Stranded Family Rescued by the ‘Hogwarts Express’

Category: Human Interest


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. stranded / ˈstræn dɪd / (adj) – stuck in a place with no way out

    They were stranded in their cabin due to the flood.

  2. retrieve / rɪˈtriv / (v) – to recover or bring something back

    We were able to retrieve these books from the demolished building.

  3. viaduct / ˈvaɪ əˌdʌkt / (n) – a bridge usually made for railroads that sits over valleys

    The train we rode crossed a very long viaduct.

  4. hail / heɪl / (v) – to proclaim with approval

    The government hailed our city as the best tourist spot in the country.

  5. scenic / ˈsi nɪk, ˈsɛn ɪk / (adj) – having beautiful scenery

    Our room had a very scenic view so I took a lot of pictures.


Read the text below.

A stranded family was saved by the train used in the Harry Potter film series.

The Cluett family woke up one morning from their stay in the Scottish Highlands to find that the canoe they rode to get there had gone missing. Unfortunately, the canoe drifted away due to the swollen river.

Without their canoe, the family’s only option was to hike three miles to get back to their car. However, the hike was deemed too dangerous for the children.

The family decided to call the police for help. The police immediately responded and arranged for a train to stop at the nearest station where the family was stranded. To the family’s surprise, the train sent to rescue them was the Jacobite, which was used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.

Jon Cluett said that his kids were very excited to ride the train and considers it a fun adventure for all of them. The family was dropped off at the next stop. From there, Jon was able to retrieve the family’s car.

The Jacobite gained popularity when it appeared in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express, a fictional train that carries young witches and wizards to school.

The train’s actual route runs from Glasgow to Mallaig [MAL-leig]. It also crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct, which can be recognized from its appearance in the Harry Potter films.

The travel magazine Wanderlust also hailed the Jacobite’s route as the most scenic rail journey in the United Kingdom, particularly the area between Fort William and Mallaig. The route features a mountainous scenery with several lakes.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• If you were part of the Cluett family, how would you feel about riding the ‘Hogwarts Express?’
• Given the chance, what vehicle that was used in a movie would you like to ride?

Discussion B

• What preventive measures can be done to avoid being stranded during a trip?
• If you saw someone stranded, how would you help them?