"Imagine a wizard buying a rusty old car and telling his wife all he wanted to do with it was take it apart to see how it worked, while really he was enchanting it to make it fly."
Mr. Weasley blinked.
"Well, dear, I think you'll find that he would be quite within the law to do that, even if--er--he maybe would have done better to, um, tell his wife the truth.... There's a loophole in the law, you'll find.... As long as he wasn't intending to fly the car, the fact that the car could fly wouldn't--"
This turquoise automobile was bought by Arthur Weasley for the purposes of taking it apart in his shed to see how it worked - at least, that's the story he told Molly. In fact, in the process of dismantling and reassembling the car, he also bewitched it to be able to fly and installed an Invisibility Booster. He also magically expanded the inner spaces so that an enormous amount of luggage could fit in the boot and an amazing number of people could sit comfortably in its wide seats. Fred and George flew the car a number of times, once all the way to Surrey to rescue Harry from the Dursleys. Shortly thereafter Harry and Ron flew the car all the way to Hogwarts. The car barely made it that far only to crash land in the Whomping Willow, which damaged it quite severely. The car ejected Harry, Ron, and their luggage, then fled into the forbidden forest. It is still there, trundling about the forest like a wild animal (CS3, CS15).
- The license plate number on the Anglia on the cover of the British edition is HOW777. According to artist Cliff Wright, this number was provided by J.K. Rowling herself (HPLatino).
- The license plate number on the Anglia in the films is 7990TD (CS/f)
- See Harris, Seán