"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."
-- Molly Weasley (CS3)
The Flying Ford Anglia is a turquoise automobile 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 (CS3).
Some months later, Harry and Ron found themselves under attack by a huge number of acromantulas in the Forest. The Ford Anglia turned up in the nick of time, honking its horn and allowing Harry and Ron to scramble on board. The Anglia then drove them to safety, then headed back into the forest CS15). It is still there, trundling about the forest like a wild animal.
- 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)