News Harry Potter Hitches in a Royal Enfield

Harry Potter Hitches in a Royal Enfield


UK Motorcycle News

One of the “stars” of the latest, much-anticipated Harry Potter blockbuster due to be released nationwide next week hails from the north Cotswolds.

The pale blue Royal Enfield motorcyle and Watsonian sidecar which features in the seventh Harry Potter movie- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 -have been supplied by Blockley-based company Watsonian Squire which happens to be the Royal Enfield UK Distributor.

In one scene the vehicle is seen ridden at breakneck speed across London by Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane, while Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, grimly clings on for dear life.

Ben Matthews, director and co-owner of Watsonian Squire, which is based at Northwick Park Business Centre, said all the firm’s 20 workers were excited about the new movie.

Ben said: “We were contacted by the company that sources vehicles for films.”

Originally the film makers only wanted sidecars but when they saw the Royal Enfield motorcycles they ended up buying seven complete motorbike and sidecar “outfits”.

“One ended up in a lake, one was made lighter for a flying scene and one was modified for a stunt,” said Ben, whose team has had to keep quiet about the movie tie-in for the past 18 months.

“It all very exciting, ” said Ben, whose sidecars are expected to be used at the London premiere today. “We have been helping get them roadworthy,” he added.

Ben, who lives in Evesham, admitted that he has never read the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies, though he said his son, Troy, aged 12, is an avid fan.

A version of the “Harry Potter” motorbike and sidecar will feature at the upcoming Carole Nash Motorcycle Live exhibition at Birmingham NEC where Royal Enfield and Watsonian Squire are participating.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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