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Prepare to freak the ‘eff out Potterheads! Here’s how you can ride THE REAL Hogwarts Express IRL

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Still waiting for your Hogwarts letter? Fret not, you can experience the magic of the REAL Hogwarts Express without one. Sure, Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall may not approve of this sneaky behaviour but your secret’s safe with us.

Say hello to The Jacobite.

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We know, we know, we’re pretty gutted that the train isn’t ACTUALLY called the Hogwarts Express but it’s real and, more importantly, it’s open to the public.

From April to October, you can jump onboard The Jacobite in Fort William, Scotland. The 84 mile trip costs just £30 and you’ll be treated to some of Britain’s most beautiful sights including Glenfinnan viaduct – the iconic bridge we see in the Harry Potter films.

Plenty of keen Potterheads have taken the trip and shared the journey on Instagram. Just take a look at some of these snaps…

brb going to Hogwarts #scotland #thejacobite #hogwartsexpress

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Hogwarts Express #scotland #thejacobite #steamtrains #Harryporter #highland

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Took Roe to Hogwarts at the weekend 😄

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The journey ends at Mallaig, which is the perfect place to stop off for some lunch. Who know, you may even be able to hunt down a Butterbeer or two? For more information about the journey, visit West Coast Railways’ website.

Would you like to travel on The Jacobite… sorry we mean the Hogwarts Express? Have you already experienced it’s magic? Tell us your story in the comments below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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