Flying Ford Anglia Voted Second-Best Car Scene in Cinema
We can all agree that the flying Ford Anglia is the unsung hero of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After all, it did save Harry and Ron from Aragog’s children and made sure they made it to Hogwarts when they missed the train. That’s why it’s no surprise that film fans voted the flying Ford Anglia scene the second-greatest car scene in all of cinema.
Jardine Motors Group surveyed 2,000 movie buffs for their favorite scenes, with the Ford Anglia taking second to the car chase from The Italian Job (1969), followed by the “Greased Lightnin'” scene from Grease (1978). The list contained 20 scenes in total, including moments from Baby Driver (2017) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
To make the scene happen, special effects supervisor John Richardson gutted an actual 1962 Ford to make it lighter and fitted it onto a rotating crane with a special joint called a gimbal head. The filmmakers then attached it to a specially adapted pickup truck that made it possible to move and rotate the car to create the flying effect we see in the films. Sixteen different cars were used throughout the filming process, all with different purposes.
Congratulations to the flying Ford Anglia for finally receiving the recognition it deserves. Hopefully, this means that the true hero of Harry Potter will be getting more awards in the future!