Harry Potter star Emma Watson may have wished she had stuck with the Hogwarts Express after a night out ended with her car being impounded by police.
The celebrated actress landed herself in hot water after she left her £30,000 Audi A3 ‘illegally’ parked while she enjoyed an evening in a pub across the road.
Watson, 33, had apparently failed to spot a ‘no parking’ sign and didn’t realise she had left the vehicle outside a car park entrance in the historic town centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.
To make matters worse the oversight led to a furious pizza restaurant manager’s own vehicle being trapped inside the gated compound for three-and-a-half hours.
The frustrated manager – who had finished a 12-hour shift at the Red Hot Mamma pizzeria – trawled local restaurants in a failed bid to locate the owner before calling in police who summoned a tow truck to remove the offending car.
Harry Potter actress Emma Watson’s vehicle is impounded in Stratford-upon-Avon
Eyewitnesses told how Watson came ‘flying out’ of the nearby Rose and Crown pub
It was only when the blue Audi was being hauled onto a low loader that Watson was alerted to the real-life drama close to the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Eyewitnesses told how she came ‘flying out’ of the nearby Rose and Crown pub when she realised what was going on before pleading with police not to take her car away.
Photographs obtained by MailOnline show the actress – who was wearing a black French beret and a long dark coat – at the scene with a police officer standing by and the tow-truck driver dressed in high-visibility overalls.
But it appears that no amount of wizardry was going to prevent her car being towed off to the compound as her appeals to be allowed to take back possession of the car fell on deaf ears.
Watson was faced with having to pay a fine of £192 to free her car and a further ‘retention’ charge of £26 for every day that the vehicle remains at the police pound.
Watson had apparently failed to spot a ‘no parking’ sign in Stratford-upon-Avon
Watson left the vehicle outside a car park entrance in the town centre
Watson is said to have pleaded with police not to take her car away during the incident
The angry pizza boss, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘I was trapped in the car park for three and a half hours because a blue car had blocked the exit.
‘Three and a half hours of searching for the driver was the last thing I needed after working a 12-hour shift.
‘The car had parked in front of our gate which is a no-parking zone. I went into every single restaurant in the area asking if anyone owned the car.
‘No one admitted that it was their car so I was forced to call the police so they would move the car and I could get out.
‘But when the police started to tow her car away, she came flying out of the pub shouting, “That’s my car, that’s my car!”.
Emma Watson is pictured opening the door of her Audi car in North London in January 2015
Emma Watson is pictured with her car in St John’s Wood, North London, in December last year
An onlooker told MailOnline: ‘It must have been about 11pm when I saw Emma Watson outside in the street.
‘Police had impounded her Audi A3 and it had been loaded onto a recovery truck. She was out pleading with them not to take her car away.
‘But they weren’t listening and it was towed away. Apparently she had parked in front of some gates and blocked this guy in for hours.
‘A man had come into the pub earlier to say that a blue Audi A3 had blocked the entrance to a car park. The police came first and then they called a recovery vehicle and towed it away.’
Watson has been contacted to comment.
Watson appeared with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in all eight Harry Potter movies
Warwickshire Police confirmed that a report had been logged and a blue Audi was ‘taken away and impounded’.
It comes just weeks after Watson, who is said to be worth £67million, appeared to have had a mishap in the same vehicle after she was spotted driving the Audi which had noticeable damage to its front wing and had been patched together with duct tape.
Watson became one of Hollywood’s best paid actresses after appearing in all eight Harry Potter movies.
But she took the decision to step away from the spotlight and take a break from her career following the release of her most recent film Little Women in 2019.
In that time, she has directed a Prada fragrance commercial and has also been studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Oxford University.