Firearms officers swarmed on a hotel in Leicestershire at the weekend after a report of a man carrying a large knife – which turned out to be a Harry Potter wand.
The mixup happened when police were called to a large hotel in Enderby near Leicester after receiving a call about a person inside carrying a knife near the lifts.
A number of officers attended the scene only to discover the offending weapon was in fact a wand being carried by a Harry Potter fan.
In an update on the local police Facebook page on Sunday, an officer said: “I attended a large hotel in Enderby this morning with a number of firearms officers, following a report of a male inside near the lifts carrying ‘a large knife’.
“Following enquiries we quickly established that it was a Harry Potter fan with a wand. Thankfully no harm was caused to any resident and there was no sign of ‘Voldermort’ [sic].”
The incident prompted amusement and a swathe of Harry Potter puns in response.
“Are you being sirius?” read one comment under the post, while another said: “Expecto Patrol-man!”
A garden centre down the road from Enderby, which is just south-west of Leicester city centre, is offering customers a Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea, although it is unclear whether the fan had been in the area to visit that when the incident took place.