RSPCA treats Dumbledore for a spell
He may not have used a broomstick or the floo network to get there, but a seal found miles from the sea has been named Dumbledore by animal rescue staff.
The adult grey seal was given the name of the legendary Harry Potter wizard and Hogwarts headmaster by staff at RSPCA East Winch in Norfolk, where he is being treated.
He w as taken to the specialist centre after being found more than 20 miles from the mouth of the River Mersey in a farmer's field near Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, on December 22.
Alison Charles, the centre manager, said: "The big lad is now called Dumbledore.
"He is much more settled but needs a lot of vet attention in the coming days.
"He has horrible thick nasal discharge and still looks very sorry for himself, but other than that he is quite lively and quite large so we need to handle him very carefully with our expert team of adult seal handlers."
Rather than using apparition or one of the many magical means of travel open to his namesake in JK Rowling's books and the Harry Potter films may have done, it is believed this Dumbledore swam up the river and diverted off up a brook.
Eventually he was cornered by the RSPCA and spent a night under the charity's care at its centre in Stapeley Grange, in Nantwich, Cheshire. He was then taken to the specialist centre in Norfolk.