The Ford Anglia from the award-winning film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be arriving in San Marcos to raise funds for the local community.
The car will be displayed outside of the Starplex Movie Theater on Wonder World Drive July 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. An anonymous couple from Kyle is temporarily donating the car to the San Marcos High School Rattler Band to help them earn money for a trip during the next school year. The band will donate half of the proceeds to the CTMC Hospice Care, a non-profit agency serving terminally ill patients.
The film was released in 2002 and was nominated for almost 30 international awards. The car donors are from California and worked in the film industry. According to Lisa Adams from Maji Productions, one of them worked with the car in the movie.
“When the filming was finished, the vehicle went up for sale and he jumped on it and bought it,” Adams said. “They’ve had it since then, and every year one of the studios uses the vehicle. The car actually has an agent. When they moved here, they brought the vehicle with them.”
The decision to donate the car to the Rattler Band was an easy one for the donors.
“They are both very musically inclined, and so they randomly chose the high school band,” she said.
The car will be towed to the movie theater and will be parked outside for interested patrons to wait in line. Participants will be able to sit inside the Anglia and have their picture taken for $5 by a Rattlers band member. There will be a printer on site for the 4x6 pictures to be quickly distributed.
Gloria Sandoval, second vice president for the Rattler band boosters, said the band members who are participating have volunteered to help raise funds for their trip.
“During next year’s Spring Break, we are going to Disney World in Florida, and the band will be performing,” she said.
Sandoval said the money that will be donated to the hospice center will go toward a program called Faces of Hospice.
“It’s a program to show the community being on hospice is not just about dying,” she said. “It’s about living a full life up until the last days.”
Adams said the proceeds will go to two important causes.
“Some of these children who are in this band, it costs money for the trips, so they are trying to raise money for the students who can’t afford to go,” she said. “The other half will go to hospice, and they care for patients who have less than six months to live. We offer dreams to the patients before they pass away.”