IT was like a scene out of Harry Potter when a tawny owl made its way down this Scarborough family’s chimney.
But sadly it was up to mother to provide fake Hogwarts letters for wizarding fans Jacob, nine, and Lottie, seven.
Nicola Walker, 37, found the owl sat behind glass in the fireplace on Tuesday night.
She said: “I was at home getting ready for bed and came downstairs and went into the living and looked at the fireplace and I thought I was seeing things as there was an owl behind the glass.
“It was just sitting there like an exhibit in a museum or something you would see in a taxidermist.”
On the advice of Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary, Mrs Walker freed the bird and attempted to cover it with a blanket in order to take it to them in a box.
She said the arrival of the owl had made her question if they were off to Hogwarts - the wizardry school made famous by the Harry Potter series.
Mrs Walker said: “My children absolutely love Harry Potter so I found some letters on the internet like the one they send out in the books and printed off one for each of them.”
Alex Farmer, who runs Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary, said the owl was suffering from shock.
It will be kept at the sanctuary for a couple of days before being released close by, as owls can be “quite territorial”.