Harry Potter star Emma Watson has made a joke about her car being towed by police while she was at the theatre with a hilarious tweet.
Poking fun at her misfortune at her Audi being impounded, the actress said: ‘Still searching for parking in Stratford upon Avon,’ on Twitter/X on Thursday alongside a laughing face emoji.
‘Merchant of Venice [very] good if you can still get tickets,’ she added.
The tongue-in-cheek tweet suggests that Watson was watching The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Swan Theatre while her car ‘trapped’ other vehicles in a car park for nearly four hours, as the Mail revealed.
‘The car had parked in front of our gate which is a no-parking zone,’ the owner of Red Hot Mammas pizzeria told MailOnline.
Harry Potter actress Emma Watson’s vehicle was impounded in Stratford-upon-Avon
The Harry Potter star felt it was okay to make a joke about her car being towed away
Watson is said to have pleaded with police not to take her car away during the incident
Eyewitnesses told how Watson came ‘flying out’ of the nearby Rose and Crown pub where she had been drinking soft drinks – lemonade plus lime and soda
Her parking oversight led to a furious pizza restaurant manager’s own vehicle being trapped inside the gated compound for three-and-a-half hours
‘Three and a half hours of searching for the driver was the last thing I needed after working a 12-hour shift.’
In photographs published online, Watson was seen speaking to an officer and a tow truck driver as she attempted to free her car on Tuesday evening.
According to eyewitnesses, Watson was handed some paperwork before her car was eventually hauled away.
Initially it was thought the £30,000 Audi A3 was ‘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.
But today’s tweet suggests she and her mother were rushing to get to the theatre in time for the performance of The Merchant of Venice, which ends its run tomorrow (SAT).
Her 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.
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.
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
Watson appeared with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in all eight Harry Potter movies
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.
Her tweet was received warmly by her fans, though X-user Tony Harnett added some practical advice: ‘Try the leisure centre short walk to the theatre – Oh! Break a leg’, adding two heart emojis.