OWLS who put in starring roles in the Harry Potter films cast a spell on residents at a care home.

The birds of prey turned heads at Crabwall Hall nursing home, Parkgate Road, Mollington on Thursday (July 29).

The Avery Healthcare-owned Hall, a 43-bed care home, was treated to a falconry display by James McKay who runs the Honeybank Falconry, Hawk and Owl centre in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. His organisation supplied the owls for the Harry Potter movies.

Home manager Hilary Price said: “They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“He’d had them since they were eggs and brought some younger owls as well.

“They were all very impressed with that and his knowledge.

“It was nice to get up so close to the birds of prey you don't get to see often.

“They'd all love to do it again.”

Through his agreement with Warner Brothers he is not allowed to identify which owls were in the movies but he demonstrated tricks with the owls he had with him.

Mr McKay brought dead chicks along to tempt the owls to fly – on a single day, the African Milky Eagle Owl eats around 20.

Ms Price added: “They were asking lots of questions. The Milky Eagle Owl, the big guy was a bit scary. he was a big. big guy. It's not an everyday occurrence you get so close to them.

“The barn owl, Gilbert, was hopping between them from frame to frame. He was lovely.”