The fictional universe of Harry Potter offers a wide variety of diverse, fantastical locations that some could only dream of traveling to. But with the construction of several Harry Potter theme parks over the past few years, those dreams have gradually started to become a reality, as fans have been able to walk through real-life replicas of the film's many locations.
And now, the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London is bringing another famous Hogwarts location into real life.
Warner Brothers announced at Harry Potter Celebration 2017 that the exhibit will feature a new expansion modeled after The Forbidden Forest. You can watch the official announcement in the video below.
In an official press release, the company went into further detail about the Forbidden Forest park, and some of what fans can expect when they visit it.
The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but for the first time this March, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore's orders and follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest. Home to an abundance of creatures, the Forbidden Forest offers shelter and protection to Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others. It is also well known to beloved half-giant Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor. One of Rubeus Hagrid's original costumes will be on display, lantern in hand, to welcome visitors through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet, visitors will walk beneath the giant entwined roots on their journey and will even be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers.
The park will include a full-scale model of Hagrid's hippogriff, Buckbeak. Visitors will also be able to meet Aragog, the Acromantula, who Harry's group repeatedly runs into over the course of the series. The park is being designed by many of the crew members from the Harry Potter film franchise, ensuring that similar techniques to bring these creatures to life in the films are used with the park.
"We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour." explains Sarah Roots, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Tours. "Especially on the fifth anniversary of our grand opening. It's great to be working with so many of the original filmmakers who know so much about the wizarding world. There will be an opportunity to take control of the weather and discover the techniques used to create a realistic forest within a film. We can't wait to let visitors step into this mysterious set and discover all this amazing detail for themselves."
If you're planning a trip to London to visit the park, the Forbidden Forest expansion is set to open in the Harry Potter Studio Tour on March 31st of this year. In the meantime, you can keep up with any park updates through the hashtag #FollowTheSpiders.