If you’ve been following social media this last week, you would have noticed the #followthespiders campaign by Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Fans of the hugely popular Harry Potter have been speculating what this could mean and today we get to confirm their speculations. The Forbidden Forest is coming to Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter from the 31st of March 2017! For someone who has already been to the studio twice – I could not be more excited!
While The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, visitors are going to be allowed to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders just like Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Philosopher’s Stone and venture deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest. Let’s hope visitors don’t stumble upon Voldemort while they’re there.
While Voldemort may not be lurking in the bushes, we can expect to see a lot of the other fantastic creations which call The Forbiddent Forest their home. Visitors can expect to see Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others amazing creatures.
Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor spent a lot of his time in The Forbidden Forest and we can expect to see one of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes and the forest filled with 19 gigantic trees. Visitors will be able to walk beneath the giant entwined roots on their journey and be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers.
Hiding deep in the forest, you’ll find a full size model of Buckbeak and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. Don’t be like Draco though when you meet Buckbeak for the first time… you’ll want to keep that arm.
Unlike Hagrid, we think we’ll be more like Ron when it comes to venturing deeper into the depths of the forest and coming face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before visitors along with spiderlings from his family. Created by Nick Dudman, Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer, with help from Production Designer Stuart Craig, Aragog had a leg span of over 18 feet and was even able to crawl out of a hole and deliver dialogue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
We wish we didn’t have to wait until the official opening on Friday 31st March to witness this the new, must-see expansion that has been designed and built by many of the crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, BAFTA winning Creature and Makeup Effects Designer Nick Dudman and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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The Forbidden Forest will open on Friday 31st March and entrance will be included in the ticket price.