Can the Magic of Tree Experts Save the Famous “Harry Potter” Tree?
Reports in the latest woodland wizardry news have uncovered that a cedar of Lebanon tree, which had a prominent role in the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is at serious risk of collapsing. Thus, tree experts have been called to cast Reparo on the tree that holds significant meaning for Potter fans.
Mainly known to be the location where James Potter and Sirius Black bullied Severus Snape in front of various onlookers, the 55 ft. tree, standing at Blenheim Palace, has a gigantic hole in its trunk which could see the tree collapse any day now!
If the tree does topple over, it may interest fans to know that they can still see other original filming locations in England and Scotland on the 2017 Fantastical Tour! In any case, emergency surgery is vital to prevent the symbolic tree from falling over.
Further reporting on this matter unfolds from Blenheim Palace’s head of estates, Roy Cox, who emphasized the importance of the tree for the Palace and naturally, for Potter fans. Despite the uncertainty of how long the tree will endure, Mr. Cox agreed that such magnificent trees should be taken care of in the best manner.
Our forestry team [is] working with specialist heritage tree experts to stabilize the tree, give it the best chance for the future and importantly, keep it open for our visitors.
However, Mr. Cox accepted that the tree could still fall down despite the work carried out by the tree experts.
If we were to do nothing the tree could fall down tomorrow. It may still do that, but at least we have done everything we can, and if it does fail it will be controlled.
We engaged national experts in heritage tree conservation to secure the tree back to others nearby and reduce the weight of the upper crown.
In our hopes that the cedar of Lebanon remains proudly where it stands, we cannot forget the sad tale of the Hertfordshire-based ancient yew tree, seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, collapsing for good after its inevitable split. Similarly, the Lebanese cedar tree continues to grow older and frailer.
The large hole [that] is its defining feature is also its weakness, and like any of us, it is getting old.
Just as Headmaster Albus Dumbledore wisely tells Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we all have our weaknesses while “time is making fools of us again.” How do you feel about the rocky future of the much-adored Potter tree?