UPDATED: #FollowTheSpiders… to a Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Expansion!

For the past week, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Pottermore have been teasing on social media – and elsewhere – that we should all do exactly what Ron Weasley wishes he had never done and #FollowTheSpiders. Social media accounts have been overrun by small spiders, who are, of course, followed by the hauntingly gigantic form of Aragog.

Today, at the Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando, the tour revealed that soon, visitors will able to actually follow into the spiders’ domain: The tour is expanding to include the Forbidden Forest!

The expansion will open on March 31, 2017, the tour’s fifth anniversary.



The new expansion will feature one of Hagrid’s costumes, a new full-size Buckbeak model, and of course, Aragog emerging from his hidden lair. Visitors will wind between the roots 19 trees, each over 12 feet in diameter, as they make their way through the Forest. Visitors will also be able to control the weather in this part of the exhibit, the way filmmakers did!

We will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available from the Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando. Make sure to follow our MuggleNet Live twitter for up -o-the-minute updates as well!



Keep up to date on everything related to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London here , and let us know in the comments if you’ll be following the spiders to this expansion!

UPDATE 2/1/17 

The Studio Tour website has been updated with more information about the expansion, including information on how to book tickets. You can book here. Entrance to the new expansion is included in the ticket price, which is open from March 31, 2017. Book now before it’s too late!

Press Release - Studio Tour Expansion

On 31st March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil an exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest. 

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. 

Amongst the imposing trees, visitors will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, which is new to the tour, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature.  They will see up close the incredible detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the magnificent Hippogriff. Each feather had to be individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team who were busy adding feathers right up until the final moment Buckbeak was needed on set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 

As visitors venture deeper into the depths of the forest, they will come 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. 

Officially opening on Friday 31st March, the new, must-see expansion 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. 

Sarah Roots, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Tours commented: “We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour, 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.” 

Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eightHarry Potter films, added: “Over the course of the eight films, the Forbidden Forest has played a key role and I think it’s an exciting addition to the Studio Tour. The Forbidden Forest is full of mysterious, fascinating and sometimes threatening forces. It represents the great unknown compared to the comfort and safety ofHogwarts and theGryffindor Common Room which makes it so interesting and important to the development of the story.” 

The Forbidden Forest will open on Friday 31stMarch and entrance will be included in the ticket price.

Alison Siggard

Alison is a Gryffinpuff and probably what Hermione Granger would be like in real life, from bossiness to reliance on books to bushy brown hair. She is a teacher, writer, traveler, and a lover of all kinds of stories and storytelling. She is MuggleNet's staff coordinator and a host on Alohomora!

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