Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience Is Coming to the Washington, DC Area This Fall

Ready yourself to follow the spiders, because Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is making its way to Washington, DC this fall. Thanks to its incredibly successful run in the United Kingdom, fans in the United States will now have the opportunity to rediscover the Forbidden Forest for themselves at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.

The magical light trail will be welcoming fans starting in October, which means this year, Potterheads can celebrate Halloween in true wizarding world style. Following a magical outdoor trail, fans can expect to revisit some of the most iconic events that took place in the Forbidden Forest, not to mention that there will be various magical creatures lurking about. You can likely expect to see a centaur or two, as well as some of the fantastic beasts Newt Scamander carries in his magical case.

At the end of the trail, you’ll be welcomed to a themed village (let’s pretend it’s Hogsmeade) where you can enjoy some food and drink after your adventures. Merchandise will also be available for purchase so you can take something home to remember the event by. If you’re already shrieking with delight, invite your friends and grab your tickets when they become available on July 28.

If you’re in the UK and visited the Forbidden Forest Experience at Arley Hall, Cheshire, last year, you’ll be thrilled to hear that there’s a really good chance the event might return to Cheshire on an annual basis.

After concerns were raised about the impact the attraction could have on roads and the general local area, operators Ravenswood Experiences took the case to Cheshire East Council. They’re requesting a temporary change in the use of the land for the next five years so the Forbidden Forest Experience can continue to be hosted at Arley Hall. Should their request be approved, the event will return to Cheshire every year between October and January.

We’re thrilled that more fans will have the opportunity to enjoy this magical experience, and hopefully, the event will come to even more cities in the future.

Press Release

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience to make its US debut this [f]all

Follow the forest light trail and discover illuminated moments from the Wizarding World! 

WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2022-- Following a massively successful UK run, Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in partnership with Thinkwell, Unify and Fever, have announced that Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience will make its US debut this year, beginning in Washington, DC’s metropolitan area. The breathtaking light trail will be open from October 2022 for Harry Potter fans of all ages to enjoy on the estate of Morven Park in Leesburg, VA. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Thursday, July 28, but fans who sign up for the waitlist will unlock exclusive access to secure tickets.

Inspired by the iconic Forbidden Forest and featuring creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, mesmerizing lights will transform the landscape into a magical outdoor trail. Visitors will discover some of their most favorite moments from the Forbidden Forest, encounter mystical creatures such as [h]ippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, and Nifflers, and practice casting their very own spells.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is for the whole family and promises a wonderful time for fans of all ages, giving them the opportunity to experience the magic of the wizarding world in a whole new way. Visitors will also find a themed village at the end of the trail where they can enjoy delicious food and drink, as well as a gift shop with merchandise from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies. An unforgettable evening lies ahead!

The outdoor experience was created by Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in partnership with leading entertainment discovery platform Fever, award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators, Thinkwell, and their partners Unify.

Ticket prices start from $20 for children and $35 for adults and will be available on Fever’s marketplace here. You can read more about the experience and sign up for the ticket waitlist at www.hpforbiddenforestexperience.com.


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Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.