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"The forest hides many secrets."
Ronan on the nature of the Forbidden Forest[src]

The Forbidden Forest,[1] also known as the Dark Forest,[12][13][14] was a forest that bordered the edges of the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1]

As the forest's name suggests, it was strictly off limits to students — except in the case of detention,[1] or Care of Magical Creatures lessons that occasionally took place there.[10] Of course, with the various dangerous creatures living in the Forest, few students would even want to venture into it.


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Inside the densely packed Forbidden Forest

Described by Professor Silvanus Kettleburn as "massive",[15] the forest was thick with trees, such as beech,[16] oak,[1][2][17] pine,[3] sycamore,[2] and yew,[10] as well as undergrowth such as knotgrass and thorns,[3] but there were paths, brooks, and clearings throughout the forest as well. Off the path, the way was almost impassable, although people had moved through it and creatures as large as Acromantulas and a Ford Anglia had managed to get around.[2] There were areas around the edges of the forest that were part of the Hogwarts grounds, but which were out of sight of the castle. Hagrid set up a paddock for Hippogriffs in an area like this[7] and the dragons which had been brought in for the first task were confined here.[18]

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The dark landscape and dense trees within the Forbidden Forest

It was not entirely contained within the boundaries of the school itself, however, as Bartemius Crouch Senior was able to enter the grounds by foot by way of the Forbidden Forest from somewhere outside of it.[19] Patricia Rakepick, who had lured one of the students at the school and attacked them and their friends, was also able to flee the scene of the crime by Disapparating following the murder of Rowan Khanna,[20] showing that if one went deep enough into the forest, one would eventually end up outside the school grounds and the boundaries of the spells protecting it.[21]

It was hard to navigate the Forest at night, as there were tree roots and stumps that were barely visible in near blackness. Also, clothes were known to snag on low-slung branches and brambles. The forest was home to a wide and strange assortment of creatures. Anything wild and dangerous that needed a place to live was put there. The hut of gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid was located at the edge of the Forbidden Forest.[22] Black flowers were also known to grow in the forest, along with Bubotubers.[23]


Early history[]

Dating back to somewhere between the First millennium A.D.[24] and the 19th century,[25] according to the Wizarding Examinations Authority's Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test, the Forbidden Forest may have started out as a small wood tended by a herd of centaurs.[26] Over the centuries since the school's inception, more than a few students had disappeared in the forest.[27]

As a sizable portion of the forest fell within the boundaries of the Hogwarts grounds, the groundskeeper at the school would sometimes have to attend to matters in the Forbidden Forest as part of their job. Over the centuries since the school's inception, more than a few students had disappeared in the forest.[27] Throughout his teaching career, former Care of Magical Creatures Professor Silvanus Kettleburn spent quite a bit of time exploring the Dark Forest, which may have accounted for some of his injuries.[15]

The Cursed Vaults[]

Professor Kettleburn: "It used to be much easier to enter the Forbidden Forest before this year's sleepwalking epidemic. Now, the faculty is keeping watch on the perimeter."
Jacob's sibling: "You don't think it's possible to sneak in?"
Professor Kettleburn: "Anything is possible at Hogwarts, [Jacob's sibling]. I've always regretted telling Patricia Rakepick the best way to enter the forest undetected is by broom."
Professor Kettleburn to Jacob's sibling[src]

At some point during her magical education, Patricia Rakepick asked Professor Kettleburn about the easiest way to enter the forest undetected in order to study the magical creatures dwelling there in the hopes of learning enough about them to become a Magizoologist, which he against his better judgement explained to her. Upon learning how to enter the woods undetected, she allegedly spent as much time in there as she did in the school herself, though Professor Kettleburn later came to suspect she had ulterior motives to enter the forest.[28]

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Forest Vault

At some point during the mid- to late 1970s or quite possibly the dawn of the 1980s, a sleepwalking curse was unleashed when someone unwisely disturbed the Forest Vault, one of the five fabled Cursed Vaults of Hogwarts. This caused a number of students to sleepwalk into the forest, where some were gravely injured and even killed by the creatures living in there. Around this time, a student by the name of Jacob entered the forest hoping to break this curse, soliciting the aid of the Centaur Torvus.

In order to open the vault so he could break the curse, the pupil's research indicated that a specific jewel encrusted arrowhead was required. The arrow being a precious heirloom, the Centaur refused to hand it over to a human, prompting Jacob to use magic to steal it from their camp. He was expelled from Hogwarts before it could be returned where it belonged.[29]

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Torvus speaking with Charlie Weasley and Jacob's sibling

At the start of the 1987–1988 school year, someone once again tampered with the Forest Vault,[27] prompting Jacob's younger sibling to locate and break the curse, just as their brother had tried to do. Distrusting of humans following Jacob's thievery, which lead to his own banishment from the herd for trying to help a human, Torvus challenged Jacob's sibling and his companions to a duel, and ultimately agreed to help them look into the future if Jacob's sibling could find the head of his arrow.[29]

The Forest appeared to hold some great interest for Fred and George Weasley, as both Rubeus Hagrid,[22] and less overtly, Albus Dumbledore, indicated that considerable efforts had been made in the past to keep the boys out.[30]

Duel in the Forest Grove[]

"Take this lesson to your grave... Avada Kedavra!"
— Patricia Rakepick casting the Killing Curse[src]

During the 1989–1990 school year, Jacob's sibling, Rowan Khanna, Ben Copper and Merula Snyde ventured into the forest, hoping to intercept a meeting between Jacob and the insidious organisation known as R. They found an opal necklace in the forest, which Merula realised was a belonging of Patricia Rakepick, a Dark witch. They were then quickly surrounded by many Dementors, and they failed to keep the Dementors away with their Patronuses. A lioness Patronus then appeared and banished the Dementors, and Rakepick then revealed herself as the caster of the Patronus, and stated her intention to murder them all.[20]

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Patricia Rakepick murdering Rowan in the forest

Merula and Ben began to duel her, with Rakepick quickly incapacitating Merula and defeating Ben proficiently after he tried several spells against her. She then fired the Killing Curse at Ben, hoping to kill him, but Rowan Khanna intercepted the curse and was killed instantly, having sacrificed themselves to save their friends. Rakepick then Disapparated, leaving the three students utterly devastated with the death of their friend.[20]

Attack in the Forest Grove[]

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Werewolf attack in Forest Grove

Jacob's sibling and their friends later returned to the Forest Grove to search for clues relating to Rakepick or "R". However, they were ambushed by a white werewolf; Jacob's sibling fought the werewolf off with magic before Chiara Lobosca appeared in her werewolf form to chase it away.

Torvus then appeared on the scene to inform that Firenze had knowledge of Sybill Trelawney's prophecy and to meet them again at the Centaur Camp once they knew about Cetus.[31]

The unicorn case[]

"So Harry set off into the heart of the Forest with Malfoy and Fang. They walked for nearly half an hour, deeper and deeper into the Forest, until the path became almost impossible to follow because the trees were so thick."
— Detention in the forest[src]

After a Quidditch match against Hufflepuff, Harry Potter secretly followed Severus Snape to the outskirts of the forest, where he overheard a furtive conversation about the Philosopher's Stone, in which Snape asked Professor Quirrell if he had found a way past the three-headed dog, and threatened him further.[16]

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Firenze speaking to Harry Potter

As part of their punishment for being caught out of bed at night by Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom were assigned to help the gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid find and rescue a badly-injured unicorn in the Forbidden Forest. They split into two parties, and Harry and Draco found the unicorn dead, surrounded by its own blood.[1]

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A dead unicorn in the Forbidden Forest

A hooded figure crawled to the corpse and drank the blood, whereupon Draco fled, screaming. The hooded figure moved towards Harry, who was knocked out by an agonising pain spreading from his scar. When Harry regained consciousness, the hooded figure had gone and a Centaur, Firenze, offered to give him a ride back to the school. Firenze told him that the hooded figure was Lord Voldemort, trying to regain strength by drinking the unicorn's blood.[1]

Visiting Aragog[]

"So they followed the darting shadows of the spiders into the trees. They couldn't move very quickly now; there were tree roots and stumps in their way, barely visible in the near blackness."
— Harry Potter and Ron Weasley following the spiders[src]
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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley following the spiders into the forest

Following the re-opening of the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron went to visit Hagrid and ask him about his possible involvement in the last opening, 50 years earlier, as described by Tom Riddle's diary. Before they could ask, Hagrid was taken away by Lucius Malfoy and Cornelius Fudge. Before leaving his hut, he advised Harry and Ron, hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, to "follow the spiders"[32]

A day later, at their Herbology class, Harry spotted a stream of spiders heading to the Forbidden Forest. After their class ended, Harry and Ron hurried to the Forbidden Forest, following the spiders.

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Harry and Ron first encountering the Acromantulas

The spiders eventually led them to the Forest's Acromantula colony, headed by Aragog, the "monster" Hagrid had been accused of setting on other students 50 years ago. Aragog explained that Hagrid is innocent, but rather than letting Harry and Ron go, he decided to keep them as dinner for his children. Mr Weasley's Ford Anglia came blasting through the layers of spiders, and rescued the boys. Remembering that Aragog had said that Salazar Slytherin's real monster had killed its last victim in a bathroom, it occurred to Harry that Moaning Myrtle was that victim.[2]

Peter Pettigrew's escape[]

"There was a howl and a rumbling growl; Harry turned to see the werewolf taking flight; it was galloping into the forest —"
— A transformed Lupin retreating to the forest[src]
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Dementors surrounding Harry, Hermione, and Sirius at the Black Lake

After being in the Shrieking Shack for several hours, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Snape and Ron's rat Scabbers, who had recently been discovered to be Peter Pettigrew, left the secret passage in the Whomping Willow. Unfortunately, Lupin had forgotten to take his Wolfsbane Potion, and the full moon caused him to turn into an uncontrollable Werewolf; when Sirius Black changed to his Animagus dog form to protect the others, Pettigrew took the opportunity to turn back into Scabbers and escape. After injuring Black, Lupin fled to the Forbidden Forest.[33]

Later, when Harry and Hermione rescued Buckbeak and Sirius Black by going back in time with the Time-Turner, they hid with the Hippogriff in the Forest, while their counterparts were in the Shrieking Shack.[34]

Triwizard Tournament[]

"As ever, I would like to remind you all that the Forest in the grounds is out-of-bounds to students."
— Albus Dumbledore[src]
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Dragons in the forest in 1994

The Triwizard Tournament was held at Hogwarts during the 1994–1995 school year. For the first task, the Tournament imported four Dragons for the Champions to overcome, which were kept in the Forbidden Forest and maintained by Dragonologists, including Charles Weasley.[18]

Near the end of the Triwizard Tournament, Harry and the other champions were informed that the third task would be a maze, filled with magical obstacles. Viktor Krum asked to speak to Harry alone (about his relationship with Hermione Granger), but as they moved away from the Quidditch pitch, a barely coherent Barty Crouch Snr emerged from the forest. Crouch then asked for Dumbledore.[19]

Harry left to retrieve Dumbledore, but was briefly held up by Severus Snape. Upon Harry and Dumbledore's return, they found that Krum had been stunned at the edge of the forest and Crouch was nowhere to be seen.[19] Bartemius Crouch Jnr, disguised as Alastor Moody, had murdered his father and hid his body using Alastor Moody's Invisibility Cloak, having stunned Krum in the process. He later returned, transfigured the body into a bone and buried it in the forest near Hagrid's pumpkin patch.[35]

1995–1996 school year[]

"They crept forward and Harry saw that they were facing a large, smooth mound of earth nearly as tall as Hagrid that he thought, with a jolt of dread, was sure to be the lair of some enormous animal. Trees had been ripped up at the roots all around the mound, so that it stood on a bare patch of ground surrounded by heaps of trunks and boughs that formed a kind of fence or barricade, behind which Harry, Hermione, and Hagrid now stood."
— Hagrid and the trio visiting Grawp's home in the forest[src]

Hagrid's first Care of Magical Creatures lesson inspected by Professor Dolores Umbridge involved mysterious creatures called Thestrals. For this lesson, he lead his class into the forest in order to experience the Thestrals (which most of the students could not see, due to the fact the only way to see Thestrals is by seeing someone die) in their natural habitat.[10]


Grawp within the forest

Rubeus Hagrid, along with Olympe Maxime, paid a visit to a tribe of giants in 1995, on the orders of Hogwarts Professor and Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, to try and bring the giants over as their allies in the Second Wizarding War against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Along the way, Hagrid found his half-brother, brought him back to Hogwarts, and kept him hidden deep within the Forest.[36]

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Grawp meeting Hermione Granger for the first time

Throughout the year, Hagrid regularly visited his half-brother, whom he had named "Grawp", emerging from the Forest with suspicious injuries he refused to explain to Harry, Ron or Hermione. During the final game of the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, Hagrid brought Harry and Hermione into the forest and revealed Grawp to them, asking them to keep him company in the inevitable event that Dolores Umbridge should force Hagrid off school grounds.[3]


Grey Centaur: "What are you doing in our forest? Why are you here?"
Dolores Umbridge: "Your forest? I would remind you that you live here only because the Ministry of Magic permits you certain areas of land —"
Bane: "Whose forest is it now, human?"
Dolores Umbridge: "Filthy half-breeds! Beasts! Uncontrolled animals!"
— Umbridge foolishly provoking centaurs in the forest[src]

In 1996, Harry received a false vision that Sirius Black was being held and tortured by Lord Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries. When Harry desperately attempted to contact Sirius at 12 Grimmauld Place via the Floo Network in Umbridge's office fireplace, he was caught. As she was about to use the Cruciatus Curse to force Harry to reveal exactly what he'd been trying to do, Hermione claimed that Dumbledore had hidden a powerful weapon in the Forbidden Forest.[37]

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Centaurs capture Umbridge and drag her further into the forest

Hermione lead Harry and Umbridge into the forest where they encountered a heard of centaurs. Umbridge foolishly insulted them, and an angry centaur picked Umbridge up and carried her off screaming into the woods. Hermione and Harry were able to escape the centaur's anger, which had turned to them for bringing Umbridge into the forest in the first place, amidst the chaos caused by Hagrid's giant half-brother, Grawp, crashing onto the scene. This event is known as the skirmish in the Forbidden Forest.[38]

Private enclosure[]

"I dunno, Harry, I shouldn'ta heard it at all! I — well, I was comin' outta the forest the other evenin' an' I overheard ‘em talking — well, arguin'. Didn't like ter draw attention to meself, so I sorta skulked an' tried not ter listen, but it was a — well, a heated discussion an' it wasn' easy ter block it out."
— Hagrid telling Harry about when he heard Snape and Dumbledore arguing in the forest[src]
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Professors Dumbledore and Snape arguing, late in February

In February 1997, as Hagrid was coming out of the forest one day, he overheard Professors Snape and Dumbledore arguing over something that involved Snape not wanting to do something any more. However, Dumbledore argued that he had promised to do whatever it was, and that was that.[39] Harry later found out the task Snape did not want to do anymore involved a promise he made to Dumbledore to fulfil the task assigned by Lord Voldemort for Draco Malfoy to kill Dumbledore.[40]

Battle of Hogwarts[]

"I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour, you have not come to me, have not given yourself up, then battle recommences."
— Voldemort issuing an ultimatum to Harry[src]

Towards the end of 1997, while Harry, Hermione and Ron were camping out during their search for Voldemort's Horcruxes, they overheard Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, Dean Thomas, the goblins Griphook and Gornuk discussing Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood getting caught trying to steal Godric Gryffindor's Sword from then-Headmaster Severus Snape's office, and being forced to serve detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest; while Griphook was under the impression that this was a "cruel" punishment, it was undoubtedly Snape's way of sparing the students a far worse fate at the hands of Alecto and Amycus Carrow.[41]

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Voldemort standing in front of his followers in the forest as Harry Potter arrives

On 2 May 1998, a great battle occurred within the castle and on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Forbidden Forest served as the temporary headquarters of Voldemort and his followers. A horde of Acromantulas emerged from the Forbidden Forest and climbed into the walls of the Hogwarts Castle, attacking both Hogwartians and Death Eaters alike, as they had been driven out of their own habitat by the Death Eaters.[42]

When Harry later learned he had to die for Voldemort to regain mortality, he headed in to the Forbidden Forest and, using the Resurrection Stone, called his parents, James and Lily, his godfather, Sirius Black, and his close friend, Remus Lupin, to give him the strength to face Voldemort for what he believed would be the last time.[43]

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Voldemort hitting Harry with the Killing Curse

Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone near the Acromantulas' hollow in the Forest, and he had no desire to ever go looking for it. Harry approached Voldemort with every intention to die, not defending himself when Voldemort struck him with the Killing Curse. After being hit by the curse, he was temporarily in limbo, but woke up on the forest floor. The stone was pressed into the ground by the hoof of one of the centaurs who joined the battle against the Death Eaters, and thereafter became buried, likely never to be found again.[43][44]

The Calamity[]

In the 2010s, the Forest was affected by the Calamity, and several beasts and plants were whisked away from their proper place and transported to elsewhere in the world. These included Buckbeak, Unicorns, Acromantulas, Salamanders, Snargaluffs and tree stumps, Rubeus Hagrid asked members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force for help returning them.[45]


Magical creatures[]

The Forbidden Forest housed or had housed any number of magical creatures. A few known examples included:

Creatures Individuals Notes
Acromantula colony Aragog

Once led by Aragog. Acromantulas named Aragog and Mosag, together with their large family, lived in a dome-shaped nest in the very heart of the forest until Aragog's death during Harry's sixth year. Hundreds of the giant spiders dwelt there, all descended from the original pair. Aragog was a pet of Hagrid's fifty years ago.[2] The Acromantulas were among the most dangerous beasts in the forest.[46] The Death Eaters forced the remaining colony out of their nest during the Battle of Hogwarts assumedly hoping they would assist them, however, the Acromantula started attacking both defenders of Hogwarts and the Death Eaters alike.[42]

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Centaur herd

At least fifty centaurs of fighting age lived in the forest. In typical centaur fashion, most of them avoided humans and did not involve themselves in human activities, simply watching portents in the stars and uttering cryptic responses to questions. Firenze was an exception, and was cast out from the herd and nearly killed because of it in Harry's fifth year. Hagrid knew many of them by name and had a civil (though sometimes frustrating) working relationship with them until partway through Harry's fifth year. When Hagrid brought Grawp home with him late in 1995, the centaurs objected.[3]

Philospher's Stone Jim Kay Unicorn

The unicorns were among the most powerful magical creatures living in the forest. They were extremely fast and were seldom hurt. Hagrid found one dead in the spring of 1992 and signed that another had been horribly wounded, and spent a night searching the forest for both the injured unicorn, and whatever, or whoever could have done such a terrible thing. In the ordinary way, the unicorns shed hair that became tangled in the undergrowth of the forest; Hagrid collected it to use as bindings on bandages for various injured animals because of its strength.[1]

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A herd of about 100 thestrals lived in the forest; Hagrid said proudly that he was probably the only person in Britain to have domesticated them. Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank positively commented on the training Hagrid had given them.[9] Hagrid waited until Harry's fifth year to cover them in Care of Magical Creatures, considering them a special treat.[10]

Hippogriffs Buckbeak Hagrid had a herd of hippogriffs that he showed to the third-year Care of Magical Creatures class. It can be assumed that this herd lived in the Forest.[7]
Wolf pack Borf Descended from two werewolves mating at the full moon.[47]
Giant Grawp
Grawp Sleeping

An undersized Giant and Rubeus Hagrid's half-brother, who was moved by Albus Dumbledore to a cave in the mountains surrounding Hogwarts. When Hagrid and Madame Maxime acted as envoys to the giants in the summer and autumn of 1995, Hagrid learned of his mother's death and of the existence of a half-brother he had never known: Grawp, a full-blooded giant. Since Hagrid had no other family, and Grawp (being a runt for a giant at only 16 feet) was being bullied, Hagrid managed to smuggle Grawp all the way back to the forest. This was the last straw for some of the forest's inhabitants, specifically the centaurs.[3]

Unknown It is rumoured that a few other giants besides Grawp dwelt in the Forest, though there is no known examples of these other giants.[3]
Three-headed dog Fluffy A massive dog that was released into the forest after serving as one of the guards to the Philosopher's Stone during the 1991–1992 school year.[5]
Blood-Sucking Bugbears In 1992, following the killing of two of his roosters, Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid suspected that either a Blood-Sucking Bugbear or foxes were responsible, implying that these creatures lived in the forest.[6]
Bowtruckles Flat-faced stick beasts made of bark and twigs who guarded Wiggentrees, which served well as camouflage in its natural habitat.[48]
Blast-Ended Skrewt Survived the third task of the Triwizard Tournament was also released into the forest.[49]
The Forest Troll at the Forest Lake holding out a Bubotuber

It is also rumoured that many other types of creatures resided there, including trolls. Forest Trolls had been seen in the Forest.[50] A forest troll was found near the Black Lake in the 1980s.[51]

Mooncalf herd Mooncalf at the Magical Creatures Reserve
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Mooncalves lived in the forest at least in the 1980s. They welcomed the Mooncalf from the Magical Creatures Reserve to the herd after they witnessed it dance.[8]

Fairies Fairies could be found in the Forbidden Forest in the 1980s.[51]
Dugbog Dugbogs were found in the Forbidden Forest during the late 1800s.[4]
Manticores[53] Manticore in the Forbidden Forest A Manticore mother had taken up residence in the forest, and was later found by Luna Lovegood and a Muggle-born student, who fought her.
Thornback Thornback spiders were found in the Forbidden Forest during the late 1800s.[4]


  • Non-magical creatures: Alongside the numerous magical creatures that resided in the Forest, non-magical ones dwelt there as well.
  • Flying Ford Anglia[2]
    • The Ford Anglia was an automobile owned and enchanted by Arthur Weasley. After a bad fright and an exhausting trip across the length of Britain, the Ford Anglia escaped into the forest. There it became wild and took to trundling around among the trees.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

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The Forbidden Forest as seen in the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (GBA version)


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The Forbidden Forest as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Hogwarts Legacy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Interview transcript (partial), Blue Peter (cBBC), 12 March, 2001 - Accio Quote!
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Side Quest "Over the Moon"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) - Chapter 12 (Thestrals and Sympathy)
  12. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) - Chapter 13 (Nick and Other Residents)
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) - Chapter 25 (The Forbidden Forest)
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) - Chapter 26 (Aragog)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 3 (All About Bowtruckles)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 13 (Nicolas Flamel)
  17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  18. 18.0 18.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 18 (Into the Forest)
  21. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Hogwarts Express" at Wizarding World ("the castle and grounds have always been protected with Anti-Apparition Charms")
  22. 22.0 22.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  24. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 10 (The Vault of Ice) (Dumbledore mentions that one of the theories regarding the origins of the Cursed Vaults was that one of the four founders made them, which would include the Forest Vault.)
  25. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Nearly Headless Nick" (Professors Fortinbras and Bartholomew, who taught at the school sometime vaguely between the 15th century and 19th century, both researched the legends of the Cursed Vaults, which would have included the Forest Vault.)
  26. J. K. Rowling's official site
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins)
  28. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 4 (Curse-Breakers)
  29. 29.0 29.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 6 (Explore the Forbidden Forest)
  30. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  31. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 24 (Return to the Forest)
  32. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 (Cornelius Fudge)
  33. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 20 (The Dementor's Kiss)
  34. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  35. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  36. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
  37. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32 (Out of the Fire)
  38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
  39. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 19 (Elf Tails)
  40. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  41. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
  42. 42.0 42.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  43. 43.0 43.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 34 (The Forest Again)
  44. J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007
  45. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Brilliant Event: Fantastic Flora and Fauna
  46. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  47. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Werewolves" at Wizarding World
  48. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  49. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  50. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  51. 51.0 51.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Side Quest "TORVUS AND THE TROUBLED FORESR"
  52. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  53. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Chinese version, Side Quest "神奇踪迹" (Magical trace)
Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts grounds
Astronomy Tables · Beasts Classroom · Boathouse Steps · Bowtruckle Island · Broomshed · Care of Magical Creatures Classroom · Clock Tower Courtyard · Entrance footpath · Entrance gatehouse · Entrance Gates · Exterior Walkway · Forbidden Forest · Forest Vault · Gargoyle Gate · Gatehouse · Giant Shade Tree · Great Lake · Great Lake painted rock · Greenhouses · Greenhouse battlements · Grounds Portrait Room · Hagrid's Garden (Pumpkin patch) · Hagrid's Hut · Incendio Challenge · Landing Strip · Lawn by the Forbidden Forest · Path to Owlery · Path to the Whomping Willow · Pixie water well · Quidditch Changing Rooms · Quidditch Gate · Quidditch pitch · Quidditch pitch viaduct · Quidditch Training Pitch · Ravenclaw Duelling Arena · Ravine · Road to Hogsmeade · Road to Hogwarts · Secret Garden · Secret room near the Training Grounds · Stables · Stone Circle · Sunken Vault · Training Grounds · Waiting Tent · Walled Garden · Waterfalls · White Tomb · Wooden Bridge
Wizarding locations
North Ford Bog · Pitt-upon-Ford · San Bakar's Tower · Hogsmeade Valley · East Hogsmeade Valley · Hogsmeade · High Street (Hogsmeade) · Overlook Mine · Horklump Hollow · Upper Hogsfield · Falbarton Castle · Forbidden Forest · Spinners Cavern · Jackdaw's Tomb · North Hogwarts Region · Korrow Ruins · Collector's Cave · South Hogwarts Region · Hogwarts Castle · Lower Hogsfield · Aranshire · Hogwarts Valley · Brocburrow · Dale Family Tomb · Central Hogwarts Valley · East Hogwarts Valley · Keenbridge · Gilded Perch · Mine's Eye · Feldcroft Region · Feldcroft · Feldcroft Catacomb · Isle of Drear · Rookwood Castle · Irondale · Moonstone Garden · South Sea Bog · Coastal Cavern · Tomb of Treachery · Poidsear Coast · Poidsear Castle · Phoenix Mountain Cave · Marunweem Lake · Marunweem · Marunweem Ruins · Netherwyck · Tower Tunnel · Coastal Mine · Manor Cape · Bainburgh · Bainburgh Manor · Henrietta's Hideaway · Cragcroftshire · Cragcroft · Clagmar Coast · Clagmar Castle
Non-magical locations
Aberdeen · Arbroath · Argyllshire · Aviemore · Aviemore train station · Bamport · Banchory · Dufftown · Dundee · Edinburgh (capital city) · Glasgow · River Clyde · Hebrides · Isle of Skye · Paisley · Portree · Inverness · Loch Lomond · Loch Ness · Lowercroft · Wildbrook Crescent · Montrose · Peebles · Vale of McGowan · Wigtown
Magical and mundane creatures
Blood-Sucking Bugbear · Flying Seahorse · Hebridean Black · Hinkypunk · Loch Ness Monster · Quintaped · Scottish stag · Selkie · Weetimorousbeastie
Care of Magical Creatures
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures Classroom · Magical Creatures (club) · The Paddock
Professors Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Creatures studied at Hogwarts
Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Demiguise · Diricawl · Doxy · Dugbog · Fairy · Fire Crab · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Gnome · Golden Snidget · Griffin · Hippogriff · Imp · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Occamy · Porlock · Quintaped · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn · Yeti
Death Eaters
Dark Mark Pottermore
Leader: Lord Voldemort
Death Eaters

Avery II · Alecto Carrow · Amycus Carrow · Crabbe · Bartemius Crouch Junior † · Antonin Dolohov · Gibbon † · Goyle · Gareth Greengrass's brother · Jugson · Barnaby Lee's father · Barnaby Lee's mother · Bellatrix Lestrange † · Rabastan Lestrange · Rodolphus Lestrange · Walden Macnair · Mulciber I · Mulciber II · Nott · Pyrites (possibly) · Augustus Rookwood · Rosier · Evan Rosier † · Thorfinn Rowle · Selwyn · Merula Snyde's father · Merula Snyde's mother · Travers · Mason Tremblay (possibly) · Wilkes † · Corban Yaxley · Unidentified Death Eaters

Death Eater defectors

Regulus Black † · Igor Karkaroff † · Draco Malfoy · Lucius Malfoy · Peter Pettigrew † · Severus Snape

Death Eater allies

Borgin · Vincent Crabbe · John Dawlish · Delphini · Golgomath · Gregory Goyle · Fenrir Greyback · Mafalda Hopkirk · Narcissa Malfoy (defected) · Ismelda Murk (unofficially, supposedly) · Nagini · Mr Padgett · Mrs Padgett · Pansy Parkinson · Quirinus Quirrell · Albert Runcorn · Stanley Shunpike (Imperiused) · Scabior · Serpent of Slytherin · Pius Thicknesse (Imperiused) · Yubert Thorne · Dolores Umbridge

Other affiliations

British Ministry of Magic (under Voldemort's control) · Daily Prophet (under Voldemort's control) · Dementors · Draco Malfoy's gang · Kreacher (formerly) · Tom Riddle's gang · Gang of Slytherins · Giants (Golgomath's control) · Inferi · Charmed skeletons · Muggle-Born Registration Commission · Theodore Nott (possibly) · Snatchers · Werewolf army · The Unforgivable

Death Eater establishments

Abandoned nuclear power plant · Borgin and Burkes · British Ministry of Magic Headquarters (under Voldemort's control) · The Cave · Chamber of Secrets · Forbidden Forest · Gaunt Shack · Lee family house · Lestrange Vault · Little Hangleton graveyard · Malfoy Manor · Misty Dell · Riddle House · Snatcher Camp · Spinner's End (Severus Snape's house) · The Abandoned Substation · The Ruins · The Quarry