‘Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience’ Is Debuting in the US—Here’s What You Need to Know

You can meet all the fantastic beasts from the books!

We’ve all been eagerly awaiting the Harry Potter theme park, but honestly, it won’t be open soon enough. For Potter fans who want to experience a slice of the Wizarding World sooner, look out—because “Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience” is coming to the US. And we hear it’s downright magical.

What Is ‘A Forbidden Forest Experience?’

The Harry Potter-themed experience is an outdoor light trail that mimics the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter books. Sounds, lights and special effects bring the Wizarding World to life for fans, who can meet magical beasts and even interact with them! The experience is put together by award-winning theatrical designers and experiential creators, who want to make sure the Forbidden Forest fulfills our high expectations. You’ll be able to walk through the forest and come across Hippogriffs, Nifflers, unicorns and more fantastic creatures.

You can even cast spells, including a Patronus!

Then, when you’re done with the walk, head to the village nearby for Harry Potter-inspired food and drinks. We might even try Hagrid’s rock cakes.

When Will It Start?

After receiving rave reviews after its UK run, “Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience” will debut in the US on October 29, 2022. It’ll be set up in the woods of Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. You can expect the experience to take 60-90 minutes, of which 45-75 minutes will be spent on the walking trail itself. Don’t forget to buy a pack of butterbeer for the journey.

Tickets are going on sale at 11 a.m on July 28 on Fever, an events website, and cost $36 for adults and $25 for children. Fans who sign up for the waitlist will get exclusive access to secure tickets. You can bet we’re getting on that ASAP!

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.