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The Forbidden Forest

The Forbbiden Forest at night.

A large, dark forest on the grounds of Hogwarts where many weird, wonderful and highly dangerous creatures live

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As ever, I would like to remind you all that the Forest in the grounds is out-of-bounds to students

Albus Dumbledore

The centaur didn’t answer. He had astonishingly blue eyes, like pale sapphires. He looked carefully at Harry, his eyes lingering on the scar


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

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Behind the scenes: Centaurs

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Care of Magical Creatures series: the beasts that live in the Forbidden Forest

Remus and Sirius fight as werewolf and dog.


By J.K. Rowling

Then Fang suddenly let loose a great, echoing bark, making both Harry and Ron jump out of their skins.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

Aragog's nest in the Forbidden Forest

An Acromantula’s nest

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The Forbidden Forest Quiz

Harry sees a Thestral pulling the school carriages for the first time


By J.K. Rowling

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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

Lord Voldemort
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What the Forbidden Forest reveals about Harry Potter characters

The Forbbiden Forest at night.

Behind the scenes: the Forbidden Forest

Forbidden Forest fact file

Where in the world

Hogwarts grounds

Residents or owners

Has a resident centaur herd. It was also the temporary home of Hagrid's not-so-little brother, Grawp

Significant events that took place here

Where Harry went to face Voldemort and his own fate during the Battle of Hogwarts

Peculiar things that live here

Acromantula, hippogriffs, unicorns, thestrals, werewolves and a rogue Ford Anglia