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{{Quote|The forest hides many secrets.|[[Ronan]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|The forest hides many secrets.|[[Ronan]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
   
The '''Forbidden Forest''', also known as '''Dark Forest'''<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''</ref><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> borders the edges of the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] grounds. As its name suggests, it is strictly off limits to students - except in the case of detention, or [[Care of Magical Creatures]] lessons that occasionally take place there. Of course, with the various dangerous creatures living in the Forest, few students would even want to venture into it.
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The '''Forbidden Forest''', also known as '''Dark Forest'''<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''</ref><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> borders the edges of the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] grounds.
   
==Inhabitants==
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The forest is a very old place that holds many secrets and houses many creatures, some dark and Dangerous, others friendly. The trees in the forest are considered ancient, they are dense and rough looking from years of exposure to the elements.
The Forbidden Forest houses or has housed any number of [[magic]]al [[creature]]s. A few known examples include:
 
*An [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|Acromantula colony]], '''once''' led by [[Aragog]], then the Death Eaters forced the remaining colony to assist them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
 
*A [[Forbidden Forest Centaur colony|colony]] of [[centaur]]s, including [[Bane]], [[Magorian]], [[Ronan]] and [[Firenze]].
 
*Herds of [[unicorn]]s, [[hippogriff]]s and [[thestral]]s.
 
*[[Grawp]], an undersized [[Giant]] and [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s half-brother, who was moved by [[Albus Dumbledore]] to a cave in the mountains surrounding [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
 
*[[Fluffy]], a massive, three-headed dog who was released into the forest after serving as one of the guards to the [[Philosopher's Stone]] during the [[1991–1992 school year]]. <ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bluepeter.htm</ref>
 
*[[Blood-Sucking Bugbear]]s<ref name="CS" />
 
*[[Bowtruckle]]s
 
*A [[Blast-Ended Skrewt]] who survived the [[Hedge Maze|third task]] of the [[Triwizard Tournament]] was also released into the forest.
 
*It is also rumoured that many other types of creatures reside there including [[Werewolf|werewolves]], [[troll]]s, and a few [[giant]]s, though of the last, Grawp is the only known example.
 
*Although not technically a "creature", an enchanted and somewhat sentient [[Flying Ford Anglia|Ford Anglia]], once belonging to [[Arthur Weasley]], took up ''residence'' in the forest after crashing into the [[Whomping Willow]] in [[1992]]. <ref name="CS" />
 
   
==Events in the Forest==
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As the forest's name suggests, it is strictly off limits to students — except in the case of detention, or [[Care of Magical Creatures]] lessons that occasionally take place there. Of course, with the various dangerous creatures living in the Forest, few students would even want to venture into it. Black flowers are known to grow in the forest.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''</ref>
[[File:Hogwarts castle - view from the Forest 01 (Concept Artwork).JPG|thumb|left|View of [[Hogwarts Castle]] from the Forbidden Forest.]]
 
   
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==History of the Forest==
 
===Prior to 1991===
 
===Prior to 1991===
The Forest appeared to hold some great interest for [[Fred and George Weasley]], as both [[Rubeus Hagrid]], and less overtly, [[Albus Dumbledore]], indicated that considerable efforts had been made in the past to keep the boys out. <ref name=PS>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>
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The Forest appeared to hold some great interest for [[Fred and George Weasley]], as both [[Rubeus Hagrid]], and less overtly, [[Albus Dumbledore]], indicated that considerable efforts had been made in the past to keep the boys out.<ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>
   
 
===1991-1992===
 
===1991-1992===
 
After a Quidditch match, [[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 [[Quirinus Quirrell|Professor Quirrell]] if he had found a way past the [[Fluffy|three-headed dog]] and menacingly told Quirrell to decide where his loyalties laid.
 
After a Quidditch match, [[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 [[Quirinus Quirrell|Professor Quirrell]] if he had found a way past the [[Fluffy|three-headed dog]] and menacingly told Quirrell to decide where his loyalties laid.
   
As part of their [[Discipline at Hogwarts|punishment]] for being caught out of bed at night, Harry Potter, [[Hermione Granger]], [[Draco Malfoy]] and [[Neville Longbottom]] were assigned to help the [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|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 [[Unicorn blood|blood]]. A hooded figure crawled to the corpse and drank the blood, while 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 actually [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who had been trying to regain strength by drinking the unicorn's blood. <ref name="PS" />
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[[File:Ss_firenze.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Harry with [[Firenze]] in the [[Forbidden Forest]]]]
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As part of their [[Discipline at Hogwarts|punishment]] for being caught out of bed at night, Harry Potter, [[Hermione Granger]], [[Draco Malfoy]] and [[Neville Longbottom]] were assigned to help the [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|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 [[Unicorn blood|blood]]. A hooded figure crawled to the corpse and drank the blood, while 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 actually [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who had been trying to regain strength by drinking the unicorn's blood.<ref name="PS" />
   
 
===1992-1993===
 
===1992-1993===
[[File:Spidersketch8.jpg|thumb|Harry and Ron first encountered the [[Acromantula|Acromantulas]].]]
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Following the re-opening of the [[Chamber of Secrets]], Harry and Ron went to visit [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] and ask him about his possible involvement in the last opening, 50 years previous. However, before they could receive any information, Hagrid was taken away by [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Cornelius Fudge]]. Before leaving his hut, he said that if anyone wanted to know anything they just had to "follow the spiders."
Following the re-opening of the [[Chamber of Secrets]], Harry and Ron went to visit [[Rubeus Hagrid|Hagrid]] and ask him about his possible involvement in the last opening, 50 years previous. However, before they could receive any information, Hagrid was taken away by [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Cornelius Fudge]]. Before leaving his hut, he said that if anyone wanted to know anything they just had to "follow the spiders." Harry and Ron, who had been hiding under the [[invisibility cloak]], decided to follow the spiders, per Hagrid's advice, which were streaming en masse towards the Forest. The spiders eventually led them to the [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|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 leave them [[Skirmish in Aragog's Hollow|as dinner for his children]]. Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia came blasting through the layers of spiders, however, and rescued the boys. Remembering that [[Aragog]] had said that [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s real [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk|monster]] had killed its last victim in a bathroom, it occurred to Harry that [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]] might have been that victim. <ref name=CS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
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[[File:B2C15M2.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry and Ron first encountered the [[Acromantula]]s]]
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Harry and Ron, who had been hiding under the [[invisibility cloak]], decided to follow the spiders, per Hagrid's advice, which were streaming en masse towards the Forest. The spiders eventually led them to the [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|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 leave them [[Skirmish in Aragog's Hollow|as dinner for his children]]. Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia came blasting through the layers of spiders, however, and rescued the boys. Remembering that [[Aragog]] had said that [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s real [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk|monster]] had killed its last victim in a bathroom, it occurred to Harry that [[Myrtle|Moaning Myrtle]] might have been that victim.<ref name="CS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
   
 
===1993-1994===
 
===1993-1994===
[[File:HermHarBuck.PNG|thumb|left|Hermione and Harry hiding Buckbeak in the Forbidden Forest.]]
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[[File:Harry_potter_and_the_prisoner_of_azkaban_hermonine_granger_and_harry_potter_sneak_hippogriff_buckbeak_through_forest.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Hermione and Harry hiding Buckbeak in the Forbidden Forest]]
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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.
 
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.
   
Later, when Harry and Hermione [[Rescue of Sirius Black and Buckbeak|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]]. <ref name=POA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
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Later, when Harry and Hermione [[Rescue of Sirius Black and Buckbeak|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]].<ref name="POA">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref>
   
 
===1994-1995===
 
===1994-1995===
[[File:Forbidden_Forest_GOF_1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The forest in 1994]]
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Near the end of the [[Triwizard Tournament]], Harry and the other champions were informed that the third task would be a [[Hedge Maze|maze]], filled with [[magic]]al obstacles. [[Victor 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 [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] emerged from the forest, asking for [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]. Harry left to retrieve Dumbledore, but upon his return, found that Krum had been stunned at the edge of the forest and Crouch was nowhere to be seen. <ref name=GOF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
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[[File:Forbidden_Forest_GOF_1.jpg|thumb|235px|The forest in 1994]]
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Near the end of the [[Triwizard Tournament]], Harry and the other champions were informed that the third task would be a [[Hedge Maze|maze]], filled with [[magic]]al obstacles. [[Victor 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 [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] emerged from the forest, asking for [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]. Harry left to retrieve Dumbledore, but upon his return, found that Krum had been stunned at the edge of the forest and Crouch was nowhere to be seen.<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]], disguised as [[Alastor Moody]], had [[Killing Curse|killed]] his father and hid it using Alastor Moody's [[invisibility cloak]]. Later, he returned, [[Human to bone|transfigured the body into a bone]], and buried it in the forest.<ref name="GF35">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 35 - (''Veritaserum'')</ref>
   
 
===1995-1996===
 
===1995-1996===
[[File:Grawp (Sleeping at the Forest - Conceptual Artwork for the HP5 movie 06).jpg|thumb|left|Grawp sleeping in the Forest.]]
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[[File:Grawp_Sleeping.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Grawp sleeping in the Forest]]
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[[Rubeus Hagrid]], along with [[Olympe Maxime]], paid a visit to a tribe of giants in [[1995]], on the orders of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[Professor]] and [[Headmaster]] [[Albus Dumbledore]], to try and bring the giants over as their allies in the [[Second Wizarding War]] against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]. Along the way, Hagrid found his [[Grawp|half-brother]], brought him back to [[Hogwarts Castle|Hogwarts]], and kept him hidden deep within the Forest. Throughout the year, Hagrid regularly visited his half-brother, whom he dubbed "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.
 
[[Rubeus Hagrid]], along with [[Olympe Maxime]], paid a visit to a tribe of giants in [[1995]], on the orders of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[Professor]] and [[Headmaster]] [[Albus Dumbledore]], to try and bring the giants over as their allies in the [[Second Wizarding War]] against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]. Along the way, Hagrid found his [[Grawp|half-brother]], brought him back to [[Hogwarts Castle|Hogwarts]], and kept him hidden deep within the Forest. Throughout the year, Hagrid regularly visited his half-brother, whom he dubbed "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.
[[File:Centaurs (Concept Artwork for the HP5 film 02).jpg|thumb|The centaurs in the Forbidden Forest.]]
 
Hagrid's first [[Care of Magical Creatures]] lesson inspected by Professor [[Dolores Umbridge|Umbridge]] involved mysterious creatures called [[Thestral]]s. 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.
 
[[File:Harry_Ron_Hermione_forest.jpg|thumb|left|Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the Forbidden Forest in [[1995]].]]
 
In [[1996]], Harry received a false vision that [[Sirius Black]] was being held and [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] by [[Tom Riddle|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. She lead Harry and Umbridge into the forest where they encountered a heard of [[Centaur]]s. Umbridge foolishly [[Half-breed|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. <ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> This event is known as the [[Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest]].
 
   
[[File:Screen_shot_2012-06-21_at_11.21.19_PM.png|thumb|300px|Professors Dumbledore and Snape arguing, late in February.]]
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Hagrid's first [[Care of Magical Creatures]] lesson inspected by Professor [[Dolores Umbridge|Umbridge]] involved mysterious creatures called [[Thestral]]s. 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.
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[[File:HP5-03045.jpg|thumb|240px|Centaurs in the Forbidden Forest in [[1996]]]]
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In [[1996]], Harry received a false vision that [[Sirius Black]] was being held and [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] by [[Tom Riddle|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. She lead Harry and Umbridge into the forest where they encountered a heard of [[Centaur]]s. Umbridge foolishly [[Half-breed|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.<ref name="OP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> This event is known as the [[Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest]].
 
===1996-1997===
 
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[[File:Screen_shot_2012-06-21_at_11.21.19_PM.png|thumb|222px|Professors Dumbledore and Snape arguing, late in February.|left]]
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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.
 
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.
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Harry later found out the task Snape didn't want to do anymore involved a promise he make to Dumbledore after the death of Lily Potter. A promise to protect her son, Harry and to defect from Voldemort and join the fight against him.
   
 
===1997-1998===
 
===1997-1998===
[[File:Voldyforest.jpg|thumb|left|304px|Voldemort stands in front of his followers in the Forest.]]
 
 
Towards the end of [[1997]], while Harry, Hermione and Ron were camping out during their search for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es, they overheard [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dirk Cresswell]], [[Dean Thomas]], the [[goblin]]s [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]] discussing [[Ginevra Weasley|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 [[Rubeus Hagrid|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]].
 
Towards the end of [[1997]], while Harry, Hermione and Ron were camping out during their search for [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es, they overheard [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dirk Cresswell]], [[Dean Thomas]], the [[goblin]]s [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]] discussing [[Ginevra Weasley|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 [[Rubeus Hagrid|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]].
[[File:DH2_Death_Eaters_with_Voldemort_during_the_battle.jpg|thumb|Voldemort and his Death Eaters in the Forbidden Forest.]]
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On [[2 May]], [[1998]], a great [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] occured within the [[Hogwarts Castle|Castle]] and on the grounds of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. The Forbidden Forest served as the temporary hideout of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters|followers]]. A horde of [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|Acromantula]] emerged from the Forbidden Forest and climbed into the walls of the Hogwarts Castle.
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[[File:Voldemort_forest.jpg|thumb|240px|Voldemort stands in front of his followers in the Forest]]
[[File:Avadakedavra.png|thumb|left|Voldemort hitting Harry with the Killing Curse]]
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On [[2 May]], [[1998]], a great [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] occurred within the [[Hogwarts Castle|Castle]] and on the grounds of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. The Forbidden Forest served as the temporary hideout of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters|followers]]. A horde of [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|Acromantula]] emerged from the Forbidden Forest and climbed into the walls of the Hogwarts Castle.
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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 Potter|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.
 
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 Potter|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.
   
Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone near the [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|Acromantulas' hollow]] in the Forest, and he had no desire to ever go looking for it. 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. <ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007]</ref>
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[[File:Tumblr_lth8u7IhCZ1qa9jn1o7_r1_250.gif|frame|Voldemort hitting Harry with the [[Killing Curse]]|left]]
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Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone near the [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|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, he was temperately 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.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007]</ref>
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==Inhabitants==
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The Forbidden Forest houses or has housed any number of [[magic]]al [[creature]]s. A few known examples include:
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*An [[Forbidden Forest Acromantula colony|Acromantula colony]], '''once''' led by [[Aragog]], then the Death Eaters forced the remaining colony to assist them during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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*A [[Forbidden Forest Centaur colony|colony]] of [[centaur]]s, including [[Bane]], [[Magorian]], [[Ronan]] and [[Firenze]].
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*Herds of [[unicorn]]s, [[hippogriff]]s and [[thestral]]s.
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*A [[Forbidden Forest wolf pack|pack]] of [[Wolf|wolves]] descended from two [[Werewolf|werewolves]] mating at the full [[moon]].<ref>''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter20/moment1/werewolf New from J.K. Rowling: Werewolves]</ref>
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*[[Grawp]], an undersized [[Giant]] and [[Rubeus Hagrid]]'s half-brother, who was moved by [[Albus Dumbledore]] to a cave in the mountains surrounding [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
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*[[Fluffy]], a massive, three-headed dog who was released into the forest after serving as one of the guards to the [[Philosopher's Stone]] during the [[1991–1992 school year]].<ref>http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bluepeter.htm</ref>
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*[[Blood-Sucking Bugbear]]s<ref name="CS" />
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*[[Bowtruckle]]s
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*A [[Blast-Ended Skrewt]] who survived the [[Hedge Maze|third task]] of the [[Triwizard Tournament]] was also released into the forest.
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*It is also rumoured that many other types of creatures reside there including [[troll]]s and a few [[giant]]s, though of the last, Grawp is the only known example. (However, [[Forest Troll]]s have also been seen in the Forest.)
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*Although not technically a "creature", an enchanted and somewhat sentient [[Flying Ford Anglia|Ford Anglia]], once belonging to [[Arthur Weasley]], took up ''residence'' in the forest after crashing into the [[Whomping Willow]] in [[1992]].<ref name="CS" />
   
 
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*In the first two ''Harry Potter'' [[Harry Potter films|films]] the forest is referred to as the Dark Forest.
 
*In the first two ''Harry Potter'' [[Harry Potter films|films]] the forest is referred to as the Dark Forest.
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] stated in ''[[J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]]'' that the forest is her favourite part of the grounds, and that could be the reason that Harry and his friends find themselves entering the forest in every book but [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|''Half-Blood Prince'']].
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] stated in ''[[J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]]'' that the forest is her favourite part of the grounds, and that could be the reason that Harry and his friends find themselves entering the forest in every book but [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|''Half-Blood Prince'']].
*In the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Philosopher's Stone]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'', the Forbidden Forest is located mainly to the North of the [[Hogwarts Castle|castle]]. However, in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' and subsequent films, the forest is located mainly to the west. This is probably because of the reloaction of [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's Hut]], the [[Whomping Willow]] and the additional areas of Hogwarts such as the [[Covered Bridge]].
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*In the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Philosopher's Stone]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'', the Forbidden Forest is located mainly to the North of the [[Hogwarts Castle|castle]]. However, in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' and subsequent films, the forest is located mainly to the west. This is probably because of the relocation of [[Hagrid's Hut]], the [[Whomping Willow]] and the additional areas of Hogwarts such as the [[Wooden Bridge]].
 
*On W.O.M.B.A.T. it is rumoured that the forest started out as a small wood tended by a centaur herd. Whether it's true or not is unknown, however, this could explain why the centaurs in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|Order of the Phoenix]]'' say that the forest belongs to them.
 
*On W.O.M.B.A.T. it is rumoured that the forest started out as a small wood tended by a centaur herd. Whether it's true or not is unknown, however, this could explain why the centaurs in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|Order of the Phoenix]]'' say that the forest belongs to them.
   
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"The forest hides many secrets."
Ronan[src]

The Forbidden Forest, also known as Dark Forest[1][2] borders the edges of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry grounds.

The forest is a very old place that holds many secrets and houses many creatures, some dark and Dangerous, others friendly. The trees in the forest are considered ancient, they are dense and rough looking from years of exposure to the elements.

As the forest's name suggests, it is strictly off limits to students — except in the case of detention, or Care of Magical Creatures lessons that occasionally take place there. Of course, with the various dangerous creatures living in the Forest, few students would even want to venture into it. Black flowers are known to grow in the forest.[3]

History of the ForestEdit

Prior to 1991Edit

The Forest appeared to hold some great interest for Fred and George Weasley, as both Rubeus Hagrid, and less overtly, Albus Dumbledore, indicated that considerable efforts had been made in the past to keep the boys out.[4]

1991-1992Edit

After a Quidditch match, 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 menacingly told Quirrell to decide where his loyalties laid.

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Harry with Firenze in the Forbidden Forest

As part of their punishment for being caught out of bed at night, 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. A hooded figure crawled to the corpse and drank the blood, while 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 actually Lord Voldemort, who had been trying to regain strength by drinking the unicorn's blood.[4]

1992-1993Edit

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 previous. However, before they could receive any information, Hagrid was taken away by Lucius Malfoy and Cornelius Fudge. Before leaving his hut, he said that if anyone wanted to know anything they just had to "follow the spiders."

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Harry and Ron first encountered the Acromantulas

Harry and Ron, who had been hiding under the invisibility cloak, decided to follow the spiders, per Hagrid's advice, which were streaming en masse towards the Forest. 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 leave them as dinner for his children. Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia came blasting through the layers of spiders, however, 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 might have been that victim.[5]

1993-1994Edit

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Hermione and Harry hiding Buckbeak in the Forbidden Forest

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.

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.[6]

1994-1995Edit

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The forest in 1994

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. Victor 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 Sr. emerged from the forest, asking for Dumbledore. Harry left to retrieve Dumbledore, but upon his return, found that Krum had been stunned at the edge of the forest and Crouch was nowhere to be seen.[7] Bartemius Crouch Jr., disguised as Alastor Moody, had killed his father and hid it using Alastor Moody's invisibility cloak. Later, he returned, transfigured the body into a bone, and buried it in the forest.[8]

1995-1996Edit

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Grawp sleeping in 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. Throughout the year, Hagrid regularly visited his half-brother, whom he dubbed "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.

Hagrid's first Care of Magical Creatures lesson inspected by Professor 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.

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Centaurs in the Forbidden Forest in 1996

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. She 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.[9] This event is known as the Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest.

1996-1997Edit

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Professors Dumbledore and Snape arguing, late in February.

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.

Harry later found out the task Snape didn't want to do anymore involved a promise he make to Dumbledore after the death of Lily Potter. A promise to protect her son, Harry and to defect from Voldemort and join the fight against him.

1997-1998Edit

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.

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Voldemort stands in front of his followers in the Forest

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 hideout of Voldemort and his followers. A horde of Acromantula emerged from the Forbidden Forest and climbed into the walls of the Hogwarts Castle.

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.

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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, he was temperately 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.[10]

InhabitantsEdit

The Forbidden Forest houses or has housed any number of magical creatures. A few known examples include:

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

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