This walk-though Harry Potter experience is a perfect fall activity. | Source: Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment

You never know what surprises await students who venture into the Forbidden Forest at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but now us muggles are getting a chance to find out for ourselves!

This fall, the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is heading to New York, following a successful run in the UK and plans for an initial U.S. location in Leesburg, Virginia.

The fan experience, which is designed for all ages, will open at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Westchester County (about 40 minutes north of New York City). Inspired by the magical, creature-filled forest featured in both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, the outdoor trail will be transformed using lights. The outdoor, walk-through experience will recreate iconic movie moments and give visitors a glance at Hippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, Nifflers, and more. Visitors will also have a chance to practice casting spells.

At the end of the trail, fans can enjoy a themed village that offers food and drinks, exclusive products, and more.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience — created by Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in partnership with Fever and Thinkwell — will open in New York on Oct. 22. It will be open daily from 5-11 p.m., and the full experience will take up to 90 minutes.

Fans can sign up for a ticket waitlist now, and tickets will go on sale on Aug. 18. Ticket prices will range from $36-75 for adults and $25–64 for kids, depending on the session date and time. For additional information about the experience, fans can visit

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Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley

Madeleine Buckley was a Senior Editor at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. She covered all things toys and fandom, and has appeared on Cheddar and a variety of regional news networks to talk about the latest trends in both. She is a movie score enthusiast, mediocre knitter, proud Syracuse alumna, and Marvel lover. You can usually find her at the movies or hanging out at home with her super-pup, Parker.