An Immersive Harry Potter Experience Is Coming to DC This Fall

Accio, adventure.

Photo courtesy of WIZARDING WORLD
Photo courtesy of WIZARDING WORLD

You may have to travel to NYC to buy your very own wand at a Harry Potter-themed store or to Orlando to be immersed in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but the Forbidden Forest will soon be right in the DMV’s backyard.

For the first time, DC-area fanatics of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe will be able to visit a local destination to dive into the world of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts trilogy. This October, an immersive experience dubbed Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience is coming to the United States for the first time, with its debut location located just outside the District.

After making its original debut in the United Kingdom, this new attraction will send you straight into the famous Forbidden Forest that is featured significantly in all of the Harry Potter books. The outdoor light trail offers an immersive experience that will bring you face to face with centaurs, a Hippogriff, unicorns, and yes, perhaps even a Patronus (but don’t worry, you won’t need to fight off any dementors). While on the trail, you might also brush up on your own spellcasting abilities and the team at the Forbidden Forest will lend you the necessary hardware to practice your patronus charm.

Photo courtesy of WIZARDING WORLD

The light trail will be located at Morven Park, a sprawling 1,000 acre property in Leesburg, Virginia, located just about an hour outside of DC. Once you’re on the trail, you’ll be able to meander at your own pace, but you should allocate somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on your walking pace and love of the Harry Potter universe.

The attraction will also feature a Harry Potter themed village at the end of the light trail offering food and drink like butterbeer, pumpkin doughnuts, and other treats. Plus, there’s a gift shop so that you can fully outfit yourself with the appropriate robes, cauldrons, and other accessories.

If you’re looking to get in line, you better do it quickly—tickets go on sale Thursday and the waitlist is already available, and growing longer by the day. Ticket prices start at $25 for children and $36 for adults and will be available online.

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Lulu Chang is a native Texan with high aspirations of eating her way through the northeast (and beyond). When she's not exploring the culinary scene in DC, you can find her adjusting the height of her standing desk or otherwise searching for a new project. Follow her on Instagram.