The Harry Potter books and movies show off many wondrous locations, from the Great Hall of Hogwarts to Godric’s Hollow, Diagon Alley to Knockturn Alley. The Forbidden Forest, however, may just be the best of the lot. Sitting on the outskirts of Hogwarts, it’s a dangerous and mysterious setting. If its dark and broody aesthetic wasn’t enough, it’s also home to some fearsome creatures such as Centaurs, Werewolves, and Spiders. Though students aren’t allowed inside, Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione enter in every book in the series barring the Half-Blood Prince.
The majority of scenes that take place at the Forest are shown in the movies – but not all of them are. Here are 10 scenes that only fans of the img material will be aware of–this list also includes scenes where the forest is mentioned or discussed in the books but not in the films.
In The Sorcerer’s Stone movie, Harry nearly collides with Severus Snape and Quirinus Quirrell while strolling around Hogwarts at night. He eavesdrops on a conversation between the pair, with Snape warning Quirrell he ‘doesn’t want him as his enemy.’ However, in the book of the same name, this late-night chat actually takes place inside the Forest.
After helping Gryffindor win at Quidditch, Harry gets on his broom and follows the duo into the wooded space. He then hears this conversation play out, with Snape then turning on his heel and leaving the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher with much to ponder. Harry mistakenly thinks Snape is serving Lord Voldemort at this time – but it’s later revealed it’s actually Quirrell aiding the Dark Lord instead.
Another difference in the first movie of the series is when Harry receives detention. In that film, the Boy Who Lived is joined by Ron, Hermione, and Draco Malfoy after Minerva McGonagall punishes them for being out of bed after dark. Yet this isn’t the case in the book, with Neville taking Ron’s place instead.
Therefore, there’s a moment that’s missed out on. Rubeus Hagrid initially goes with Harry and Hermione when red sparks go up, getting their attention. When they race to Draco and Neville’s location, they find the Slytherin pupil had played a prank on his victim – forcing him to cry out for help. This is the last straw for Hagrid, who then tells Harry to go with his enemy because he won’t be scared so easily.
In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Firenze the Centaur saves Harry just when it looks as though Lord Voldemort is about to get to him. They then have a brief conversation without interruption before Hagrid collects the Chosen One to take him back up to the school. However, things don’t play out the exact same in J.K. Rowling’s novel.
Other Centaurs turn up and slam Firenze for interacting with Harry, insisting it isn’t their job to get involved with the business of humans. One, named Bane, also takes aim at his friend for agreeing to carry the Boy Who Lived on his back – like some common mule. Issues between humans and Centaurs is detailed far more in the seven books than it is on the big screen, with Warner Bros choosing to omit much of their backstory.