Harry Potter's Whomping willow is moulded from the bark of Kew's elderly sweet chestnut tree
Harry Potter fans will be delighted to learn that the Whomping willow of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is actually modelled on Kew’s magnificent sweet chestnut tree.
The beautiful twisted bark of one of Kew’s elderly sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) was used as a model for a very different and more mischievous tree – the Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter films.
A mould was taken of the bark by enveloping the tree in a plaster cast. See if you can spot the resemblance next time you watch the films.
Author: Christina Harrison