We can’t leaf this tree alone!
A historic tree featured in the fifth “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix,” is in danger of toppling over.
The aged cedar of Lebanon tree, located in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, is 55 feet tall and has a massive hole in the trunk. The hole makes it so that the tree could tip over at any moment. But a rescue plan is in the works.
Tree surgeons ― yes, this is a thing ― are using “climbers and a cherry picker to fix cables to its larger upper branches and attach them to nearby trees” to reduce the chances of collapse.
Potter fans will remember the tree from a scene in “Order of the Phoenix” when Snape has a flashback of being bullied by James Potter and Sirius Black, during which Snape is held upside down from the top of the tree.
Of the massive effort to save the tree, Roy Cox, head of estates at Blenheim Palace, told The Sun that it’s because the tree “could live for many more decades.”
“We could have ignored it and let it fall of its own accord, but it’s important we do everything we can for such impressive trees. It’s as significant to Blenheim Palace as it is to Harry Potter fans.”
Saving this tree is especially important since another famous “Harry Potter” tree, the Whomping Willow (portrayed by an ancient yew in Hertfordshire), split and collapsed in 2014.
Let’s save the trees and celebrate over some Butterbeers, shall we?