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Now, while and the franchise may have been making the majority of the related headlines of late, that hasn't made the original novels (and movies) any less beloved around the world. After all, the tale of two vaguely incompetent men having their self-generated problems solved by a more qualified yet widely under-appreciated woman is a distinctly universal one, and the franchise is definitely beloved for that reason, and not because of all of the magical wish-fulfillment and Alan Rickman.

That sustained enthusiasm for Harry Potter-related content, of course, has led to all sorts of zany commercial tie-ins, and as a result of the latest one:

Four 'Harry Potter' Stars Just Reunited At The Real-Life Forbidden Forest

And, while the recent "impromptu" reunion of Jason Isaacs, Evanna Lynch, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps (a.k.a. Lucius, Luna, Fred & George) at ' studio tour in London seems to have been more of a carefully orchestrated promotional event than the four of them just spontaneously deciding to hang out together, it's still pretty darned neat.

After all, we can now ogle pictures of Lucius Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and the Weasley twins hanging out in a replica of the Forbidden Forest (an imminent addition to the tour, hence all the heavily promoted Potter-themed hangs), and wonder just how awkward that would have been if they'd all been in character.

Sure, it's all just a PR stunt, but since pretty much everything seems to be nowadays, it's probably best to just sit back and pretend that it's all fine, and that we don't now feel a strange collective urge to visit Warner Bros. Studios in London on March 31, when some sort of mysterious woodland area may or not be set to open.

Also, more importantly, it seems like Jason Isaacs has a lot of time on his hands, because he's apparently doing this sort of thing all the time:

Which of course means that were you to open up your own cunningly unlicensed "Harold Porter" studio tour in your back yard, there's a pretty decent chance that Lucius Malfoy would spontaneously turn up and start Instagramming the hell out of it.

Or, y'know, maybe not so much.

What do you think, though? Are you enticed by the cunning lures of the Forbidden Forest, and its subtle promotion? Let us know below!

(Sources: MTV)


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