The Whomping Willow is a tree from Harry Potter, and its name doesn’t lie either. The tree actually whomps people or objects that go anywhere near it. The tree has a secret, and it’s a really good one too. There is an opening at the bottom of the tree that is revealed when the knot at the base of the trunk is poked. The tree’s opening leads to the Shrieking Shack in the village of Hogsmeade. Readers of the books and those who have seen the movies, will remember that Harry and Ron flew Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia into it in The Chamber of Secrets. The Whomping Willow is one of my favorite magical things in the world of Harry Potter.