Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando Opening in 2019

Update May 6, 2019

Universal Orlando Resort revealed a life-like Hagrid animatronic will be a part of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure when it opens on June 13.

Hagrid

A life-like animated Hagrid figure is part of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Guests will come face-to-face with Hagrid during their journey as his hyper-realistic animated figure tries to contain his beloved Blast-Ended Skrewt. The gentle half-giant will guide guests through their adventure into the Forbidden Forest as they encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

Blast-Ended Skrewt

Guests will encounter the “Blast-Ended Skrewt” in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and Hagrid’s animated figure are being brought to life by Universal Creative, the team responsible for creating Universal’s iconic rides and attractions. The team spent thousands of hours creating Hagrid’s animated figure with a level of detail that has never been done before, working alongside actor Robbie Coltrane – who portrays Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series – to develop the most advanced and realistic animated figure of its kind.

No details were spared when precisely replicating Hagrid for this new experience. Every detail about Hagrid is authentic to what has been featured in the Harry Potter film series – all the way down to his iconic pink umbrella.

  • The animated figure features an extensive motion profile of 24 different body movements and facial expressions, mimicking Robbie Coltrane’s exact motions as Hagrid from the Harry Potter film series
  • A digital scan of Robbie Coltrane’s mouth was used to create Hagrid’s teeth
  • Hagrid’s entire face was meticulously sculpted by hand
  • Hagrid’s costume was designed by the same team that created his on-screen wardrobe
  • Robbie Coltrane recorded a custom script for Hagrid in this new adventure
  • And the height of the animated figure is 7 feet 6 inches tall – exactly proportional to Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.

“Hagrid is such an iconic character and an integral part of the Harry Potter franchise, so we were excited to develop a truly innovative and authentic animated figure to bring him to life for this experience,” said Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative. “We worked tirelessly to make sure Hagrid’s full essence was captured with the utmost attention to detail for our guests to feel completely immersed in this all-new adventure.”

Update April 19, 2019

You can’t have Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure without magical creatures! Universal Orlando Resort announced a number of never before seen creatures for their new roller coaster attraction including:

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog

Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Fluffy is Hagrid’s 8,000 pound guard dog that was used to protect the hiding place for the Sorcerer’s Stone. In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Fluffy belongs to Hagrid, who adopted him from a “Greek chappie” he met in a pub.

Cornish pixies

Cornish pixies

Cornish pixies in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief – often at the expense of others. Cornish pixies made their first film appearance in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” during Gilderoy Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

Cornish pixies

Cornish pixies in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Centaurs

Centaur

Centaur in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Long-time inhabitants of the Forbidden Forest, centaurs are magical creatures with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. Centaurs are known for their skill in archery. In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Hagrid is friendly with the Centaur herds as he regularly enters the Forbidden Forest to help injured creatures.

Blast-Ended Skrewt

On your journey through the Forbidden Forest during Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll encounter Blast-Ended Skrewts up to 8 feet long with tails up to ten-feet high and topped with a massive stinger. The Blast-Ended Skrewt is the main lesson for the day but, as with all adventures with Hagrid, things don’t always go to plan… [see image above].

Devil’s Snare

While Devil’s Snare isn’t a creature, this perilous plant from the wizarding world often strangles people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire.

Devil's Snare

Devil’s Snare in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Original post from March 12, 2019 follows below

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – say that three times fast. Not only a tongue-twister, but a twist of roller coaster track opening at Universal Orlando resort in June 2019. We’ve had scant information on what was replacing the popular Dragon Challenge dueling coasters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, until today. Alan Gilmore, Art Director of the Harry Potter films and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter joined Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series) to share details on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Continue reading for what we learned about the new roller coaster opening June 13, 2019.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

Initially, Universal Orlando Resort announced Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure would be a “new generation of thrill ride” and the “most highly-themed coaster experience” they’ve ever created. Ever since Dragon Challenge closed in 2017, online speculation was rampant that this “perfect addition to Hogsmeade” could be the Forbidden Forest. An area strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, the Forbidden Forest is full of magical creatures including centaurs, unicorns, Acromantula (gigantic spiders), and more. The Foribben Forest played a large role in many Harry Potter books and films, and the Forbidden Forest film set was just opened to visitors on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour outside of London.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter London

Forbidden Forst section of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter London, photo by Dave Parfitt

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure begins when guests (starting at 48″ tall) join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make them feel the freedom of flight. Guests will either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar as they embark on a journey that will bring them closer to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. But as they make their way through the Forbidden Forest…things don’t go as planned. During the adventure, guests will:

  • Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds up to 50 mph into the dark forest
  • Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog – and even a creature that’s never been seen in the films
  • Hurl past challenging obstacles, become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way.

To create the Forbidden Forest, over 1,200 live trees were planted at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park to immerse guests in the story and innovative coaster technology. Watch the complete video below for all the information and details.

We had the opportunity to meet Alan Gilmore during the Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando Resort. The kind Irishman happened to be sitting by himself in our Hogwarts Express car at the end of a long evening. When I introduced myself to him and my daughters, Alan grabbed my phone to take a selfie with us and then proceeded to show us around his Wizarding World.

Alan Gilmore

Alan Gilmore with the author and family at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter event

During our personal guided tour, he paused to point out the album covers in the London shop window outside Diagon Alley. “Manstamp” was his own tribute album as all the plans had to get the art director’s seal of approval before moving forward.

Alan Gilmore

Art Director Alan Gilmore points out “his” album cover at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, photo by Dave Parfitt

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.