We are just over a month away from the opening of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Today, Universal released a first look at the Hagrid animated figure that will be featured in the new attraction.
- Guests will come face-to-face with Hagrid during their journey as this hyper-realistic animated figure tries to contain his beloved Blast-Ended Skrewt.
- Hagrid will then guide guests through their adventure into the Forbidden Forest as they encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.
- Universal shared the following details on this impressive new animated figure:
- 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.
- The height of the animated figure is 7 feet 6 inches tall – exactly proportional to Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series.
- 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.
What they’re saying:
- Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative: “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. 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.”
More on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure:
- Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13 at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.
- Universal Orlando revealed some of the creatures guests will encounter in the new attraction, including Fluffy, the three-headed dog, Cornish Pixies, Devil’s Snare and Centaurs.
- The experience will begin with guests taking Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class before boarding a magical motorbike.
- Guests will have the option to ride either the motorcycle or the adjacent sidecar, with each one providing a unique experience.
- Guests will soar into the Forbidden Forest and encounter some of the Wizarding World’s most magnificent creatures.
- The attraction will feature rich environments and sets including a forest of 1,200 live trees.
- The coaster will reach speeds of up to 50 mph.
- The new attraction will fill the space previously occupied by the popular Dragon Challenge coaster.