Harry Potter fans are in for a treat this summer! Opening at Universal Orlando in June 2019 is a new Harry Potter ride. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will be an immersive roller coaster experience that centers around everyone’s favorite half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid. The ride will be called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, with the premise being that the riders join Hagrid on a motorbike tour through the Forbidden Forest. Of course, things go wrong and the rollercoaster’s riders are soon attacked by the magical creatures residing within the Forest, and Hagrid working overtime to get them out of trouble.
The ride is set to feature a fully animated, robotic recreation of Hagrid himself, based on actor Robbie Coltrane. According to ScreenRant Coltrane was heavily involved in the creation of his animated duplicate, even allowing his mouth to be scanned in order to create Hagrid’s teeth, recording lines from a custom script, and having over twenty body movements the robot can perform. Hagrid’s face was hand sculpted by technicians using Coltrane’s face as a constant visual reference, while his outfit was designed by the same wardrobe responsible for his onscreen costume in the films.
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The latest addition to the Wizarding World sounds great, with an immersive experience that will greatly please any Harry Potter fan! We can’t wait to see Hagrid in person when we line up to go on the coaster ourselves! Are you excited for another journey into the Forbidden Forest?
One of the most appealing things about Harry Potter is the idea that magic is real. And that’s also been one of the best things about the series’ popularity: that’s exactly what the books’ magic has become. The wizarding world of Harry Potter has spread far beyond the pages of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series to reach… well, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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On Thursday, Universal Orlando announced that a Hagrid-themed roller coaster is set to open in the park as soon as June 13 of this year. The coaster, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorcycle Adventure, is aptly named-only the most adventurous will want to board this ride! An official press release says it’s “the most highly-themed coaster yet.” Given that the whole place is already, well, a theme park, fans are thrilled to discover what this means exactly. Drawing inspiration from Hagrid’s iconic motorbike, the ride will be a two-seater. (So if you sit in the part that looks like Hagrid’s sidecar, does that mean you get to be Harry? Better call dibs before your friend!)
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While the much about the coaster is still under wraps (and under construction), fans do know that guests will “fly” and drop down “into the path of… the rarest magical creatures.” Whether or not it’s as much of a thrill ride as it sounds like it could be, one thing is for certain—we’re all thrilled about it!
Universal is constructing the coaster in the Hogsmeade section of the Wizarding World attraction. There are hints that further forthcoming details will drop in March (much like all of our stomachs in June as we take that first plunge).