Universal Orlando Resort revealed a first look at another creature featured in the upcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The new ride opens on June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is described as a combination of coaster and story. The ride takes passengers deep into the Forbidden Forest and travels at more than 50 mph. The coaster will also send visitors backward at points and features twists and turns as well. Riders will also be able to choose between traveling in Hagrid’s motorbike or sidecar, just as Harry did in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Earlier this week, we got a first look at Fluffy, Hagrid’s beloved three-headed dog. He’s known for guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone in the first Harry Potter book, though readers and fans of the movie know that he doesn’t do a great job of it. In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, he’ll be spotted in the Forbidden Forest as one of the many magical creatures riders will encounter. At over 8,000 pounds, he’ll likely be one of the more intimidating parts of the ride.
According to Polygon, the ride will include a 8-foot-long Blast-Ended Skrewts, dangerous creatures featured in the Harry Potter novels, but not the films. Universal also showed off a Centaur, Cornish Pixies, and Devil’s Snare; all of which will be featured alongside Fluffy and the Skrewts. Check out the creatures below:
First shown in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Blast-Ended Skrewts are an illegal cross between a Fire Crab and a Manticore. They can both sting and suck blood, making for a potent combination. Plus, as the name implies, they have a dangerous blasting end that shoots fire. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their Care of Magical Creatures classmates are no fans of the Skrewts, though Hagrid maintains that they, like all magical creatures, are useful. The students spend most of their fourth year caring for the Skrewts, even as they grow increasingly larger and more deadly. In the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a Skrewt is placed in the maze for the final Triwizard Tournament task. However, they aren’t seen at all in the movie.
The Skrewts are one of Hagrid’s favorites of his many magical creatures, so it’s exciting that fans will finally be able to see them brought to life. Since they didn’t appear in any of the movies, there wasn’t a clear idea of what they looked like, leaving fans to come up with their own interpretations. This Blast-Ended Skrewt certainly looks capable of the destruction described in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, especially with that pointed blasting end and hard, spell-proof shell. Despite the Skrewt’s intimidating presence, fans should still be excited to see this creature finally revealed.
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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.