Universal Studios Orlando is preparing to launch the latest addition to its Wizarding World of Harry Potter with Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The “immersive” roller coaster puts visitors on Hagrid’s motorcycle as they journey through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with a number of magical creatures from the world of the Harry Potter books and films. The creatures aren’t all that’s in store, though.
Universal Orlando has unveiled its first look at the animatronic figure of Hagrid that will be seen in the coaster, and it’s scarily realistic. Like, a few steps removed from a Harry Potter-themed version of Westworld realistic.
According to a press release, Hagrid’s face was sculpted by hand, while actor Robbie Coltrane’s mouth was scanned to recreate the character’s teeth. Coltrane also recorded new dialogue for the animatronic, while the character’s costume was designed by the team that dressed him in the films.
“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,” Universal Creative senior vice president Thierry Coup said in a statement. “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.”
You can see just how detailed the Hagrid animatronic is in the images above and in the trailer below. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Universal Orlando on June 19. Between this and the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom parks, it’s an exciting summer to be a theme park fan.