Get a GIANT first look at Hagrid coming to Universal’s new Harry Potter coaster


Universal Orlando’s newest coaster will take guests on a wild ride through the Forbidden Forest as the magical creatures from Harry Potter, but not before getting a lesson (and a Motorbike) from the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, Rubius Hagrid.

Today Universal Orlando revealed a first look at Hagrid.

The massive gamekeeper is making his debut at Islands of Adventure as a massive audio animatronic. It’s the most lifelike animatronic that Universal has done to date.

Here’s a little bit more info about Hagrid:

  • Universal Creative, the team responsible for creating Universal’s iconic rides and attractions, worked directly with Robbie Coltrane – who portrays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films – to study his body movements and facial expressions to develop 24 different body actions for this animated figure
  • Incredible attention to detail was taken to recreate Hagrid’s likeness from the films, including a meticulously hand-sculpted face, digital scans of Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane’s teeth, and careful placement of individual hair strands – including eyebrows and lashes.
  • The costume Hagrid wears was designed by the same team that created his on-screen attire for the Harry Potter films
  • Hagrid’s height is exactly proportional to his height in the films – 7 feet 6 inches tall
  • Robbie Coltrane recorded a custom script for Hagrid in this new adventure
  • And be on the lookout for an exact replica of Hagrid’s famous pink umbrella!

The new ride will open on June 13th and only at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure!

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