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This week, we’re revealing more about the magical creatures you’ll encounter on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the new epic adventure opening June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure. It will be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience yet, and take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest to discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.
Now through April 19, stay tuned to the Universal Orlando blog as we give you a first-ever look at some of the creatures you’ll encounter…including one that’s never been seen in the films. A new creature will be revealed each day at 11 a.m. EDT to prepare you for the incredible things you may see during your trip into the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Class.
As our reveal week comes to an end, it’s time to reveal our final creature – not seen before in the films. Careful, you may want to approach from the front.
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to come face-to-face (or face-to-rear) with a Blast-Ended Skrewt on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Described as a cross between scorpions and elongated crabs, Skrewts aren’t afraid to attack other Skrewts they encounter and have incredibly strong armor that can’t be penetrated by spells – proving to be a challenge for Hagrid since they hatched.
On your journey through the Forbidden Forest during Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll encounter Blast-Ended Skrewts up to 8 feet long with tails up to ten-feet high and topped with a massive stinger. The Blast-Ended Skrewt is the main lesson for the day but, as with all adventures with Hagrid, things don’t always go to plan…
- Blast-Ended Skrewts were first introduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and also mentioned in Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- As you may have read in the book, Hagrid created these unique creatures by crossbreeding Fire Crabs and Manticores – fierce creatures in their own right
- Skrewts create actual fire from their ‘blasting-ends,’ igniting at random intervals – so be wary during your encounter
- Even if you’re far enough to avoid their fire, watch out as you may still catch a whiff of their powerful scent… known to smell like rotting fish
A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect.
As you make your way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, look out for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world.
- In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid is friendly with the Centaur herds as he regularly enters the Forbidden Forest to help injured creatures
- According to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, these forest-dwelling beings usually live in herds of between 10 and 50 and are well-versed in magical healing, divination, archery and astronomy
- Centaurs made their first appearance in the films during Harry Potter’s detention in the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
While Devil’s Snare isn’t a creature, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world – often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that for your journey!
Speaking of your journey, Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges you’ll face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. You may even find yourself entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant but remember to remain calm! If you don’t, you may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines…
And fun fact about Devil’s Snare, it made its first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the brave Hermione told her friends how to defeat this dangerous force.
Cornish pixies are electric blue tricksters who love to create mischief – often at the expense of others. These mischievous creatures fly, and have also been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings – poor Neville Longbottom…
In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll see these troublesome creatures wreaking havoc on an infamous blue car… and in places you may not expect. They’re about 13 inches tall and you’ll find more than 20 pixies throughout your adventure. Happy hunting!
- According to Pottermore, Cornish pixies can produce a high-pitched jabbering that’s only comprehensible to other pixies
- Cornish pixies made their first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets during Gilderoy Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class
Fluffy, the Three-Headed Dog
Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, as many of you know, Fluffy has a weakness – he falls asleep to the sound of music.
In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. Proceed with caution – he’s a guard dog first and foremost. And in this new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars.
- In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fluffy belongs to Hagrid, who adopted him from a “Greek chappie” he met in a pub
- Experts on Pottermore say Fluffy was inspired by Cerberus – the dog that in Greek mythology guarded the gates of the Underworld – and, just like Fluffy, he fell asleep to the sound of music
- Fluffy made his first and only appearance in the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
And these aren’t the only creatures you may encounter on your journey with Hagrid:
- You may hear some Thestrals near the carriages
- Look out for sculptures of various magical creatures living in the black lake, including Merpeople (mysterious underwater-dwelling beasts) and Grindylows (horned, pale-green water demons)
- Keep your ears tuned for the voices of gnomes- they’re known to scurry about the grounds
- And even more surprises!
We can’t wait to see these creatures in person when Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens on June 13. Make sure to sign up for emails as we continue to reveal further details on this new experience. #WizardingWorldOrlando
Can’t wait to meet FLUFFY
Wow… Can’t wait!!!
The Centaurs look amazing! So excited! 🙂
Can’t wait we will be there for Halloween
Brilliant!!!! Shame our holiday will be over by then – BUT an excellent reason to come back!!!!!
Sounds FANTASTIC! Just like riding the stories!
So excited for this ride to come out!!
WOOHOO!!! Can’t wait!
So glad that Dragon Challenge (Dueling Dragons) was actually replaced with what promises to be a fantastic ride. I loved those two coasters and was on the last train to ride them before they shut down for good. It was a sad day. Very much looking forward to being happy again once I ride this.
yeah, looks epic! Cant wait to see all the creatures
Does anyone know the height requirement for this ride
Hello Paul! Guests starting at 48″ tall will be able to experience the attraction.
We are going in October 😀 can’t wait!!!
I look forward to be there !!!
I am wondering…Do you think that this ride will be better in the night or day time?
Hello, this attraction is a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the path of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures!
SOUNDS LIKE ALOT OF FUN!!!!!
I am so excited for this ride!!! As a regular motorcycle rider, I’m hoping to get a seat on the bike!
I am really looking forward to this adventure!!
Looking forward to this immensely!
Wish I could afford to bring the family…
Thanks for sharing!
I wish I had waited to go to see the Wisarding World of Harry Potter. This looks so amazing! I want to save money to see if I can go again and ride on this one.
Thank you so much for sharing! We look forward to your next visit.
Universal I salute you for another amazing adventure. I will be there this year in September cannot wait.
Thanks so much! We will see you soon!
I want to go!
I’m a larger individual, will this ride accommodate larger individuals. Forbidden Journey is a tight fit for me. I am really hoping I will be able to ride this ride. Thanks.
Hi Diane! More information will be released closer to the attraction opening.
I can not wait
I can’t do roller coasters so is there another way to experience these creatures ? We are coming next year.
Hi Sarah! More details about the attraction are soon to come.
Can’t wait go back see what all new happening look awesome
We are so excited about meeting all these characters when we visit from the UK in July🐕😈
Will annual Passholders have preview days?
Hi Jennifer! We have not made any announcements at this time.
If I’m staying at on-site hotel for the opening week, is it possible to ride this on the early park admission time?
Also, is it possible to use express pass on this ride? thanks.
Hi Jeanny! Stay tuned for more information to be released.
We will be there in August with our daughter and two of her friends, one of whom has never been outside of the UK in her life.
We are going to have an amazing time at Harry Potter world
OMG!!!! This fantasy stuff is right up my alley!! I pray I live long enough to see it with my own eyes~~
I’m going to give this a try the next time that I am in the parks. I will forever miss my beloved dragons, but this new ride does sound like fun! Someday, I hope that Universal Orlando adds a Harry Potter themed indoor looping twisting roller coaster like one at another part that I refuse to go to. The theming on this looks wonderful, but my idea of a roller coaster is something that gives me an extreme adrenaline rush. Still, I love Harry Potter so I know that I will enjoy this ride!
I have been going ALL year – can’t wait to be there on OPENING DAY of Hagrid’s – June 13th is my BIRTHDAY!!! Best gift EVER!!!! 🙂
Really looking forward to Hagrid’s Motorbike adventure!
I am soooooo Excited I can hardly wait.
So looking forward to it ALL.
Look’s like Universal hasn’t left anything out.
As they say the more the merrier.
I don’t do roller coasters so shall miss out on seeing these creatures
How rough a coaster will this be. will there be steep dives?
Hi Jamie! Please continue to follow our social media and blog posts for more information about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
CAN’T WAIT TO VISIT THE NEW CREATURES AT HAGRID’S MAGICAL MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE !!!!!!!!!!!
If Devil’s Snare means drop coaster, I’ll be there opening day.
Cant wait to go there hopefully on Halloween. Now if they would only get rid of Poseidons fury………
We can’t wait!!!! We only go to Florida now to see Harry, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley and Hogsmeade village !!! It brings us closer to the story ,imagination and ideas from JK Rowling to add to our ever growing “Harry Potter” rooms of our own..
Hi Lisa Ann!
Thanks so much for sharing! We look forward to your next visit and reading all about it!
Can you tell me about the outside roller coaster(rc) part of this ride?
Rcs and I do not get along at all! How often is the rc outside? I’m ok with the inside part of the ride but I need to be prepared for this. I don’t want to avoid this new attraction.
Annual Pass Holder
Which roller coaster are you interested in as they vary? Please contact us at GuestServices@universalorlando.com or at 407-224-4233 option 4 for further assistance. Thank you!
Hi, uhhhh I can not see them. I arrived on May 28 at univesarl, something new can I see ?? thks.
We’re headed back to Universal for the fourth straight year in late September. Can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to it!
We look forward to entertaining you soon!
I can’t wait, have been saving little by little forever it seems like!
Hola Doris, muchas gracias por sus amables palabras! Los espero ver pronto!
If someone can not ride the motorbike adverture through the magical forest, is there another way to see it?
Hello Donna, at this time that information has not been confirmed yet. Please continue to check our social media channels for any updates.
Just came home from Hogsmede yesterday and had a sneaky peek over the fence at Hagrids motorcycle ride. Looks amazing. Gutted we missed it! Next time ……
Thank you for sharing your excitement! We hope you will visit us again once the newest attraction opens.
you forgot the UNICORNS!