Universal Orlando recently offered a peek at the creatures riders will find in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Ride, and now they’re offering a look at Hagrid himself.
On this immersive coaster experience, for the first time ever in the Universal Orlando parks, you’ll get the chance to come face-to-face with Hagrid, who is not only the Hogwarts gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures professor, but also one of Harry Potter’s most loving and loyal friends.
Universal Creative, the team responsible for creating Universal’s iconic rides and attractions, worked directly with actor 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 movies.
Coltrane also recorded a custom script for Hagrid in this new adventure for riders to enjoy.
All this makes Hagrid Universal Orlando’s most advanced and realistic animated figure to date. Looking at the photos, I’d say they did an amazing job!
You can check Hagrid out for yourself when Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
[Images courtesy Universal Orlando]
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