All week long, Universal Orlando Resort has been offering peeks at the magical creatures featured on the upcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure attraction (see Fluffy, the three-headed dog, Cornish pixies, and Centaurs). Now, they’ve revealed the Blast-Ended Skrewt, a never-before-seen magical creature.
“Described as a cross between a giant scorpion and an elongated crab, this creature was created by Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the “Harry Potter” films and the guide of this new experience. During their journey, guests will come face-to-face (or face-to-rear) for the first time ever with the “Blast-Ended Skrewt” and its dangerous ‘blasting end,’ says Universal.
Blast-Ended Skrewts were first introduced in the book series in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and they were also mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” These creatures were never seen in the films, so guests riding Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will see them come to life for the first time.
On the ride, the life-like animated figure measures 8 feet long, has a 10-foot tall tail with a massive stinger, and weighs more than 6,000 lbs. It produces a “very powerful and signature odor” and fire ignites from its “blasting end,” so be extra cautious when you encounter this unique creature.
When Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 13, it will bring guests on an immersive, highly-themed coaster journey with Hagrid through the Forbidden Forest. Here’s how Universal Orlando describes the experience:
The epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be an immersive experience unlike any other, combining a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with elaborate environments – including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees – to bring an all-new wizarding world adventure to life. Guests will embark on a journey with Hagrid – one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter films – into the Forbidden Forest to discover some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.