Universal has released a first-look at Hagrid in his new ride, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Photo: Universal Orlando)
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Everybody's favorite half-giant has arrived at the all-new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, opening June 13th at Universal Orlando. Hagrid himself has been brought to life for this epic new adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here's our first look at this impressive new lifelike animated figure.

During our thrilling journey into the Forbidden Forest, we'll encounter some of the rarest magical creatures around, including Centaurs, Pixies and more. And for the first-time ever in the parks, we'll get a chance to come face-to-face with Hagrid during our trip. Hagrid is not only the Hogwarts gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures class teacher, but he's also one of Harry Potter's most loyal friends.

To bring this important character to life, the Universal Creative team worked with the actor behind Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane, to get his body movements and facial expressions just right. The animated figure will have 24 different actions, which will work together to create a fluid and lifelike portrayal of the beloved character. Robbie Coltrane also recorded a completely new script for Hagrid for the new ride.

The team meticulously hand-sculpted the face and even digitally scanned the actor's teeth to re-create everything perfectly. Hair strands, eyebrows and lashes were carefully placed with incredible attention to detail. Standing at 7 feet 6 inches, this animated figure measures exactly the same as the character we've seen and loved in the film series.

Hagrid's costume for the ride was designed by the very same designers that created his on-screen attire in the movies. Even an exact replica of Hagrid's famous pink umbrella makes an appearance on the attraction. Hagrid is not supposed to perform magic, but he's been known to use his trusty umbrella to conjure up a trick or two, rather than a wand.

Are you ready to board his specially designed flying Motorbike and take off for an adventure through the Forbidden Forest? Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class is looking for new students starting June 13th, when the all-new Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Universal's Islands of Adventure. You won't want to miss it!