A classic Hagrid-adjacent character is coming to life.
Photo: Warner Bros.

A creature mentioned in the Harry Potter books, but never seen in the films, is finally coming to life in a new theme park ride.

Blast-Ended Skrewts—part-manticore, part-fire crab creatures bred by Rubeus Hagrid—are being realized for the first time in live-action as part of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a new ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando this summer.

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The creatures are mentioned many times in J.K. Rowling’s books (most notably as an obstacle for the champions of the Tri-Wizard Tournament to defeat during the hedge maze in Goblet of Fire) and made it into a video game, but never the movies. That means for most fans, the ride will be the first time they ever see one. And here it is via Universal Parks.

Blast-Ended Skrewts are coming to life at Universal.
Photo: Universal

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Crab legs, scorpion tail...yeah, clearly a creature only Hagrid could love.

The Skrewts are real-life animatronics and join a bunch of other creatures on Hagrid’s ride, such as Fluffy the three-headed-dog, a centaur, and Cornish pixies, just to name a few. The ride opens June 13.

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