harry potter tv series

HBO Max is working a little magic to bring back the Boy Who Lived. A Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in early development at HBO Max, with WarnerMedia talking to potential writers to hash out the subject of an HBO Max series set in the Wizarding World.  Read More »

Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens on June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Florida, and we were able to get an early preview of the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And we loved it – it’s the best Harry Potter ride to date.

Below, watch our video from the attraction and opening ceremony and get our full reaction to the new ride.

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hagrid ride sneak peek

Of all the forms of magical transportation in Harry Potter‘s Wizarding World, perhaps the most hilarious is Hagrid’s motorbike: a giant, hulking beast of a motorcycle with a tiny sidecar in which Harry was often unceremoniously thrown in to escape capture by the Dark Lord and his minions. And soon, you’ll get to know what it feels like to plummet through the skies in a rickety sidecar in the all-new attraction opening next month in the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is part rollercoaster, part immersive experience that takes you through the gentle half-giant’s enchanting and dangerous world of magical creatures — with a lifelike cameo from Hagrid himself. Universal Studios Orlando is offering you a sneak peek of the roller coaster part of the attraction, with a POV video that takes you through all its twists and turns.

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Universal Studios Animatronic Hagrid

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida will be getting an all-new attraction next month in the form of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. As you might have surmised from the name of the ride, it will feature the half-giant Hogwarts gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures professor taking visitors on a journey through the Forbidden Forest and introducing us to some other magical creatures.

To give guests that feeling of truly being transported to the wizarding world, Universal Studios has unveiled their most life-life animatronic character yet, and it perfectly captures the likeness of Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid himself. Get a first look at the Universal Studios animatronic Hagrid below. Read More »

hagrid ride creatures

Hagrid’s motorbike is getting increasingly crowded with every week. Fulfilling their promise of unveiling new creatures for the upcoming Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure ride at The Wizarding World in Universal Orlando, the resort released even more images of magical creatures that include a regal centaur, mischevious Cornish pixies, and the never before seen onscreen Blast-Ended Skrewt. See the first look at the new Hagrid ride creatures below

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Dark Arts at Hogwarts
Universal Studios Hollywood keeps upgrading The Wizarding World of Harry Potter‘s offerings. A couple of years back, they began doing a projection mapping show on Hogwarts Castle that was called the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle. This year they are taking a turn to the Dark Arts and presenting a new nighttime light show based on the evil side of the Wizarding World.

Over the weekend, I got to attend the premiere event for the new show, Dark Arts at Hogwarts. In addition to my thoughts on the new show, I took some video of this stunning event. Watch it below.

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Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

The magical creatures of the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride are looking more realistic than ever. Universal Orlando Resorts released the first look at one of the titular creatures in the upcoming ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter land at Universal Orlando, which fans may recognize — though it looks decidedly un-fluffy as a giant animatronic puppet.

Fluffy the three-headed dog is the first of many creatures that will be unveiled in what is looking to be one of the most immersive experiences at the Harry Potter-themed area yet.

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harry potter world building

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the current state of J.K. Rowling’s beloved universe is…unsteady.)

Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world went to shit. Literally. The Pottermore Twitter account resurfaced an innocuous piece of trivia that described the wizarding world before it had discovered indoor plumbing, in which witches and wizards would use a vanishing spell after they had, ahem, done their business. The Harry Potter fandom went wild at the prospect of wizards shitting their pants for hundreds of years. It was exactly the kind of world-building misstep for which Rowling had become infamous in recent years: constantly revising the enchanting world she had created until it felt like the entire series was just built out of trivia.

Worse yet, it’s trivia that revises her previously white, previously heterosexual world into one that feels performatively “woke” — as was the case with her most recent egregious piece of trivia: that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had an “intense” sexual relationship, which of course we’ll never get to see onscreen. It’s like if Michaelangelo had kept returning to the Sistine Chapel to layer on more inches of oil paint until his masterpiece became an unrecognizable mess.

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the wizarding world of harry potter dark arts

No need to defend against the Dark Arts at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Universal theme park is teaching the dark magic to its visitors with a brand new “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” light show that will illuminate Hogwarts castle starting April 13, 2019. It’s the first sight of the darker side of the Wizarding World that we’re getting at the theme parks at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.

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Harry Potter theme park ride

Rumors about Universal’s newest Harry Potter theme park ride have been floating around for years, and now we’ve learned that they were true: Universal Orlando Resort has just unveiled its first official look at the Wizarding World’s newest attraction: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, which features “the most highly-themed coaster yet.” Get more details below.
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