Both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films franchises have introduced fans to bizarre magical creatures lifted from the pages of J.K. Rowling's famous book series - from Hippogriffs to Basilisks to Nifflers. But there's one special creature, the hybrid creature known as the Blast-Ended Skrewt, that has never made its way to any of the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts films. For the first time, the Blast-Ended Skrewt will actually be seen at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter rollercoaster ride, Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure, at Universal Orlando.
Blast-Ended Skrewts were first introduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter book series. It makes sense these special creatures would appear in this book since it was the first time in the Harry Potter series to introduce a deluge of new creatures, familiar (like dragons) and unfamiliar (like Grindylows), to readers. The Blast-Ended Skrewts were bred specially for the Triwizard Tournament by Hagrid, meant to be a crossover between Manticores (themselves a human/lion/scorpion hybrid) and Fire Crabs. The mating methodology has never been made public, but Hagrid pulled it off, breeding several hundred for the tournament and placing them inside the maze during the final challenge.
Blast-Ended Skrewts are tough creatures. After several months, they have grown thick, protective armor, similar to a crab or scorpion, that protects them from a variety of spells. They also have large stingers at the ends of their tails which curl over their heads and have huge stingers on the end. True to their name, Blast-Ended Skrewts are able to emit a "blast" from the ends of their tails which can do serious damage to their opponent.
Even though fans never saw the Blast-Ended Skrewt come to life in a Harry Potter film (and they won't be in the Fantastic Beasts films, since those take place approximately six decades before Blast-Ended Skrewts were created), Universal Orlando released an image of their take on the creature as featured in Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure. Based on the photo posted in a series featuring all of the different creatures from the ride, the Blast-Ended Skrewt in the photo looks very true to its size and description in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Then, at the end of the ride, there's another treat: a lifelike unicorn taking care of its foal:
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure debuted at Wizarding World Orlando on June 13. If you can handle the lengthy wait times, the ride gives Harry Potter fans a chance to get up close to the Blast-Ended Skrewt. Of course, based on Harry and his friends' experiences with the Skrewts, up close is probably the last place you'd want to be.
- Fantastic Beasts 3 (2021) release date: Nov 12, 2021