Finally, following a long period of unconfirmed rumours, LEGO has officially revealed the 2020 line-up of LEGO Harry Potter sets. And there is plenty to be excited about. As LEGO states in their press release: “discover the entrance to The Room of Requirement, lure Professor Umbridge to the Forbidden Forest, gatecrash the Ravenclaw dormitory and explore the Hogwarts Astronomy Tower. Excited? Let’s have a closer look…
A total of five normal sets have been revealed along with a brick built model of Hedwig (see separate post for that one).
The new sets will go on sale from June 1st in select regions (July 1st in Mexico and August 1st in the United States) and will be available to pre-order from 30th April in select regions from LEGO.com and from selected retailers globally. One of the five sets is a retailer exclusive.
The following with be updated with prices in other currencies as they become available.
Hogwarts Room of Requirement (The Order of the Phoenix)
Set 75966 – 193 pieces
Price: US$19.99 / €19.99 (DE) / €19.99 (ES) / £17.99 / AU$29.99 / 180 DKK / 239 NOK
The smallest of the sets is the Room of Requirement. In Hogwarts, the Room of Requirement can take a lot of different forms depending on the needs of the user. I’ve discussed that in a previous post. This set represents the use of the room, where Harry trains Dumbledore’s army in using spells that can help in the battle against Voldemort and his army of Death Eaters and other dark forces.
Previously, the 2007 Hogwarts castle (set 5378) had also shown the room in this form, as per below.
LEGO states the full model, when connected, measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 7″ (19cm) long and 2″ (6cm) deep. The different sections of the set can be attached in a variety of configurations to inspire new ways to play. I assume this means it can be connected to the Hogwarts sets of the last couple of years (Great Hall, Clock Tower, etc.) as the use of Hogwarts in the title also suggests (all other sets with Hogwarts in the title in the 2018-2019 releases can be connected).
Harry’s training of Dumbledore’s Army included the use of the Expecto Patronus spell, and here we learn that Hermione’s Patronus is an otter and Luna has a rabbit as Patronus. Both these Patronuses are included in the set as shown below. Given the popularity of Harry’s stag Patronus last year, I’m sure this will be a popular set.
Here is the whole scene as shared by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Youtube channel:
For practicing other combat spells, they use target dolls they have built to look like dementors or Death Eaters. One such target doll is included in the set as well.
Minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger (with her otter Patronus) and Luna Lovegood (with her rabbit Patronus).
Forbidden Forrest: Umbridge’s encounter (The Order of the Phoenix)
Set 75967 – 253 pieces
Price: US$29.99 / €29.99 (DE) / €29.99 (ES) / £24.99 / AU$49.99 / 270 DKK / 359 NOK
In 2018 we got the Aragog’s Lair scene from the Forbidden Forest followed in 2019 by Expecto Patronus, which was also set in the forest. Here in 2020, this is followed by yet another Forbidden Forest scene, in which Harry Potter and Hermione Granger lead Dolores Umbridge, headmistress of Hogwarts, to Hagrid’s half-brother, Grawp (who is a giant). They are met by a herd of centaurs, and after Umbridge offends them, they carry her screaming off deep into the forest. Many sees this scene as one of the highlights of the Order of the Phoenix.
Two centaurs are included in the set and are based on a brand new mould. This has a normal horse base but allows you to attach a minifigure torso where the head normally would be. I’m sure this piece with be hugely popular among those building fantasy MOCs.
Also included is a brick built model of Grawp. It stands over 5” (13cm) high and can be used both as part of kids’ role-play adventures or on display in their rooms.
Both the centaurs and Grawp are new in the LEGO Harry Potter universe. While not new, the inclusing of professor Umbridge in a relatively low cost set is appreciated as she is quite rare – featuring only in the very hard to get 2007 Hogwarts Castle (set 5378) and the somewhat more readily available 2018 Bricktober pack.
The inclusion of Harry Potter and Hermione as minifigues finishes off the set nicely. While we have seen many versions of them previously, the printed torsos represents what they were wearing in the actual scene from the Order of the Phoenix movie.
It is interesting to note that this set is pretty much identical to one of the guesses of new 2020 sets I put forward already back in July 2019.
Minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Dolores Umbridge, two centaurs and the giant Grawp as a brick built figure.
4 Privet Drive (Chamber of Secrets)
Set 75968 – 797 pieces
Price: US$69.99 / €69.99 (DE) / €74.99 (ES) / £64.99 / AU$99.99 / 649 DKK / 829 NOK
I had expected the sets of this wave to exclusively cover scenes from last three movies, so I was surprised to see a set that take us back to the Chamber of Secrets to the home of the Dursleys where Harry grew up.
But with this set, we get a much improved version of 4 Privet Drive, which previously has only been released as set back in 2002 (set 4728). With 797 pieces – about three times the pieces used in the previous version, it measures over 6” (17cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep. As in 2002, the set includes the blue Ford Anglia which Ron Weasley, together with his brothers George and Fred (the twins unfortunately not included in the set), uses to help Harry escape from his bedroom.
In the set, apart from Harry and Ron, we also get Dudley Dursley, Vernon Dursley and Petunia Dursley. Dudley and Petunia are both new as minifigures, and Vernon previously only available with yellow head, so great to see them all included as iconic characters in the Harry Potter universe.
Finally, the set includes Dobby – allowing people to replay the scene from where Dobby appears in Harry’s bedroom to warn him not to return to Hogwarts. When Harry doesn’t listen, tries to reinforce the point using Aunt Petunia’s cake on Dursley’s visitors! The included cake matches quite well the one used in the movie. If you are hungry, check this recreation of the recipe (along with the video footage of the scene)
The set got some really charming details, including the cupboard under the stairs (where Harry lived in the first book), Hogwarts letters coming through from the chimney and Harry’s bedroom upstairs, where he had moved in by the time of the Chamber of Secrets. It also has the new Hedwig version with spread wings that was revealed in the Owl delivery polybag the other day.
Being a huge upgrade to the previous version of 4 Prive Drive with some greatly missed figures included, this is likely to be a popular set.
It covers much of the the same as my own 4 Privet Drive MOC that I completed earlier in the year.
Minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Dobby, Vernon Dursley, Petunia Dursley and Dudley Dursley.
Hogwarts Astronomy Tower (The Half-Blood Prince)
Set 75969 – 971 pieces
Price: US$99.99 / €99.99 (DE) / €109.99 (ES) / £89.99 / AU$179.99 / 899 DKK / 1199 NOK
Both in 2018 and 2019 we got large sets of iconic parts of Hogwarts, with the Great Hall and Central tower in Set 75954, the potions classroom and Snape’s office with the Whomping Willow (set 75953) and the Clock Tower (set 75948).
Following this, one of the highlights of the upcoming wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets is likely to be the Astronomy Tower. With 971 pieces, it is larger than any of the other three previous sets and connects seamlessly up with all three of them.
The inclusion of professor Slughorns office shows it is (at least partly) meant to represent Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It was also in that book/movie we saw the standoff between Draco and the Death Eaters he let in through the Room of Requirement and Dumbledore – at the Astronomy Tower. So it a good iconic tower to include in the set. While Draco is included in the set, Dumbledore is not.
Apart from the astronomy equipment, the key part of the tower is the office and classroom Potions Master Horace Slughorn (Slughorn was previously only found in the 2018 Bricktober set). The majority of the figures is dressed up for his famous Christmas Slug Parties. In addition, the set also includes Lavender Brown (first time as minifigure), who was dating Ron at the time, though they didn’t attend the Slug Party.
Also included is the Ravenclaw dormitory. The Ravenclaw tower plays a role in the Deathly Hallows, where Harry is shown the statue of Rowena Ravenclaw wearing her diadem, when looking for a horcrux related to Ravenclaw (it turned out not to be the real one). It is great to see the Ravenclaw room included, as we rarely see Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff characters and rooms covered by LEGO sets.
Finally, the set also includes a greenhouse with mandrakes, but no Professor Sprout. Previously, only the 2007 Hogwarts Castle (set 5378) has had a greenhouse included, so this is a nice addition.
With some very relevant rooms, beautifully printed figures and ability to connect up with the other Hogwarts sets, I’m sure this one will be popular.
Minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Horace Slughorn and Lavender Brown.
Attack on The Burrow (The Half-Blood Prince)
Set 75980 – 1047 pieces
Price: US$99.99 / €99.99 (DE) / €109.99 (ES) / £89.99 / AU$149.99 / 899 DKK / 1199 NOK
The largest set of the 2020 wave, the Attack of The Burrow, is a remake of The Burrow (set 4840) from 2010, which also featured the attack on the Burrow by a group of Death Eaters on Christmas day on Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts (interestingly, this only happens in the movie adaptation – there is no attach in the book).
With almost twice the bricks of the previous version, the Weasley family house has grown in size (mainly the width of the upper levels) and now measures over 13” (34cm) high, 8” (22cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.
It features eight minifigures. Six of them were also included in the 2010 set, but with this set adding Ron Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks as well. Tonks is a much loved character from the books and it is great to see her finally making an appearance as minifigure.
Of the Weasley’s, in addition to Ron, we also get Ginny, Arthur and Molly Weasley. Ginny is a relatively rare minifigure while the latter two had previously only been available in the 2010 set and are quite hard to find. So these will be appreciated (though it would have been nice with Molly’s skirt had been printed).
It is great to see a remake – though it could have been nice having it representing a different scene from the previous version, such as the wedding between Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. However, that would have left out Bellatrix and Fenrir – two of the most iconic Death Eaters, both included in this set, and as many of the other characters, very hard to find today, as they also only previously featured in the 2010 The Burrow set. Not surprisingly, Harry Potter round up the list of characters included.
So overall, it is likely to be another popular set, though owners of the 2010 set may hold back (or at least wait for a decent discount) before buying. It is however available exclusively from Target in the United States (and from other retailers globally) and may be difficult to find on sale.
Minifigures: Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Arthur Weasley, Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Greyback and Harry Potter.
So, is that all?
As mentioned initially, a brick built version of Harry’s owl Hedwig was also included in the newly announced range of sets. A separate post has been made about that.
Otherwise, the announced prices shows a gap in the mid priced (US$40-60 range) sets. This could suggest that more sets could be coming similar to the second wave we saw last year. I should add that I’ve seen no indications of this so far, but last year that second wave took me by complete surprise. It is also possible that maybe a new Advent Calendar will fill that price gap – and the Hedwig model mentioned above sites in that price range.
There is also the rumoured Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures Series 2, which it would be great to get confirmed. With the current LEGO CMF Series 20 just hitting the stores, I would expect the next one to come around September – and it would be awesome if that was Harry Potter themed.
Another big question is whether we will get another large direct-to-consumer set again (as the Hogwarts castle in 2018)?
Stay tuned, I’m sure we will learn a lot more about this in the next month or two…
Till then, Build the Magic!