2021 is the 20th anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter, and we know now that the rumours that had the sets released mid year celebrate the anniversary were true, as LEGO has just officially revealed the mid 2021 line-up of LEGO Harry Potter sets. And there is plenty to be excited about. Read on to see what’s coming…
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary, not only of the first Harry Potter movie, but also the first LEGO Harry Potter sets.
“Two decades ago, we launched the first LEGO Harry Potter set – which I played with as a 12 year old – and fans have remained just as enchanted by the magical adventures that they can relive and replay with the LEGO sets today as they were in 2001. These new products are packed full of captivating features and exciting design twists that we hope will excite and enthrall builders of all ages as they explore some of their favourite moments from the films.”Marcos Bessa, LEGO Harry Potter Design Lead
A total of six normal play sets have been revealed, each with a golden anniversary minifigure, along with two larger brick built models (these are not anniversary themed and covered in a separate post). Of the eight sets, it appears that four (including the two brick built sets) will be retailer limited (in addition to be available at LEGO.com and official LEGO stores). More on that below.
The new sets will be available from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and selected retailers from 1st June and more widely from 1st August. A selection of the sets will also be available to pre-order from 16th of April at LEGO.com.
Note that this is different from previous years, where the release was staged between different regions.
As we shall see from the sets, the majority of the anniversary sets focuses on Hogwarts, but yet these are different from the series of modeular Hogwarts sets we got in 2018-2020. The geometry is the same with regards to the Technic pins that are used to connect the parts, so the new sets can be connected to the older sets (and I’m sure many will do so).
But the style is somewhat different, as we see a return to the original sand green roof, which all Harry Potter sets had till 2011 included. Personally, I like this return to the “roots” for this anniversary series, where the models are also made up of smaller components that can be stacked in different ways, much like the 2001/02 sets allowed (see example in this post).
We also see a few repeats of rooms, which have been in some of the more recent Hogwarts sets, so overall it will be interesting to see if this is be beginning of a new Hogwarts series, or simply an anniversary break in the “current” series.
The sets focuses on the early movies, covering scenes from the first three.
The anniversary sets all include two special things. Firstly, each of them include one of the mentioned golden anniversary minifigures.
Also included are collectable wizard cards – with a different amount of random cards included in each set.
These cards appear to be 2×2 tiles with a print, representing the wizard cards included with the chocolate frogs, which Harry often bought in the Hogwarts Express (see instructions to my brick built version here). It is unclear if the wizard cards are related to the anniversary (in which case, we may not see them beyond 2021) or not. It is also unclear how many different there are – how likely are you to have a full collection if you buy all the sets? I’ll provide more information when that becomes available.
But let’s get to the detailed descriptions of the sets. The following with be updated with prices in other currencies as they become available.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts: Polyjuice Potion Mistake
Set 76386 – 217 pieces
Price: US$19.99 / €19.99 / £17.99 / AU$32.99 / 179.95 DKK
The smallest of the sets of to be released in this series is the Polyjuice Potion Mistake. With 217 pieces, the full model measures 3 in. (8 cm) high, 5 in. (12 cm) wide and 2.5 in. (6 cm) deep and connects easily to the Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets (set 76389 – see further below) to double the fun.
Of the figures, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all in Slytherin uniforms, representing them after the transformation into Crabbe, Goyle and Millicent Bulstrode. Hermione comes with a cat head piece as she mistook her cat’s hair for Millicent’s. This is a scene that surprisingly has never been covered by a LEGO set, and nicely fills this gap
There’s a cauldron for cooking polyjuice potion and not least, the group of sinks, which can open and reveal the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.
The set includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and an exclusive golden anniversary Harry Potter minifigure. It also contains two random wizard cards.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts: First Flying Lesson
Set 76395– 264 pieces
Price: US$29.99 / €29.99 / £27.99 / AU$49.99 / 269.95 DKK
Slightly bigger, with 264 pieces, is the First Flying Lessons set. It covers the scene from the first movie, where the new first year students are given their first flying lesson by Madam Hooch. More specifically, it reflects when Draco is taking the remembrall from Neville, who are both included in the set along with Madam Hooch. It is somewhat refreshing to see a set that does not include Harry, Ron or Hermione.
The main model measures over 6 in. (15 cm) high, 8 in. (20 cm) wide and 2.5 in. (6 cm) deep and features part of the wall, which as seen as backdrop to the flying lesson in the movie. On top of the wall is a status, which I assume is the one that caught Neville’s cloak on his first flight.
Inside the castle wall is a storage room for brooms and Quidditch equipment as well as a small trophy room.
The set includes 3 minifigures: Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy and Madam Hooch minifigures, and an exclusive, golden anniversary Professor Quirrell minifigure. It will also contain two random wizard cards.
Note, this set is available exclusively from Kohl’s in the US, and LEGO.com and LEGO Stores globally.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts: Fluffy Encounter
Set 76387– 397 pieces
Price: US$39.99 / €39.99 / £34.99 / AU$69.99 / 349 DKK
The Fluffy encounter set is a step up in size with 397 pieces. It is a nice homage to the Forbidden Corridor set from 2001. When built, the set measures over 12 in. (30 cm) high, 7.5 in. (19 cm) wide and 2.5 in. (7 cm) deep and connects easily to other Hogwarts sets in the series. As seen on the back of the box, the three building parts can be recombined to form a two-level building rather than the corridor and a tower shown on the front. With more of the sets, there will be many possible options combining the parts.
Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione, it includes a brick-build version of the 3-headed dog Fluffy, which guards a trapdoor. Fluffy may have been put to sleep by the magical harp placed by Professor Quirrell, but the trio has to get through the trapdoor quickly, before the harp stops playing and Fluffy wakes up.
The set includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and exclusive golden anniversary Hermione Granger minifigure. It also contains two random wizard cards.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogsmeade Village Visit
Set 76388 – 851 pieces
Price: US$79.99 / €79.99 / £69.99 / AU$139.99 / 749 DKK
Leaving Hogwarts, we finally get the first Hogsmeade set since the 2004 Shrieking Shack set. In Hogsmeade, during their weekend visits, the students can buy tongue-tingling acid pops from Honeydukes or refreshing Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.
The combined model of these two buildings measures over 8.5 in. (22 cm) high, 11.5 in. (30 cm) wide and 3.5 in. (9 cm) deep and is made up of 851 pieces.
They have chosen two iconic locations for the set, which is nicely set in a wintery scene. To populate the village, for the Three Broomsticks, we get Madam Rosmerta, and for Honeydukes, we get the owners Mr. Flume and Mrs. Flume. It is the first time we see these three characters in a LEGO set.
I’m really pleased to see this first decent set of the Hogsmeade village, and it will be one of the first I’ll pick up.
The set includes 6 minifigures: Harry Potter, Dean Thomas, Professor McGonagall, Madam Rosmerta, Mr. Flume and Mrs. Flume, and an exclusive, golden Ron Weasley minifigure. It also contains four random wizard cards.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Wizard’s Chess
Set 76392 – 876 pieces
Price: US$59.99 / €69.99 / £64.99 / AU$109.99 / 649 DKK
This set is somewhat different – it is simply a chess set. But it is built in a scale that allows you to integrate it into your Hogwarts castle (noting, it doesn’t include any walls, you will have to build a room for it yourself), representing one of the challenges the trio had to overcome to get to the Sorcerer’s Stone before Professor Quirrell in the first movie.
Alternatively, you can use it as an ordinary (but really cool) chess set.
This wizard chess set measures over 3 in. (8 cm) high, 10.5 in. (27 cm) wide and 10.5 in. (27 cm) deep and includes 32 buildable chess pieces based on the iconic scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
This set includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter™, Hermione Granger™ and Ron Weasley™, and an exclusive, golden anniversary Severus Snape™ minifigure. It also contains three random wizard cards.
Note that this set is available exclusively from Target in the US, and LEGO.com and LEGO Stores globally.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets
Set 76389 – 1176 pieces
Price: US$129.99 / €139.99 / £129.99 / AU$229.99 / 1249 DKK
Last, but not least, is the Chamber of Secrets. This is the largest in the series with almost 1200 pieces. The set measures over 15.5 in. (40 cm) high, 15.5 in. (40 cm) wide and 4 in. (11 cm) deep and combines with other sets from the anniversary series as previously mentioned. This for instance will allow the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets from the girls bathroom (from the Polyjuice Potion Mistake set) to sit over the slide that leads to the chamber (included in this set). Some of these possibilities are shown below.
The set comes with an awesome minifigure selection, including first time releases of Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley and Professor Sinistra as well as hard-to-find figures like Gilderoy Lockhart, Tom Riddle and Nearly Headless Nick (the latter as glow-in-the-dark figure).
We also get minifigure torsos with Ravenclaw robes (Luna Lovegood) and Hufflepuff (Justin Finch-Fletchley), which will be great sourcing extras of to create additional students from those houses.
While the main part of the set is covering the Chamber of Secrets where Harry battles against Tom Riddle and the Giant Basilisk, the set also includes the Great Hall – all set for breakfast – and with a golden owl with spread out wings used for Dumbledore’s lectern.
And, to my delight, we also get Professor Lockhart’s classroom and office, complete with multiple paintings of Lockhart. One of the things I’m looking most forward to is the two Cornish pixies that are included, which Lockhart can set free in the classroom. What can possibly go wrong?
The set includes 10 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Tom Riddle, Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Luna Lovegood, Gilderoy Lockhart, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Sinistra and Nearly Headless Nick, and an exclusive, golden anniversary Voldemort™ minifigure. It also contains six random wizard cards.
So, is that all?
As mentioned initially, two additional sets have been revealed: a brick built version of Dumbledore’s phoenix Fawkes and two large brick build figures of Harry and Hermione. These are discussed in a separate post.
I will expect additional sets – in particular an advent calendar – to be revealed later in the year. There could also be more, such as gift with purchase (GWP) sets. One big question is whether we will get another large direct-to-consumer set again (as the Hogwarts castle in 2018 and Diagon Alley in 2020).
Stay tuned, I’m sure we will learn a lot more about this in the next few month
Till then, Build the Magic!