As previously announced, the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter themed sets in the coming mid 2021 wave each includes a number of random wizard tiles. Having been provided by some of these sets by LEGO in advance for review, I can now give more information about these…
Each of the six announced 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter sets include a number of wizard card tiles as depicted at the back of each box. Also, we have subsequently learned that the 2021 Advent Calendar will include two of these tiles as well.
These cards are 2×2 tiles with a print, representing the wizard cards included with the chocolate frogs, which Harry often bought in the Hogwarts Express. I discussed these in detail a few years ago, when I designed brick built versions of the chocolate frogs, the wizard cards and the boxes for them to go in. You can find the instructions using the links below:
These models can be seen below.
Returning to the wizard card tiles included in this year’s sets, it is still unclear if the wizard cards are related to the anniversary (in which case, we may not see them beyond 2021) or not. But it is noted that none are included in the two upcoming sets that are not anniversary branded, so it may be an anniversary thing only for now. I’m sure if they become popular, we may get similar collectable items in the future.
Who do we get?
Here is a list of the 16 wizards you can get:
- Albus Dumbledore (Silver background)
- Albus Dumbledore (Gold background)
- Severus Snape
- Godric Gryffindor
- Minerva McGonnagall
- Gilderoy Lockhart
- Salazar Slytherin
- Olympe Maxime
- Helga Hufflepuff
- Newt Scamander
- Seraphina Picquery
- Nicholas Flamel
- Bertie Bott
- Jocunda Sykes
- Rowena Ravenclaw
- Garrick Ollivander
Some of the included wizards are easily recognised, but not all. So luckily the instruction booklets in the upcoming sets include a collectors card at the back with each of the wizards named. Unfortunately the card uses the same illustration of Garrick Ollivander for Rowena Ravenclaw as well as seen below (edit: in later sets, this has been fixed). It is also noted that three of the included wizards are shown to be from the Fantastic Beasts series: Newt Scamander, Seraphina Picquery and Nicholas Flamel.
It is interesting to note that Dumbledore is included in two versions. Why? Maybe to represent the two different actors Richard Harris and Michael Gambon? Also, are all tiles equally likely to appear? Or will some be more rare than others? We still don’t know the answer to this.
How many in each set?
Here is a list of the known sets that include the random wizard cards:
- 76386 – Hogwarts Polyjuice Potion Mistake – 2 random wizard card tiles
- 76387 – Hogwarts Fluffy Encounter – 2 random wizard card tiles
- 76395 – Hogwarts First Flying Lesson – 2 random wizard card tiles
- 76392 – Hogwarts Wizard Chess – 3 random wizard card tiles
- 76388 – Hogsmeade Village Visit – 4 random wizard card tiles
- 76389 – Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets – 6 random wizard card tiles
- 76390 – Harry Potter 2021 Advent Calendar – 2 random wizard card tiles
- 76398 – Hogwarts Hospital Wing – 2 random wizard card tiles
- 76399 – Hogwarts Magical Trunk – 1 random wizard card tile
In addition, you get four tiles with the 2021 gift with purchase (GWP) set along with a plate to display them on:
- 40452 – Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms – 4 random wizard card tiles
If you sum them up, getting the six initial sets from 2021 should give you 19 wizard cards. If purely random, I would say your chances of getting a full set is pretty slim though. One of the sets, I’ve received had one set of duplicates among the four included, so you are not guaranteed different ones within a set itself.
But I am sure you can trade with others through various Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell sites, or on second hand sites like Bricklink.
If you need an idea of how to display your wizard cards, check out this post.
Overall, I think it is a great idea to use wizard cards as collectable items, though it does give us “yet another” series of things to collect. I wonder if there will be more coming later? Guess, we will have to wait to find out…
Till then, Build the Magic!
(check out the Reviews page for reviews of the 2021 LEGO Harry Potter sets)