Last weekend, I advised that LEGO CON 2022 was on – and that the program had teased a visit to Harry Potter Studios Tour in London. Tuning in, you got to see both a well-known actor from the movies – and one of the LEGO Harry Potter designers. Did you see it? If not, here’s how you can catch up…
LEGO CON was introduced last year in the wake is cancellations is physical events. The online event last year saw mixed reception, with relatively few product announcements or other breaking news. But it did feature a segment with Harry Potter – and as this is one of LEGO’s best selling themes, this year was no different.
The program had promised a magical tour of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter in London. And they did take us there. I had hoped for some more footage of the physical sets from the movies, but I did like the idea of discussing LEGO Harry Potter sets in the locations where the movie scenes were actually shot.
The hosts were Luna Lovegood actor Evanna Lynch along with LEGO Designer Marcos Bessa, who among other things has designed the Hogwarts Icons set from last year.
You can see this video here, noting the target audience is for families and kids alike, so not a lot of detail for adult collectors.
You get to see a few of the iconic places from the movies:
- Gryffindor Common Room
- Ministry of Magic
- Dumbledore’s office
- Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Station
At each spot, they discuss a different LEGO set.
You do get to hear some interesting facts about the sets – as well as Evanna Lynch’s personal Hogwarts House (spoiler alert – this is not Ravenclaw).
We also get to see Marcos Bessa back in the studio discussing some of the Hogwarts sets with the hosts. If you are interested in the new sets, you can see my reviews on the Reviews page – as the coverage in the video from LEGO CON is pretty basic. You can also see the list of sets below:
- 76400: Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals
- 76401: Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue
- 76402: Hogwarts Dumbledore’s Office
- 76403: The Ministry of Magic
- 76406: Hungarian Horntail Dragon
- 76407: The Shrieking Shack & Whomping Willow
- 76408: 12 Grimmauld Place
What are your thoughts? I do like the idea of a virtual LEGO event. Acknowledging they are targeting a very wide audience, I realise it will probably always feel too high-level for me. Maybe they should consider having a separate one for adult fans? Regardless – I think this year’s event was an improvement over last year. And hopefully 2023 will be another step forward. Time will tell…
Till then, Build the Magic!