REMINDER: Entries for our 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter MOC competition due 11 April

LEGO Masters is being shown in TV in many countries around the world. Typically, the host will announce at regular intervals, how much time is remaining for the contestants to complete their models. Treat this post as such an announcement - with only a few days left for you to complete and submit your LEGO Harry Potter creation to be considered in our anniversary competition. Read on for further details....

Golden 20th anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter minifigures revealed

Yesterday, LEGO and Wizarding World (the official Harry Potter page) teased the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter sets, revealing six golden figures that will be included in the sets. The figures mark the 20th anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter, similar to the golden Ninjago figures used to mark the 10 year anniversary of this theme. Here are my thoughts...

20 years of LEGO Harry Potter

The first wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets hit the shops in 2001 coinciding with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone, as it was released as in USA). This is the first of two posts discussing the early days of LEGO Harry Potter to mark the 20th anniversary of the theme. Let's grab our time turners and travel back in time together...

LEGO Harry Potter 20th Anniversary MOC competition

As the first LEGO Harry Potter sets hit the shelves in 2001, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the theme. Rumours suggest LEGO has something planned themselves, but here at Blockwarts, we'll do our best to help mark the occasion. In fact, this is a perfect opportunity for another MOC (my own creation) competition. So join the fun and you might be the lucky winner of the excellent Hedwig set (75979). Here are the details…

Gringotts wizarding bank

It has been a while since I have provide an update on my Diagon Alley. Life has been busy, but I'm pleased to now be able to show my most recent completed building: Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Dominating the skyline, it makes sure wizards and witches can keep their money safe. Read on for further details...

Book magic!

Books can be truly magical, transporting the reader in time and space to another world, another time - with the readers imagination filling in the blanks. To me, the Harry Potter books, definitely belongs in that category. It therefore felt like a good idea to turn the micro-scale builds from the 2020 advent calendar into a book scene. Here's what I did...

2020 was a bumper year for LEGO

I must say, 2020 was a great year for LEGO Harry Potter collectors, with a strong line-up of sets, including the huge Diagon Alley set. The sets were so sought after, than they were more often than not out-of-stock due to high demand while the supply chain struggled with factory closures due to COVID. Overall, LEGO still managed to grow sales by 21 percent and I know I've personally contributed to that increase. Here're the details...

Facebook vs Australia

Some may have noticed that Blockwarts' Facebook page is currently shown as having no posts at all. This happened when Facebook blocked all news sites in Australia - and used a very loose definition of "news". Posts on these sites can no longer be seen, regardless of whether users are in Australia or not. This also prevents posting links to the site globally. Here is what we know...

Dumbledore’s lectern

Each year on 1 September, Dumbledore would welcome the students back to Hogwarts from his lectern in the Great Hall (and then typically proceed to announce a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher). As the lectern features in most movies, I am glad to have built a lectern for my own Great Hall now.