REVIEW: Diagon Alley – part 1 (Ollivanders and Scribbulus)

Entering two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine after returning to my home country, I was lucky to have Diagon Alley delivered to keep me occupied. This is an amazing set - one of those where you wish you can continue building forever, discovering cool details and impressive building techniques all the time. Here is part 1 of my review of this LEGO Harry Potter highlight of the year...

Hogsmeade at winter time???

I normally don't cover new LEGO set announcements, unless they are from the Harry Potter theme. But today I'll make an exception. LEGO has just revealed this year's Winter Village set: Elf Club House. While I might be a must-buy item for my Winter Village collection anyway, when I saw the shape of the building I immediately thought of Hogsmeade. Here are my thoughts...

Roundtable interview with Diagon Alley designer Marcos Bessa

On Friday, Blockwarts along with five other LEGO Fan Media sites found our virtual seats around Marcos Bessa for a roundtable interview about the 75978 Diagon Alley set he was the lead designer of. With sharpened pencils ready (we'll leave the Quick-Quotes Quill for Rita Skeeter), we started with a few initial words from Marcos followed by a barrage of questions from the Fan Media sites. Here is what we learnt...

Huge Diagon Alley LEGO set officially revealed

One of my favourite LEGO Harry Potter sets is Diagon Alley (Set 10217), which was released back in 2011. Today, LEGO has officially revealed much bigger Diagon Alley (Set 75978) - giving us six of the iconic buildings and no less than 14 minifigures to go with it. It is available for sale from tomorrow. While not cheap, it looks stunning and I'm sure it will be a popular set. Let's see closer at what you get...

Upgrade your 4 Privet Drive set

Already the opening scenes of the the first Harry Potter movie introduce us to number 4 Privet Drive, with Harry being left by the doorstep of the house that would become his home after the tragic death of his parents. While he hated his time there, it had some really memorable moments, and it was therefore no big surprise to see it featured among the 2020 LEGO Harry Potter sets. It is an amazing set, but with some modifications, you can make it even better. Here is how...

REVIEW: 4 Privet Drive

With the calendar saying August 1, the new LEGO Harry Potter sets are now finally available in North America. The sets are worth the wait though - the ones I've looked at so far have been amazing. Here I take a look at 4 Privet Drive. I have really been looking forward to this one, having built my own model earlier in the year, and I was keen to compare it with the new one. Overall, I've really impressed with the set. Read on to see why...