Today, 31 July, is a very special day. It's Harry Potter's birthday! And JK Rowling's too. It is also exactly one year ago I posted the first blog post on http://www.blockwarts.org, marking an important shift to providing broader and longer content about everything LEGO in the Harry Potter universe. So a very special day indeed. Read on to see what the year have brought...
Today, 22 years ago we had the Battle of the Seven Potters. It is also known as the Battle Over Little Whinging as it happened on the evening of 27 July 1997 when members of the Order of the Phoenix led by Mad-Eye Moody where to take Harry Potter to safety and was engaged in an aerial battle over Southern England with a group of Death Eaters led by Lord Voldemort. Read on for the full story!
When I did my review of the otherwise excellent Hogwarts Express (set 75955) I commented that the use of panels on the sides of the cab (driver's cabin) was unfortunate and that there was no way for the driver to see forward either. Here's a small fix one can apply to remove those issues if desired.
As follow up to the LEGO Weasley's Wizard Wheezes MOC I did early in the year, I've finally completed my next Diagon Alley model: the Flourish & Blotts bookstore. As a book-lover I really wanted to build this one - and also because it was one of the shops covered in more detail in the books. It will be part of a larger Diagon Alley display eventually I've got planned. The following may hint on what's coming next.
While the second wave of 2019 sets are still to hit the shelves, discussions about 2020 possible LEGO Harry Potter sets have already started. Early rumours last year were very inaccurate, so rather than talk about rumours, I here provide what sets I'd like to see and why. Are your favourites among them?
Today, 7th of July is 'World Chocolate Day'. Let's celebrate that by looking into where chocolate plays a role in the Harry Potter universe and learn what J. K. Rowling herself has said about chocolate. Enjoy eating, umm sorry, reading...
75946 - Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge With the first wave of the 2019 Harry Potter sets now available in North America as well, I better get on with my review of the 2019 sets. This time I'll have a look at the Hungarian Horntail set. It covers the first Tri-wizard Tournament task, which has been … Continue reading REVIEW: Hungarian Horntail Tri-wizard Challenge
One of my strongest memories from seeing The Chamber of Secrets was the scene near the end in the chamber itself. This dark chamber, partly flooded and Harry walking between the towering pillars and walls with carved figures towards the statue of Salazar Slytherin at the far end. Here's a discussion on how it has … Continue reading Chamber of secrets
75955 - Hogwarts Express One of the 2018 Harry Potter sets I initially thought I would give a miss was the new Hogwarts Express. I already had the three previous versions (though not the very rare motorised variant of the 2004 set) - but to be honest none of them really look that well. So … Continue reading REVIEW: Hogwarts Express – 2018 version
75945 - Expecto Patronum When the 2019 LEGO Harry Potter sets were revealed, there was one set I immediately knew I had to get. It was the smaller of them all, but with a brand new patronus, two dementors and a return of Sirius Black as minifig, it had me hooked. I bought it as … Continue reading REVIEW: Expecto Patronum