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.

REVIEW: Hogwarts Astronomy Tower

When LEGO revived the Harry Potter theme in 2018, it released the Great Hall set. This was the first of a series of modular Hogwarts sets, that can be combined into a large Hogwarts castle, featuring many of the important rooms within the castle. In 2020, the Astronomy tower was released in this series. Does it meet the standard set by the previous sets? Here are my thoughts...