Theme: Harry Potter
Release Year: 2021
Cost: AU $399.99
Pieces: 3010 pieces (with 3 minifigures)
For the last 20 years we’ve enjoyed some amazing Hogwarts moments – the books and movies, countless support material, the 20th Anniversary celebrations, LEGO sets and now this incredible set! Included in the set are some of the most iconic items and creatures from the Harry Potter stories and films. I was thrilled to be able to build this, so here are my thoughts! Let’s take a look at the items one by one, in order of the builds. Before that, there’s a few stickers to factor in – nine in total, all used in the potions bottles.
These iconic spectacles look brilliant in LEGO form! The arms are pretty wobbly – as they’re connected with a frictionless pin, they move quite freely, but it is possible to wear them! The round rims are also brand new and unique to the set. It’ll be interesting to see where these pop up next.
Better known as Liquid Luck, this little vial represents the liquid form of luck for the drinker. Anything they do would be successful. Harry uses it before locating Voldemort’s horcruxes, and he pretends to put some in Ron’s drink before a Quidditch match, so he has a great game. Which he did. Sneaky Harry. The film version of the vial is clear and sparkly, but this one is a bit different as it glows! Not a bad trade-off.
Made of holly, 11 inches long, with a phoenix tail feather at it’s core (from Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix), this wand is another fun build! With lots of SNOT it’s feels great when held. It’s strong and a lot of fun to wave around, especially with the glasses on!
Tom Riddle’s Diary, Spell books and Potion basket
Taking up the core of the build, and also being the support structure for Hedwig later on is the pile of books.
On the bottom is Tom Riddle’s diary. It’s open in the middle, with a black cover with golden corners. It looks great. One of the best features of this whole set is the way the page edges look as they slope down. They’re made up of stacked 1×3 and 1×4 wall panel elements. They get stacked up and slot in place, with the surrounding elements holding them in place. It’s a really effective and clever way of doing page edges. The shaping of the pages in particular looks brilliant. As a librarian, I’m thoroughly impressed! It’s a technique I’ll be sure to recreate in other builds.
Above the diary are a couple of spell books – one with Ravenclaw colours (set designer Marcos Bessa’s Hogwarts house), and a Gryffindor one, for graphic designer Djordje Djordjevic. They’re much more simple but look great haphazardly stacked on top of each other. They’re clipped together with Technic beams running through it, plus turntables to hold them in place. The detail bricks on the side look great as pages.
On the top of the pile is a potion basket with H.G. printed on it. It’s Hermione’s potions basket! It’s much more ornate than the one we see in The Chamber of Secrets, with that one being a more simple wooden build, and a lot bigger! The potions come later…
The focus of the entire set is Hedwig, Harry’s Snowy Owl. It’s nothing short of incredible. Of all the animals done in LEGO, this is at the very top. It’s stunning. The head can rotate a full 360 degrees, and there’s so much character in the face. It’s incredibly lifelike. With a massive 50cm(ish) wingspan, the feathers all over Hedwig’s body are lifelike, texxtured and shaped to perfection. It’s not like other builds, where it’s only best viewed from the front – it looks just as good from the back too, with more colouring seen.
The legs are also done extremely well, with lots of texture. These are built separately and are attached to the stand, but it is possible to take the body and wings off, as it’s just held on by Technic axles. When lifted off, it’s so much fun to swoosh her around – it looks exactly like an owl in flight! Honestly, this build is phenomenal. An absolute highlight for me. It’s also hilarious to see just the legs sitting there! Rather comical.
Attached underneath Hedwig’s feet is a Golden Snitch. It looks great, using gold dishes and pearl gold wings, however I do wish that it was attached by a transparent bar, instead of a black axle. I think it could have been improved slightly.
The four potion bottles are next, and they look wonderful! There’s Polyjuice potion (taking on the appearance of another person), Powdered Root of Asphodel and Wormwood Infusion (together making a powerful sleeping potion, and Gillyweed for breathing underwater. The bottles have a great shape and I love the cork at the top.
As any Harry Potter fan knows, it’s important to get yourself sorted…into one of the four Hogwarts houses! This set allows you to make a scarf matching the colours of any of the four, so I went with my house – Hufflepuff. It’s a shame you can’t do all four, but I like the hinge plates to offset some of the tassels.
Golden Minifigures, Chocolate Frog and Acceptance Letter
To finish this set off, we’ve got three golden 20th Anniversary minifigures – Professor McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore and Hagrid. They come on a very nice stand, with the centre mimicking a Chocolate Frog card – the shaping is really great. This is obviously the card that Harry gets on the Hogwarts Express on his first trip to Hogwarts. The Albus Dumbledore and LEGO Harry Potter tiles are also printed – bonus! Each of the minifigures also has 20 Years LEGO Harry Potter printed on the back of the torso, plus extra lengths of the stand to display any of the other Golden Minifigures you might have in your collection! Nice work LEGO.
The last proper build in the set is the Chocolate Frog. Its a beauty! The shape is spot on, especially the face! The gap in the front for the mouth is so good.
The set finishes off with the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, printed on large 8×16 tan tiles. It’s a great way to finish off the set – to receive your own letter, in a way. The only downside in this set is the little typo – The Latin motto of the school is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus (Never tickle a sleeping dragon – good advice), but there’s an O where the U should be in tittilandus. A pity, but hey, what can you do.
To sum up, this is an incredible set. As a Harry Potter fan, this was an absolute must have, and there’s so much to love. The detail and thought in this set was next level. Hedwig just soars above the set as a sublime nod to the series. It’s pricey, but it’s a set that should be on the shelf of every self respecting Harry Potter fan. Seriously, wow.
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.