Massive news! LEGO Harry Potter is coming back this year! Early this morning, news was released about the return of a theme based around the world of both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, which will be released on August 1. This is ridiculously exciting for me, as I was in my Dark Ages when the original LEGO Harry Potter theme was available. I can finally get my hands on some!
The first set is 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall and combines details from the first two movies – Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, and looks great! There are 878 pieces included, with a massive 10 minifigures, and will sell for US $99.99. Four more sets will be released at the same time, although we’re not sure what they are, aside from another one, 75953 Whomping Willow, mentioned in the press release that connects with this one! It’s brilliant that the students are entering the school on a boat, just like the book. (My heart is racing while I’m typing this – I’m so excited!)
All of the students have the shorter leg elements, as at the start of the series they were still so little! I think this is a clever move, although it does limit poseability. The five (yep, five) students include Harry, Ron and Hermione, as well as Draco Malfoy and Susan Bones – a Hufflepuff student for the very first time! That means a new print!
The staff include Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall and Quirrell (who’s also got Voldemort on a reversible head), a brand new Hagrid, and another new character, Nearly Headless Nick. Representing the creatures we have Hedwig the owl, Scabbers the rat (another new mould), and a buildable Basilisk and Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix.
Inside the Great Hall are a tonne of details and new elements. Starting in the tower, we’ve got the Mirror of Erised, a new Sorting Hat mould, and a moving staircase, using what I think are still the best spiral staircases LEGO has done. Details inside the hall include reversible house banners and new “floating” candle elements which all look beautiful. I love the printing for the banners – the creases and folds look great. I’m really excited to check out those candle elements! It appears that this set will also connect with other sets, due to the Technic pins built into the wall.
Looking outside, There’s immediately a big change – the sand green roof from previous sets is gone, and a dark grey gets the nod, matching with the film’s iteration of the school. In saying that though, there are still a couple of sand green elements included – the ski poles. There are the new leaf elements which have already been seen in a bunch of Friends sets. There are new 1×1 triangle elements on the roof, which will be great to use in other models, and unicorn horns, spear tips, nanofigures and more. It also looks like Hagrid is holding not only a recoloured pink umbrella, but a new lantern piece!
You can read the full press release for the first 2018 LEGO Harry Potter set below.
LEGO Harry Potter
75954 Hogwarts Great Hall
878 pieces | $99.99 USD | $129.99 CAD | Available August 1, 2018
Welcome to magical adventures at the Great Hall at Hogwarts!
Build and recreate magical scenes from the Harry Potter movies with this detailed 4-level LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall play set, featuring a fireplace, benches, tables and reversible house banners, plus a tower with a spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, sorting hat, Mirror of Erised and lots of assorted magical artefact accessory elements. Includes 10 minifigures and buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, plus Hedwig and Scabbers figures.
Includes 10 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick, plus buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, and Hedwig and Scabbers figures.
Features the buildable Great Hall and a tower.
The Great Hall features tables, head table with seats, fireplace, 2 reversible house banners and 4 ‘floating’ candles, food (turkey leg, ice cream and a small cake) brooms, trophy cup and a teapot
The 4-level tower features movable Grand Staircase spiral steps at its base, potions room, treasure room with chest and a turret featuring the Mirror of Erised with changeable pictures and roosting spot for Fawkes.
- Also includes a boat with hanging lantern.
- Place the pupils in the boat and sail to Hogwarts Castle.
- Help Hermione and Susan create magical potions.
- Feast in the Great Hall, then use the sorting hat to select the pupils’ houses!
- Welcome the new students with Hagrid, Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall.
- Use the magic wands to pitch Harry against Draco in the Dueling Club!
- Swoop Fawkes into battle and help Harry battle the giant Basilisk serpent.
- Gaze into the Mirror of Erised with Ron and change the picture.
- Turn Quirinus Quirrell into Lord Voldemort by rotating his head!
- Recreate iconic scenes from the Harry Potter movies.
- Accessory elements include 7 wands, 3 tumblers, umbrella, lantern, broom, sorting hat, cauldrons, potions, candles, 2 wizard brooms, food, trophy, teapot, chest and a spider.
- Build even bigger adventures and combine with 75953 Whomping Willow.
- Hogwarts Great Hall measures over 14” (37cm) high, 6” (17cm) wide and 11” (30cm) deep.
I am so ridiculously excited about these sets! Who else is keen to get back into the LEGO Harry Potter series? Let me know what you think!