The LEGO Group has produced many sets inspired by Harry Potter since they first appeared in cinemas nearly two decades ago. LEGO Harry Potter spans over 20 years of brick history. trendsWhile introducing parts that are widely used beyond their parent theme.
Despite its long association with the LEGO Group, a total of only 120 sets have been released under the Harry Potter umbrella – a far cry from the likes of Star Wars, which currently boasts more than 800 products. These sets have depicted numerous locations and scenes from the movies, although the dark subject matter of the later films have produced some unexpected clashes with the LEGO Group’s brand values.
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LEGO Harry Potter history
The 2001 release of the first LEGO Harry Potter sets marked the debut of a licensed theme in LEGO. Star Wars was able to beat Star Wars by a few years thanks to The Phantom Menace’s 1999 release. The first wave of Harry Potter models were licensed early and have some unique design features. The yellow minifigure heads and their looser connection to the source material are the most prominent. For example, early sets like 4721 Hogwarts Classes are more colorful than their on-screen counterparts.
LEGO Group sets made in 2001 and 2002 reenact many key scenes from the films. LEGO fans at the time could purchase familiar models like 4709 Hogwarts Castle and 4707 Hagrid’s Hut. Sets like 4714 Gringott’s Bank and 4728 Escape from Privet Drive also capture something of the world outside Hogwarts itself.
In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner at Azkaban were released in cinemas. The darker tone in the movie may have inspired a more mature direction to the larger Harry Potter theme. Harry Potter and his companion minifigures were first to sport realistic skin tones. The vivid colours of the early sets were gradually replaced by the movie’s more grounded colour scheme. 2005’s sets (inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) took a similar approach, although play features (like a magnetic dragon egg) persisted.
The Harry Potter sets were released in smaller pieces from then on. The Order of the Phoenix was the only Harry Potter tie-in set that was released in 2007. The next wave of Harry Potter sets, running from 2010 to 2011, had very few references to the older movies.
2018 would see the return of the theme with references to scenes from all series. New models such as 75979 Hedwig were also released. These are intended for display and not play and reflect the growing age of Harry Potter fans. The Fantastic Beasts film series also received two tie-in sets – one for each of the films released thus far.
The Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter scenes are still in short supply. However, this may be to be expected since the original book and films that inspired them are darkly satirical. Many of the key characters die as the story progresses. According to the LEGO Group, its values are ‘more in line with the first movies’, so it remains to be seen whether it will ever attempt to depict such a bleak story in a children’s toy.
LEGO Harry Potter sets
Even though the Harry Potter franchise is highly merchandised, it offers very limited source material. LEGO Harry Potter sets are often more iterative that other licensed models. LEGO Harry Potter, unlike other licensed models like Star Wars or DC Comics Super Heroes, tends to revert to familiar themes over and over.
This is evident in the Hogwarts Express. As the train that brings students to Hogwarts, it’s an attractive prospect for any Harry Potter fan. Five minifigure-scale models of the train have been produced so far, and later models capture the on-screen train’s appearance much more accurately. The most recent model is 75955 Hogwarts Express. This includes a depiction on Platform 9 and 3/4 as well as a wizards-only barrier.
Despite this, there have been some great ideas in the Harry Potter series. 4756 Shrieking Shack has a box that transforms Sirius Black into a canine form. 4767 Harry and The Hungarian Horntail contains a magnetic ball that Harry can grab using a specialised tool.
Some innovations are also featured in recent sets. Products like 75945 Expecto Patronum have a Harry with short, mid-length legs. These minifigure legs are a mix of regular legs and the shorter leg piece and are great for teens. A number of Hogwarts students use these new leg pieces, and they’ve popped up in sets like 75810 The Upside Down as well.
This period saw the introduction of a new piece for wands. These wands come in many colours and are easier to scale to miniaturefigures than older pieces. They have been re-purposed to cover other themes. For example, the Violin Kid (release in series 21 Collectible Minifigures), uses one to make a violin bow.
While other places like Privet Drive and Hagrid’s Hut make multiple appearances, others are genuinely new additions to the range. The training grounds of the Order of the Phoenix are depicted in 76966 Hogwarts’ Room of Requirement. Released in 2020, it remains the room’s only LEGO appearance.
76392 Hogwarts Wizard’s Chess, meanwhile, recreates the chess match from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Although LEGO chess sets have been around for a while, this LEGO set has a Harry Potter flavor.
Some sets have new formats that can be used for Harry Potter sets. The Hogwarts moments range shows Hogwarts classrooms in the pages of a book. It includes Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, Herbology and Divination. 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition represents a very different direction for the theme, meanwhile, recreating various familiar elements from across the franchise. One feature that is particularly unique is the Hogwarts acceptance letters, which allow fans to add their name.
LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures
The Harry Potter product range spans twenty years of product development. The result is a range of minifigures which has undergone many changes over the years.
Minifigures from Harry Potter’s early days tend to be a reflection of contemporary minifigures trends. The majority of the characters have the same yellow skin and bright clothing colours as the originals, which reflect the limited range of colours available at that time. Professor Snape is an exception to this rule; his minifigure was given dark clothing, grey hands, and a glow in the dark head. This marked departure from the movies.
It was also necessary to create completely new elements for the mixture of non-human characters. Dobby, the house-elf and Gringotts goblins use new headpieces. Hagrid’s larger body reflects his half-giant heritage. As the years passed, these elements would be refined. Dobby, Hagrid and other characters received new moulds as well as printed details.
2018’s relaunch included new and more accurate hair pieces that were made for characters such as Harry and Hermione. Creative approaches were needed for other non-human characters. Beauxbatons headmistress Madame Maxime uses a tall slope piece to represent her skirt, while centaurs also debuted in 75967 Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter. These pieces feature a brand-new horse leg element that the Collectible Minfigures have also adopted.
Two Collectible minifigures collections have also been awarded to LEGO Harry Potter. These minifigures offer new versions of less-known characters, as well as more detailed casts. Professor Trelawney, for instance, received a minifigure with more complex printing than her 2004 rendition. Kingsley Shacklebolt and others made their LEGO debuts, which was a distinct point from the wider Harry Potter range.
LEGO Harry Potter castle
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, which is the center of much of the film’s activity, has been a frequent LEGO guest. The school’s castle building and surrounding grounds offer many unusual features for LEGO models to recreate.
One common theme in Harry Potter sets are core castle sets, which can be expanded by adding additional models. 4709 Hogwarts Castle appeared in 2001, accompanied by classrooms, bathrooms and the challenges guarding the Philosopher’s Stone. 4730 The Chamber of Secrets is a representation of the eponymous space. It can be physically connected with 4709 to create a more realistic layout. Similar connections can be made to other Harry Potter models.
Although later Hogwarts sets were more stand-alone, this modular approach has been reintroduced in the latest Hogwarts models. For a more cohesive Hogwarts scene, 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall may be connected to sets 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow or 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower. 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets focuses more on the modular concept; many accompanying sets can be combined, and the specific combination can be very flexible.
71043 Hogwarts Castle might be more appealing to some fans. The set shows the castle in its entirety, but at a smaller scale than previous models. Nanofigs populate much of the castle, and minifigures of Hogwarts’ founders also debut in this set.
This Hogwarts film provides a history of the film series and captures many different areas within the castle. The Great Hall, various classrooms, and underground sections such as the Chamber of Secrets or the chamber of winged keys are all obvious. Unusual features of the set include Hogwarts’ rotating staircases, as well as Dolores Umbridge’s extremely pink office. The model already has a unique look with a swarming of Dementors, and a tiny Hungarian Horntail.
LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley
This London street is a popular destination for Hogwarts Students. As one of the films’ most densely-detailed areas, it has received various interpretations in LEGO form.
While sets like 4723 Diagon Alley Shops gave us a glimpse at the street, it wasn’t until 2011 that we got a larger look. 10217 Diagon Alley is home to recreations of Ollivanders and Gringotts Bank, as well as Borgin & Burke which are host to dangerous objects. 2018 and 2020 gave us two more accurate takes on the street, though the latter model – 75978 Diagon Alley – is arguably the best of the bunch.
This model boasts the largest piece count and has a significantly higher level detail. While shops like Ollivanders and Quality Quidditch Supplies return, others (like Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes) make their debut in LEGO form. Existing shops introduce new features such as custom wand boxes.
Even though they do not sell new parts, Diagon Alley’s shops are full of details. Scribbulus sells quills as well as inkwells, rolls of parchment and rolls of paper, while Quality Quidditch Supplies sells uniforms and brooms. Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, meanwhile, has multiple display stands of enchanted pranks and potions.
The buildings in Diagon Alley are modular and can be combined in many ways. The set’s design facilitates display in a single line, or back-to-back for a more compact approach.
LEGO Harry Potter Knight Bus
The Knight Bus is an emergency tool for wizards and witches that was used as a last resort. Its most prominent role is in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, following Harry’s ill-fated encounter with Aunt Marge.
LEGO Knight Buses are still very popular and often seen on shelves. Its purple colour scheme and triple-decker design makes it one of the franchise’s most recognisable vehicles.
The Knight Bus’s first appearance in LEGO form was – unsurprisingly – in 2004, when Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban debuted in cinemas. The 4755 Knight Bus retains the structure and purple color scheme while Sirius Black (in canine form) makes an appearance. 4866 The Knight Bus – released in 2011 – continues in a similar vein, but includes bus driver Ernie Prang for the first time.
75957 The Knight Bus (released in 2019) makes the improvements you’d expect after eight years, offering more accurate shaping and a new hat piece for Stan Shunpike, the Knight Bus’s conductor. This version also features a sliding bed and swinging chandelier, reflecting the bus’s chaotic traversal of Muggle roads.
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