It's no secret that Lego has more Harry Potter themed sets on the way. Hell we've seen most of them already, including a new series of Wizarding World minifigures that are going on sale at the start of August. Those sets are still a way off, but we had the chance to see the newest magical additions to Lego's extensive portfolio up close. There are sets from the first three Potter movies, and a couple from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel The Crimes of Grindlewald, and we have pictures!
Hogwarts Great Hall, £90 (#75954)
The first one to talk about, because it's also the most expensive. This one is a miniature version of the old Hogwarts set, and connects up to the Whomping Willow set which I'll talk about later. In it you have the school's famous Great Hall, alongside one of the towers containing the Mirror or Erised (and interchangeable reflections of Dumbledore, Harry, Ron, and Quirrel, plus part of Dumbledore's office. Minifigure wise we have Dumbledore, Hagrid, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Quirrel, Professor McGonagall, Ginny, Malfoy, and the Ghost of
Basil Fawlty Nearly Headless Nick. There's also a buildable Basilisk, Fawkes the phoenix, the Sorting Hat, and Hagrids first year boat.
Hogwarts Express, £75 (#75955)
The second most expensive set is the crimson train, travelling from London to Hogwarts with all the students in tow. Alongside the train (and carriage) you get a piece of Platform 9 3/4, and minifigures of Ron, Harry, Professor Lupin, a Dementor, and Hermione.
Whomping Willow, £60 (#75953)
Hogwarts deadliest tree is here, with the Weasley's car in its grasp, and a piece of Hogwarts that can be attached to the Great Hall set. Inside that bit is the Gryffindor dormitory (or part of it), Snape's Dungeon classroom, and what seems to be Filch's office. The top of the tree spins around too, taking the car with it to mimick the 'whomping' action. As for the minifigures you get Harry, Ron, Hermione, Snape, Colin Creevy, and Filch.
Quidditch Match, £35 (#75956)
Not the full Quiddich field, which would be expensive, we have a portion of the field for messing around with broomsticks. Naturally we have four stands, one for each house, though the Slytherin one comes with a special pop-up flame to recreate that time Hermione set Snape on fire. The goalposts are there as well with a mechanism that lets you move around the keeper to block any incoming quaffles. Minifigure wise we have Harry, Oliver Wood, Snape, Hermione, Marcus Flint, and that Slytherin seeker wot got replaced by Malfoy in the second film. It also comes with all the Quidditch balls, included a sculpted snitch, and some sort of Quaffle launching device. Not sure what that's about, it wasn't in the films.
Aragog's Lair, £13 (#75950)
The cheapest set by far, mainly because it doesn't include very much. It's also the creepiest, so maybe it was to encourage people to buy a giant Lego spider. In this we have Aragog himself, some smaller spiders, part of a tree, Harry, and an overly calm-looking Ron.
Grindelwald’s Escape, £20 (#75951)
The first of two Fantastic Beasts sets is the one that also features Lego Johnny Depp. It's a Thestral-pulled carriage that's taking Grindlewald somewhere, along with the President of the MACUSA. It's nice and simple, with the two minifigures and a carriage roof that pops off rather easily. Spoiler alert?
Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures, £45 (#75952)
One of the most impressive sets in the collection if a version of Newt's magical suitcase. It's bigger on the inside, you see, and means he can store a bunch of magical creatures around with minimal effort. The suitcase actually unfolds, as you can see in the images below, revealing part of the eccentric wizard's not-so-miniature zoo. Minifigure wise we have Newt, Jacob, Tina, Queenie, a miniature Niffler, alongside a buildable Erumpent, Occamy, and Thunderbird.
Finally we have the next Brickheads which include Harry and Hedwig (£15), Hermione (£10), alongside Ron and Dumbledore (£18)
All the sets will be available to order on 1st July, ready for a full release on 1st August. Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindlewald is scheduled to hit cinemas on 16th November 2018.