LEGO returns to J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World later this year, with new sets based on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series. These include the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall, a $US99 ($124) set featuring 10 minifigures, two buildable creatures, and a ridiculous amount of detail.
From the original LEGO Harry Potter line that launched in 2001 to the Fantastic Beasts movie set released in 2016 for LEGO Dimensions, J.K. Rowling's characters have already spent plenty of time as tiny plastic characters. The Hogwarts Great Hall set, which debuts this weekend at the New York Toy Fair, is a grand return to that magical world. Standing 36cm high, 20cm wide and 28cm deep, the 878 piece set is a lot. It might not look like it from the front, but check out the back.
First off, it has all the characters. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrel (with dual Lord Voldemort face), Hagrid, Susan Bones and Nearly-Headless Nick. All that, plus a buildable Fawkes and basilisk, and little plastic pieces representing Hedwig and Scabbers.
A peek inside the main hall and its connecting tower reveals a fireplace, benches, tables, reversible house banners, a spiral staircase, a potions room, a treasure room, the Sorting Hat, the Mirror of Erised, and a lot of assorted magical artefact accessories. You want wands? It has seven. You want a boat? Sure, it comes with a boat.
That's a lot of Potter.
It's an impressive set for $US99 ($124). And it's only the beginning. One of the details listed for the new set includes the ability to connect it with a another upcoming set. Think LEGO will wind up just doing the whole campus and surrounding area? I might need a basement.
LEGO Harry Potter 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall will be in US stores on August 1, no doubt accompanied by a whole host of Wizarding World LEGO things. Australian pricing and availability has not yet been announced, but we expect it to be around $170.