LEGO Harry Potter: 7 Important Facts to Know!

LEGO Harry Potter theme is based on the Harry Potter film series and is licensed from Warner Bros.

The first Harry Potter LEGO set was released in 2001 to coincide with the release of the first Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Subsequent sets were released alongside new films until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The Harry Potter line went dormant for 3 years with sets being released in 2010 and 2011, until 2018 when LEGO announced more sets including new sets based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Harry Potter line focuses on Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education. 

Each movie in the Harry Potter series has a specific subtheme with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix being the smallest, with only one set each.

There are a total of 4 video games released based on the theme including LEGO Creator: Harry Potter, Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. In 2014, Dumbledore appeared in The LEGO Movie. Lord Voldemort appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie.

Various Harry Potter sets have won awards and nominations including the Toy of the Year award, Activity Toy of the Year, Top Ten best-selling toys, Collectible of the Year, and Specialty Toys of the Year in 2001 and 2019.

In 2020 and 2022, the LEGO Group reported that the LEGO Harry Potter alongside other themes had helped to push revenue for the first half of 2020 grew 7% to DKK 15.7 billion compared to the previous period in 2019, and had earned a full year of revenue in 2021.

This article goes over the LEGO Harry Potter theme and sets and answers important questions to help you have a better understanding.

Let’s dive in.

How Many LEGO Harry Potter Sets Are There?

There are currently 122 Harry Potter sets released from 2001 to 2022.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001–2002): 14 sets
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002–2003): 10 sets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004): 10 sets and 2 mini-sets
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005): 4 sets
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007): 1 set
  • Revival Series (2010): 6 sets
  • 2011: 4 main sets and 3 other sets
  •  Harry Potter-themed Lego Dimensions “team pack”: 4 add-on packs
  • 2018 (Focused on the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secret): 13 sets
  • 2019 (Focused on the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire): 11 sets
  • 2020 (Focused on the Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince): 11 sets
  • 2021:
    • Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests (31201) under the LEGO Art theme 
    • Hogwarts Moment subtheme: 4 sets
    • 20th Anniversary (Focused on the Philosopher’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets): 13 sets
  • 2022 (Additional sets under the Hogwarts Moment and 20th Anniversary subthemes): 11 sets

The first wave focused almost exclusively on various locations in and around Hogwarts Castle, with the exception of 4723 Diagon Alley Shops and 4708 Hogwarts Express.

The second wave focused primarily on the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

The year moved away from the Hogwarts theme of the previous year, and the release of sets such as 4729 Dumbledore’s Office and 4731 Dobby began to change the castle’s color scheme to what is now recognized as the classic color scheme for the castle, featuring tan and sand green heavily. 

Sets based on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were released in 2004 and the Minifigures of the theme were also revamped in the same year. 

Many of the Minifigures were the same as the previous releases but were all given flesh-toned skin with the exception of Professor Snape, who was still fluorescent.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released in 2005 and featured only four sets, each one based on one of the three Triwizard Tournament tasks, with the exception of 4768 The Durmstrang Ship. 

No sets were released in 2006, and only one, based on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released in 2007. The set was another remake of Hogwarts Castle and was the last set in the theme released until 2010.

The theme returned in 2010 with a set based on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. 4840 Burrow was the only set released in the year that was not a remake which included a model of the Weasley’s house, The Burrow.

All Minifigures released the year were completely redesigned and featured considerably more detail than any in the theme before.

2011 featured the release of a few sets under the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows subthemes, as well as several subtheme-less promotional sets.

A final Harry Potter set (or rather, book) LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World was released in 2012, which included an exclusive version of Harry, in a suit.

In 2018, the theme returned with sets based around the first, second, and third books, along with sets from the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them sequel.

Sub-themes

LEGO Harry Potter theme includes 10 sub-themes each based on a movie in the Harry Potter Series:

  • The Philosopher’s Stone
  • The Chamber of Secrets
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The Goblet of Fire
  • The Order of the Phoenix
  • The Half-Blood Prince
  • The Deathly Hallows
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Other

How Many Harry Potter LEGO Minifigures Are There?

There are 59 Harry potter LEGO Minifigures with popular figures being:

  • Harry Potter
  • Ron Weasley
  • Hermione Granger
  • Draco Malfoy
  • Susan Bones
  • Professor McGonagall
  • Professor Quirrel
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Hagrid
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Nearly Headless Nick
  • Basilisk
  • Fawkes
  • Hedgwig
  • Scabbers

What Is the Best Harry Potter LEGO Set?

Hogwarts Great Hall 75954 is the best Harry Potter LEGO set. This detailed Harry Potter set allows you to build and recreate a magical fantasy realm from the Harry Potter movies.

The set includes 878 pieces and 10 fantasy Minifigures including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, and Albus Dumbledore, and Nearly Headless Nick and Professor Quirrell.

The Hogwarts Great Hall is perfect for creative builders who want to build fantasy realms and magic-themed sets and features a fireplace, benches, tables, and reversible house banners, plus the Grand Staircase tower with a spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, sorting hat, Mirror of Erised and lots of magical artifacts accessory elements. 

What Is the Most Popular Harry Potter LEGO Set?

LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall 75954  is the most popular Harry Potter Set. The set was released on August 1, 2018, and is also one of the best-selling LEGO Harry Potter sets.

What Is the Biggest Harry Potter LEGO Set?

71043 Hogwarts Castle is the Biggest Harry Potter set ever. The set comprises 6,020 individual toy castle pieces and measures over 22 inches (58cm) high, 27 inches (69cm) wide, and 16 inches (43cm) deep.

The set is the 2019 toy of the Year award winner by the Toy Association and allows fans to build a Hogwarts Castle replica complete with a host of Harry potter characters including 4 Harry Potter figures, 27 microfigures, the Chamber Of Secrets, the Whomping Willow, and more from the wizarding world.

What Is the Rarest Harry Potter LEGO Minifigure?

(hp080) Professor Dolores Umbridge is the rarest Harry Potter LEGO Minifigure. The first version of the Minifigure was released in 2007 in the third edition of Hogwarts Castle (5378) and was the only Minifigure LEGO fans had for 11 years.

What Is the Rarest Harry Potter LEGO Minifigure?

Why Is Harry Potter LEGO So Expensive?

There are many reasons why Harry Potter sets are expensive including size, licensing, time to produce, demand, resale value, and other factors.

Lisa D. Marsh

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