The biggest LEGO Harry Potter sets of all time – August 2021

The LEGO Group is about to launch another massive Harry Potter set in 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition – but where does this magical model rank among the largest Wizarding World sets of all time?

Before its renewal in 2018, no Harry Potter set would have even come close to boasting the kind of piece counts that could go toe-to-toe with the LEGO Group’s biggest and most expensive sets (bar one, as we’ll see). That’s all changed with the modern rendition of the Wizarding World, however, with three direct-to-consumer sets and impressive flagship products year after year.

The latest of those has just been revealed as 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition, which arrives on shelves September 2. When it does, where will it fit in with the rest of its enchanting counterparts by piece count? Let’s take a look…

7 – 4842 Hogwarts Castle

LEGO Harry Potter 4842 Hogwarts Castle

Believe it or not, none of the modular Hogwarts sets from 2018-2021 – and that includes this year’s 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets – have individually matched up to the piece count of 2010’s 4842 Hogwarts Castle. Released alongside Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but without any specific ties to a single movie, this version of the wizarding school attempted to tick off as many pivotal areas as possible in one box.

That may be why it ekes past every modern minifigure-scale Hogwarts set at 1,290 pieces, especially as it packs in the Great Hall, the Astronomy Tower, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room and plenty more – several of which have had their own dedicated sets in the modern-day Hogwarts format.

6 – 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger

LEGO Harry Potter 76393 Harry Potter Hermione Granger

That 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger appears anywhere on this list is all the more remarkable given how much of an experiment it represents for the LEGO Harry Potter theme. The LEGO Group has never done brick-built minifigures at this scale before, so to choose to lead with the Wizarding World – and to then pack two characters in, ballooning the piece count and price point in turn – feels daring.

The result is something you’ll probably know whether you love or hate before even buying, but if you’re somehow still on the fence, check out our review of the newly-released statues for an informed verdict. They’re not cheap at £119.99 / $119.99 / €129.99, but at 1,673 pieces, they’ve definitely earned their place among the biggest LEGO Harry Potter sets ever.

5 – 10217 Diagon Alley

LEGO Harry Potter 10217 Diagon Alley

The first of two Diagon Alley sets on this list (you knew the other one was coming), the original LEGO Harry Potter direct-to-consumer exclusive weighs in at a still-impressive 2,025 pieces. The choice of buildings is almost entirely different from its modern counterpart – that Gringotts is, in hindsight, highly coveted – but the equal difference in scale and detail means they probably won’t sit very well together.

All credit to 10217 Diagon Alley for being able to match up to the enormous sets the LEGO Group churns out on a regular basis these days, though, despite now reaching double figures in age.

4 – 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition

LEGO Harry Potter 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition 33

The newest LEGO Harry Potter set falls squarely in the middle of this list at 3,010 pieces, which really only speaks to how much bigger things are about to get. Looking like a build you’d see on an episode of LEGO MASTERS, this incredible collection of props from the Potter-verse is topped off by the most realistic LEGO depiction of Hedwig to date.

You can find out more about 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition by clicking here, or check out a full gallery here. It’s due to launch on September 2.

3 – 31201 Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests

LEGO Art 31203 Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests

Okay, we’re cheesing it a bit here, because this is technically a LEGO Art set. But given how readily the LEGO Group’s new range has wrapped other themes into its umbrella of mosaics, we’re more than happy to classify this as a Harry Potter-adjacent set (the clue’s in the name!), and therefore slide it into this list at third place.

That’s by virtue of 31201 Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests’ 4,249 pieces, which offer four different predetermined display options – one per Hogwarts house. Alternatively, you can combine four copies for one ultimate Hogwarts crest, or turn to Rebrickable for a few more ways to reappropriate all those 1×1 tiles.

2 – 75978 Diagon Alley

LEGO Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley

The biggest minifigure-scale LEGO Harry Potter set to date (spoilers for what’s to come!), 75978 Diagon Alley is as ultimate as any depiction of the magical shopping street can be without including arguably its most iconic building. But if you can stop feeling sour over the lack of Gringotts for a mo, it’s still worth revelling in the seven different establishments that are included here.

They require an eye-watering 5,544 pieces to assemble, and a not-insignificant £369.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 of your LEGO budget to acquire. But even with that notably absent bank – which apparently isn’t coming any time soon – there’s a whole lot to love across 75978 Diagon Alley.

1 – 71043 Hogwarts Castle

LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle

When the Wizarding World theme returned in 2018 alongside the first Fantastic Beasts movie (remember that franchise?), it shot right out of the gate with what was – at the time – the second-largest LEGO set of all time. The 6,020-piece 71043 Hogwarts Castle has since been bumped into fourth place by 10276 Colosseum and 31203 World Map, but it doesn’t diminish this behemoth of a build one iota.

As a microscale rendition of the wizarding school, it manages to pack in pretty much every key location – including a detailed, rocky base to give it depth and verticality – without sacrificing on detail, or as much detail as can be represented at this scale. It’s going to take something truly special to surpass 71043 Hogwarts Castle in ambition and achievement, but we’re looking forward to watching the LEGO Group give it a go.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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