Since bringing back Harry Potter, the LEGO Group has been building up Hogwarts Castle in a series of modular sets. The four released so far have explored locations old and new from the famous magical school. Some rooms we’ve seen before, such as the Great Hall, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, and the Greenhouses. Yet this itineration of LEGO Harry Potter has seen us build rooms – like the Hospital Wing, the Prefect’s Bathroom, and Ravenclaw’s common room – that have never before been presented.
That’s not to say, however, that all of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been covered. Being a magical castle, Hogwarts is known to change its layout and structure, so today we’re going to explore five rooms that have yet to be included in the current Harry Potter theme.
Professor Umbridge’s Office
If one colour does not come to mind when thinking of Hogwarts, it’s pink. Yet Professor Dolore Umbridge, teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts, Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic and (briefly) headmaster of Hogwarts, loves it.
Her love of cats and embossed plates provides an easy scheme of decoration with occasional sparks of pink thrown in. The room has appeared before, but rather understatedly in 5378 Hogwarts Castle from 2007. A glimpse of what could be was seen in 71043 Hogwarts Castle, in which the shocking tones of pink suggest how vibrant this room could be if included in a modular set.
It needn’t be big, as seen recently in Dumbledore’s Office as part of 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower, which, in a small space, is distinctive and recognisable. We’ve also seen Slughorn’s office (75969) and Snape’s office (75953). With Umbridge now easily available thanks to 75967 Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter (and her educational decrees present on the back of 75966 Hogwarts Room of Requirement), it seems inevitable that her office will soon be available.
The Chamber of Secrets
We’ve got the Basilisk from 75954, but it hasn’t got a home; we’ve even got a new Fawkes piece to fight it! Few locations in Hogwarts are as distinctive and unsettling as the Chamber of Secrets, and the design play features – like the head of Salazar Slytherin through which the basilisk crawls or the serpentine door – spring out automatically in the imagination.
Speaking of cool features, let’s also admit that it would be an ideal opportunity to include the second-floor girl’s bathroom, also known as the haunt of Moaning Myrtle – who was recently included in the newest Collectible Minifigures series. The bathroom leads into the chamber by a long slide, providing a different play feature yet to be seen in this series.
It’s also not as if the designers don’t revisit previous years, as evidenced by the recent 75968 4 Privet Drive. It might even fit with a series on the Deathly Hallows given Ron and Hermione go down to the chamber during the Battle for Hogwarts. Frankly, regardless of when the set is, er, set, it’s time the Chamber of Secrets gets a facelift given the last time it was earnestly presented was in 2002 with 4730 The Chamber of Secrets.
Slytherin Common Room
Since we’re in the dungeons, let’s also focus on the Slytherin common room. In an unusual twist, we’ve somehow seen Ravenclaw’s dormitory (in 75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower) before Slytherin’s common room. Found deep in the dungeons of Hogwarts, this common room is noted as having a greenish tinge thanks to its large windows that look into the lake.
In 2002, the small 4735 Slytherin was dedicated to Slytherin’s common room; based on Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, figures for Crabbe and Goyle had alternative faces for Harry and Ron, who take Polyjuice Potion to sneak into the room to try and find out who the heir of Slytherin is. If the room was made again, the same conceit would work well, providing fans with Draco’s lackeys.
The common room also appeared in 2010’s 4842 Hogwarts Castle but was rather nondescript, effectively mirroring the Gryffindor common room that sat two floors above. Given the superb level of detail the recent Hogwarts modulars have achieved, seeing this distinctive room would be welcome.
We’ve had a few classrooms so far – Potions in 75953 Hogwarts Whomping, Herbology in 75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, and Defence Against the Dark Arts in 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower – and whilst there are other subjects that warrant attention, like Transfiguration and Charms, the Divination classroom would have a better opportunity for its noticeable decoration and furnishing.
The room has appeared once before in 4757 Hogwarts Castle from 2004, but was then sparsely decorated. Imagine the comfy armchairs and pouffes, the small tables, and the rack of tea cups and saucers! There would also be the potential for a shock of red in Hogwarts given Professor Sybill Trelawney’s proclivity for keeping the curtains shut.
Speaking of the eclectic teacher of Divination, Trelawney was included in the first Collectible Minifigures wave. Surely we’ll see the Divination classroom in the future? It’s worth keeping an eye on the tea leaves to be sure.
Slightly cheating here as it’s not a room, but if there’s any part of Hogwarts that we might expect to be made in the next modular set, it’s this one. Featuring heavily during the Battle for Hogwarts as not only where the battle is seen to be its most fierce, but also where Harry and Voldemort engage in their final duel, the courtyard seems the obvious choice given the trajectory of previous modular builds (75954 representing Years One and Two, 75948 Years Three and Four, and 75969 Year Six).
Alongside the courtyard would stand the two watch towers, which might include rooms such as staff offices or classrooms, as was seen to an extent in the previous 4867 Hogwarts. These towers would also be full of exploding features given the battle setting. Given Grawp’s inclusion in 75967 Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter, it also wouldn’t be unfair to expect a brick-built giant could also appear.
It would also be nice, perhaps, to change the nature of the modular builds – the courtyard, instead of being appended alongside the previous sets, could combine with 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower. Throw in suits of armour, Death Eaters and some of the brave defenders of Hogwarts, and this modular would certainly appeal to LEGO Harry Potter collectors.