While the enormous 5,544-piece set includes seven proprietors from the magical shopping street, there’s one iconic location that’s even more noticeable by its absence: Gringotts, the gleaming white bank that took centre stage in 2011’s 10217 Diagon Alley.
Given the modular building-style connection points between the set’s four separate façades, though – each of which is situated on a 16×32 baseplate – most of us reasonably assumed that the wizarding bank would follow in 2021 as a standalone expansion.
Well, 2021 is here, and Gringotts isn’t: instead, the LEGO Harry Potter theme has diverged from the 2018-2020 line-up with a range of sets to celebrate its 20th anniversary, including a brand new style of modular Hogwarts builds. And while those are pretty decent in their own right, we’re still left asking: where’s Gringotts?
During this year’s LEGO Fan Media event, Bricks By Mind put the question to the LEGO Harry Potter designers – and received a less-than-ideal reply.
“The designers said that there’s no current plans for future Diagon Alley sets,” the YouTuber explained. “The set was intentionally designed to leave possibilities open, and they said that they are aware that there is one significant building missing from the set, which they are open to making in the future – but at the moment, there are no plans to do so.”
It’s pretty clear that the designers were referring to Gringotts (even if they didn’t outright name the building), which isn’t great news for those of us hoping for a modern rendition of the wizarding bank any time soon. However, they did suggest that it’s not entirely off the table – and there’s a way we can help make it happen.
“[The designers] mentioned a few times in the interview that if fans want to see something specific, they should go to LEGO’s feedback website,” Bricks By Mind said. “So if you do want to see a Gringotts set, I recommend you do that… It sounds like the designers are open to making a Gringotts set, so if the fans want it too, [the LEGO Group] will actually make one.”
There you have it: ask, and ye shall (seemingly) receive. You can find the feedback page by clicking here. In the meantime, 75978 Diagon Alley is available to order at LEGO.com, and is still an enchanting set – even without Gringotts.
- 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.
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