New LEGO Harry Potter GWP’s required spend also requires a little maths

LEGO Harry Potter 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase is available now – but if you’re hoping to grab it with the new summer sets, you’re going to need to do some maths.

Orders of £130 / $130 / €130 on LEGO Harry Potter sets will qualify for 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase, which is built to the same style as the rest of the current modular Hogwarts system (albeit without any obvious points of connection), through July 31. Fortunately, there’s a brand new wave of Wizarding World sets to pick up, so surely one of those should do the trick. Surely.

Well, no – unless you’re in Europe, where 76408 12 Grimmauld Place just tops out at €129.99, none of the new wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets alone is enough to reach the threshold for 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase. Instead, you’ll need to come up with some combination of sets that passes £130 / $130 / €130 in total. Here’s a brief reminder of the latest range, along with their RRPs:

76400 Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals – £17.99 / $19.99 / €19.99
76401 Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue – £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99
76402 Hogwarts: Dumbledore’s Office – £69.99 / $79.99 / €79.99 
76403 The Ministry of Magic – £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99
76406 Hungarian Horntail Dragon – £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99
76407 The Shrieking Shack & Whomping Willow – £79.99 / $89.99 / €89.99
76408 12 Grimmauld Place – £114.99 / $119.99 / €129.99

Looking at those prices, a few obvious combos immediately jump out. You could pick up the biggest and smallest sets of the wave, for instance, in 76400 Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals and 76408 12 Grimmauld Place, which would come in at £132.98 / $139.98. Or you could aim for 76403 The Ministry of Magic and either 76401 Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue or 76406 Hungarian Horntail Dragon, which totals £134.98 / $149.98.

If you’re in the US, you could substitute 76403 The Ministry of Magic for 76407 The Shrieking Shack & Whomping Willow in that combo, which would bring the total back down to $139.98. It would only reach £124.98 in the UK, though, which isn’t enough to qualify for 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase.

One last option (at least for getting as close as possible to the required spend) could be to pick up 76400 Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals, either 76401 Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius’s Rescue or 76406 Hungarian Horntail Dragon, and 76402 Hogwarts: Dumbledore’s Office. Either combination of three sets there would come in at £132.97 / $149.97. A better bundle in the UK, for sure.

All this is only considering the newly-released wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets, of course, and there are plenty of others still available if you’re not already caught up on the Wizarding World theme. But for those of us who do only need the new stuff, placing the spend threshold for 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase at £130 / $130 / €130 – a full £30 / $30 / €30 more than the required spend for last year’s 40452 Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms – doesn’t feel especially consumer-friendly.

Still, any order that reaches the threshold for the boxed freebie will also qualify for 30435 Build Your Own Hogwarts Castle – currently free with a £40 / $40 / €40 spend on LEGO Harry Potter sets – and free delivery, sweetening the deal just a little. Both 40577 Hogwarts: Grand Staircase and 30435 Build Your Own Hogwarts Castle will be available until July 31, or while stocks last.

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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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