Six magical details we spotted in the new LEGO Harry Potter 2022 sets
From funky new parts to a weirdly brilliant reference, here are six magical details we’ve spotted in the newly-revealed LEGO Harry Potter sets.
The LEGO Group has cast Revelio on three new Harry Potter sets arriving in 2022, including 76396 Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class, 76397 Hogwarts Moment: Defence Against the Dark Arts Class and 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing. They’ll join 76399 Hogwarts Magical Trunk on store shelves from March 1, almost two full months from now.
If that’s too long to wait, don’t worry: whet your appetite by joining us as we comb through each of the three new sets, picking out six of the most intriguing and surprising details.
6 – The 20th anniversary party isn’t over yet
The LEGO Group celebrated the Harry Potter theme’s 20th anniversary in 2021 by launching a brand new modular Hogwarts system, a swathe of golden minifigures and a series of collectible wizard cards (or 2×2 printed tiles). And while we’re now technically in the boy wizard’s 21st anniversary, the party isn’t over yet.
That’s not only through the continuation of the new modular format in 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing – which will connect through Technic pins to the likes of 76387 Hogwarts Fluffy Encounter and 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets – but through the 510-piece set’s inclusion of two more collectible wizard cards. That’s good news if you haven’t completed your collection yet.
5 – Hogwarts can finally turn
The current line-up of Hogwarts sets in the new system all share one thing in common: they’re effectively two-dimensional, portraying the wizarding school across a flat line-up of stackable rooms. 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing shakes things up by separating its three sections with hinges, introducing the concept of corners to Hogwarts for the first time. Those crazy muggle inventions, eh.
4 – Y’arr, it be a new chest piece
The classic LEGO treasure chest has been in circulation since the days of LEGO Pirates in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but both 76397 Hogwarts Moment: Defence Against the Dark Arts Class and 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing will bring us a brand new take on a LEGO chest. Whether this new design will replace the previous one or sit alongside it remains to be seen, but either way, we reckon it would play very nicely in a new Pirates theme. (Hint, hint.)
3 – Oh hey, it’s the old Clock Tower
The LEGO Harry Potter design team may have left behind the grey-roofed Hogwarts sets that spanned 2018 to 2020, but apparently nobody told the graphic design team: the box art for 76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing features what looks like 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower in the background. That’s especially ironic (or perhaps just deliberate?) given the new set represents the same section of the school…
2 – Skele-Gro, with a tiny skull
76398 Hogwarts Hospital Wing isn’t short on details – just like the rest of the LEGO Harry Potter sets, if we’re honest – but the one that immediately caught our eye is the bottle of Skele-Gro sitting on a bedside table. While this set is very clearly based on the Prisoner of Azkaban – Harry and Hermione are seen using a Time-Turner on the box art – Skele-Gro actually appeared in the Chamber of Secrets, helping Harry to regrow his bones after Gilderoy Lockhart very wisely removed them.
We’re not complaining about conflating two movies (it’s the hospital wing, so it still makes sense), but we’re actually more interested in the tiny element that tops the Skele-Gro bottle. As far as we can tell, it’s a baby head printed to resemble a classic LEGO skull, which is both brilliant and weirdly dark for a theme that seemingly won’t touch the Deathly Hallows.
1 – Mini Mad-Eye Moody
Remember that new chest piece we mentioned earlier? In 76397 Hogwarts Moment: Defence Against the Dark Arts Class, it’s used to house a nanofigure resembling Mad-Eye Moody, who spends the entirety of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire trapped inside the very deep trunk by Barty Crouch Jr.
You’ll probably need to employ a bit of imagination to view the tiny figure with forced perspective, but the product images are certified gold, displaying Mad-Eye popping out of the chest like a tiny little puppet saying hello – much to the chagrin of Barty. That pic above makes them look like the original odd couple.
All four new LEGO Harry Potter sets will launch on March 1. You can grab the current range – including all three of the theme’s direct-to-consumer sets – at LEGO.com now, although your mileage may vary depending on regional availability.
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It’s a bit of a piss take including the same clock face as previously seen in a different set only a few years ago, but they did similar by including another great hall in the Chamber of Secrets set