With LEGO Harry Potter back and offering an amazing breadth of minifigures, Brick Fanatics picks out the most obscure ten characters released this year
This year has seen the return of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme, and with it has come magical updates of the story’s most iconic locations – along with improved minifigures of both beloved and unbeloved characters… we’re referring to you Malfoy.
Most licensed themes have obscure characters bolstering their minifigure counts and LEGO Harry Potter is no exception. More so than ever before, fans can go way beyond the core characters and really populate their LEGO displays with a wide range of characters.
Here is the Brick Fanatics count down of the ten most obscure characters released in the LEGO Harry Potter theme this year…
10. Dean Thomas (Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures)
Although Dean didn’t have a huge part throughout the Potter saga, he was the best friend of Seamus Finnigan and a loyal supporter of Harry – even when others weren’t. Dean was a huge Quidditch fan, often confusing the rules with football and his minifigure perfectly highlights his team spirit.
9. Cho Chang (Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures)
Cho may have been a slight turncoat Ravenclaw (only due to Veritas serum) but she had a rather turbulent school life at Hogwarts. She was broken-hearted by the unfortunate death of Cedric Diggory and couldn’t quite face her feelings for Harry Potter. Cho’s minifigure marks the first time that a Ravenclaw uniform has been produced.
8. Cedric Diggory (Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Collectible Minifigures)
Cedric Diggory was a talented Seeker for Hufflepuff and an honourable competitor during the Tri-Wizard Tournament. He tragically met his end through Peter Pettigrew, which turned out to be a major plot point for The Cursed Child. His minifigure comes with the Tri-Wizard trophy – portraying Cedric as the rightful winner.
7. Garrick Ollivander (40289 Diagon Alley)
Not many stores can claim to have been making products since 382 B.C., but Ollivander’s wand shop certainly can. Ollivander was the proprietor of the aforementioned store and remembers every wand he has ever sold. His inclusion in 40289 Diagon Alley marks only the second time he has been released as a minifigure.
6. Helga Hufflepuff (71043 Hogwarts Castle)
In 71043 Hogwarts Castle, the LEGO Group included all four founders of the School for Witchcraft and Wizardy, based on their portraits commissioned for Pottermore. Helga Hufflepuff was a Welsh witch willing to teach all magically gifted students and valued loyalty above all else. Helga’s minifigure comes with her famous cup, which Lord Voldemort later turned into a Horcrux.
5. Marcus Flint (75956 Quidditch Match)
Harry Potter described Marcus Flint as having “some troll blood in him” in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Flint’s brutal tactics during Quidditch matches certainly attest to that factor. In the film, Flint’s toothy sneer was practically permanent and this has been replicated to great effect on his minifigure.
4. Boggart (5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection)
As no-one knows what a boggart actually looks like, the LEGO designers chose to re-create one in the form of Neville Longbottom’s Riddikulus charm – Professor Snape dressed in Neville’s grandmothers’ clothes. The result is probably the funniest and most bizarre Wizarding World minifigures released – although it’s a shame there’s no vulture on the hat.
3. Susan Bones (75954 Hogwarts Great Hall)
Susan only had a brief moment in Harry and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Professor McGonagall called out her name and she was sorted into Hufflepuff by the Sorting Hat. Her aunt, Amelia Bones, was a judge at Harry’s court-hearing in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Susan’s printed freckles make her a very cute minifigure.
2. Trolley Witch (75955 Hogwarts Express)
Do not be fooled by the benign appearance of the Trolley Witch. If any student tries to bail from the Hogwarts Express, her hands develop claws and her sweet treats turn into a multitude of weapons. The Trolley Witch’s appearance in 75955 Hogwarts Express is her first ever minifigure incarnation.
Even the most knowledgeable Potterhead probably won’t know Lucian Bole. He is not mentioned in the books, or films and only gets his first name from a video game. His minifigure comes equipped with a Nimbus 2001 as bought by Lucius Malfoy for the entire Slytherin team.
Obscure characters really test the brains of passionate fans, often requiring a good memory to place them into context. They are a reminder that all characters can be important, no matter how large or small their part – especially when it comes to populating LEGO displays.