Four years into the renewed Wizarding World theme, someone in Billund has clearly looked at the portfolio and decided (to paraphrase Barney Gumble): “LEGO Harry Potter is in danger of growing stale. I’m taking it to strange new places.”
In this case, that strange new place is 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger. As rumoured back in March, these are huge, brick-built versions of two key characters from the Wizarding World – but unlike (as expected) the organic forms of 43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse, they’re actually just scaled-up minifigures.
They’re styled on the characters’ appearances in the first batch of LEGO Harry Potter sets from 2018, as per the first two movies, but – for some reason – have full-sized legs rather than the minifigures’ short legs. Harry also gets a custom cloth robe piece, which the LEGO Group still hasn’t figured out a way to bring to regular minifigures.
Perhaps what’s most puzzling about this 1,673-piece set, however, is the character selection. Why do we only have two thirds of the franchise’s main trio? If there was only budget for two buildable characters, why not pair Harry with Voldemort, or even Dumbledore?
We’re also surprised to see it’s only marked 10+ rather than 18+, given it’s basically a display model. But who knows: maybe this set will find its audience among Harry Potter fans, and open the door to many more brick-built minifigures in future – and potentially across other themes.
If you are keen to pick up 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger, look out for it in LEGO Stores and at LEGO.com from June 1, and on wide launch from August 1, for the not-insignificant price of £119.99 / $119.99 / €129.99.
The LEGO Group has also today announced a wave of more traditional LEGO Harry Potter sets anchored around the theme’s 20th anniversary, along with a mechanical Fawkes the Phoenix to complement last year’s 75979 Hedwig.