Jonas Kramm (@jonaskramm) analyses the new parts and minifigures in the June 2021 range of LEGO® Harry Potter sets. For reviews of the actual builds, visit our sister LEGO fan sites. Editorial note: Although views expressed by Harry Potter's creator do not align with that of New Elementary, we continue to cover some sets for their parts. Read about our stance here. Products in this article were provided by LEGO; the author's opinions are their own.
In June 2021 a new wave of LEGO® Harry Potter sets will launch. Today we’re taking a look at what new moulds, recolours and interesting printed elements we can find in these four sets:
- 76386 Polyjuice Potion Mistake: 217 pcs - £17.99 / US$19.99 / 19.99€
- 76387 Hogwarts: Fluffy Encounter: 397 pcs - £34.99 / $39.99 / 39.99€
- 76388 Hogsmeade Village Visit: 851 pcs - £69.99 / $79.99 / 79.99€
- 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets: 1176 pcs - £129.99 / $129.99 / 139.99€
New moulds in Harry Potter 2021 sets 76389 & 76387
I guess everyone is most excited about new moulds, so let's get started with them. Accio new moulds!
Most of the new pieces come in the biggest Harry Potter set from this wave, 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets. Like this new candelabra (6326425), which is included once in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold.
The candelabra has a lot of potential thanks to the many connection points. Bars fit in the open studs and clips can grab the handle and the vertical arms. The middle one is exactly one plate lower, which makes the piece unique but still in the LEGO System. I also spotted the new candelabra in another upcoming LEGO Set 43196 Belle and the Beast's Castle, so it won’t be exclusive here!
In the same set a pair of Pixies (6351014) appear as a new element. It’s the first time Transparent Dark Blue with Opalescence/ Satin Trans-Dark Blue comes in a set, but as opalescence is just an ‘effect’ added to existing colours, perhaps it was just a matter of time. June also brings Transparent Green with Opalescence / Satin Trans-Green, in LEGO VIDIYO™43115 The Boombox.
The new mould has two intended connections: The figure fits on a stud and the arms have the perfect diameter of a 3.18 so they can be put in a clip or in a Minifigure hand. Unintended for sure is that the short antennae on the head match the gap of a lever base.
Another new creature living in the Chamber of Secrets is the Basilisk, which gets a brand new head. I show the snake in its full glory later in the article as it also features several recolours - stay tuned.
The head connects to the body with a Technic hole and consists of an Olive Green upper jaw and a Brick Yellow/ Tan lower jaw.
The next new mould is yet another animal head and comes in 76387 Hogwarts: Fluffy Encounter.
The three-headed dog comes with three heads, obviously. They are Reddish Brown, have an open underside and look a bit like a bear to my eyes.
Each head is printed, but all slightly differently, so Fluffy’s heads make it seem as though it’s sleeping when looking from the right and awake when you see its left side.
Parts with new colours & prints in LEGO Harry Potter summer 2021 sets
There’s much more to explore part-wise, as the sets also come with many pieces in new colours and new printed elements.
Collecting all sets of a theme to build a big world isn’t enough these days, so the new Harry Potter wave comes with two kinds of motivation to get each and every set of the series. They feature noteworthy pieces, so they might be interesting for New E readers for a different reason.
Each Harry Potter set this summer includes a golden Minifigure of a different character from that franchise. They aren’t random, so you know what you get.
Next to some new hairpieces, heads, torsos and legs - all in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold - they each come with a pair of Wand (6342086) in the same colour. This little piece is a versatile element for builds, so a new colour is always appreciated.
The golden Minifigures get displayed on a Tile Special 4 x 3 with 4 Studs in Centre (6350055) in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold, which is new in that colour as well.
The second collectible in these sets are Tile 2x2 in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple printed with figures from the Wizarding World. They all have the same Element ID (6342521), but they come at random in the sets: 2x in 76386, 2x in 76387, 4x in 76388 and 6x in 76389. (Tile 2x2 in Medium Lilac/ Dark Purple will also be appearing unprinted in June’s 43155 The Boombox!)
Collecting the 2 x 2 Tiles started with a bummer for me, as the two cards I got from 76386 Polyjuice Potion Mistake were both the golden version of Dumbledore. With 14 cards total I got 9 of the 16 tiles, including Albus Dumbledore and Gilderoy Lockhart three times each.
In the end a full set is probably only interesting for Harry Potter collectors, but for MOC building a selection of a few characters will be more than enough. Note that the picture of Rowena Ravenclaw above is wrong; the first indicator that these instructions don’t live up to the usual LEGO quality standards.
Parts in 76386 Polyjuice Potion Mistake
With 217 pieces this is the smallest set of the selection, but brings a few useful pieces in new colours nonetheless.
- 1x Cup (6349957) in Transparent/ Trans-Clear with Transparent Bright Green/ Trans-Bright Green potion. A colour variation from the butterbeer on the left, that comes in 76388 Hogsmeade Village Visit
- 2x Slope 45° 2 x 1 Double (6314244 | 3044) White
- 1x Door 1 x 5 x 3 with 3 Studs and Handle (6349697) in Dark Brown
- 1x Brick Special 1 x 14 Grooved (6349727 | 4217) in Brick Yellow/ Tan is coming back with a new ID after it got used last time in 2016 in Ninjago 70596 Samurai X Cave Chaos. This piece also appears in the other Hogwarts sets.
- 3x Plate 4 x 6 (6350058 | 3032) in Sand Blue, which only came in the same Ninjago set before.
Parts in 76387 Hogwarts: Fluffy Encounter
The set with the three-headed dog includes 397 pieces, of which some are quite interesting – let's see the colour changes made.
For Fluffy’s brown fur a couple of pieces appear in Dark Brown for the first time:
- 4x Plate Special 2 x 3 with rocks (6353396 | 27261) in Dark Brown
- 4x Slope Inverted 45° 4 x 1 Double with 1 x 2 Cutout (6353397 | 32802) in Dark Brown
As the colour for the Hogwarts roof has been changed to Sand Green, we get a few new pieces in that shade of green:
- 1x Plate 4 x 12 (6353402 | 3029) in Sand Green
- 1x Cone 2 x 2 x 3 Jagged (6351403 | 28598) in Sand Green, which has only appeared in Silver Metallic/ Flat Silver before.
- 1x Cone Half 2 x 4 x 3 (6351382 | 38317) in Sand Green
- 1x Cone Half 8 x 4 x 6 (6351385 | 47543) comes back after it was used in a Harry Potter set 14 years ago
Even though the Love Potion plays no role in the first movie, one is included here (6350879). It’s printed on a Transparent/ Trans-Clear head from both sides.
Parts in 76388 Hogsmeade Village Visit
The inventory list at the end of each LEGO instruction is useful if you want to order missing pieces or more of a certain element. For our reviews on New Elementary we heavily benefit from them too, as they provide useful information about the Element IDs and quantities.
Why do I mention that here? Well, the inventory of LEGO 76388 is missing half of the included pieces. The page numbers continue, so I don’t think it’s a production issue, but rather a problem with the layout. Because of that I unfortunately couldn’t include all new Element IDs as I would have liked to. We informed LEGO as soon as we could and they are about to fix it.
The Three Broomsticks Inn is built in Sand Yellow/ Dark Tan and features some new pieces in that colour useful for architecture builds:
- 2x Brick Arch 1 x 5 x 4 (2339) returns after it was previously only available in the version arch with irregular bow
- 8x Brick Arch 1 x 3 x 3 (13965)
- 14x Slope 65° 2 x 1 x 2 (60481)
2x Panel 1 x 6 x 5 (6354067 | 59349)
- 2x Minifig Shield Triangular (6353186 | 3846) in Reddish Brown
- 3x Plate 2 x 6 (6313600 | 3795) in Medium Nougat
For the bay windows of Honeydukes two round pieces come newly in Dark Green/ Green:
- 2x Plate Round 4 x 4 with Pin Hole (60474)
- 2x Brick Round 4 x 4 (87081)
In terms of decorated elements we get a printed head in Transparent Yellow/ Trans-Yellow with the label “Acid Pops”. Two are for sale in Honeydukes.
It was a heartbreaking moment when I looked at the sticker sheet for the first time and noticed that the windows aren’t printed but just stickers - and we all know how hard it is to properly apply a transparent sticker on a curved surface. These windows were something I was really looking forward to and would have been the perfect addition to the printed panels from 75978 Diagon Alley!
These pieces aren’t completely new, but I felt still worth showing as they are a welcome addition to my collection:
- 1x Plate Special 1 x 3 with 2 Studs (6343852 | 34103) in Dark Stone Grey / Dark Bluish Gray also appears in the new Harry Potter BrickHeadz
- 8x Brick Arch 1 x 5 x 4 (6344931) in Medium Nougat from 21326 Winnie the Pooh
- 2x Butterbeer (6306748) that only came with the Harry Potter CMS before
Parts in 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets
The biggest set of the wave with 1176 pieces is the Chamber of Secrets which includes Hogwarts on top. “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened” - and has revealed a lot of interesting new pieces.
As you expect from a Chamber of Secrets it finally includes a proper Basilisk that is pretty long and accurate to the one in the movie. It comes of course with the new head mould that I showed earlier.
Even more new pieces come into use, as there are several tail pieces that get a recolour in Olive Green:
- 2x Brick, Round 2 x 2 d. 45 Degree (6351437| 65473)
- 1x Dragon Tail / Neck Curved (6351429 | 67361)
- 1x Dinosaur Tail / Neck Middle Section with Pin (6351430 | 40378)
- 1x Dinosaur Tail End Section / Horn (6351434 | 40379)
The newest mould of this selection is the Dragon Tail / Neck Curved (6351429 | 67361) which starts with a caliber of 2x2 and narrows down to 1x1. This replaces the old Tail (shown on the right, 40395), that came with a pin at the end.
The benefit of the mould is not just that it can be placed on a LEGO plate, but it’s also cheaper to make as it doesn’t consist of different plastic elements, like the old one with the moulded-in black Technic Pin. But that change comes with the downside of a noticeable intake on the inner side of the tail.
Getting used more and more this year is the ‘Maxaroni’ (65473), which comes in many colours already (even more than I can show here).
For the neck of the Basilisk five Plate Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole (6186035 | 4032) are needed as well. This completes the selection of available greenish Round Plates 2x2 nicely!
In January this new window frame got introduced, in White. It fits either Glass for Window (60601) or Bars For Window (38320). For this set four Window Round 3 x 3 x 2 (6343651| 73878) get used in Reddish Brown, and you will also get this colour in Creator 3-in-1 31120 Medieval Castle. I expect this piece to be very useful!
- 1x Technic Ball Joint (6350249 | 32474) in White Glow/ Glow In Dark White
- 1x Brick Special 1 x 2 with Studs on 1 Side (6325881 | 11211) in Light Nougat
Light Nougat bricks are getting used in sets more, and becoming a normal colour for building. As this SNOT element isn’t visible at the final model I guess the colour change was made for the coming LEGO 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione and the piece got included here as a fan service.
More useful pieces coming in new colours are:
- 4x Brick Round, Half 1 x 2 (6351413 | 68013) in Brick Yellow/ Tan
- 1x Slide Straight 4 x 6 x 6 (6351408 | 27976) in Black
- 5x Cone 2 x 2 x 3 Jagged (6351403 | 28598) in Sand Green
For all animal fans there’s a new printed owl and a monochrome owl for decorations:
- 1x Owl (6353937) in Sand Yellow/ Dark Tan
- 1x Owl Spread Wings (6352684) in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold
The two snakeheads (6353601) are originally from LEGO Ninjago, but decorate the Chamber of Secrets in a new colour combination: Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray + Transparent Green/ Trans-Green.
Worth mentioning is the Sword of Godric Gryffindor (6306750) which only came with the Collectable Harry Potter Minifigures before, and another Love Potion (6350879).
Minifigures from the new summer Harry Potter sets 2021
Here are shots of all the minifigures found across these Harry Potter sets.
In 76386 Polyjuice Potion Mistake, Hermione comes with a new headgear in the shape of a cat (6350821); the evidence of the mistake.
These three figures from 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets include some new pieces:
- Prof. Sinistra has a new hat with black hair (6354158) and a Reddish Brown head with glasses
- The Nearly Headless Nick is almost completely White Glow/ Glow In Dark White aside from his White hands
- Gilderoy Lockhart comes with a suit in Nougat, which could be useful for Monochrome Minifigures, especially the undecorated legs (6353940)
The four upcoming LEGO Harry Potter sets include a wide range of new pieces. For me the candelabra is the highlight of the new moulds as it works for the purpose but also will be useful for other cases thanks to the many connection points. I’m also looking forward to playing around with the Olive Green tail elements, the round windows, the golden wands and the Sand Yellow/ Dark Tan arches. Whether it’s worth buying these sets relies a lot on whether or not you want to have the Minifigures, and IP restricted moulds like the creature parts.
Regarding the different collectibles, I feel like it’s too much. Either the Minifigures or the Wizard cards would have been enough in my opinion. After the bad start with the Wizard Cards I lost interest in collecting all of them pretty fast.
Currently my friend Stefan and I are using the bricks from each set to build our own alternate builds, which I will show you in an upcoming article, but our Vibrant Coral Patreon supporters can get a sneak peek now!
What are your favourite recolours in these sets and do you have ideas what to use the new candlestick for?
READ MORE: List of new LEGO pieces for May 2021
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