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  1. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Based on the green foliage (and the movie the scene is from) I think it's supposed to represent the rear courtyard by the clocktower, not the front entrance one. Though one can see in the clip that the Dark Tower and Courtyard are at opposite ends of the castle layout, but they compressed them into one set to capture the whole scene.
  2. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I got ahold of a copy of the Lego Harry Potter Magical Treasury book the other day and saw a surprising quote from designer Mark Stafford about the 2019-2021 Hogwarts line. "Early on, I came up with the idea to make a modular version of Hogwarts. The "Sketch model" I built was very big! It featured the Great Hall and the Clock Tower entrance as the two largest modules, as well as classrooms, the Gryffindor common room, kitchens, bridge and walls. The idea was almost dropped later in development, until Rahael realized the Hogwarts build in his Whomping Willow set would fit really nicely on the side of my Great Hall set. With minor changes to both of our models, the modular idea was resurrected! I put a connection point on the other side of the Hall too, so when Woon Tze was later asked to develop my Clock Tower entrance into a set, we could connect it in a similar way to the original modular sketch models." This explains why of all the castle sections they could have chosen for the first Modular Hogwarts section to go with the Great Hall they went with a less-iconic back section, since at that stage the modularity was added back as an after-thought. I suspect even with the 2020-present modular line I wouldn't be surprised if they are still making it up, year by year, (or even set-by-set) without an intentioned shape for how the Castle all goes together. Here's another Mark Stafford quote I found on Bricklink: "I kind of got carried away with a minifigure scale modular version of Hogwarts, I built 7 or 8 different sized sketch models that all joined together to make a massive version of the school. The Tower and Hall were two separate ideas at that time. Then when it was decided the Great Hall should be the largest set of the line I was asked to combine it with the tower." I really wish I could see Mark's of original design, especially the sections we haven't gotten as sets yet like the bridges and walls and the kitchen. The extra-large Grand Staircase Tower would have been amazing to see too. His version of Hogwarts sounds like the ultimate Lego Harry Potter dream.
  3. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Yes, especially since there's so many options left for subterranean sets: Potions Classroom, Slytherin common room, remaining Philosopher's stone challengers, troll bathroom... But sadly I wouldn't be surprised if there were no more rock-base sets in this line.
  4. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Interesting that they included all the modular sets from this line except for First Flying Lesson, though since the doorway section isn't an 8x8 module it's harder to fit with the rest. A shame, since a doorway section is so useful!
  5. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    In one of the box-art pictures for Dumbledore’s Office they have the pensive on one of the side wings instead of in the top square, which actually makes more sense for accuracy. But that would leave the top module completely empty so it got me thinking what else could go up there. Dumbledore’s giant telescope?
  6. Ferder

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Hogwarts Additions: Pros: Love that both sets include towers that can be used at 90 degree angles. The castle has always been lacking in sets to create either of the four major Hogwarts Courtyards. Hopefully the title with the colons (Hogwarts Courtyard: Sirius Rescue) indicates that more courtyard sets are coming. For now, one could purchase several Sirius Rescue sets as a castle-building parts pack. The 8x8 corner piece on that set is especially welcome. The new Dumbledore Office is a welcome upgrade to both the original 2002 set and the too-small Clocktower module. The addition of the library is great too. Nice to see a more rounded Great Tower to accompany the 2020 Castle cons: still not sure how any of them could work as a base for the Hospital Wing. We need another three-wide base for that. Non Hogwarts sets: Nothing exceptional about the Shrieking Shack but nice to see it back again after all this time. Fun that the transformation feature was included again. Ministry of a magic is well done. Impressed that it has so many fun details in the interiors (the offices, the department of mystery shelves). Lots of cute play-features In there as well. Grimaldo Place is perfectly executed. Impressed that the mechanism was included without sacrificing interior details.
  7. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Something looks different about Marcos in the interview--- he's got hair now! I wonder if he got himself a transplant or did he pop a hair-piece on (like a minifig!)?
  8. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    This Post on the forum here had some ideas
  9. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Show us pics!
  10. Ferder

    [REVIEW] Fun with 2021 Modular Hogwarts

    This Youtube video (in German) shows all the modules combined, including Flying Lesson. It ends up being a great solution to having something to put under Fluffy Corridor, that isn't Lockheart's classroom or a duplicate COS section. All that's left over is the two Flying Lesson roof pieces. I really like it!
  11. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Not quite, the designer mentioned that the several sand green pieces that accented the grey roofs in 2020 Astronomy Tower weren't an intentional foreshadowing of this years' green-roof wave. There was nothing said about what the roof colors would be after this year, but you're probably right that if the modular system continues next year, it would also have green roofs.
  12. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    This Designer Interview has some interesting insight into the reasoning behind this year's Anniversary line. Some key takeaways: The 2018-2020 line was a three-year plan The new Anniversary line is called a soft reboot because it introduces the new modular system, while also keeping the pin-connections from the 2018-2020 wave The goal with the soft reboot "Anniversary" line was to attract new kids to HP (that weren't old enough to be interested three years ago). This explains why the focus is on the first two films, which are more kid-friendly than say Deathly Hallows. Also, the Anniversary is celebrating the release of the first film, 20 years ago. With the 2018-2020 line they had run out of "consumer-recognizable" Hogwarts exteriors, hence a return to familiar locations like the Great Hall. This admission does not bode well for the chance of getting less iconic locations like the Bell Towers The sand-green elements on the Astronomy Tower set were a personal touch by that set's designer, and not part of the official switch to Sand Green for the Anniversary Line. It was just a happy coincidence that it served as a transition between the two lines. All things considered, the future of the line looks like it will be this new Modular Hogwarts system, rather than a return to the style of the 2018-2020 series.
  13. Ferder

    [REVIEW] Fun with 2021 Modular Hogwarts

    I was curious what the new Modular System would look like if the Girls Bathroom was added to the main Great Hall-Chamber of Secrets set and Lockheart's classroom was still connected to his office, so I did this rough photoshop. To fill in the gap under the Fluffy set, I duplicated the portion of the Chamber with the slide and deleted the interiors. One can imagine filling it up with pieces from the Potions Classroom Hogwarts Moment set or perhaps one's own Chamber of Winged Keys or Philospher's Stone Room Even the exterior looks a lot better this way with the windows and rooms all on the upper portion and the rocky parts all on the bottom. Though I cheated here with a mirrored rock section on the bottom-right side.
  14. Ferder

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Without an official set created to fit in that space, I would consider putting a second Myrtle Bathroom there, but gutting the interior and replacing it with ellements from the Potions Hogwarts Moment set. Snape's classroom is in the dungeons after all