As we continue a tour around the Hogwarts school, right after a quick lecture on transfiguration as given by Professor McGonagall in 76382 Hogwarts Moment: Transfiguration Class, it’s time to take a seat by a pot full of a boiling potion. LEGO Harry Potter 76383 Hogwarts Moment: Potion Class is the second set in the mini-series of mid-sized buildable books depicting a classroom of Professor Snape. The set consists of 271 pieces and comes with three minifigures. The set is available today for US $29.99 | CAN $39.99 | UK £27.99.
The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with a copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.
The box & packaging
Like other sets in the series, the Potion Class box also features vertical artwork. Both the front and the back of the box include excellent illustrations setting the scene.
Since the set doesn’t bring new or rare minifigure accessories, the new book cover elements (10×16 plates) remain the only pieces of interest. The print in gold on a sand green piece looks stunning.
The finished model
This finished model is a compact build in the form of a book decorated with elements in yellow. I wish those were in gold, complimenting the print on the front.
A massive center wall and several pieces of furniture fit nicely inside the folded book. The interior includes a huge wooden table, which serves as a cover holding together everything underneath it.
Similar to 76382 Hogwarts Moment: Transfiguration Class, the scene can be set up in no time at all. I love that the room set doesn’t limit the play area but instead creates a multi-layered background.
The design team made the most of what they had to play with. Although the center wall only faces one side, the’s a secret corner on the other side and additional stickers on the inner side of the left cover.
Bonus points are for avoiding too many stickers in the set. The right cover’s bottom area is decorated with brick-built stone shelves. The design is excellent for the budget.
The inner side of the book’s spine is my favorite part of the set. With two dark grey snakes facing opposite directions, this element looks very ominous and perfectly fits the scene.
When assembling the set, I didn’t expect much of the furniture. You can’t ignore that these pieces are made with as few elements as possible, which make them look like mini-builds from a Harry Potter Advent Calendar set. Still, I’m impressed with the use of stickers here.
The set brings minifigures of Professor Snape, Draco Malfoy, and Seamus Finnegan. I believe neither of these will be of great interest for minifigure collectors, as none of them is rare or exclusive. Still, together they make a nice trio.
Being a Gryffindor student, Seamus doesn’t seem to fit here, but his alternative facial expression makes him the star of the set. Potions has never been the easiest class, and Seamus’ surprised face after another failed experiment is a great example of LEGO humor.
Conclusion and recommendation
One of the best things about the Hogwarts Moment series is how different each set is. Despite the same format, Harry Potter 76383 Hogwarts Moment: Potion Class is almost nothing like the 76382 Transfiguration Class. Different characters, interior, and accessories create a whole other part of the Hogwarts school, still providing a ton of playability and reasons to adore these sets.
The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.