The March 2023 Harry Potter wave includes one more playset, 76420 Triwizard Tournament: The Black Lake. This returns to a scene that LEGO has only depicted once before, almost 20 years ago (!) in 2005. This version takes advantage of the reintroduction of dark turquoise, which was just leaving the LEGO color palette back when 4762 Rescue from the Merpeople was released. Here’s our review of the set, which contains 349 pieces, 5 minifigures, and a Grindylow, and is available now for US $44.99 | CAN $59.99 | UK £39.99.
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As much as I love the LEGO Harry Potter sets I have to admit one thing. The scale they are built in does not lend itself to adding the amount of details I’d love to see. LEGO fan creations however never stop to amaze me. One of these creations is Moaning Myrtle by Caleb Schilling. Caleb built the prefects’ bathroom from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The use of the white half round tiles to add marble details to the bathtub wall looks splendid. It is also nice to see the Fabuland flask being used in a modern day creation. It is a bit bigger than minifigure scale but it works perfectly in this setting. Using old school lace fences to create the stained glass windows is a really nice touch. I love how the light appears to be peeking through all the trans clear plates.
Whatever happened to the fearsome Hungarian Horntail dragon as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? LEGO builder Force of Bricks suggests the dragon eventually made its way onto the trophy wall.
This is an incredible model. I’m always in awe of how well builders like Force of Bricks can craft such genuine angles and detail in creatures. The open jaw looks like it’s ready to chomp down on a minifigure. The spikes along the head and neck look deadly and fearsome. And I love the detail on the wall mount, giving a little gold glitter to set this dragon apart as a true trophy.