Continuing with my reviews of the new wave of LEGO Harry Potter sets, the next one I’ll be checking out is the Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets (76389). The set has 1,176 pieces and retails for $129.99 and it is based on the second movie.
There are a whopping 11 minifigures in the set which include Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Colin Creevey, Luna Lovegood, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Tom Riddle, Gilderoy Lockhart, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Sinistra, Nearly Headless Nick, and Anniversary Lord Voldemort.
Harry has on his usual black robe that is open to show the gray sweater. He has a double-sided head that shows him with a smile on one side and a scared expression on the other. His accessory is the Sword of Gryffindor.
Ginny Weasley also has on a black Gryffindor robe but it is closed so you can only see a sliver of the inner sweater. Her double-sided head shows her with a smile on one side and a sad expression on the other. Her accessories include a wand and Tom Riddle’s diary.
Colin Creevey also has a clasped robe similar to Ginny. His double-sided head shows him with a smile one one side and a sad look on the other. His accessories include his wand and camera.
Luna also has a closed robe but with Ravenclaw colors. Like with the others, she has a double-sided head showing a smile on one side and a sad expression on the other.
Justin Finch-Fletchley is a rather minor character but a nice addition even though he looks generic. His robes are Hufflepuff colors and his double-sided head shows him with a smile and sad face. His accessory is a snake from the Duelling Club.
Tom Riddle is in his teenage years form and his outfit is actually black and white due to him being just a memory of the diary. His double-sided head shows him with a stern look on one side and an angry look on the other.
Gilderoy Lockhart is in his peach colored outfit which he is seen wearing for a good part of the movie. There is some metallic detailing on both sides of the torso to make the suit pop a little. His double-sided head shows him with a conniving look on one side and a nervous look on the other.
Albus Dumbledore has on the purple robes which has some metallic on the front of the torso and going down the dress piece. The back shows the robe hood. His double-sided head shows him with two happy expressions but you can’t really see it due to the white beard piece.
Professor Sinistra is also a very minor character but was in one notable scene where Justin was found petrified. She has a light brown robe with some metallic going down the front. Her double-sided head shows her with a smile on one side and the other has her wearing some glasses. Her cap also has some hair molded on to it for the sides and the back. Her accessory is a wand.
Nearly Headless Nick has a green and white color scheme due to the minifigure actually being glow in the dark. His double-sided head shows him with a smile on one side and a scared look on the other. Unlike your typical GitD items, Nick glows without needing any additional help to make it glow but if you do have something like a UV light, he’ll glow pretty good for a decent length of time.
Lastly we have the Anniversary Lord Voldemort who is in all pearl-gold. The back of the torso shows the 20th anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter. Like with the other anniversary minifigures, the wand and baseplate is also pearl-gold.
There are six wizard cards in this set and the ones I got are Albus Dumbledore (silver border), Albus Dumbledore (gold border), two Godric Gryffindor, Seraphina Picquery, and Rowena Ravenclaw. Obviously it was disappointing to get two Gryffindor cards out of all the other ones that I could’ve gotten and it clearly shows there’s no quality control to ensure there are no duplicates in a set.
At the bottom of Hogwarts, we have the Chamber of Secrets where we have the snake door to go in. It looks decent considering the size of it which has four snakes instead of six. The other side of it is the Statue of Slytherin that sits prominent in the middle while two smaller snake statues flanks the side of it. There’s a section in the back that is able to slide out to let the basilisk come through Slytherin’s mouth.
Speaking of the basilisk, it isn’t too impressive as the body is brick-built and the neck and tail uses curved tube pieces. The head is printed and the lower jaw clips on the hinges.
The floor above the chamber is the Hogwarts Great Hall. Here we have a couple of tables filled with breakfast items like cereal and a croissant. The far end of the hall has Dumbledore’s golden-own lectern.
The upper roof area of the Great Hall has a couple spots on either end for some accessories. I’m not sure what the artifacts are but there are some jars of potions and a crystal ball.
In the middle of the Great Hall is the Hogwarts banner which is a large sticker. When you flip it up, it reveals a hidden area for the Sorting Hat.
On to the smaller section of Hogwarts, the lower level has another section of the Chamber of Secrets where there’s a slide that comes down from Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom which is in the Hogwarts Polyjuice Potion Mistake (76386) set.
Above that is Gilderoy Lockhart’s Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom where there’s a couple of desks and chairs. On the back wall is a sticker portrait of Lockhart. On the right side of the room, there’s a round thing that you can put the freshly caught Cornish Pixies on.
Next up is Lockhart’s office where it is filled with pictures and photos that he signs for fans. There’s is also his fake hair that he is fond of on his desk.
Lastly on the roof, there’s a small brookstick flight area. At the very top, there’s an astronomy area with a telescope and a constellation map.
Overall, the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets (76389) is a pretty fun set. It does incorporate some of the major scenes from the second movie. Like with the other Hogwarts sections in this wave, they are able to connect with each other and LEGO made that point clear with the other sets that connect to the right areas. The selection of minifigures are also pretty decent as well as they all are part of the movie in some way, some more than others.
One of my main disappointments was the wizard cards which I duplicates of for a few of the characters. If you’re collecting them, you’ll most likely be trading them or buying them off the secondary market.
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