Six things we need from the new LEGO Harry Potter Gringotts
Rumour has it that the long-awaited LEGO Harry Potter Gringotts set is finally on the way this year, so here are six things we need to see from the cornerstone of Diagon Alley. Said to be arriving later this year for the eye-watering sum of £429.99, 76417 Gringotts is the set most Potterheads have been clamouring for since 75978 Diagon Alley launched in 2020. That 5,544-piece rendition of the magical shopping street includes a mix of iconic and obscure wizarding emporiums, but misses out its gleaming, goblin-staffed bank.
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Our last minifigure-scale rendition of Gringotts actually came all the way back in 2011 with 10217 Diagon Alley, and it's fair to say design standards and practices at the LEGO Group have moved on a bit since then.
6 - Multiple levelsImage: groovybeast
While 75978 Diagon Alley spreads its piece count across four 16x32 baseplates, offering a shallower take on the Modular Buildings Collection at ground level, any Gringotts build worth its salt needs to take things below the surface. Quite how that might work with the existing Diagon Alley model remains to be seen, but if anyone can figure it out, it's the LEGO Harry Potter team...
5 - The mine cart
And here's why going underground is a must: all of Gringotts' vaults are accessed by means of a mine cart on rails, which any LEGO set of the wizarding bank can't ignore. Or any modern version, anyway - 10217 Diagon Alley managed to leave it out, and only to its detriment.
With a much bigger budget to play with here, we're expecting something seriously impressive.
4 - Deathly Hallows minifigures
Gringotts features most heavily in two Harry Potter films: the Philosopher's Stone and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. We've had plenty of sets and characters from the former, even in 75978 Diagon Alley, so it's time for the Deathly Hallows to shine in 76417 Gringotts. That's in part so we can get brand new and exclusive minifigures, including Ron and Hermione in their disguises as Dragomir Despard and Bellatrix Lestrange. (Okay, that would probably just be another Bellatrix minifigure, but you can't have too many of those.)
3 - A great big dragon
Anchoring a LEGO Gringotts set around the Deathly Hallows would also allow the Harry Potter team to include the Ukrainian Ironbelly, on which the trio make their escape from the bank at the beginning of Part 2.
2 - At least two memorable vaults
What's a bank without vaults to store its gold and treasure? We last saw a LEGO incarnation of Gringotts' guts in 2002's 4714 Gringotts Bank, and in tandem with the rails and mine carts beneath the bank's surface, at least a couple of vaults are surely mandatory for the rumoured new set. One of those could of course be Bellatrix's vault, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione retrieve Helga Hufflepuff's cup - one of Voldemort's Horcruxes - while we'd also like to see Vault 713, from which Hagrid collects the Philosopher's Stone.
Maybe the set could be based on (and include characters from) both movies?
1 - Compatibility with 75978 Diagon Alley
Above all else, 76417 Gringotts needs to be compatible with 75978 Diagon Alley: if it's not, we might as well pack up and go home now. The rumoured price tag for the bank does raise a couple of questions over its potential compatibility, though - namely, if one 16x32 building in 75978 Diagon Alley costs roughly £112.50 (dividing its RRP by four), how can Gringotts alone command nearly four times that price tag? One method we can see of demanding that budget while maintaining compatibility is through an extended subterranean level, which runs beneath the entirety of 75978 Diagon Alley - with multiple vaults - and is topped at one end by the bank.
It might not make for the most interesting build, but paired with 75978 Diagon Alley, it would be an incredible centrepiece to any LEGO Harry Potter collection. Remember, we don't yet have confirmation that a new LEGO Harry Potter Gringotts is happening at all - it's only rumoured for now - so treat everything around such a set lightly until the LEGO Group officially unveils it. You can check out the full picture for LEGO Harry Potter in 2023 (as it stands right now) in the table below.
Every LEGO Harry Potter set confirmed and rumoured for 2023
|76409 Gryffindor House Banner||GBP29.99 / £34.99 / EUR34.99||285||March 1, 2023|
|76410 Slytherin House Banner||GBP29.99 / £34.99 / EUR34.99||349||March 1, 2023|
|76411 Ravenclaw House Banner||GBP29.99 / £34.99 / EUR34.99||305||March 1, 2023|
|76412 Hufflepuff House Banner||GBP29.99 / £34.99 / EUR34.99||313||March 1, 2023|
|76413 Hogwarts: Room of Requirement||GBP44.99 / £49.99 / EUR49.99||587||March 1, 2023|
|76420 Triwizard Tournament: The Black Lake||GBP39.99 / £44.99 / EUR44.99||349||March 1, 2023|
|30651 Quidditch Practice||TBC||55||March 2023|
|76414 Expecto Patronum||£64.99||754||Summer 2023|
|76415 The Battle of Hogwarts||£84.99||730||Summer 2023|
|76416 Quidditch Trunk||£64.99||599||Summer 2023|
|76417 Gringotts Bank||£429.99||TBC||Summer 2023|
|76418 Advent Calendar||£44.99||227||Summer 2023|
|76419 The Knight Bus||TBC||2,260||Summer 2023|
|76421 Dobby the House Elf||£39.99||403||Summer 2023|
|76422 TBC||£89.99||834||Summer 2023|
|76423 TBC||£129.99||1,074||Summer 2023|
|40616 Harry Potter & Cho Chang||£19.99||TBC||TBC|
|40617 Draco Malfoy & Cedric Diggory||£19.99||TBC||TBC|
|40618 Kingsley Shacklebolt||£9.99||TBC||TBC|
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