LEGO and Harry Potter together again

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Okay its not really new news for those who have been paying attention, but Warner Brothers have officially announced that they are renewing their partnership with LEGO.

The LEGO Group is creatively tapping into the Harry Potter magic to develop spell-binding construction sets and a board game inspired by the property in anticipation of the November 19 theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, as well as the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

Based on the compelling stories and characters of the Harry Potter films, the new line includes six construction sets derived from iconic scenes and locations, including the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Express and Quidditch Match and leveraging building surprises of previously released LEGO® Harry Potter sets, some of which ranked among all-time LEGO best-sellers. Available in October, the sets feature new and newly decorated minifigures, like Bellatrix Lestrange and Luna Lovegood.

Additionally, as the LEGO brand rolls into the board game category for the first time in 2010, it brings the Harry Potter property with it in a premium, constructible board game called Hogwarts, launching in August. Players build and then move throughout the iconic castle to be the first to collect various objects to win the game – but even the most skilled players can be foiled by an ability to move classrooms around the board.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games also announced LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4, the latest addition to the blockbuster LEGO video games franchise. Releasing this May on multiple gaming platforms, the game takes players on a magical adventure through the first four Harry Potter books and movies, as they build, make potions, solve puzzles and cast spells.

It only makes sense that they will be releasing sets alongside the video game that is coming out. They learned that after the mistake with Batman. The sets didn’t do too well, that was until the video game came out. But by then the sets were all but gone from the shelves.

Hopefully these new sets will be a good addition to the Harry Potter line, although like LEGO Star Wars, they seem to rehash the same locations over and over again. The fact that they will be creating sets for the upcoming final movies Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 is interesting, considering how violent and dark that book is. But until I see some decent images, I will reserve my opinion of them. :)

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