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The Hobbit sets were great and they also made Lego release sets from the LorR trilogy so hoping for the same with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and hope we see some re-releases and new sets from the previous films :)
If they did produce this line, we would end up with every set. I suspect I am not the only person/family, that would purchase the entire line.
I do not think, though, there will be any new HP sets. Only sets related to the Fantastic Beast line.
While I would love to see new HP sets, I do not think they would do HP and Fantastic Beasts at the same time, although, it is a point that they did have LOTR and Hobbit out at the same time despite the LOTR movies being over with. I guess, I still don't see it happening as much as I would absolutely want more HP sets.
I think Fantastic Beasts sets could be a definite possibility, but as much as I'd love them to go back and make more related to the original films/books, I doubt it will happen sadly.
But I'd love to see more somewhere. There is so much that world has to offer.
Dumbledor's Office - I believe that #4729 is the only existing one which is an old yellow headed set
Room of requirement patronus training - assuming that enough animal moulds can be used with a silvery/glow in the dark casting.
Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes - could be done a variety of ways and would be massively fun and could be combined well with #10217
I tend to see HP with huge potential and akin to a license that will be as large as Star Wars at some point. Rowling is not dumb, and the fact is the world is still moving forward.
Expansion in Florida. New world In California.
New Trilogy movie.
Time will tell, though.
I suspect HP is not different from that. There are differences, though. Part of HP are the books, and not simply the movies. In addition Star Wars was before digital media and the effects were ground breaking. I saw it at the theaters at least 3 times when it first came to the theaters. Because there was not video one could just watch in 3-6 months, seeing Star Wars was an event. HP could not hit that quite as much with the movies in a digital era, although taking my daughter on opening night was an event for her, and the book openings were huge events.... But I am not sure they hit what Star Wars did, but they do hit in other areas.
The other difference, which may be the large difference.... Sharing Star Wars was a thing so many guys wanted to pass to their kids. As much as I adored Star Wars and played it and still have my action figures, I am a bit outside the norm in that. Star Wars took on some genderization where it became a thing for dads to do with their kids when the kids were old enough. HP is a bit different and I am not sure if that will be good or bad for the line over time.
HP I still think can be as big as Star Wars, but it will need a different path.
Time will tell, though, and some will be dependent on choices Rowling makes as well.
I think I'm part of a generation that didn't quite have the full hype of Star Wars, too young for OT releases and when prequel trilogy came out just a little too old to find Jar Jar funny and was put off as a result. I liked OT, but it's not some massive definitive thing for me.
I think the Warner Bros approach came at the correct time for Rowling. Several years earlier and this would not have happened.
In addition, Warner Bros approached her, BUT she is the one that came back and pitched to them her ideas for such a project.
From Rowling's facebook page...
" “It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of 'Fantastic Beasts', realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”'
I think it is very hard to fully immerse yourself in something and simply never return. I could definitely see not returning to the initial characters, but there is still a full world there with amazing stories that have to occasionally tickle your mind. I agree... .it won't be constant, but even without this, she still had new content on Pottermore. She has never fully divested herself, and looking out past this trilogy, I do think it will be hard to ever fully divest herself, unless she creates another world as immersive. Of course, I may be utterly wrong on that. She is protective, though, and I don't ever see her selling all her rights.
Exactly why I think TLG might be wise to revisit the HP theme slightly while selling sets based on the new themes - similar to the LOTR/Hobbit approach, but with the added incentive of the existing demand for HP on the aftermarket. I can't see a huge amount of other future films happening. There might be something else, but I stand by my earlier comment, I think while Rowling holds the rights there won't be masses of additional stuff to feed the theme.
I did just take a look at certain Other Lego themes though and Indiana Jones, Star Wars, LotR /Hobbit and Pirates of the Caribbean are all cases where a related movie has been released and the Lego sets have covered a range of subject matter from the new film and the previous ones.
I can almost envisage the Brickset entries now: "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter", subthemes "Fantastic Beasts" and "Harry Potter" (and possibly Dimensions).
The way things are at the moment, the relationship between TLG and Warner Bros is pretty inevitable for a long time to come and I think they will both be milking every aspect of it that they possibly can.
(By the way, it's not much of a search. I'm pretty sure the money just falls out of the printer.)
I never collected HP Lego when it was out because I was just hitting the "Whoa, licensed Lego really is too expensive" point in my life - of course, now I wish I had, so I wouldn't mind at all if Fantastic Beasts led to some new sets in its own right, and new versions of classic Hogwarts-type sets.
I also wonder if doing "old" HP sets is worthwhile now. The kids that grew up with it are probably not quite old enough to be large scale collectors / buyers for nostalgia just yet. Maybe another 5-10 years time. LEGO may well look at LOTR and Hobbit for what happened when there was a current movie and bringing out sets based on new and old. Of course, LOTR is more adult than the HP franchise but they may well draw on their experience there.
I also disagree with the nostalgia part, I'm 27 and "grew up with it" and know that from that front there is a good market. While it's not as common in shops as it was when the films were out, I do still see a fair bit of Harry Potter merch out and selling. I was in dark ages during the original run and would love the chance to get some Harry Potter stuff.
I suspect that there might have been a question mark over the themes of FB that held LEGO back from investing too much too soon in it - especially after the LOTR/Hobbit lines.
I'm still optimistic we'll get something from it though, even if it's just a single FB set and some Dimensions packs.
Hopefully something will come out in '17 as it would likely have great parts and minifigures.