New images for Harry Potter sets

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As part of my ongoing commitment to improve the quality of the resources here, I've uploaded high quality scans of every Harry Potter set [1] instruction cover, which are available at the usual width to fit on the page and also at 1200px wide in the additional images section of the set details pages.

In doing so I replaced the official LEGO images, those on the white background, of last year's sets. What is your view on this? Which do you prefer as the main image on the set details pages? The official images or the instruction covers? Personally I prefer the latter as long as the former is available as well, but I'd like to hear your views.

This is the first of this week's Harry Potter related enhancements I'll be making, so stay tuned...

[1] Update: Thanks to Will for providing the last missing image, of 4758, and also to Jon and James of the Brickish Association for providing a couple of others that I was missing. We now have a complete set!

16 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

i prefer the boxart images, the ones with white screen look very boring

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By in United States,

+1 to the boxart/instructions pics. Like was mentioned, the white backgrounds had prelim imagery, usually not reflecting what the final minifigs would look like (for example, the latest Hogwarts castle shows a green-robed Voldemort rather than the black one it finally ended up being)

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By in Israel,

I think that the instructions pictures are superior, good work with that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Some of the pictures don't seem to link to a zoomed version of the same image. Eg I clicked on the small picture of the Sirius Black's Escape set (the pic of the box/instructions) but the enlarged picture came up as a version without the set number or Lego logo on.

On a different note, what do people think is the best version of Hogwarts castle? The current one is the easiest to get hold of, but is it the best one?! Thanks.

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By in Norway,

Nice work with the pictures!

The first Hogwarts Castle looked best from the outside, but the new one has the best interior. The third hasn't really been re-done(except for the obvious Gryffindor Tower) and is a nice addition to any castle.

I see there are some new sets announced as well, "The Forbidden Forest" and "The Battle of Hogwarts" sounds interesting, but the Knight Bus didn't need a remake(it's great for new fans though). "The Forbidden Forest might have centaurs in it, which would be awesome!

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By in United States,

@Jonny 2 Scarves
I have the two newest castles, and while I like them both (especially the greenhouse in the OOTP castle, as well as Umbridge's office), the current one is my favorite simply because of the sheer number of little bits (Filch, Dumbledore, Snape, Flitwick AND McGonagall, sorting hat, the tiles of the newspapers, the map, etc.). I do think they should have put in Fawkes just because he is so hard to find, and it would have made an awesome addition to what I can only assume is Dumbledore's office. I also like the looks of the POA castle though too and want to get it some day. My plan this summer is to sort of combine both my castles along with the other sets and my own pieces and make a giant Hogwarts. I am fortunate enough to have found minifigs like Moody and Lupin on Bricklink too. The thing I don't like is that Ron isn't in the castle but I guess that's cause he's in the train and Hermione isn't. Also annoyed that we get Luna (train) and Ginny (burrow) but no Neville. And my friends are arguing over whether the cat is Mrs Norris or Crookshanks. Have to say...if there is ever a UCS Hogwarts, I'm buying it. Can't wait until spring break when I get to go buy Diagon Alley!

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By in United States,

The "Harry and the Marauders' Map image is squished."

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By in Poland,

I prefer the boxart / instruction covers. I'm tired of the white promo pictures.

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By in United Kingdom,

For anyone having 'issues' with the images, forcing a page refresh (e.g. ctrl+F5) should sort you out ... they all work fine for me after I did it.

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By in United States,

Is dumbledore's outfit correct? My friends and I don't think so! Why can't Lego put out flesh color face all the time?

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By in Australia,

I prefer official images because their background blends into that of the Brickset pages and makes it look like it's supposed to be there.

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By in United States,

The white screen images are boring and sad. I very much so prefer the Instruction Covers.

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By in United States,

Oops, forgot to say thanks!

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By in Australia,

I much prefered the white background images. Besides, if you are going to use the background images, use the box! The Instructions might either have "Book 1/2" or "Book 2/2". Or the instructions with the number on them.

P.S. My username is Combusti49, because I tried to write Combustix49, but I didn't press "X" hard enough.

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By in Denmark,

I must say, i don't care for Harry Potter, so i'll only comment on the new pictures. No offense to the HP fans :D

I think it's a great idea to use instruction cover scans, the advantage of this is that most people keep their instructions, and tend to put them in a safe place. This way, if it's made the standard procedure, older sets are much easier to get into the database in good quality, I do for example have several 3 numbered sets, that i could post HQ instruction cover scans of.

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By in United Kingdom,

cover scans

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