From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes 71348 Hermione Granger, along with a brick built version of Buckbeak the hippogriff, adding more Harry Potter Characters to the LEGO Dimensions line up.
As with all of the Fun Packs, this set includes just one Minifigure, Hermione Granger. This is a unique version of this character, in a design that matches her later look from Deathly Hallows.
The torso printing depicts a denim jacket worn over the top of a pink hoodie. The pink printing is perhaps a little light compared to the costume in the film, but it's close enough to instantly be recognised as the costume she wore during the battle of Hogwarts.
The hair piece is the same as used in the previous thee incarnations of Hermione, but this time in a lighter shade. It's great to get a completely new version of a character who hasn't been produced for over five years.
Build 1: Buckbeak
Buckbeak has previously appeared as a special moulded animal in two sets back in 2004, but this is the first time he has appeared as a brick built creature. When the images of Buckbeak were first revealed I was instantly pleased with the design.
While brick building a creature like this at minifigure scale does leave some blocky inaccuracies, I feel that the designer has produced the most accurate depiction of Buckbeak possible at this scale. The biggest issue in the build is the wings which are far too small, poorly shaped and even appear to point in the wrong direction. However, this is likely more of a limitation for being a Dimensions multi-build, and is more of an issue when compared to the older moulded version than viewed alone.
Build 2: Giant Owl
Given that owls are synonymous with the Harry Potter franchise, an owl makes perfect sense as a secondary build for this set. To use all the parts from Buckbeak the owl includes a little perch to sit on, which works well enough, but also has an odd looking back. This is not unusual in Lego Dimensions alternate builds, but is a bit of a shame as the front view is a very good rendition of an owl.
While most people would probably assume this to be Hedwig, to me it looks a lot more like a white faced scops owl. Fans of the franchise might be aware that Ron had a white faced scops owl named Pigwidgeon (or Pig for short) who was given to him by Sirius Black – creating another nice little link to the Buckbeak main build.
Build 3: Fierce Falcon
To me this is the most disappointing build of the three. The falcon is a decent representation of a bird of prey in a hunting pose, and works well for the scale, but like the Giant Owl build looks rather sloppy from the rear.
While falcons in general fit in with the Harry Potter World, there are no appearances of any actual falcons in the main canon of the franchise. The only references to Falsons I could find are; Pottermore confirms that some wizards have falcons as the corporal form of their patronus charms, there is a Quiddich team called the Falmouth Falcons and the first recorded animagus (Wizard who can transform into an animal at will) Falco Aesalon could turn into a falcon, however all of this is from additional media, nothing from the main canon.
I'd have rather seen another magical creature or fantastic beast instead of the falcon, but I appreciate that these alternate builds are often restricted by the parts available.
Figuring out the full value of the Dimensions packs is always a little tricky. As I already own 71247 Harry Potter Team Pack, I already had access to the Harry Potter open world, which is the biggest element of the digital content that the Hermione Fun Pack adds. Also, neither Hermione or Buckbeak have any unique skills, so from my perspective this pack is relatively poor value compared to the fun packs like 71286 Michael Knight which provide a unique open world that can't be accessed any other way.
As a fan of the Harry Potter franchise I'm extremely pleased with getting a new version of Hermione and Buckbeak, but the RRP of the fun packs is relatively high for just the physical elements. 71348 Hermione Granger has exemplified the main issue of Dimensions in general, if you want both the physical LEGO and the digital content the price is reasonable, but just wanting one or the other and the value declines.
Fortunately there are already some good deals to be had on this pack so I'd certainly suggest Harry Potter fans pick up this set for a fantastic brick built beast and unique minifigure.