The Top 10 Most Expensive LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures
13th June 2022
Last year marked the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter, and in that time well over 100 sets have been released, along with over 350 minifigures. This impressive longevity is down to the continuous appetite for the wizarding world amongst both older and younger generations. It’s no surprise then that some retired sets and their minifigures have become highly collectible and command impressive prices on the aftermarket.
We previously provided a run-down of the 10 most expensive Harry Potter minifigures, but the LEGO world doesn’t stay still for long, and the same goes for the prices of minifigures. Their desirability is constantly changing in response to sets entering retirement and changes in popular culture. As time goes by, the rarity of minifigures tends to increase as some will become damaged or lost, or consigned to private collections for ever more, which tends to push up prices. However, this isn’t always the case, as occasionally sets are selected for re-release, which can give fans a second chance to get their hands on much wanted minifigures.
Therefore, in this article we provide a much-needed update to this list. To compile this list, we looked at the average sale price on Bricklink over the past 6 months of each minifigure in a new condition
10. (hp068) Viktor Krum
Current Value: £32 / $40
The Viktor Krum minifigure from the 4762 Rescue from the Merpeople set is definitely the most unusual on this list. The large shark head instead of a normal headpiece depicts the student’s transformation in the second of the Triwizard Tournament challenges. Krum is also a rare character to appear in minifigure form, with only four versions having been made. The rest of the minifigure is fairly unremarkable and the representation of swimming shorts would certainly have benefited from half-leg printing that we see in more recent sets!
9. (hp070) Mad-Eye Moody
Current Value: £35 / $43
Released in 2005 in the 4767 Harry and the Hungarian Horntail set, this was the only Mad-Eye Moody minifigure until 2018 when we got the first Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure series. The face printing is excellent and gives the minifigure a suitably crazed look. While the latter two versions of the professor went for silver printing to depict his fake leg, this one was gone for a peg leg, which gives it a much more unique look.
8. (hp069) Lord Voldemort
Current Value: £38 / $46
The next two minifigures on the list are both from the 4766 Graveyard Duel set. Potter fans will remember the scene where Harry and Cedric are transported to the spooky graveyard and confronted by Voldemort and some of his Death Eater friends. This minifigure sports a glow in the dark head and grey wraparound cloak that do a good job in recreating the wispy, half-dead form we saw in the fourth film. This combination also gives this minifigure a truly unique look.
7. (hp073) Lucius Malfoy (Death Eater)
Current Value: £38 / $46
Alongside Lord Voldemort in that graveyard was Lucius Malfoy, disguised in his Death Eater costume. He is clothed in the same grey cloak as Voldemort in the Graveyard Duel set and has a very cool headpiece with Death Eater mask printing. This sinister look is why this is one of my personal favourite Potter minifigures. He’s only marginally more expensive than the Dark Lord.
6. (hp169) Garrick Ollivander
Current Value: £39 / $47
Everyone’s favourite wand dealer comes in at number six, just edging in front of Voldemort and Lucius Malfoy. This minifigure has a wonderfully detailed face and a nice hairpiece to match. His brown coat and cravate also make him look like he’s just come out of a Dickens novel. This minifigure is rarer than most, as it appeared in a mini-scale Diagon Alley given away as a gift with purchase (GWP). Considering this set was free, the £39 / $47 price tag will certainly please those that made qualifying purchases back in 2018. GWPs, especially if they contain exclusive minifigures, can be well worth looking out for.
5. (hp082) Severus Snape
Current Value: £46 / $56
The Snape minifigure has gone through several forms, with this being one of the most detailed and realistic. Earlier versions used a glow-in-the-dark headpiece and grey hands, which cast him as a very drab, lifeless character. Although you could argue this suits his personality, it’s not accurate to the physical appearance of the professor. He is human after all. Although some, with myself included, have a penchant for glow-in-the-dark pieces, and would argue there are more interesting iterations of the aloof professor, this is undoubtedly a great minifigure. Like the minifigure at the top of this list, he is found in the third edition of Hogwarts Castle (5378), which is also the most expensive Harry Potter set.
4. (hp060) Albus Dumbledore
Current Value: £46 / $56
This minifigure appears in the second version of Hogwarts Castle (4757) from 2005 and is based on Richard Harris’s portrayal of the headmaster, who played Dumbledore in the first two films. His colourful purple robes and cloak certainly makes him stand out from other versions of the headmaster. This has to be the most unique and spectacular Dumbledore LEGO has given us. It should be noted that this minifigure is identical to the one that appeared in the first version of Hogwarts School, except we got a more realistic skin tone, as opposed to the classic yellow headpiece. The older version can be picked up for around £30 less, so accuracy to a minifigure’s on screen counterpart can be a factor affecting desirability. However, this is not always the case, as we will see later.
3. (hp062) Remus Lupin
Current Value: £57 / $70
Whilst numerous versions of Lupin have appeared in LEGO sets, until very recently this was the only werewolf-form minifigure of the shape-changing professor. The headpiece is very striking making this a truly iconic minifigure. It was included in the 4756 Shrieking Shack set from 2005, which tied into the release of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film where Lupin makes his entrance.
2. (hp049) Professor Trelawney
Current Value: £69 / $85
I'm a big fan of vibrant minifigures and Professor Trelawney with her bright purple hat certainly delivers on this front. Her blue robes also feature some very nice printing. The colour palette bears no resemblance to the teacher’s depiction in the films, but it does fit in with her kooky appearance so you can believe she would wear such prominent attire. LEGO have used the wizard / witch hat mould in a number of sets, but only once in this colour.
1. (hp080) Dolores Umbridge
Current Value: £72 / $87
While there are three different LEGO Umbridge’s out there now, this wasn’t always the case. This first version of the evil professor was released in 2007 in the third edition of Hogwarts Castle (5378), and that was the only one LEGO fans had for 11 years. This combined with the large role she plays in the books and films and her distinctive pink outfit, means it’s no surprise that she’s so highly sought after.
It should also be noted that whilst Dolores Umbridge takes the top spot, in set variants of minifigures can occur and can be extremely rare. This is the case for (hp069) Lord Voldemort in the Harry and the Hungarian Horntail set, which had a variant with a slightly different headpiece (hp069b). This seldom comes up for sale with only one currently listed on Bricklink for £240 / $295.
If you’ve enjoyed this article and are interested in expanding your LEGO Harry Potter collection, you may be interested in our article on The Top 10 Most Expensive Harry Potter Sets.
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