After a few straight years of using the so-called “War on Christmas” as a theme, the 2017 Holiday Display featured the villains and ne’er-do-wells from various fictional universes celebrating an enjoyable, fun-filled holiday. Originally, plans for the 2018 Holiday Display involved a thematic sequel: the heroes and heroines from many of the same fictional realms experiencing a similarly festive holiday. However, Lego’s new Harry Potter sets resulted in a slight change of plans. Instead, it was simply the staff and well-meaning students from Hogwarts enjoying the holiday season.
In order to create the proper seasonal atmosphere, which simply doesn’t exist within the Harry Potter sets themselves, I interspersed elements from a number of smaller Lego Christmas sets. The trees, the ice pond, the snowmen, Santa and his sleigh, and the sled all come from such sets.
While those elements may have been sufficient to provide the proper holiday feel, additional, smaller elements can also help. This is where MINIFIGS.ME came rather handy. They offer a large supply of custom-printed Christmas Lego parts, and I couldn’t resist using them to help make Professor Snape and Professor Lupin far more festive. After all, it’s not Christmas in the United Kingdom without crackers.
As for the rest, it seemed unimaginative to leave the Weasley’s car in the Whomping Willow. Plausibility be damned, Santa’s sleigh in Hogwarts’s felt like the right thing to do. With Santa’s sleigh temporarily disabled, other flying objects were needed. The Weasley’s car obviously deserved to have a little fun (the movies, at least, suggested that it possessed a personality of its own) and dragons are a part of this world. Thanks to the Ninjago line, there were plenty of options available. Size became the most important factor in deciding which to use — most of the ones in my collection would’ve overshadowed the rest of the display. Also, given that it was Christmas, reuniting Hagrid with Norbert bordered on being a moral imperative.
As has been the case when completing every previous Holiday Display, plans for next year’s are already underway. Of course, with nearly a full year to give it further thought, it’s completely possible that the 2019 Holiday Display will bear no semblance to the current plans. After all that’s what happened this year.