Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class Review

Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class (76396) is one of two sets from the spring 2022 Harry Potter wave. Like the previous four sets in this fun little sub-theme, you will build a classroom setting from the Harry Potter films. Opening the set reveals some furniture, moveable walls and 3 minifigures to play out the scene. It’s a simple idea, but it’s one that allows for some inventive play for young builders. Tom has previously reviewed the original four releases from 2021: Transfiguration, Charms, Potions and Herbology. This is my second of the two newest set reviews after Hogwarts Moment: Defense Against The Dark Arts Class (76397). I will be comparing these sets pretty frequently so please have a read if you haven’t already.

NOTE: This set was provided by The LEGO® Group to True North Bricks for review. This does not guarantee a favourable review and all opinions are my own. For a breakdown of the rating system, please click here.

SET SUMMARY

  • NAME: Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class
  • SET #: 76396
  • THEME: Harry Potter
  • COST: $39.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 297
  • MINIFIGURES: 3 – Professor Trelawney, Harry Potter, Parvati Patil
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2022

QUICK REVIEW

  • VALUE: 82% (on par values in both categories and consistent with prior sets)
  • BUILD: 75% (nice architectural elements and better use of stickers but still needs a bit more to it)
  • MINIFIGURES: 92% (the usual great brick-to-fig score and standard offering of minifigs)
  • ENTERTAINMENT: 84% (great set for young builders and minifig collectors, minor AFOL appeal)
  • OVERALL SCORE: 83% (enjoyable with a decent price tag and good minifigures)

VALUE: 82%

Divination Class (76396) retails for $39.99 CAD. At this price, and with 297 pieces, we get a cost-per-brick of $0.14 and a score of 81%. This is very on par with the previous four Moments sets which closely average the same amount. Smaller sets don’t often see very high scores given a minimum price threshold and low piece count. This happily puts Divination Class right on average for the theme overall. Of the two newest sets in the line, this is easily the better value.

Building Divination Class (76396) took me just one second less than Defense Class, a lean 51 minutes. Even with 40 extra pieces, I managed to go faster. Go figure. With a piece count of 297 bricks, we get a cost-per-minute of $0.79 for a score 87%. By comparison, the average for HP sets in this category is $0.91 for 80%. Taking both scores together we get a final value score of 84%. No big surprises here as both Moments sets are very similar. And honestly it’s nice to see some consistency in a theme’s offerings.

BUILD: 75%

Hogwarts Moments: Divination Class (76396) arrives in that oh-so-familiar Harry Potter box packaging. The art is vibrant and colourful, and the contents are more than clear. Inside the box are two numbered bags, two large plates for the covers, a fairly small sticker sheet and an 83 page instruction book. The printed cover page is still a stand-out. In this case it’s a lovely purple colour which runs throughout the small build. This is a very straightforward build with no surprises. Construction is simple with no innovative techniques or new pieces.

Divination class makes use of the full open book with the walls folding into the centre. I much prefer this set up as it really feels like the book is actually open. The walls are symmetrical on both sides with arched doorways and windows. Deep reds and tan mix well together for the colour scheme to pop. I also love the small windows with gold lattices on the bottom. Things like that and the telescope pieces at the base of the walls make great architectural elements/decorating. Speaking of which, the owl bust, gem shelf and small frame with doors on the ‘spine’ also stand out in all the right ways.

Furniturum Assortium

Furniture wise, Divination Class comes with the usual assortment of small builds and scenery. It all stacks neatly inside the closed book for easy storage and accessibility. In this set we get a small table with a crystal ball and two seats, a side table with lamp, a side-board of sorts and, nicest of the bunch, a well designed sofa chair. I quite love the chair, it looks comfy. And once again, there’s big background stickers on the book cover plates. In this instance I really think they work. Each bit of background graphic really helps to set the scene. And surprisingly this is really it for stickers, which is a great surprise.

This is easily the better of the two Moment sets, at least in terms of building. Colours, walls and furniture are just a bit more fun and consistent overall. And although there’s still stickers, there’s only really the few background images and not much more. I am scoring this set higher than the other one, but not by too much as they are quite similar still. And there’s of course always room for extra magical bits and bobs. My final build score is 75%.

MINIFIGURES: 92%

Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class (76396) comes with those requisite three minifigures. Again we see that consistency across all the sets. With 297 pieces we get a brick-to-fig value of 86 which is a near perfect score of 98%. Unless there’s a price increase on any future sets, these Moment books will always represent a fantastic brick-to-fig score. Like all previous sets, we get one teacher and two students for the minifigure selection. In this case we get the truly hilarious and fun Professor Trelawney, Harry Potter and Parvati Patil.

Updated Figures

Two of the figures in this set get only their second printings to date for this current wave of sets. Professor Trelawney and Parvati Patil made their first appearances in the CMF Series 1 (71022) in 2018 and the Harry Potter Advent Calendar (75981) in 2020 respectively. Trelawney’s original fig is great and this one continues with a similar design. Here she gets dual-printed legs instead of a skirt element, but keeps the same hair piece. Parvati gets a standard Gryffindor robe instead of her lovely Yule Ball dress, and also keeps the same hair and face print.

Harry is the same ol’ Harry with another Gryffindor robe, dual expressions and medium legs (same as Parvati). Although this set references The Prisoner of Azkaban film, Harry’s hair piece is usually found with his Year 4 (Goblet of Fire) design. All the figs get decently high marks for their overall minifigure scores too. Each one gets the standard wand but that’s it for accessories unless you count a teacup and book. The minifigures themselves get a score of 86%. Combining that with our brig-to-fig score gives us a final score of 92%.

ENTERTAINMENT: 84%

Divination Class has more-or-less the same appeal as all the other Moments sets. Younger builders will easily have the most fun with this one. There’s plenty of role-play opportunities here thanks to the accessories and decent minifigure selection. Incidentally, the minifigs will be the biggest draw for AFOLs and collectors. Trelawney is the best and most unique of the bunch. And I’m pretty happy Parvati Patil included instead of another Malfoy or Ron. If you have the other sets in the subtheme, they will make a lovely display. It’s a decent set with a digestible price tag and a bit of appeal for young and older fans alike. I’m giving this the same score as Defense Class, a decent 84%.

OVERALL: 82%

Hogwarts Moment: Divination Class is an affordable buy, making it a nice gift for a Potter fan or oneself. Getting three minifigs for $40 CAD is a great incentive just on its own. The repetitive, consistent design of these books make for a reliable experience and a fun bit of displayable product. It’s my favourite of the two latest Moment Sets thanks to the colour scheme, build and minifigure selection. It’s a near identical experience to Defense Class, which I find really interesting from the reviewer perspective. My final score is once again, 82%.

Oh bother, wrong set…..

There you have my fellow AFOLs. A bit of deja-vu review wise, but overall another enjoyable build. It’s nice to make a small set now and then, especially if it scores you some minifigs right? What do yo think though? Do you find these Moment set repetitive? Are you predicting any other classrooms? And how great is Professor Trelawney? Comment below and let us know. Thanks for reading and until next time, keep on brickin’. 🧱

-Frank

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