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Today we will be taking a closer look at the Harry Potter–themed polybag titled Hermione’s Study Desk set number 30392. This set came out in 2021, has 31 pieces and was designed for people 6 and up.
Past promotional polybag sets for the Wizarding World theme have been based on Harry Potter, but this one focuses on his clever friend Hermione Granger. While she would have fit right in with the intellectual Ravenclaw house, Hermione was a brave Gryffindor. Hermione’s Study Desk shows off her studious side.
What Does the Set Include?
The polybag set comes with an original Hermione minifigure, a desk with school supplies, an owl and a small side table for the owl to perch on. This set was originally given away free with a minimum purchase of Harry Potter theme sets at the LEGO store, but it later became widely available at retail stores.
LEGO created a new Hermione minifigure for this set, using relatively common pieces. The short, non-bendable, kid-size legs show us she is in her first or second year of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While Ron, Harry and Neville minifigs have used this torso piece, it’s the first time a Hermione minifigure comes wearing this exact school uniform. I like how the open robe shows off the sweater and Gryffindor colors. I love that we see the hood folded down in the back.
Her dual-printed head piece has been used for at least 10 other Hermione minifigures. With one side showing a closed-mouth grin and the other featuring a worried, cringing look, this piece is great for the character and leaves little doubt why they keep using this headpiece.
The reddish-brown, mid-length, wavy hair with bangs is also commonly found on Hermione minifigures. Once again, it’s such a great match to the character that it would be hard to replace it with a better piece.
I appreciate that each character from this series consistently gets the same colored wand. For Hermione, that is her dark tan color.
The dark tan owl is a huge draw for this set. These owl creature pieces look great. The white chest feathers with spots and ruffled dark tan feathers on top add amazing texture to these hard plastic pieces. The yellow beak, white face and shading do a fantastic job of matching the look of a real owl.
Owls are such an important part of the Wizarding World mythology that I’m glad to see LEGO taking time not only designing this creature piece, but also giving us a large selection of different owls. This particular owl was only available in the much larger and more expensive Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets set 76389.
Side Table / Owl Perch
A small side table for the owl to deliver the mail and perch on was built using 4 LEGO pieces. The simple build looks nice and is an effective way to display the bird and printed pieces for this set. While the instructions have you put the dark tan envelope on the stand. You could easily switch it out with the white 1x2 printed tile piece or use both.
Currently, the dark tan envelope is only available in a total of 6 sets and the white one is in 18. Although I’m confident we will be seeing both these pieces in future sets, I love that we get two different printed pieces in one polybag. You can never have too many envelopes for MOC work.
The textbook Hermione is carrying around is from her Herbology class. The printed tile piece used for her book can also be found in the Hogwarts Memory: Herbology Class set released the same year. While trying to identify the plant pictured next to the text, I could not find an exact match. It’s close to the Venomous Tentacula, but not exact. However, since this piece is also found in the Belle and Beast’s Castle set, it’s probably a generic plant picture and not an actual direct reference to a particular plant from the Wizarding World franchise.
As you can guess from the name of the set, the study desk is the main build found in this polybag. Oddly enough, it was my least favorite part of the set. The 2X4 double jumper plate is a nice piece to have for my collection. I liked the use of the 1x1 tile clips and the 1x1 round plates with a long stem handle to put the desktop at an angle. The translucent clear 1x1 tile with bar and pin holder attached to a black 1x1 round plate was perfect for an ink container. The small plume feather used for a quill pen finished the effect beautifully.
However, we got so many wonderful printed tile pieces in this set, that the plain 2x2 tan tile sitting on the center of the desk ruined the overall look for me. I know it’s supposed to be a blank piece of parchment for Hermione to write on, but because of its size and prominence it visually took me out of the illusion being created.
Wizard Card Tile Piece
This set came with one collectable Wizard Card tile piece. These printed tile pieces were inspired by the Chocolate Frog Cards collected by children in the Harry Potter stories. LEGO randomly inserted 16 different tile pieces in Harry Potter sets, so people could try and collect them all. These dark purple tile pieces had metallic printing on them, to represent different witches and wizards.
While every Harry Potter set had an unknown tile piece inside, this was the only set you could tell which card you were going to get before opening it up. By looking through the transparent plastic area on the back, you could manipulate the pieces to see the picture on the tile. This made it an easy way to finish your collection, instead of hoping to get the one you want inside the typical cardboard box packaged set. I got Bertie Bott, the wizard confectioner who created Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.
This was one of my favorite Harry Potter polybag sets. Almost all Harry Potter promotional polybag sets come with a Harry Potter minifigure. To get an original Hermione Granger minifigure is a nice change. The owl creature piece was only available in one other set at the time of its release. The three printed tile pieces not only look great, but are useful for MOC work. While none of the pieces in the builds are rare, there were enough uncommon pieces to give builders a larger parts collection.