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Harry Potter Lego. Lego kit based on the film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." For age 6 and up (some kits are for ages 7-12), NIS 50-800

The film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," by Warner Brothers Studios, will open in the United States on November 16 and in about three weeks in Israel. Toy stores already have 11 new Lego kits based on the film (a picture of the actor who plays Harry in the film appears on all of the boxes).

The kits include figurines of Harry (with a cloak and mail owl in his hand), redheaded Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Snape, the the evil Draco Malfoy, and Professor Dumbledore, all in the minimalist Lego style. The kits also contain animals, ghosts, a three-headed monster and other characters from the magical world of J.K. Rowling's books.

Eight of the kits are connectable and can be combined to build the various traps you have to get passed in order to prevent Voldemort from getting the sorcerer's stone. In the room, where the three-headed dog stands guard, there is a musical instrument, which the characters must play in order to put it to sleep. The other rooms contain the forbidden staircase and the mirror of erised, which shows everyone's heart's desire.

Lego's previous collaboration with the film industry yielded Lego Jurassic Park, based on the Steven Spielberg film, who was involved in producing the kit. Based on the first cameos from the Harry Potter film, it seems that this kit is a fine one, faithful to the original. Bets are that it will be a success story. Lego, foreign newspapers report, has already decided to increase production of the toys, including a Hogwarts castle and Hogwarts Express train.

Lego's computer games are as successful as its building kits and Rowling's books are a unique phenomenon in the publishing world. The combination of the two is sure to be good.