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Hogwarts - An (in)Complete and (un)Reliable Guide

By temporary exemption on the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery, and by special immunity of Section 13 of the International Confederation of Warlocks' Statute of Secrecy, the Ministery of Magic declares that the following review, entitled "Hogwarts, An (in)Complete and (un)Reliable Guide", has been found fit for viewing by any uninitiated muggle, if, and only if, they know they are not perfectly normal, and there is still a whiff of magic, left inside their heart.

Contents:

Chapter 1 - The Boy Lives
Chapter 2 - Hogwarts, A History
Chapter 3 - The Journey to Wizzarding World
Chapter 4 - The Vanishing Scale
Chapter 5 - Let The Feast Begin
Chapter 6 - Through the Trapdoor
Chapter 7 - Fantastic Possibilities and Where to Find Them
Chapter 8 - The Philosopher's Stone

Intermezzo - The Setting
Intermezzo - The Boxing
Intermezzo - The Parting
Intermezzo - The Building
Intermezzo - The Ending


Chapter 1 - The Boy Lives.

As far as being an AFOL, an Adult Fan Of LEGO, I am proud to say that I am perfectly normal, thank you very much. I have everything I want, but I also have a secret, and my greatest fear is that somebody will discover it.

Somewhere, in the last forty years or so, I have transfigured into a muggle, a no-majs, and it seems I am permanently stuck in that deplorable state. I have grown up, and lost the magic I knew as a boy, when my spaceships could fly, my cars race, my minifigs laugh and cry and my pirate ships discover unknown islands with treasures abound.

And yet, the boy lives.

The LEGO sets I buy now and then are essentially true Time-Turners, such as those created by Theodore Nott, allowing me to travel back years or even decades, and re-experience the magic of my youth. Alas, restricted by an Parts-Count Charm, these moments rarely last an hour or so.

Should I allow that life might pass me by while I am clinging on to a wish that can never be - or ought never to be - fulfilled? Should I spend my days gazing at the Mirror of Erised?

What if, an enchantment would exist, that would enhance that Parts-Count Charm to dozens of hours, perhaps, even indefinitely? Well, it does. So if you still believe in magic, as I am sure you do, point your wand upwards, imagine the number 71043, and firmly exclaim "Inveniet Arce Hogwarts".

Chapter 2 - Hogwarts, A History.

A thousand years or more ago, when I was newly sewn,
there lived four wizards of renown, whose name are still well-known:
Bold Gryffindor from wild moor, fair Ravlenclaw from glen,
sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad, shrewd Slytherin from fen.
They share a wish, a hope, a dream, they hatched a daring plan,
to educate young sorcerers, thus Hogwarts school began. [1]

Our story begins in the year 2001, when They-Who-Must-Be-Named-LEGO invoked a Shrinking Charm on the most famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry known outside the Muggle world, and presented the miniaturised result as the first Harry Potter LEGO set. In the years that followed, new Shrink attempts resulted in yet other models of the castle. Let us first investigate the history of these miniatures.

Reducio Unos: 2001

The first attempt, as mentioned above, was 4709-1 - Hogwarts Castle. This 682 part LEGO model introduced the Sand Green, Tan, and Grey color scheme and contained the Gryffindor Tower with Astronomy Classroom, the Owlery, the Fat Lady's Corridor, the Restricted Section of the Library, the Great Hall and the Gatehouse. The set included miniaturized figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Hagrid, Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape and Peeves, as well as a Knight, a rowboat; owls in brown, grey, white, and black; a rat, and a bat. [2]

Reducio Duo: 2004

A second attempt, 4757-1 - Hogwarts Castle (2nd edition), released in 2004, was also made up mostly of Sand Green, Tan, and Grey bricks, but the layout was rather different: instead of several interconnected towers, this miniature consisted of three separate buildings; the Gatehouse, the Main Hall, with three separate towers, and the Gryffindor Tower. A magical motorized mechanism in the front entrance connected the clock face, the large pendulum, and the gearing that opened the entrance doors. This set had 928 parts including the miniaturized figures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Professor Dumbledore, Professor Trelawney, a Skeleton, and two Dementors. [3]

Reducio Tres: 2007

The third attempt, set 5378-1 - Hogwarts Castle, released in the year 2007, had three buildings: the Room of Requirement, the Greenhouse, and the main Castle. There were new rooms in this set, such as Professor Umbridge's and Professor Snape's Offices, the Gryffindor Tower with a fireplace and dormitory bed, a Trophy Room, an Astronomy Tower, and the Entrance Hall. This set also included a small Greenhouse with Mandrakes, and mini- figures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Professor Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Professor Snape, Professor Umbridge, and a Death Eater, two Mandrakes and two Thestrals. [4]

Reducio Quattuor: 2010

Set 4842-1 - Hogwarts Castle [Fourth Edition] the fifth attempt from 2010, used to be the largest model of Hogwarts by number of parts. It contained many new, somewhat redesigned, and exclusive minifigures, as well as some brand new rooms that never appeared before in earlier sets, such as the Room of Hidden Things and an Astronomy Tower balcony. The set featured a more intricate design of the outer walls construction, made of small bricks rather than large, single-piece panels. The set recreated the Great Hall from the first castle, Dumbledore's Office from set 4729-1 - Dumbledore's Office, a new trophy room, the Gryffindor and Slytherin Common Rooms, and a Main Corridor with a Knight Statue. It included contains mini-figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Professor Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Professor Snape, Professor Flitwick, Professor McGonagall, Lord Voldemort, and two Dementors, as well as a gray, brown, and white owl, a cat to represent Mrs. Norris, two snakes, a spider, a bat, a frog, a rat, the Sorting Hat, the Marauder's Map, the Sword of Gryffindor, and the Invisibility Cloak. [5]

Reducio Quinque: 2011

A different kind of attempt, set 3862-1 - Hogwarts was a LEGO Games set that was released in July 2010. The game featured Hogwarts Castle and had 333 pieces. The players must navigate the constantly-changing castle layout to visit different classrooms and pass magical exams. The Game Board consists of twelve staircases, three each of three different types, four common rooms, the Divination classroom, Potions classroom, Transfiguration classroom, and Charms classroom. The game includes the micro-figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and Professor Dumbledore. Five micro-figures are generic characters, one from each of the four houses, and one extra. The set also included an unprinted dark brown cat to represent Mrs. Norris, the companion of the school caretaker Argus Filch. [6]

Reducio Sex: 2011

Only a year later, in 2011, LEGO's sixth attempt, set 4867-1 - Hogwarts, also known as "Battle for Hogwarts", included a Viaduct bridge that can explode by rotating a dial on the end of the viaduct. It also featued an updated Astronomy Tower, a Divination Classroom, dungeons, two of the Room of Requirment's forms, Professor Lupin's office, and the Mirror of Erised. It was built in the same style as 4842-1 - Hogwarts Castle [Fourth Edition] and the two sets can be connected. The mini-figures of Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Neville Longbottom, Professor Sprout, Lucius Malfoy, and a Dementor were included. [7]

Reducio Septem: 2018

And so we arrive at the latest reincarnation of Hogwarts Castle, the 2018 set 71043-1 - Hogwarts Castle, a micro-scale model of Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid's hut, the Whomping Willow and five tiny boats. The set features the Great Hall, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Chessboard Chamber, the Room of Requirement, the Chamber of Secrets, a hidden Devils Snare room, the Gryffindor common room, Professor Dolores Umbridge's office, and Professor Dumbledore's office. It includes the four mini-figures of Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable mini-figure display stand. It also features 27 nano-figures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon. [8]

Intermesso - The Setting

On the LEGO website, set 71043 is decribed as follows:

Welcome to the iconic LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle! Build and display this detailed microscale LEGO model featuring over 6,000 pieces. Discover intricately designed chambers, towers and classrooms, plus many more hidden features and scenes from the Harry Potter movies. Populate the castle with 27 microfigures, including Harry, Hermione and Ron, along with a spellbinding assortment of iconic accessories and artifacts, then complete the magical build experience with Hagrid's hut and the Whomping Willow. [9]

This is somewhat confusing, as the term "microfigure" usually relates to the two bricks tall type of minifigure used mainly in the LEGO Games theme. However, the 27 figures mentioned above are much smaller and they are commonly known as "nanofigures". [10]
To avoid further confusion I will continue to use term micro for the general build scale, but when I refer to the figures, I will use the appropriate term nanofigure or nanofig.

Price

LEGO set 71043 Hogwarts Castle is available at the LEGO shop for the following prices:

  • €399,99 in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Slovakia
  • €419,99 in France and Slovenia
  • €429,99 in Portugal and Spain
  • €449,99 in Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Luxemburg and The Netherlands
  • €459,99 in Greece
  • £349.99 in the United Kingdom
  • $649.99 in Australia
  • $499.99 in Canada
  • $399.99 in the United States

Note the really large price difference for the countries in the European Union. I wondered about this, had noticed a similar discrepancy in my review of set 42083-1 - Bugatti Chiron (Ultimate Technic: Bugatti Chiron) and so I wrote an email to LEGO Customer Service, asking them the following questions:

  1. why is LEGO asking different euro prices in different European countries for the same set?
  2. are this different prices not an incentive for cross-country imports which are both inefficient and environment unfriendly?
  3. is it LEGO's intent to use a single European set price in the future?

I received an answer in Dutch, so the following translation is my own (with a little help of Google Translate):

"Dear Simon,

Thank you very much for your message. Good question! I'm going to explain the price difference of 71043 - Hogwarts Castle step by step! The price difference for a specific product between different countries does not have a specific reason, but multiple reasons.

First of all, there is the difference in the size of the market:

As you hopefully understand, supply and demand is very important when it comes to determining the price for a specific product in a specific country. More demand among consumers in a country ensures that we can lower the price of a certain product. The German market is the largest market in Europe par excellence. The United Kingdom is, again par excellence, the second largest in the total European market. That is, for these countries, the biggest reason for the lower price compared to for example the Netherlands.

Second, the level of VAT is a big factor in determining the price of a product. Compare the difference in prices of petrol and diesel in the different European countries. Germans cross the border to fuel diesel in the Netherlands because the Dutch government chooses not to tax diesel as Germany does. Hence the higher price in diesel in Germany than in the Netherlands.

Free movement of goods (trade), capital and people does not mean that the same price applies to each product throughout Europe. Prices for a product in the Netherlands, for example, are not identical to the prices for the same product in, for example, Poland, Spain or Denmark. Keeping that in mind, you will understand why we do not have identical prices for the same product in different countries, but prices that are adequate for the relevant market.

It is therefore impossible and very unwise when it comes to making a profit, but also in view of - taking into account the difference in supply and demand, VAT and transport costs - environmentally friendly business, to use the same price for each country in Europe. The LEGO Group is therefore certainly not planning to use a fixed price for every product available for a large number of countries belonging to the European Union. I hope that your readers also understand this reasoning and our thinking!

Have a nice week, Simon!" [11]

Comparison

It is claimed that this set is the second largest set that LEGO has ever released. Let's see if this is true.

In terms of part count, the largest commercially available set is 75192-1 - UCS Millennium Falcon, released in 2017 and containing 7,541 parts. The second largest is our Hogwarts Castle, with 6,020 parts, while the third largest is 10189-1 - Taj Mahal, released in 2008) and containing 5,922 parts. However, when it comes to part count, the all-time largest LEGO set is BIGBOX-1 - The Ultimate Battle for Chima, released as the grand prize for Legends of Chima competition in the July-August 2015 issue of LEGO Club Magazine, this monster contains a staggering 10,004 parts. So, in the real world, set 71043-1 - Hogwarts Castle is the third largest set LEGO has ever released.

Chapter 3. The Journey to Wizzarding World.

The story of the designer of this set, a young man by the name of Justin Ramsden, has a number of peculiar simularities with the first story written by Joanne Rowling: Justin is originally from a quiet industrial town in the North-East of England (Darlington); he has a brother, and, in his own words, he has always been a LEGO fan since he cast his destructive hands over his older Brother's LEGO Space Police sets. He always wanted to influence, inspire and excite others with his work.

He studied Design at Goldsmiths, University of London; worked as a Model Designer & Technical Assistant for Merlin Magic Making, and then, for over four and a half years, he designed, build and installed LEGO models at many of the LEGOLAND parks all over the world.

In 2015, Justin, together with Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design at LEGO, co-executive producer of The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman Movie and Head Judge on Channel 4's LEGO Masters; featured in a Channel 4 documentary entitled "Secret Life of LEGO". [12]

He is introduced as one of the applicants for a job as LEGO designer; he is followed on his journey to the Denmark School of Brickscraft and Wizardry for his final audition, and a few weeks later, back in London, he gets the modern equivalent of a hand-written invitation: a phone-call from Matthew confirming his acceptance as a LEGO designer.

Justin currently lives in Vejle, a small town nearly Billund, together with two other LEGO employees. [13]

Below a visual overview of some other LEGO sets designed by Justin Ramsden. (See all sets designed by Justin Ramsden.)

Intermesso - The Boxing

The box measures 58 x 49 x 19 cm (23" x 19.5" x 7.5") and it has magically magnificent artwork. The front of the box contains the moonlit castle with the large LEGO Harry Potter logo top-left, followed by a 16+ age indicator and the set number and name; a named gallery of the four main minifigures bottom-left and a small Wizarding World logo bottom-right; there is no parts count anywhere on the box. The back of the box shows the open side of the castle with 14 detail images of scenes and other play features. On the sides there is an image of the included minifig stand, a gallery of all 32 microfigs, a hazard warning in 33 languages and another six detail images. The empty box has a current value of € 15,-.

Inside the box we find the bags numbered 14 to 37, and a second white carton box measuring 49 x 28 x 19 cm (19" x 11" x 7") with the four manuals and four sticker sheets sealed in plastic (6252757), the numbered bags 1 to 13, and three additional soft-plastic bags with large parts.

The Instruction Manuals

The set comes with four instruction manuals, measuring 26 x 20 cm (10" x 8") and together they are 2 cm (1") thick:

  • Book 1 (6252747): 146 pages, first 9 are introduction, bags 1 to 7
  • Book 2 (6252749): 194 pages, bags 8 to 21
  • Book 3 (6252894): 106 pages, bags 22 to 27
  • Book 4 (6252751): 180 pages, bags 28 to 37

The first manual contains several additional pages with an introduction and some background information about the design team. The most important pages are shown below. The total page count is 626 pages, while the four manuals have a current value of € 13,50.

The Stickers

The set contains 4 sticker sheets, with a total of 63 individual stickers, which are shown below:

I know many people complained about the number of stickers, and although the total number of stickers is somewhat large, you have too include the number of parts in the comparison. This set has one sticker for every 95 parts. Now compare that to set 75884-1 - 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, a 2018 Speed Champions set, which has 13 stickers for 183 parts, in other words, one sticker for every 14 parts, almost seven times as many stickers per part.

Furthermore, stickers are a logical result of LEGO's main philosophy: a modular building system completely depends on the general usability of all individual parts, and printed parts are less usable then unprinted parts. The modularity of a printed piece is lower compared to the modularity of an unprinted piece. In fact, by using stickers, LEGO allows the buyer to make two decisions: to apply (or not apply) the stickers in the first place, and to remove the stickers later if they were applied. With printed parts there is no choice at all. I'd rather have 63 stickers then 63 printed parts which I can't use for most other buildings.

The Bags

The set contains 37 numbered bags, and three additional unnumbered bags, shown below:

Chapter 4. The Vanishing Scale.

Like Harry Potter, the LEGO minifigure is famous, and nearly every child in our world knows its yellow face and smile, and owns one or more of them. But the minifigure as we now it know today was only invented fifty years ago, in 1978, by a man named Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the LEGO designer responsible for the early LEGO Space theme, and whom, together with Bent Irving Andersen, developed the early blue track electric train system.

The 23 years between 1955 and 1978 are the years of Town Plan (1955-1966) and LEGOLand (1969-1978), and also the years of the HO 1:87 scale Vehicles, which were introduced in 1955 and discontinued in late 1970. The thing to remember, here, is that for the first two decades of LEGO history, the primary scale was 1:87, otherwise known as HO-scale.

HO or H0 is a rail transport modelling scale using a 1:87 scale (3.5 mm to 1 foot). It is the most popular scale of model railway in the world. TT scale, the name stands for table top, uses a 1:120 (1:130 in Russia and ex-USSR, 1:101.6 in UK) scale derived from a common engineering scale where one inch equals ten feet. Its original purpose, like the name suggests, was to make a train small enough to be able to assemble and operate it on a tabletop. In wargaming the TT scale roughly equals the 15 mm scale where the height of "standard" 180 cm (70.87 in) soldier height is 15 mm (0.59 in).

To calculate the scales of mini-, micro and nanofigures, we measure the height of each in LEGO plates, and knowing that a plate is 3.2 mm, an average 11-year old child is 145 cm, and an human being is 175 cm, and there are 17 Sickles in a Galleon, and 29 Knuts in a Sickle, we can instantly calculate the following table:

figure height real scale
Adult-minifigure 13 plates 175 cm 1:42
Kid-minifigure 11 plates 145 cm 1:42
Micro-figure 7 plates 175 cm 1:83
Nano-figure (adult - with bottom) 5 plates 175 cm 1:117
Nano-figure (adult - without bottom) 4 plates 175 cm 1:151
Nano-figure (dementor - with bottom) 6 plates 175 cm 1:97
Nano-figure (dementor - without bottom) 5 plates 175 cm 1:117

So micro-figures are larger then HO-scale, and considering the size of the head, they look really awkward in HO-scale environment. However, the nano-figures, while being slightly too small for HO-scale (1:87), they look perfect in a TT-scale (1:120) setting.

If, by now, you are wondering what all of this has to do with Hogwarts or Castles, consider the following. If the latest incarnation of the LEGO Hogwarts Castle is at nano-figure scale, and if that model is architecturally correct, which is still a question, then we can do some artith-magic to determine that mini-figure scale is twice as large as micro-figure scale, and three times as large as nano-figure scale, hence for a mini-figure scale Hogwarts Castle, the length must be three times as long, the width must be three times as wide, and the heigth must be, you've guessed it, three times as heigh. That means we would need 3x3x3 or 27 times the number of parts, which is 162,540 parts, and such a set would cost 27 times the current price, which is $ 10,800,- or € 10,800,-. The size of the model would be over 66" (174cm) high, 81" (207cm) wide and 48" (129cm) deep.

There are other complications, like the round parts used for the towers, and the windows and doors, but the general implication seems clear: perhaps a Hogwarts-like castle can be build at mini-figure scale by a private builder, as a MOC, but as a commecially successful, normal LEGO set, it is impossible. LEGO had no choice, at all: a Hogwarts Castle model, with more then one or two buildings or towers, has to be at micro-scale with nano-figures to populate it.

And so, after almost half a century, the vanished scale has returned. We now have nano-figures who can enter an TT-scale house at 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey; walk side by side with an TT-scale Ford Anglia, or wait patiently for the arrival of the TT-scale Hogwarts Express (hint, hint). There are fully white nano-figures that can be painted to look like any kind of pedestrian, and maybe, just maybe, we might someday get a sitting nanofig, to put behind the steering wheel of any kind of TT vehicle. We would need a smaller steering wheel... -smile-

With this TT-scale LEGO has basically returned to it roots, and that is something to celebrate. Especially when your LEGO room is located in... a Cupboard under the Stairs.

Intermesso - The Parting

As the third largest set that LEGO has ever released, how does this 6,020 part rendition of Hogwarts Catle compare to the earlier versions of the Castle, presented above in Chapter 2 - Hogwarts, A History.

Price/part Comparison

set year name price parts ppp
4709-1 2001 Hogwarts Castle $90.00 682 13.2c
4757-1 2004 Hogwarts Castle $90.00 944 9.5c
5378-1 2007 Hogwarts Castle $89.00 943 9.4c
4842-1 2010 Hogwarts Castle $129.99 1290 10,0c
4867-1 2011 Hogwarts $49.99 466 10,7c
71043-1 2018 Hogwarts Castle $399.99 6020 6.6c

The table above clearly shows that the newest version of Hogwarts Castle, in Price Per Part, is the cheapest version of all, more then twice as cheap as the first version of 2001. Obviously, this micro-scale set contain a lot of small parts. So as a second comparison, let's look at the two Architecture sets LEGO released this year, which also mostly contain small parts, and three 2018 Classics sets, which usually have the lowest Price Per Part by far:

set year name price parts ppp
21047-1 2018 Las Vegas $39.99 501 7.9c
21039-1 2018 Shanghai $59.99 596 10.0c
10405-1 2018 Mission to Mars $59.99 871 9,4c
10713-1 2018 Creative Suitcase $19.99 213 6,8c
10717-1 2018 Bricks, Bricks, Bricks $59.99 1500 3,9c
71043-1 2018 Hogwarts Castle $399.99 6020 6.6c

We can conclude that set 71043-1 Hogwarts Castle, on a Price Per Part basis, is one the cheapest sets currently available. This conclusion is confirmed by the Part Out Value of the set, which is the combined marked value of all the individual parts in the set. The Part Out Value of Hogwarts Castle, based on average of last 6 months sales at Bricklink, is US $1,011.14, two-and-a-half times the set price.

New Parts

The set contains three new parts:

The new arches allow the creation of multiple single stud arches seperated by single stud columns, which was impossible to create with part 4490 - Brick Arch 1 x 3, the smallest arch available uptil now. The Hogwarts Castle set contains 29 Tan 38583 - Brick Special Arch 1 x 2 Jumper parts and 16 Tan 38585 - Brick Special Arch 2 x 2 Corner parts.

We also get new print of 60601 - Glass for Window 1 x 2 x 2 Flat, the glass inlay that can be used with 60592 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 Flat Front, 60032 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 Plane, Single Hole Top and Bottom for Glass, 61345 - Window 1 x 4 x 2 Plane, Single Hole Top and Bottom for Glass and 90195 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 Castle.

In this set, part 60601pr0005 - Glass for Window 1 x 2 x 2 flat with Arched Gold Window print is used with 90195 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 Castle and we get a staggering 29 of them.

The minifigures and nanofigures are discussed in the next below in Chapter 5 - Let The Feast Begin.

Color List

The main color scheme is Tan (114 parts, 1908 quantity) and Dark Tan (43 parts, 649 quantity) versus Dark Bluish Gray (110 parts, 891 quantity) and Light Bluish Gray (78 parts, 660 quantity). Below the full color list.

Black: 62 parts, 245 quantity
Blue: 3 parts, 27 quantity
Bright Green: 1 part, 3 quantity
Bright Pink: 3 parts, 5 quantity
Dark Blue: 9 parts, 42 quantity
Dark Bluish Gray: 110 parts, 891 quantity
Dark Brown: 9 parts, 16 quantity
Dark Green: 7 parts, 33 quantity
Dark Orange: 3 parts, 6 quantity
Dark Pink: 4 parts, 6 quantity
Dark Purple: 2 parts, 11 quantity
Dark Red: 8 parts, 39 quantity
Dark Tan: 43 parts, 649 quantity
Dark Turquoise: 1 part, 3 quantity
Flat Silver: 3 parts, 67 quantity
Green: 3 parts, 60 quantity
Lavender: 1 part, 5 quantity
Light Bluish Gray: 78 parts, 660 quantity
Light Flesh: 4 parts, 4 quantity
Lime: 1 part, 35 quantity
Magenta: 2 parts, 10 quantity
Medium Azure: 1 part, 16 quantity
Medium Blue: 2 parts, 36 quantity
Medium Dark Flesh: 5 parts, 9 quantity
[No Color/Any Color]: 4 parts, 4 quantity (sticker sheets)
Olive Green: 7 parts, 135 quantity
Orange: 3 parts, 49 quantity
Pearl Dark Gray: 1 part, 1 quantity
Pearl Gold: 11 parts, 38 quantity
Red: 4 parts, 18 quantity
Reddish Brown: 58 parts, 399 quantity
Sand Blue: 2 parts, 3 quantity
Sand Green: 4 parts, 31 quantity
Tan: 114 parts, 1908 quantity
Trans-Black: 1 part, 45 quantity
Trans-Clear: 14 parts, 161 quantity
Trans-Dark Blue: 2 parts, 13 quantity
Trans-Dark Pink: 1 part, 8 quantity
Trans-Green: 2 parts, 24 quantity
Trans-Light Blue: 4 parts, 25 quantity
Trans-Orange: 3 parts, 14 quantity
Trans-Purple: 1 part, 5 quantity
Trans-Red: 3 parts, 36 quantity
Trans-Yellow: 3 parts, 57 quantity
White: 18 parts, 153 quantity
Yellow: 3 parts, 15 quantity

Category List

The main building elements are Plates (101 parts, 1421 quantity), Bricks Sloped (45 parts, 751 quantity), Bricks (66 parts, 698 quantity), Plates Special (58 parts, 554 quantity), Bricks Special (31 parts, 415 quantity) and Bricks Curved (28 parts, 323 quantity). Below the full category list.

Bars, Ladders and Fences: 6 parts, 47 quantity
Bricks: 66 parts, 698 quantity
Bricks Curved: 28 parts, 323 quantity
Bricks Round and Cones: 26 parts, 218 quantity
Bricks Sloped: 45 parts, 751 quantity
Bricks Special: 31 parts, 415 quantity
Bricks Wedged: 3 parts, 7 quantity
Containers: 1 part, 1 quantity
Flags, Signs, Plastics and Cloth: 3 parts, 4 quantity
Hinges, Arms and Turntables: 6 parts, 25 quantity
Minifig Accessories: 22 parts, 90 quantity
Minifig Heads: 4 parts, 4 quantity
Minifig Headwear: 3 parts, 3 quantity
Minifig Lower Body: 4 parts, 4 quantity
Minifig Upper Body: 6 parts, 12 quantity
Minifigs: 28 parts, 32 quantity
Panels: 9 parts, 39 quantity
Plants and Animals: 10 parts, 79 quantity
Plants and Animals: 10 parts, 79 quantity
Plates: 101 parts, 1421 quantity
Plates Angled: 15 parts, 52 quantity
Plates Round and Dishes: 45 parts, 378 quantity
Plates Special: 58 parts, 554 quantity
Rock: 2 parts, 16 quantity
Minifig Heads: 4 parts, 4 quantity
Technic Axles: 1 part, 1 quantity
Technic Beams: 2 parts, 5 quantity
Technic Bricks: 14 parts, 90 quantity
Technic Connectors: 1 part, 1 quantity
Technic Gears: 1 part, 4 quantity
Technic Pins: 7 parts, 95 quantity
Technic Special: 2 parts, 18 quantity
Tiles: 57 parts, 395 quantity
Tiles Special: 13 parts, 144 quantity
Tools: 1 part, 1 quantity
Windows and Doors: 3 parts, 89 quantity

Chapter 5. Let The Feast Begin.

"According to Professor Binns, Godric, Helga, Salazar and Rowena 'built this castle together, far from prying Muggle eyes'. For the most part, the four worked on creating Hogwarts in harmony, but it wasn't long before Salazar Slytherin's troubling views on the wizarding world caused an almighty rift." [14]

The Four Founders

Godric Gryffindor

The founder of Gryffindor house is a fair man, believing that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. He valued courage and bravery, and that these were the two most virtuous abilities a person could possess. Gryffindor was the original owner of the Sorting Hat, which he and his fellow founders enchanted to select people to be sorted into their houses, by seeing the qualities each founder valued the most. He also had a sword made, which would present itself to any true Gryffindor in a moment of need. His house corresponds to the element of fire. [15]

The minifigure of Godric Gryffindor is unique to this set, and it consists of the following parts:

  • 3626cpr2721 - Minifig, Head Dark Orange Bushy Eyebrows, Medium Dark Flesh Facial Lines Print (Godric Gryffindor) [Hollow Stud]
  • 973pr4479c01 - Torso Dark Brown Collar, Gold Cross with Red Center, Red and Gold Design Print (Godric Gryffindor), Dark Red Arms, Dark Brown Hands
  • 970c00pr1587 - Hips and Legs with Dark Red Belt and Coattails, Gold and Red Trim Print (Godric Gryffindor)
  • 93223 - Minifig Neckwear Beard and Mustache, Short
  • 21269 - Minifig Hair Swept Back with Widow's Peak Chin-Length and Bushy in Back

Helga Hufflepuff

A kind and warm woman, the founder of Hufflepuff house, she valued loyalty, patience, and hard working above all else. She also brought the house-elves to Hogwarts, and owned a fine golden cup which was fairly innocuous aside from being her possession. The cup was sought by Lord Voldemort nearly a thousand years later, for him to turn it into a Horcrux. She was the best friend of Rowena Ravenclaw. Her house corresponds to the element of earth. [16]

The minifigure of Helga Hufflepuff is unique to this set, and it consists of the following parts:

  • 3626cpr2723 - Minifig, Head Dual Sided Female Reddish Brown Eyebrows, Medium Dark Flesh Lips, Age Lines, Grin / Smile with Raised Eyebrow Print (Helga Hufflepuff) [Hollow Stud]
  • 973pr4482c01 - Torso Female, with Dark Brown Cape and Front Panel, Copper Badger Brooch and Design Print (Helga Hufflepuff), Medium Dark Flesh Arms, Light Flesh Hands
  • 36036pr0003 - Minifig Hips and Legs Under Dress/Robe, Dark Brown Dress, Reddish Brown Belt and Pouch, Copper Trim Print (Helga Hufflepuff)
  • 64807 - Minifig Hair Short with Braid around Sides, Hole On Top

Rowena Ravenclaw

She is the founder of Ravenclaw house, a sharp and intelligent woman, and, as such , intellect is highly valued for the students of the Ravenclaw house. It is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding school on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Rowena herself had a daughter, Helena, who later became the Grey Lady of Hogwarts as a ghost. Her house corresponds to the element of air. [17]

The minifigure of Rowena Ravenclaw is unique to this set, and it consists of the following parts:

  • 3626cpr2722 - Minifig, Head Dual Sided Female Silver Tiara with Blue Stone, Dark Red Lips, Smile / Slight Frown Print (Rowena Ravenclaw) [Hollow Stud]
  • 973pr4481c01 - Torso Female, Dress with Light Flesh Neck, Silver Collar, Spots, and Rope Belt Print (Rowena Ravenclaw), Dark Blue Arms, Light Flesh Hands
  • 36036pr0002 - Minifig Hips and Legs Under Dress/Robe, Metallic Blue Dress, Silver Hem and Dots Print (Rowena Ravenclaw)
  • 95225 - Minifig Hair Long Wavy with Centre Part

Salazar Slytherin

He is founder of Slytherin house, sly and cunning, not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood should be allowed to attend Hogwarts, and caused great dispute over this with the other founders. Eventually, it caused a permanent rift with Gryffindor, and Slytherin departed from the school, after creating the Chamber of Secrets, with a huge statue of himself and a horrible monster. His house corresponds to the element of water. [18]

The minifigure of Salazar Slytherin is unique to this set, and it consists of the following parts:

  • 3626cpr2720 - Minifig, Head Dark and Light Bluish Gray Eyebrows, Dark Tan Facial Lines Print (Salazar Slytherin) [Hollow Stud]
  • 973pr4480c01 - Torso Black Collar with Silver Stars, White Curvy Lines, Silver Locket with 'S' Print (Salazar Slytherin), Dark Green Arms, Light Flesh Hands
  • 970c00pr1588 - Hips and Legs with Long Robe with Black Gathers and White Curvy Lines Print (Salazar Slytherin)
  • 93069 - Minifig Neckwear Beard, Fancy

The Students and Teachers

Harry Potter

Harry James Potter, born July 31, 1980, was a half-blood wizard, one of the most famous wizards of modern times. He was the only child and son of James and Lily Potter (-Evans), both members of the original Order of the Phoenix. He was raised by Lily's only remaining blood relative, his Muggle aunt Petunia Dursley. On his eleventh birthday, Harry learned that he was a wizard. He began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. [19]

The nanofigure of Harry Potter is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0024 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Harry Potter Print (LEGO Element ID 6240385)

Ron Weasley

Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley, born March 1, 1980 was a pure-blood wizard, the sixth and youngest son of Arthur and Molly Weasley (-Prewett). He was also the younger brother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, and the elder brother of Ginny. Ron and his brothers and sister lived at the Burrow, on the outskirts of Ottery St Catchpole. Ron began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. He soon became best friends with fellow students Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. [20]

The nanofigure of Ron Weasley is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0025 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Ron Weasley Print (LEGO Element ID 6240389)

Hermione Granger

Hermione Jean Granger, born September 19, 1979, was a Muggle-born witch born to Mr and Mrs Granger, both dentists. At the age of eleven she learned that she was a witch, and had been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. Hermione possessed a brilliant academic mind, and proved to be a gifted student in almost every subject that she studied. [21]

The nanofigure of Hermione Granger is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0026 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Hermione Granger Print (LEGO Element ID 6240394)

Draco Malfoy

Draco Lucius Malfoy, born June 5, 1980, was a pure-blood wizard and the only son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy (-Black). The son of a Death Eater, Draco was raised to strongly believe in the importance of blood purity. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1991-1998 and was sorted into Slytherin House. During his years at Hogwarts, he became friends with Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, Pansy Parkinson, and other fellow Slytherins, but he quickly developed a rivalry with Harry Potter. [22]

The nanofigure of Draco Malfoy is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0027 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Draco Malfoy Print (LEGO Element ID 6240398)

Neville Longbottom

Neville Longbottom, born July 30, 1980, was a pure-blood wizard, the only child and son of Frank and Alice Longbottom. Neville's parents were well-respected Aurors and members of the original Order of the Phoenix, until they were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange and three other Death Eaters with the Cruciatus Curse when he was about sixteen months old. They were placed in the Janus Thickey Ward at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, leaving Neville to be raised by his grandmother, Augusta Longbottom. Neville began school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991 and was sorted into Gryffindor House, along with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. [23]

The nanofigure of Neville Longbottom is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0036 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Neville Longbottom Print (LEGO Element ID 6240472)

Albus Dumbledore

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, born 1881, the son of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore, and the elder brother of Aberforth and Ariana. Hogwarts Headmaster, founder of the Order of the Phoenix, with a fondness for sherbet lemons and knitting patterns; he was the wielder and the master of the Elder Wand from 1945 until 1997 and considered by many as the greatest Hogwarts Headmaster, and one of the most powerful wizards of his time. Dumbledore died on June 30, 1997. [24]

The nanofigure of Albus Dumbledore is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0002 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Albus Dumbledore Print (LEGO Element ID 6240406)

Professor Snape

Professor Severus Snape (January 9, 1960 - May 2, 1998) was a half-blood wizard serving as Potions Master (1981-1996), Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (1996-1997), and Headmaster (1997-1998) of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as a member of the Order of the Phoenix and a Death Eater. The only child of Muggle lowlife Tobias Snape and Gobstones witch Eileen Snape (- Prince), Severus was raised in the Muggle dwelling of Spinner's End, which was in close proximity to the home of the Evans family, though in a poorer area. He met Lily and Petunia Evans when he was nine and fell deeply in love with Lily, becoming a close friend of hers. [25]

The nanofigure of Professor Snape is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0029 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Professor Snape Print (LEGO Element ID 6240409)

Professor McGonagall

Professor Minerva McGonagall, born October 4, 1935, was a half-blood witch, the only daughter of Muggle Robert McGonagall and witch Isobel Ross. She had two younger brothers, Malcolm and Robert Jr. Minerva was a registered Animagus who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1947-1954 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House (but it took the sorting hat 5 1/2 minutes to decide if she was Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, therefore making her a Hatstall). After her education, Minerva worked for two years at the Ministry of Magic and later returned to Hogwarts, where she became Head of Gryffindor House, Transfiguration professor and concurrently, at differing times, Deputy Headmistress and Headmistress of Hogwarts. [26]

The nanofigure of Professor McGonagall is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0030 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Professor McGonagall Print (LEGO Element ID 6240411)

Remus Lupin

Professor Remus John Lupin, (March 10, 1960 - May 2, 1998), also known as Moony, was a half-blood wizard and the only son of Lyall and Hope Lupin (-Howell). He was afflicted with lycanthropy during his childhood, as a result of Fenrir Greyback's revenge against Lyall. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1971-1978 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. During his school years he was one of the Marauders, best friends with Sirius Black, James Potter, and Peter Pettigrew. Together they created the Marauder's Map. [27]

The nanofigure of Remus Lupin is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0031 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Remus Lupin Print (LEGO Element ID 6240412)

Professor Dolores Umbridge

Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge was a half-blood witch and Ministry of Magic bureaucrat who served as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic under Ministers Cornelius Fudge, Rufus Scrimgeour, and Pius Thicknesse. In 1995 by order of the Ministry, she was installed as Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and then later Hogwarts High Inquisitor and Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, after Professor Albus Dumbledore had been fired. [28]

The nanofigure of Professor Dolores Umbridge is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0001 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Professor Dolores Umbridge Print (LEGO Element ID 6240413)

Argus Filch

Argus Filch was a Squib and the caretaker of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since around 1973. Filch usually wandered around the school corridors with his cat Mrs Norris, trying to catch students breaking the school rules and complaining about Peeves the Poltergeist. In 1992, after Mrs Norris was petrified by Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk, Filch was furious; however, his cat was healed by the end of the year. In 1995, when Dolores Umbridge became High Inquisitor at Hogwarts, Filch gladly supported her. The next year, he was responsible for recognising Dark objects that were brought into Hogwarts. [29]

The nanofigure of Argus Filch is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0033 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Argus Filch Print (LEGO Element ID 6240425)

Lord Voldemort

Tom Marvolo Riddle (December 31, 1926 - May 2, 1998), later known as Lord Voldemort or alternatively as You-Know-Who, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, or the Dark Lord, was a half-blood wizard considered to have been the most powerful and dangerous dark wizard of all time. The only child and son of Tom and Merope Riddle (-Gaunt) via the coercive use of a love potion, Riddle was raised in the Muggle-run Wool's Orphanage after his father abandoned his new family on the streets of London when the potion's influence was lifted, and his mother died moments after giving birth to and naming him after his father and maternal grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt. [30]

The nanofigure of Lord Voldemort is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0035 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Lord Voldemort Print (LEGO Element ID 6240428)

Bellatrix Lestrange

Bellatrix Lestrange (-Black) (1951 - May 2, 1998) was a pure-blood witch, the eldest daughter of Cygnus Black III and Druella Black (-Rosier) and elder sister of Andromeda Tonks and Narcissa Malfoy. She was a member of the House of Black, an old wizarding family and one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. Bellatrix started her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1962 and was Sorted into Slytherin House. [31]

The nanofigure of Bellatrix Lestrange is unique to this set, and it consists of the following part:

  • 90398pr0034 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Bellatrix Lestrange Print (LEGO Element ID 6240426)

3 Gryffindor Students

LEGO mentions three Gryffindor Students, but one of them is clearly Neville Longbottom; so he has been added to the Student listed above. The names of the other are, as yet, unknown. The nanofigures of these Gryffindor Students are unique to this set, and they consists of the following parts:

  • 90398pr0036 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Neville Longbottom Print (LEGO Element ID 6240472)
  • 90398pr0039 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Gryffindor Student, Black Hair Print (LEGO Element ID 6240475)
  • 90398pr0044 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Gryffindor Student, Dark Red Hair Print (LEGO Element ID 6240530)

3 Hufflepuff Students

LEGO mentions three Hufflepuff Students, the names of whom are, as yet, unknown. The nanofigures of these Hufflepuff Students are unique to this set, and they consists of the following parts:

  • 90398pr0038 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Hufflepuff Student, Reddish Brown Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240474)
  • 90398pr0042 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Hufflepuff Student, Light Flesh Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240523)
  • 90398pr0046 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Hufflepuff Student, Flesh Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240539)

3 Ravenclaw Students

LEGO mentions three Ravenclaw Students, the names of whom are, as yet, unknown. The nanofigures of these Ravenclaw Students are unique to this set, and they consists of the following parts:

  • 90398pr0040 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Ravenclaw Student, Bright Light Yellow Hair Print (LEGO Element ID 6240521)
  • 90398pr0043 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Ravenclaw Student, Black Hair, Reddish Brown Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240524)
  • 90398pr0047 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Ravenclaw Student, Black Hair, Light Flesh Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240540)

3 Slytherin Students

LEGO mentions three Slytherin Students, the names of whom are, as yet, unknown. The nanofigures of these Slytherin Students are unique to this set, and they consists of the following parts:

  • 90398pr0037 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Slytherin Student, Light Flesh Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240473)
  • 90398pr0041 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Slytherin Student, Flesh Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240522)
  • 90398pr0045 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, Slytherin Student, Reddish Brown Face Print (LEGO Element ID 6240537)

3 Single Color Nanofigs

The set also contains three single color nanofigures, one white and one black, used as chess pieces and one pearl gold, used as The Architect of Hogwarts Statue. These parts are not unique to this set. They consist of the following parts:

  • 90398 - Minifig Trophy Statuette (Black - LEGO Element ID 6107890)
  • 90398 - Minifig Trophy Statuette (White - LEGO Element ID 6073432)
  • 90398 - Minifig Trophy Statuette (Pearl Gold - LEGO Element ID 6138682)

5 Dementors

Finally, there are five Dementors, for which LEGO used the Emperor Palpatine Hologram Statuette, also used in 75251-1 - Darth Vader's Castle. They consist of the following part:

  • 16478 - Minifig Statuette, Emperor Palpatine Hologram (LEGO Element ID 6232036)

Intermesso - The Building

As Justin explains, "I have designed this set in a way, so that builder goes on the same journey that Harry took, when he first attends at Hogwarts. You start off by building the boats, then go up to the boat house, then you take the stairs, with the great hall, and then to the towers and into the classrooms. I know I just want people to experience that magic, and the excitement of either going to Hogwarts for the first time, or returning back to this magical universe". [32]
And so, the build begins...

The full model consists on two separate buildings: the First Building, with the Great Hall, the Main Tower and the Courtyard; and the Second Building, with the Entrance Hall and the Main Bridge. The two building are eventually connected with technics pins. Books 1 and 2 are about the First Building, books 3 and 4 about the Second Building. This means that two people can build this model at the same time, each working on one of the buildings. LEGO building mostly is an individual activity, but this set purposely enables social building. This is something that LEGO ought to do more often.

Bag 1: The Boathouse

The first bag (234S8: book 1, page 12) contains two small plastic bags with parts, a tiny bag with 12 microfigs, and a white box (6240558) with two capes in black and brown, and a smaller cape collar piece. These are used to build the first minifigure, Godric Gryffindor, the minifig display, five small boats, and the boat house. The instruction preview to the right shows the end result of the bag 1 build. The house crests for the minifig display are stickers (60,61,62 and 63) on tiles that match the house colors: Gryffindor - Scarlet and Gold, Hufflepuff - Yellow and Black, Slytherin - Green and Silver, Ravenclaw - Blue and Bronze, and the crests are accurate.

The five small boats are a smart combination of a Reddish Brown 3176 - Plate Special 3 x 2 with Hole and a 30044 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 2/3 with Rounded Top, with a Dark Blue 43719 - Wedge Plate 4 x 4 with 2 x 2 Cutout to give the appearance of water flowing around the boat. Each boat has it own little lantern and each boat can carry a single figure. The renderings to the left show a single boat and the details of the boat construction.

The Boathouse has its own ground section and uses a neat connection with two special plates, 15706 - Plate Special 4 Stud 45° Angle Plate, to offset the boathouse section from the ground section. Below a rendering of the details of the boathouse construction, with the boathouse in front, using the same viewing angle as the build photograph below the spare parts. The back of the ground section is connected to the main model later on, using those black pins, 2780 - Technic Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Center Slots. Inside the boathouse there is a small sticker on a 3010 - Brick 1 x 4 with the founders of the Castle. Note the use of the Medium Blue 3710 - Plate 1 x 4; these are positioning parts, mostly in contrasting colors, like Medium Blue, Orange and Lime, and they help the builder finding the right spots to place new parts. These positioning parts are covered by other parts later on, so they are not visible in the finished model.

Spare parts in bag 1:

  • 1x Trans Light-Blue 85861 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud
  • 1x Black 85861 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud
  • 1x Trans-Yellow 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Olive Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Reddish Brown 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Black 2780 - Technic Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Center Slots
  • 1x Black 87994 - Bar 3L
  • 1x Tan 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Dark Orange 93223 - Minifig Neckwear Beard and Mustache, Short
  • 1x Reddish Brown 36752a - Minifig, Wand [Individual]
  • 1x White 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bags 2 and 3: The Floorplan

Bag 2

The second bag (334S8: book 1, page 23) contains one small parts bag, and is used to create the first part of the supporting grondwork for the Great Hall, the Main Tower and the Courtyard. Three large squares are created using Technic bricks, 32016 - Technic Axle and Pin Connector Angled #3 - 157.5° and 3703 - Technic Brick 1 x 16 [15 Holes] connected to long plates, 4282 - Plate 2 x 16 with 6232 - Brick Special 2 x 2 with Pin and Axle Hole to connect everything. Below, to the right of the build photograph, you can see a rendering of the details of the construction of the final groundwork frame. This building method results in a very stable and sturdy framework, and yet, it is relatively light and very easy to build. The same method is used later on for the groundwork of the second part of the castle, as well as the supporting frame for the floors and the roof constructions.

Bag 2 has no spare parts.

Bag 3

The third bag (134S8: book 1, page 42) contains one small parts bag, and finishes the supporting groundwork for the Great Hall.

Bag 3 has no spare parts.

Bags 4 and 5: The Rocks around the Great Hall

Bag 4

The fourth bag (334S8: book 1, page 57) contains two bags with small parts. This builds the rock foundation and the back wall of the Chamber of Secrets, located below the Great Hall, together with a seperate entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, that is located below the Main Tower.

Spare parts in bag 4:

  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Black 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Dark Blue 25269 - Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter
  • 1x Orange 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Dark Red 98138 - Tile Round 1 x 1

Bag 5

The fifth bag (334S8: book 1, page 84) contains one bag of small pieces, and we need seven BURPs, the fan name for "Big Ugly Rock Pieces"; four Dark Tan strait rocks, 6082 - Rock Panel Rectangular 4 x 10 x 6 (aka BURP) and three Dark Tan corner rocks, 23996 - MOUNTAIN BRICK 8X8X6. For the first time, we start building the rocks that surrounds the entire castle, and the result is amazing. The combination of Light and Dark Buish Gray, Tan and Olive Green creates a perfect illusion of rocks and vegetation, and it is surprising easy to build. Note the Dark Green patches, where later on, the trees are placed.

Bag 5 has no spare parts.

Bags 6 and 7: A Rocky Foundation

Bag 6

The sixth bag (134S8: book 1, page 115) contains one small parts bag, and we need two BURPs, a rectangular and a corner, to build the second part of the rock foundation below the Main Tower. Here again, in step 166, the trick with contrasting color is used.

Spare parts in bag 6:

  • 1x Tan 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bag 7

The seventh bag (234S8: book 1, page 138) contains one small parts bag, and we also need five 3456 - Plate 6 x 14 in Dark Bluish Gray, used to build the floor of the Great Hall. Here again we have some great use of classic technic bricks: using three 6 x 8 squares 32532 - Technic Brick 6 x 8 with Open Center 4 x 6, some 2 x 2 technic bricks with pins, 30000 - Brick Special 2 x 2 with 2 Pins and Axle Hole, a few connectors, and some long 6112 - Brick 1 x 12's, and you have a perfecty strong and yet light scaffolding to lay your floor plates upon. Once that is fixed in place, it is only a matter of adding the Dark Bluish Gray 5 x 14 plates.

Spare parts in bag 7:

  • 1x Tan 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Black 2780 - Technic Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Center Slots

After finishing bag 7 we are done with book 1.

Bags 8, 9, 10 and 11: The Great Hall Windows

Bag 8

Bag 8 (234S8: book 2, page 7) contains two small part bags. We build the first layer of the front wall of the Great Hall, we set the layout of its entrance and the adjacent courtyard, and we create the benches and tables in the Great Hall.

Spare parts in bag 9:

  • 1x Dark Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Tan 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud

Bag 9

Bag 9 (234S8: book 2, page 21) also contains two small parts bags. We are now creating the lowest row of windows of the Great Hall. These stained-glass are basically created using one or two 2412b - Tile Special 1 x 2 Grille with Bottom Groove, in front of transparent 3023 - Plate 1 x 2's or 3024 - Plate 1 x 1's; which are connected at the bottom using a transparent 4070 - Brick Special 1 x 1 with Headlight and No Slot placed on its side. This technique is called SNOT (Studs Not On Top), and it is used for all stained-glass windows. See the rendering of the construction below.

Spare parts in bag 9:

  • 1x Trans-Clear 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Dark Blue 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trabs-Green 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Light Blue 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Green 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Clear 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 42446 - Neckwear Bracket [One Stud]
  • 1x Reddish Brown 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Trans-Orange 37775 - Flame Small
  • 1x Pearl Gold 20482 - Tile Round 1 x 1 with Pin

Bag 10

Bag 10 (234S8: book 2, page 32) also contains two small part bags. We now create the windows of the courtyard using the new 60601pr0005 - Glass for Window 1 x 2 x 2 flat with Arched Gold Window print in combination with 90195 - Window 1 x 2 x 2 Castle.

Spare parts in bag 10:

  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Red 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Green 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Clear 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Red 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Blue 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 20482 - Tile Round 1 x 1 with Pin

Bag 11

Bag 11 (234S8: book 2, page 43) contains two small parts bags, used to create a second row of stained-glass windows for the Great Hall, and to Entrance to the Great Hall with the two large doors. To the right a detail image of the Back Wall of the Great Hall, adjacent to the Entrance.

Bag 11 has no spare parts.

Bags 12, 13, 14 and 15: The Great Hall Roof

Bag 12

Bag 12 (234S8: book 2, page 62) contains one small parts bag, and is used to build the large stained-glass window at the back-side of the Great Hall, and the roof above the entrance. The clock above the entrance is a sticker; see the detail image below on the right.

Spare parts in bag 12:

  • 1x Trans-Red 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Tan 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 24482 - BLADE NO. 9

Bag 13

Bag 13 (234S8: book 2, page 81) also contains one small parts bag. The build begins with the banners of the four houses. These are stickers, but they are only applied on one side of the flag, 30350b - Tile Special 2 x 3 with 2 Clips [Thick Open O Clips]. It would have made more sense to provide two stickers, so each side of the flag could carry the banner. Then we start building first part of the roof of the Great Hall.

Spare parts in bag 13:

  • 1x Reddish Brown 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)

Bag 14

Bag 14 (234S8: book 2, page 101) contains one small parts bag, and finishes the roof of the Great Hall.

Spare parts in bag 14:

  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bag 15

Bag 15 (234S8: book 2, page 108) contains one small bag and adds the two small side towers and the larger middle tower to the roof of the Great Hall. It also add the trees to the 60897 - Plate Special 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical [Thick Open O Clip] on the rocky foundation, and the Dementors are added using the transparent 3957a - Antenna 1 x 4 with Rounded Top parts to give the illusion they are flying around the castle.

Spare parts in bag 15:

  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Trans-Red 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Yellow 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 87994 - Bar 3L
  • 1x Green 24855 - Plant, Stem with Bottom Pin
  • 1x Blue 4274 - Technic Pin 1/2
  • 1x Sand Green 90540 - Bar 3L with Handle, Stop Ring and Side Stops (Minifig Ski Pole)

Bags 16, 17, 18 and 19: The Main Tower

Bag 16

Bag 16 (234S8: book 2, page 122) contains one small parts bag and the minfigure of Helga Hufflepuff. The tower itself is an interesting build. It consists of an inner tower, made from three rows of two 30562 - Panel 4 x 4 x 6 Quarter Cylinder parts on a base of two 48092 - Brick Round Corner 4 x 4 Macaroni Wide with 3 Studs parts with several rows of brackets, 99206 - Plate Special 2 x 2 x 0.667 with Two Studs On Side and Two Raised and 99207 - Bracket 1 x 2 - 2 x 2 Inverted. All the stickers are applied to the inside of the 4 x 4 x 6 Panels.

Spare parts in bag 16:

  • 1x White 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Tan 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Trans-Clear 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x White 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Brown 36752a - Minifig, Wand [Individual]
  • 3x Dark Bluish Gray 25269 - Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter

Bag 17

Bag 17 (234S8: book 2, page 138) contains two small parts bags and continues the constuction of the Great Tower. Now we create a 6 x 36 plate that is filled with dozens of 50950 - Slope Curved 3 x 1 No Studs and 24309 - Slope Curved 3 x 2 No Studs parts to create a rounded shape. In the final step this large plate is connected to the brackets forming the first third of the outer tower.

Spare parts in bag 17:

  • 1x Trans-Black 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bag 18

Bag 18 (234S8: book 2, page 148) contains two small parts bags, and repeats the build of step 17, adding another 6 x 30 plate, together with two small 2 x 30 plates to fill up the gaps.

Spare parts in bag 18:

  • 1x Tan 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)

Bag 19

Bag 19 (234S8: book 2, page 154) contains two small parts bags, and again repeats the build of step 17, adding the final 6 x 30 plate, which completes the outer tower.

Spare parts in bag 19:

  • 1x White 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bags 20 and 21: The Roof of the Main Tower

Bag 20

Bag 20 (234S8: book 2, page 166) contains one small parts bag. We now build the final, and somewhat larger top section of the Great Tower, together with the interior of Dumbledore's Office.

Spare parts in bag 20:

  • 1x Pearl Gold 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Tan 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 42446 - Neckwear Bracket [One Stud]

Bag 21

The final bag for the first building, bag 21 (234S8: book 2, page 174) contains two small parts bags. We create the roof of the Great Tower, and add the Hungarian Horntail. This is the only part of the build that is somewhat flimsy. The upper part of the Great Tower Roof is a series of cones, that fit perfectly. However, the bottom part of the roof is cunstructed of plates and wedges, which are all fixed by hinges. As the top of this bottom part is kept square, the plates and wedges do not fit perfectly, and move slightly when you touch them. If look pretty good, I guess, but I wonder if there might have been a better construction method.

Note that the Main Tower is much higher than you'd expect from looking at the construction preview.

Spare parts in bag 21:

  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Flat Silver 24246 - Tile 1 x 1 Half Circle
  • 1x Pearl Gold 26047 - Plate 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle
  • 1x Dark Brown 64644 - Minifig Telescope
  • 1x Dark Tan 53451 - Barb Small (Helmet Horn)

After finishing bag 21, we are done with book 2, and we have finished the first part of the model. Let's get on with the second part.

Bags 22 and 23 - The Second Building

Bag 22

Bag 22 (434S8: book 3, page 5) contains two small pieces bags. We build the minifigure of Salazar Slytherin, Hagrids Hut and the first part of the supporting floor of second building. Hagrids Hut is a cuty little build that fits well with the micro-castle castle. Hagrid is absent, however, which means that this model was created in 1993, the year that Hagrid was sent to the wizarding prison, Azkaban. Why LEGO waited 25 years before releasing this model will always remain a mystery.

Spare parts in bag 22:

  • 1x Dark Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Black 2780 - Technic Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Center Slots
  • 1x Tan 36752a - Minifig, Wand [Individual]

Bag 23

Bag 23 (434S8: book 3, page 17) contain one bag with small pieces, and we finish the floorplan of the second building. As with the floorplan of the first building, plates and technic bricks are used to create a light but very rigid framework uppon with the rocky foundation can be build.

Spare parts in bag 23:

  • 1x Olive Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Trans-Black 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 98138 - Tile Round 1 x 1
  • 1x Bright Green 24866 - Plant, Flower 1 x 1

Bags 24 and 25 - The Floorplan of the Second Building

Bag 24

Bag 24 (234S8: book 3, page 26) contains one bag with small pieces and builds the rocky foundation of the Entrance Hall.

Spare parts in bag 24:

  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)

Bag 25

Bag 25 (234S8: book 3, page 51) contains two small parts bags and another small bag containing 12 nano figures. We now build the interior of the Chamber of Secrets and the Room of Requirement. On the images below I left the top plates off to show the interior.

Spare parts in bag 25:

  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Reddish Brown 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Trans-Clear 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Light Blue 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Reddish Brown 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Black 85861 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud

Bags 26 and 27 - The Chessboard Chamber

Bag 26

Bag 26 (234S8: book 3, page 76) contains one small parts bag. We also use two BURPs to build the first stage of the rocky foundation of the small tower and the interior of the Chessboard Chamber and the hidden Devils Snare room.

Bag 26 has no spare parts.

Bag 27

Bag 27 (234S8: book 3, page 90) contains two small parts bags to build the interior of the Room with the Flying Keys.

Bag 27 has no spare parts.

After finishing bag 27 we are done with book 3.

Bags 28 and 29: The Small Tower

Bag 28

Bag 28 (234S8: book 4, page 6) contains two small parts bags. We build the first stage of the small tower, the corridor with a sticker for the blood message on the wall ("The Chamber of Secrets has been opened - enemies of the heir... beware", and the interior of the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.

Spare parts in bag 28:

  • 1x Trans-Clear 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Tan 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 4599b - Tap 1 x 1 without Hole in Spout

Bag 29

Bag 29 (234S8: book 4, page 33) contains one small parts bag and finishes the small tower with the interior of Professor Dolores Umbridge's office.

Spare parts in bag 29:

  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Dark Pink 24866 - Plant, Flower 1 x 1
  • 1x Reddish Brown 42446 - Neckwear Bracket [One Stud]
  • 1x Sand Green 90540 - Bar 3L with Handle, Stop Ring and Side Stops (Minifig Ski Pole)

Bags 30 and 31 - The Weeping Willow

Bag 30

Bag 30 (234S8: book 4, page 51) contains one small parts bag and the mini figure of Rowena Ravenclaw. We build the Weeping Willow and start the bottom layer of the Entrance Hall. The Weeping Willow is a nice little build: it can rotate and each of the four branches can bend in two places and rotate the end twigs. We also build a nano-scale turquoise 1962 Ford Anglia using only four parts. Even though this is fun idea, I think the scale of the Ford Anglia is wrong when compared to the nano figures. In the image on the right I have added a somewhat larger Ford Anglia that seems to fit better with the scale of the Weeping Willow and the figures.

Spare parts in bag 30:

  • 1x Trans-Clear 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x White 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Black 25269 - Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter
  • 1x Black 36752a - Minifig, Wand [Individual]
  • 1x Black 11253 - Minifig Roller Skate

Bag 31

Bag 31 (234S8: book 4, page 68) contains two small parts bags and is used to build the first row of windows of the Entrance Hall, using the same stained-glass building method as was previously used for the Great Hall.

Spare parts in bag 31:

  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Red 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud

Bags 32, 33 and 34: The Entrance Hall

Bag 32

Bag 32 (234S8: book 4, page 86) contains one small parts bag. Here we build the bridge that connect the two building. Some builders seems to have had some problems with this step, noting that they had to bend the model to get the bridge inserted. I can only report that the bridge fits perfecty and it can be taken out en re-inserted without any problems.

Spare parts in bag 31:

  • 1x Dark Green 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Light Bluish Gray 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)
  • 1x Tan 54200 - Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope)

Bag 33

Bag 33 (234S8: book 4, page 99) contains two small parts bags and builds the interiors of the Library and the Gryffindor Common Room. We also add the doors of the Entrance Hall, which, at first glance, seem a bit big for the entire build. However, the doors are actually only three times as high as a nano-fig, which is probably the right size.

Spare parts in bag 33:

  • 1x Red 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Dark Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Reddish Brown 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Pearl Gold 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Medium Dark Flesh 98138 - Tile Round 1 x 1

Bag 34

Bag 34 (234S8: book 4, page 114) contains two small parts bags and builds the second row of stained-glass windows of the Entrance Hall.

Spare parts in bag 34:

  • 1x Tan 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Green 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Light Blue 3024 - Plate 1 x 1
  • 1x Trans-Blue 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Green 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud
  • 1x Trans-Yellow 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud

Bags 35, 36 and 37 - The Roof of the Entrance Hall

Bag 35

Bag 35 (234S8: book 4, page 135) contains one small parts bag and builds the first stage of the roof of the Entrance Hall and most of the four tower surrounding it.

Spare parts in bag 35:

  • 1x White 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Bag 36

Bag 36 (434S8 - Book 4, page 152) contains one small parts bag and finishes the roof of the Entrance Hall.

Spare parts in bag 36:

  • 1x Trans-Green 6141 - Plate Round 1 x 1 with Solid Stud

Bag 37

Last bag, bag 37 (334S8 - Book 4, page 164), contains one small parts bag and four large wedge plates, 45301 - Wedge 16 x 4 Triple Curved, to build the remainder of the roof of the Second Hall and finalizes the model with some trees.

Spare parts in bag 37:

  • 1x Tan 35464 - Slope Double 45° 1 x 1
  • 1x Tan 3070b - Tile 1 x 1 with Groove
  • 1x Dark Bluish Gray 3024 - Plate 1 x 1

Chapter 6. Through the Trapdoor.

There are so many small yet exquisite visual details in this model, it is almost impossible to make the choise of what to show and what to leave out. Below are what I consider the most beautiful examples...

Intermesso - The Ending

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, and you are new to LEGO, this set is without any doubt your best introduction to LEGO: it is really easy to build, and you can't go wrong. The result will be the crowning jewel of your Potter collection.

If you are a fan of LEGO, and you are new to Harry Potter, you might have been living on an uninhabited island for the last 15 years. Never mind, there's a few books you might want to read, and a few movies you'd need to see. When you've done with that, you might want to build this castle.

This is one of the best sets that LEGO has ever released. Both on the outside, visually and architecturally, and on the inside, in terms of details and playability, this set is stunningly beautiful and unbelievably diverse, and there are only a very few other LEGO sets that can compete with this. Combine that with the fact that this set, on a Price Per Part basis, is one of the cheapest sets currently available, the verdict is plain and simple: if you can afford it, then buy this set! If not, start saving! The set will probably be available for at least another year.

Chapter 7. Fantastic Possibilities and Where to Find Them.

What do you do when you have finished a set like this? Of course, you can put it on display. Put a string of small colored LEDs on the inside, and you have a beautiful model, if you can find a nice place to show it. Remember, Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.

On the other hand, this is LEGO, and it is meant to be taken apart and used again. If you are interested in architecture, and you want to build in micro-scale, this set will give all the parts you need to build fantastic City Skylines; but if you are more into minifig scale and city building, you have the parts to build a perfect Town Hall, a Library or even a Railroad Station.

If you need some more ideas about the kind of models you can try to build, check out these links:

Chapter 8. The Philosopher's Stone.

"The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The Stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal." [33]

After building this truly magical set, I now realize that LEGO is, in a certain sense, my personal Philosopher's Stone. Nothing gets transformed to pure gold, but who need cold heavy metal? What use has gold, other then having wings and flying away from you, so you can play the Game and win when you catch that Golden Snitch.

But LEGO does allow me, with some guidance, to transform a hint of an idea and a large pile of bricks into a gold-winning model, a beautiful, exhilarating proof of ones own innate creativity, and a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and skill.

It might not make me immortal, but for sure, it makes me young again. One can't ask for more.

Take care,
Simon

References

[1] - A tale of four founders (Pottermore)
[2] - Set 4709-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[3] - Set 4757-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[4] - Set 5378-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[5] - Set 4842-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[6] - Set 3862-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[7] - Set 4867-1 - Hogwarts (Battle for Hogwarts) (Brickpedia)
[8] - Set 71043-1 - Hogwarts Castle (Brickpedia)
[9] - Hogwarts Castle (LEGO.com)
[10] - Nanofigure (Brickpedia)
[11] - Courtesy of Jan and Samuel (Thanks Guys!) (LEGO Customer Service)
[12] - The Secret World of Lego (Channel4)
[13] - Interview with Justin Ramsden (Brickset)
[14] - What do we know about the four people who actually founded Hogwarts? (pottermore)
[15] - Godric Gryffindor (Harry Potter Wiki)
[16] - Helga Hufflepuff (Harry Potter Wiki)
[17] - Rowena Ravenclaw (Harry Potter Wiki)
[18] - Salazar Slytherin (Harry Potter Wiki)
[19] - Harry Potter (Harry Potter Wiki)
[20] - Ron Weasley (Harry Potter Wiki)
[21] - Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Wiki)
[22] - Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter Wiki)
[23] - Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter Wiki)
[24] - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Wiki)
[25] - Professor Snape (Harry Potter Wiki)
[26] - Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter Wiki)
[27] - Remus Lupin (Harry Potter Wiki)
[28] - Professor Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter Wiki)
[29] - Argus Filch (Harry Potter Wiki)
[30] - Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter Wiki)
[31] - Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter Wiki)
[32] - LEGO Designer Video Review (youtube)
[33] - Flamel Found (pottermore)

Disclaimer: This LEGO set was kindly provided for review by The LEGO Group. Anything said in this post is the opinion of the author and not The LEGO Group.

Illustrations © 2019 by Amber van Meygaarden
Parts- and build photographs by Simon (© 2019 Rebrickable)

 

20 COMMENTS

  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago PWHH (2283)
    Very great review, thx!!
  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago SamPlaysWell (2402)
    BRAVISSIMO!!! for this review. I'm not the biggest fan of anything smaller than minifigure scale,  but this was such a well written piece that I was compelled to read to the very end!
  • 6 months, 3 weeks ago nathy10g9 (9415)
    Thanks for a great review Simon.
    I have my set waiting to be built, just need to have the space and time to build it first
  • 6 months, 4 weeks ago Havok211 (2403)
    Just a tad bit lengthy on this one, and a little unnecessary in my opinion. Plus it’s about 4 months late dude, unless it took you that long to write all this which is entirely possible
    • 6 months, 3 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
      At first I felt I should not respond to this, but after thinking about it for a few days, I changed my mind, and I will, in detail.

      Rebrickable is not primarily a news and review oriented website, so we don't receive pre-release copies of new sets. That means, that by the time that we get access to a new set, there are already dozens of good basic reviews published on the internet, and it doesn't make any sense to publish yet another, similar basic review, six or eight weeks after that first wave of reviews.

      So if we do reviews on Rebrickable, we want to do something special, and add some additional value to the review. That could be a different viewpoint, like I did for the Bugatti review, or a more in-depth review, with more background information, like this one. In any case, we need to tie in the main website, with links to parts, sets, themes, categories, and tags; and that means that our catalogs need to be completely up-to-date, before we can publish a review. Add to that the additional time for research and photography, and suddenly eight weeks is not that long at all.

      Most new LEGO sets remain available for at least a year; this flagship will probably be available for two years, perhaps even three. And the price is such, that many people will probably have to save their money for a few month, before they can even consider buying this set. So in my opinion we are not four month late, we are right on time.

      Finally, I wrote this review mainly for Harry Potter fans; and those are people who love to read. Many of them have read the entire series not once, but twice, or even more. For real Potterheads, I fear my review was actually way too short.

      Take care,
      Simon
      • 6 months, 3 weeks ago Havok211 (2403)
        I just wanted you to know that I actually love Harry Potter very much. Second only for my love for Star Wars. I even have a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows on my left hand and if it were allowed I’d have posted a picture of it with this message as proof. I apologize if my message offended you in any way, I was just expressing my opinion. That is all
        • 6 months, 2 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
          No problem, there was nothing offensive to your post, and you are entitled to have your own opinion. If this were a personal blog, you'd be right in asking why it took to long. I just used your response to explain why we can't publish reviews right before or at the LEGO release date.

          Be well,
          Simon
  • 6 months, 4 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
    UPDATE: At the London Toy Fair 2019 the LEGO Harry Potter line of sets received the "Licensed Product of the Year" reward, granted by UK Toy Industry Awards. The flagship Hogwarts Castle was also nominated for "Specialty Toy of the Year" for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards by the Toy Association Inc.
    (From The Brick Show)
  • 6 months, 4 weeks ago BetterSergio (357)
    Great great review! 

    And about the price difference thanks for asking and sharing, I was interested to know it too. 

    Also more strange things happen, in Spain on January 1st Cloud City went from 349€ to 399€, also last year saturn V the 1st of January went from 119€ to 129€

    It's a shame for us here, most of the times is better to buy bigger sets from Amazon.de + shipping that anywhere else...
  • 6 months, 4 weeks ago bigaldotcom (3094)
    Wonderful review! Everything you'd need to be able to make a decision about whether or not to buy. Now to figure out the whole money and space-to-display-it problem  :-)

    As for the size, for an additional point of comparison, check out LegoDog0126's effort here.

    He has had a pretty decent crack at creating the entire castle in this 'nano-fig' scale. It's around 28,000 parts - not at all commercially viable! Looks amazing though!
    • 6 months, 4 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
      Glad you (and others) liked it - it took some three month of work. -smile-

      That LEGO Ideas model of LegoDog0126 is FANTASTIC - I believe his real name is Ethan Brossard, he has already shared the Studio file for his design and if anyone is in contact with him, please invite him to Rebrickable; the moment his MOC is added here, I will add an image of that MOC to this article. (can't do that immediately for copyright reasons)
  • 6 months, 4 weeks ago slangivar (21224) MOC Designer PRO
    Great review. Interestingly the parts count does appear to be on the box in some markets (and marketing pictures). ebay has multiple sets in the USA with the parts count in listing photos.

    I'm not sure your calculations about requiring 27 times the parts for a minifig scale set are correct. Sure it would be 9 times the volume but most of the model is hollow and it's walls and floors wouldn't have to be 3 times as thick. It would still be commercially unviable but would only be somewhere a bit more than 9 times the part count/weight.
    • 6 months, 4 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
      You are right, of course, and I realized that myself; however, even if you keep the walls and floors one stud thin, you would still need to replace all the large parts, like the panels, roof plates and the BURPs, with custom build solutions, and that would probably take a large amount of smaller pieces. I have seen a few MOCs that tried to represent Hogwarts at minifig scale, and they all occupy an entire room. -smile-
  • 7 months ago Snospar (1015) MOC Designer
    Fantastic review! My children had several sets of HP LEGO as they grew up but I've none of my own. As ever with these LEGO kits I love the attention to detail and all the little references back to the events in the books (and films) that people will remember.

    Too big for me though, I'm having trouble finding a spot for my Mack Anthem.
  • Apparently I have been living on an inhabited island for the past 15 years :-) For some reason Harry never grabbed me, while other similar stuff like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars did. No idea why. But seeing the large range of sets there are of Harry, my wallet is thankful.
  • 7 months ago 691066 (2433) PRO
    Great review. Best one I have read. Just wish I had more money & more display room.
  • 7 months ago LoreZyra (4823) MOC Designer PRO
    For the price differences, the bit about supply and demand is correct. However, the explanation provided is plain "horse (err) radish..." If the supply is large and the demand is not high, then the price should lower. Not the other way around as explained in TLG response. From a business view, they will try to charge whatever the market will bare. If Belgium is willing to pay more than France, they will simply raise the price in Belgium. TLG is first a business and second a toy company that targets families and kids.
    • Not necessarily. If they know they can sell 10,000 sets in the UK but only 1,000 in Greece but the cost to get those sets to market in those countries are comparable you will need to charge more for the 1,000 in Greece to make sure you're covering the cost of marketing, transportation, etc... there. In the UK you can more safely assume those costs will be covered and thus take the risk of having a lower price.
      Nintendo did the same with the Wii when that came out in Europe.  They lowered the price compared to Asia and America because by then they were more confident they would make the money.
    • 6 months, 4 weeks ago Simon (128741) Inventory Admin ADMIN
      I think you (LoreZyra) are mistaken: you can not compare LEGO with your average multi-national of American origin. The LEGO Group is a private company owned by the third and fourth generations of the Kirk Kristiansen founding family. No share-holders, no incentive for short-term revenue. CEO is Niels B. Christiansen, and the Board of Directors consists of Jørgen Vig Knudstorp (previous CEO) and two family members, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen and Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. This company has been owned by a single family for 87 years, and these people are making decisions for their own grand children; they literally develop their company for fifty years ahead.
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