This set is one of the best sets Lego has created. It is truly amazing. This version of the Hogwarts Castle provides hours of hard work and playtime. This set includes 11 minifigures which all represent a room in Hogwarts. This also includes many familiar objects like the Philosophers Stone, Gryffindor Sword and even 3 owls. There a four different sections and does connect with the Deathly Hallows version of it too, making six. This took me many days to create but was defiantly worth it in the end. It does get confusing at some points but you do get the gist of how it works. Adult help might be needed for younger ones due to the many pieces. The "chimneys" are also very easy to accidentally break off. As i have my Lego sets on a big cabinet table the "chimneys" are usually snapped off while dusting. Glue would be useful to keep those attached. 10/10
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This set is very good with many playabilities. Lego made you pay 102.99. But i got it for 82.99 at Amazon. Also ten minifigures is great but i really wish they put Ron in it. The features are amazing as well as the detail.
If you can get it GET IT.
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I love Harry Potter. Simple as that. I've read the book series 5 times, watched the movies time after time, and have probably seen the 1st movie 20 times. No I'm not exaggerating. So when I saw a Hogwarts castle set, I had to get it. I have to say, this truly is my favorite set of all time, and a true must buy!
Box and Instructions
The box is nice, and has the castle displayed against a night sky with some dementors flying around. The Instructions were fine and had no mistakes.
The minifigures in this set are excellent! I loved all of them, and loved the fact that it came with 5 exclusive figures! With plenty of teachers, and even a Lord Voldemort Minifigure to fight them, they allow tons of playability. So without further ado, lets get to the minifigures!
The first minifigure is the obvious Harry Potter. He has his Hogwarts uniform on, as well as his normal brown wand. This Harry is in 5 different sets, so he's about as far from rare as you can get, but, it wouldn't be a Harry Potter set without Harry!
The next character we get is Hermione Granger, in her school uniform also. She's a pretty nice minifigure, and you only get her in one other set (Hagrid's Hut) so she's a bit rare. She's fun to have with Harry, but this brings out a flaw in the minifigures. There is no Ron figure! So the triumphant trio has been left for the dynamic duo in this set, and surprisingly, in a lot of sets! Ron has actually become quite the hard character to find. But enough of that, on to the next figure!
We next get Professor McGonagall, the head of Gryffindor, and Transfiguration teacher. She is surprisingly a great figure, with a great amount of detailing and a cool green cape. She has a dress for her legs like a lot of female figures these days, and it fits her well, as she is always wearing a dress throughout the series. She is one of the exclusive figures in the set, and is really quite awesome!
We next get the small teacher of Charms, Professor Flitwick. He looks weird, but I can't complain, because he looks just like the movie version, and is actually a really movie acurate character. He has the small legs, and thus you can't move them, but seeing as he really is a tiny character is the films, that's ok. He has a sort of vest with a bow tie for his torso, and a moustache that covers up where his mouth would be on his face. He's a great figure overall.
Next we get Argus Filch, the sort of custodian of Hogwarts. He's got a gray hairpiece and a very detailed head, with a lot of wrinkles and a bit of a beard. His shirt has a tie and some buttons, and he has some leg printing of a belt and some keys, seeing as he always has his keys. A nice feature is the set comes with a Mrs. Norris piece (his cat) and so you can have them running after misbehaving students all day. This is the only set available that has Filch, so that's a nice little bonus. He isn't the most movie acurate character, but he's fine all the same, and I'm glad they included him.
We next get Snape, the Potions teacher, and one of Harrys arch enemies. Throughout the books and movies he is constantly rude and mean to Harry, obviously favoring students like Draco Malfoy, from his own house of Slytherin, to Gryffindor students. He's a great character and it simply wouldn't be Hogwarts without Snape. He's an exclusive figure to this set as with the other teachers of the set. He's got a black hair piece, a face with a bit of brown wrinkles, and a bit of a scowl on his face. His shirt is detailed with a lot of buttons and he comes with a black cape. He also comes with his black wand.
Of course, what would be Hogwarts without the Dumbledore Minifigure. As headmaster of Hogwarts, he watches over the school and is a kind mentor throughout the series. Although he is an important character in the beginning of the series, he becomes much important as the series goes on, to the point that he's just as much a main character as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. He's got a nice detailed face with golden glasses, and some big hairpieces and a beard to cover him up, acurate to the series. His torso is detailed, although most of it is covered up by his beard. He is also an exclusive to this set which gives a lot of incentive to get the set. His entire body is a light blue, which is odd, because I don't remember him wearing light blue in the series, but the color fits him well, so I can't complain.
Next we get two dementors, which I personally think lego did a great job on. They have a sort of ripped cape that covers the front of their body also. Their body is made of a grey skeleton piece and a bottom that is a little peg, for sticking on top of the Hogwarts towers. They play a major role in the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and come up several times after that throughout the series. They are great minifigures, and they are only available in this set and the Battle of Hogwarts extension!
Next we get a Knight minifigure, which I actually don't count as a figure, as he is a set decoration in the castle, and isn't really built for playing. Enough said about that!
Finally, we get Voldemort. He's got a black cape, black torso, and black pants, with a little bit of detailing on his torso (mostly green lines that are supposed to represent wrinkles in his robe). He comes with a white wand, which is supposed to represent his "bone wand" from the movies. He's got a pale white face with dark eyes and yellow teeth. Overall a great minifigure!
Wow that was a lot of figures. Anyway, the build was really fun, and took a long time as you would expect. The toughest part for me was building the slytherin common room, but other then that there's nothing that's really challenging.
The Completed Model
When you finally finish the Hogwarts Castle, the first thing you say is, "Wow". That sums it up pretty well. It's huge, detailed, and awesome! It's got a lot of details, and recreates tons of scenes from the movies and books, and is really just awesome!
Going from left to right (inside view), the first tower we get starts off at the bottom with a vanishing cabinet. This is great they added this detail, as it recreates a scene in the 6th Harry Potter, where Draco Malfoy sneaks several Death Eaters into the school through the vanishing cabinet, which is connected to the vanishing cabinet in Borgin and Burkes, the dark wizard store. The great thing is, in the Borgin and Burkes building in the Diagon Alley set, you get a matching Vanishing cabinet, so you can recreate the scene perfectly. The next floor has the "restricted section" of the library, where Harry goes looking for info on Nicholas Flamel in the first film. There is a feature where you can unlock the glass with some keys and then pull out the "books". This is a really cool floor, however there isn't much room for the minifigures to stand, so that is about the only drawback. The top floor is blank, just an open top which I believe is supposed to be the astronomy tower. Due to the fact that it shows to put Snape there, I believe it is supposed to recreate the ending scene of the Half Blood Prince (I won't say anymore for anyone who hasn't read or seen the movie). On to the next tower!
The next tower is great. The bottom floor has the Slytherin common room, however, seeing as we don't get any Slytherin students in this set, you have to buy several other sets to be able to populate the room. It has two snakes on the wall and a Slytherin Crest on the back wall. It has two chairs and a table where you can put the different parchment/paper pieces that come in the set, like the marauders map and an issue of the Quibbler. Moving on to the next floor is a feature where you place the knight minifigure on a sort of pedestal, and then can swing it around to reveal Tom Riddle's Diary. While this isn't exactly movie acurate, it's a nice detail Lego included, and I like it. The next floor is the Gryffindor common room, which is basically the Slytherin Common room, except red instead of green. It has the Gryffindor crest and once again, two chairs and a small table. The top floor is blank, but I believe is supposed to be the owelry, because there are several sort of spirals coming out from the tower where the instructions show to put the owl pieces. Two more towers to go!
The next tower is actually not a tower. It's the great hall, where the students eat. It has 3 seats where the teachers can sit including the headmasters chair, accurate to the movies, and it has a lot of food pieces. However, one thing I'm not too thrilled about, is that it only has the Gryffindor and Slytherin flags, and while the other two houses aren't very large in the story, it feels weird that they aren't even included. This part of the castle is great, because there are so many scenes that take place in it.
The final tower is Dumbledore's office. The bottom has the trophy room, where Hermione points out to Harry that his dad was a star quidditch player also, and the trophies even include a sticker saying James Potter, which is a great detail. They then have a moving staircase the goes up to the Headmasters office, which is easily the most detailed of all the rooms. Theres a ton of great potions made from transparent colored bricks, and has a crystal ball. It has a chair for Dumbledore to sit, and a microfying glass in case he can't examining something well enough (I guess even old wizards have hard time seeing). On top theres a great detail that has Gryffindors sword hanging up, and the Sorting hat, which goes on a little stand. On to the outside of the castle.
Surprisingly, the outside of the castle is just as detailed and awesome as the interior. It greatly resembles the first time you see Hogwarts in the first film when Harry and the other first years come over in the boats. Its great and very pretty to look at. And with that, I conclude the main model!
If you've stuck with me until the end of this review, you will know just how much I love this set. It is my favorite set of all time, and I have a lot of Lego Sets! It has a great assortment of minifigures, many of them exclusive, and a huge amount of detail and playability on the interior. The back looks amazingly beautiful and is great for display, and is a great deal for the money. 130.00 is a lot of money, but I must say for this set, it's worth it. One last little note I want to add, is that it looks even more splendid when you add it to the Battle of Hogwarts extension set. Overall this is a great set, and is a crowning jewel of any Lego Collection. I would recommend this to anyone!
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This is a gorgeous set full of detail and surprises. Great minifigures as well. This was a joy to build and play with. My only complaint is the castle wall stickers, but it is well worth it.
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Okay, this set is highly fun and playable. First of all, it comes with eleven mini-figures. On brickset, it shows Snape with a black and purple shirt and Voldenmort with green clothes. Also, Argus Filch has the wrong face. The eleventh mini-figure is a knight that isn't pictured on the box, because it's impersonating a suit of armor.
Minerva McGonagall has a REALLY printed body, it's highly detailed. Harry and Hermione are in their school outfits, no Ron? :-( Dumbledore is in a nice light-blue robe. Flitwick is a new figure and has a nice hair-pice along with a small tuxedo similiar to the Gringotts goblins. Snape has nice new black robes and a stern expression. Voldemort has a white head and a snake-like face. Filch is grumpy, and he accompanys a nicely-detailed cat, Mrs. Norris. Two dementors (awesome) are included in this set and they have reversable heads to let them administer the Dementor's Kiss.
Now, with the set itself, it is simply stunning. There is a Vanishing Cabinet. A library with moving doors with locks to protect the books inside. An Astronomy tower with a telescope. Dumbledore's Office has a revolving stairway leading to it and is full of many important things such as a crystal ball and Gryffindor's sword. The Sorting Hat has its own little tower-top. There is also a trophy gallery with many trophies including a James Potter Seeker shield. The Great Hall has two student tables and a teacher table with a large presentation area. A spinning chandelier and banners hang from the ceiling. Cakes and turkeys rest on the tables. There is also a Gryffindor dormintory with chairs and Sirius' head poking out of the fire, and a Slytherian dormintory with chairs and snakes. An Owlery is at hand, stocked with owls.
The castle in a whole, is a stunning representation of Harry Potter's view as he crossed the lake for the first time. It's an amazing, truly detailed set. The only downside is that numerous small pieces are used, making the castle slightly smaller than it's precessors.
Overall, it's an awesome set.
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