"I bought this set over a year ago with bonus money for 20 years of service, and had been waiting for a good moment to start building it. I got a relatively easy form of covid and decided to do it during quarantine once I could get out of bed, slooooowly. It took me ages, and I loved it. I am the weird kind that cannot build one bag after the next. I need to sort ALL the bricks first, then only I can start building. Double feeling: being rid of the growing pile of plastic, and the immensity of the task ahead is visible. Double plus, for me, I loved the idea of having a model Hogwarts. I love it that there's scenes from nearly all the books, and there's also trees and the cliff on which the castle stands in the films. The four Founder minifigs are amazing. The way the stained glass windows are made is really clever, along with many other features. I learnt a lot about building with this set. However, I am wondering why the end of the Great Hall windows are not visible from the inside, and I couldn't figure it out myself. The other down is aesthetic: why in the name of Merlin's most baggy pants are the stairs in the highest tower white?? Isn't this railing piece available in that sand/tan colour? It really attracts the eye and you lose the awesome holistic view this set provides. Apart from that, I think this set is just brilliant. Thank you Lego for this one!
One last down which is particular to my set: one piece was missing, and that was not one for which there are usually extra ones. It was a 1x8 dark grey plate n°4210998, meaning my last tower roof is not finished... I will write to customer service, because it's a bit of a shame that such a big set (or any set, as it is) gets unfinished because of one piece missing. I cannot replace it with another one I have because it's visible from the outside and it would be a shame if there was a mismatch in colours since the rest of the castle looks like new though it is over a millennium old."
"I had been waiting for centaurs for ages! This was such a surprise. They look brilliant. I will change hair so that they are not identical, and get Bane and Magorian and Firenze. Got two sets just to have something closer to a herd, and maybe will get a third if I can manage, so as to be able to customize the Grawps into giants for the Battle of Hogwarts (and have more of a herd of centaurs). Love the toadstools (considering painting white spots on them actually), the wee spider and the hollow tree. It can also be used to display Rowena Ravenclaw hiding her mum's diadem in Albania! This tree is a really nice build. I am intending to build a wider forest so that I can stage Aragog's lair (proper with family and all including Mosag, fully webbed, and a battered Ford Anglia. Need to find Fang somewhere though). Umbridge. Proper excellent minifig, like the centaurs. Her two faces are both scared and evil. Perfect. The only other one I have is from the limited edition 4-set of minifigs from Toys R Us from years ago, and it's still, for the moment, in its box along with madam Hooch, Slughorn and Augusta Longbottom. I won't say it enough, the five minifigs in this Grawp set are a rare treat, and well worth the money. The only downs are the fact that Grawp's hands, though awesome, require some arrangements with my own bricks to actually be able to hold a minifig, and that his back is a wee bit disappointing, but that's something I can try and fix myself. All in all, well worth the cash, even if the build is short and easy."
"I was looking forward to building the Astronomy Tower, and many of the details are indeed really cool: Slughorn's party, the Ravenclaw CR and even the greenhouses (I'd love them to be bigger and not connected by default to the party lol - I'll expand them myself, and build a full set one day I suppose). The telescope and solar model are brilliant. The overall set looks really great, and there's so many building techniques involved. However, two things are bugging me. First is the white frames. Come on Lego, there are light tan frames, they are used in the greenhouse. Why the white in the castle? That does look like there was no other alternative and makes it look patched. Ok Hogwarts is over 1000 years old but white? The second thing is the glass door of the greenhouse. It came all scratched. One could indeed argue that it has probably seen better days in real life, what with people and plants pushing in and out. However, knowing that the original Lego brick would not have been intentionally distressed in the factory... This happens a lot, actually, and it is annoying because you expect your bricks to be in pristine condition. Is there a way of packing the glass pieces separately? I mean it would not be too bad for builders if all window and door glass pieces were in a bag. It would at least ensure they come to the customer in good shape. One day I'll figure out a way of having plants creep up the walls. That would give the castle a definitely age-accurate look :) In spite of this drawback, I'm very happy with the set!"
I would recommend this to a friend!
Customer Type: LEGO Educator
Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builder
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Posted:October 20, 2020
Customer Type: LEGO Educator
Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builder
"This is a really nice BH set. The additional features (bush and cauldron and wee pumpkin) create a scenery for the character and that's a definite up! I'll add a cat and bats and more trees because I'm more into nature than people lol but this is one of the best BH yet. Muggle witches are green in skin, apparently. So this one will go with the rest of my Wizarding sets but with a special caption. Like if there one day is a garden gnome BH. 'Muggle Witch' or 'Muggle Gnome'."
"I never was a fan of the Yule Ball (not a fan of social occasions). However, this set is a nice one. The detail of the tables and dancing floor are really nice, and the fact that you can add them or not to the whole is great. This brings me to the modularity of the whole Hogwarts set, and it's bloody brilliant. I'm dreaming of a huuuuuge very detailed Hogwarts and that's exactly what is happening. The only concern is that it seems to expand in length but not in width, meaning it unfolds like a 2D Hogwarts with 3D details, if that makes any sense. At some point I'll probably change that myself :P The Clock Tower actually dwarves the Great Hall tower, but it's not a major concern. Waiting to build the Astronomy Tower which should dwarf both of them lol . Great new rooms! Hospital Wing (the lamps are a great find), Prefects Bathroom (unfortunately not useable because just a wee bit not deep enough, but the taps and the mermaid are brilliant; I'll build myself a larger tap using light-sabers as other colour water), and Moody's Classroom! Dumbledore's office is circular, and has two levels, which is really great, and the stickers are nice too, though a buildeable Fawkes could have done the trick too. I love how the whole Hogwarts seems to become more Creator-styled, like the build of the Christmas tree and the Yule Ball Great Hall Tables. Wish it'd go on like that, it's way more interesting! The minifigs are great, though the choice of Krum's head (notably facial expresssion) is a bit weird. All in all, good job, Lego, and I'm just hoping this doesn't stop!"
"Nice yet easy build, some nice details (the swinging driver's seat, the Shrunken Head (love it), the chandelier, the stickers, the overall look). Would have wished it to be a wee bit bigger, but I guess it's not easy given the range of window bricks. Sad that Stan cannot stand in the bus. There could have been Sirius as a hound there somewhere :P All in all, an enjoyable break in my workday."
"Thank you for this model of Hedwig! I wasn't too keen on buying it in the first place, but after building it, I'd recommend it all over the place. Nice smooth mechanism, yet quite intricate, nice smooth build, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The eyes are nicely printed bricks and I loved the feathers and the attention to details. It took a wee bit above an hour to build, because of refilling the coffee. I'm the type who empties all bags beforehand (yes, even when there are a huge amount of them) and sort all the pieces. I like to have an overview. This took about 40 minutes in addition to the hour. I was surprised at first by the huge number of technic bricks, then went like 'yeh of course, the wings are moving in so many steps!' I would, as probably many fellow potterhead lego builders, wish for Lego to go on designing other creatures from the wizarding world on this level. This was a real treat."
"The Burrow is by far, along with the Great Hall, my favourite HP set so far (I haven't built the huge Hogwarts yet, and still have to save to get DA, so that might change). Just so Burrowish. I built Privet Drive just before, and honestly, they are so contrasted that there's only to say that designers did a fab job. The only downside is, as usual for me, that it's film-cannon rather than book-cannon and therefore the flame thingy is useless. The other flame thingy, namely the rotating fireplace that can change from regular fire to floo powder fire, is brilliant. The whole crookedness of the house, the colourfullness, the attention to details, everything is excellent. Only missing chicken, cauldrons and wellies (that last bit probably not lego-compatible though). I'll add my own cauldrons and chicke, as well as a wild garden as described in the book. I had a really good 2.5 hours, grinning all the way through."
"Love the detail, like in all sets. I wasn't very keen on it first, but building it made me see the level of attention the designers put into this set. Just want to buy a second one to have a longer wall, and have it a bit wider, put more characters in it and all that. The board sticker is really cool, the clever door building too, and the Educational Decrees. Love the Patronuses too. Will most definitely extend it to make a 'real' RoR!"
"At first you gasp when you see the price. Then you go all right it's four minifigs, and one of them is a previously unreleased one of Cho Chang. Besides, one of the items is the Marauder's Map. So in the end, slightly overpriced, but a nice collector's bag. I regret that the book page inside doesn't have a print of a charm or potion, since those are already available and wouldn't have needed to be exclusive. Hannah Abbott is a nice addition, why not Justin Finch-Fletchley for a change? Anyway, I'm rather glad I got the set, because it will allow me further creation of characters for a wider HP-themed lego set."