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Best Gift Ideas: Lego and Harry Potter Sets - Cool Toys Featuring Hogwarts Castle Collectible Sets
Lego and Harry Potter - A Winning Combination
Harry Potter Books
I like toys... especially Harry Potter
It's a given that I like toys. Even after turning 50, I'd rather have cool toys than anything else… except maybe great books. With Lego Harry Potter, it's perfect on both counts. Harry Potter comprises a series of seven books that are among the best books I've ever read. From the early days, when it was fun and whimsical as Harry discovers magic, to the later days of thunder and drama as Harry confronts Voldemort… I've followed along every step. J K Rowling created a roller coaster ride with Harry Potter's story, and in doing so touched me more than any story since Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings.
Lego Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer
Harry Potter Movies
Love the Harry Potter movies, too
I was similarly taken with the movies. The casting was, as Harry and friends say, "Brilliant!" Harry, Ron, and Hermione were perfectly cast, not just for the part as they were in Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone, if you prefer) but for the duration of every movie through the entire series. These kids have grown into their roles. They could have gotten older, lost interest, outgrown the roles, changed looks and behavior patterns to the point they no longer matched the parts… but no, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson have grown WITH the roles. They've been perfect for the story from the beginning, and grew as I had imagined them from the books.
Lego Harry Potter carries on the tradition
While the movies may not have been book-accurate all the time, they've certainly maintained the spirit and intent 100% of the time.
All of which leads me to Lego Harry Potter. The quality of the toy series is top notch and beyond reproach. The Harry Potter Lego scenes are lovingly detailed, fun for children and adults alike, and suitable for play… or display. Whether for children or collectors, Lego's Harry Potter scenes are first class. I've even enjoyed the stop-motion fanfilms staging scene walkthroughs, and original plays, involving Harry Potter Lego minifigures and sets. Even Lego got into the animation action with their games, most notably Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4.
A Slideshow of some older Harry Potter Lego Sets
Just some Harry Potter Lego highlights
I've had the chance to play around with some of the coolest Harry Potter Lego sets, and wished for the chance to play with the rest. Below are some of my favorites from the Lego Harry Potter Universe. Believe it or not, this is just a sampling of all that's available. Bear in mind, some sets are out of production, and only available from third-party vendors at collector's prices. If something seems a bit too high, shop around, you might find another vendor… even within Amazon… selling it for less!
Lego Hogwarts Sets 4842, 4709, and 5378
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (4842)
This huge set is one of the most spectacular ones Lego makes. Figures include Harry, Hermione, Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall, 2 Dementors, and many others. Detailed accessories include the Sorting Hat, Gryffindor's Sword, secret sliding stairs and a basilisk fang for Dumbledore's office. Siruis Black's face is hidden within the fireplace of the Gryffindor common room. The Knights Armor hides Tom Riddles oddly alive memoirs. This set has 1,290 Lego pieces, and is recommended for ages 8 - 14.
The Hogwarts Castle is the centerpiece to the Harry Potter Lego collection, for if you're building a display, is a must-have. One note - if this will be your ONLY set, it comes without Ron, so you may want to buy Ron separately to complete the main trio.
To the right, you see this set as the top one. The next two are previous years sets, are harder to find, and more expensive as well. But I thought it was interesting to see three different versions of the Hogwarts Castle.
Lego Hagrid's Hut
Lego Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut (4738)
This set includes 6 characters - Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Norbert the baby dragon, and Aragog, Hagrid's overgrown spider friend. The hut comes with chairs, table, stove, pots and pans, and has a light-up fireplace. Not nearly so large as Hogwarts castle, this set has 442 Lego pieces, and is recommended for ages 7-14.
Hagrid is the children's best friend, the Hogwarts groundskeeper, and a half-giant whose imposing size makes him a strong ally. The hut opens into two parts for easy play access. Since this set contains a minifig of Ron Weasely, it's an excellent secondary set to go with the castle.
Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match (4737)
Relive some of the best scenes in the book (and movies!) here. Gryffindor is down, Slytherin has the win unless Harry can find the Snitch first. Don't let Harry get distracted, because Malfoy's looking for the snitch too. Which team wins? It's up to you, in the Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match!
There are 5 minifigs here - Harry, Oliver Wood, Draco Malfoy, Marcus Flint, and Madam Rolanda Hooch, with Marcus, Oliver, and Rolanda being unique to the Quidditch Match set. The accessories include necessary quidditch gear such as brooms, quaffle, bludger, and Golden Snitch. Plus 3 goal posts, catapults, and a Trophy. Spectator stands have seating for Madam Hooch, and a place to fly the Quidditch players through. This set is very nice, but a bit on the small side with only 153 Lego pieces. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Lego Freeing Dobby
Lego Harry Potter Freeing Dobby (4736)
One of my personal favorite scenes in the whole series… Harry frees Dobby with a clever trick; Lucius Malfoy loses his temper and launches a vicious attack on Harry, only to have Dobby send him flying with powerful house-elf magic!
The Freeing Dobby Lego set has 3 minifigures, Harry, Lucius, and Dobby. Accessories include spiders, flames, and Tom Riddle's Diary, which holds Dobby's sock. There's a very clever little push lever that sends Lucius sprawling. (See video.) Another smaller set, this one has 73 lego pieces, and is recommended for children ages 6 years and up.
Building Lego Freeing Dobby Set 4736
Lego The Burrows
Lego Harry Potter The Burrows (4840)
The Burrows, Harry's home away from home… actually, this is more his home than the one he grew up in! Anyway, the Weasley's home is no longer the safe haven it used to be. The Death Eaters have it under attack, Ron's parents are trapped by fire, and Harry and Ginny run pell-mell into the surrounding fields trying to catch Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback. Not one of Harry's brightest moments, but his heart's in the right place.
There are 6 minifigs here, Harry, Ron's folks (Molly and Arthur), Fenrir Greyback, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Ron's little sister Ginny. The adult Weasleys are unique to the set. Some nice features here, including windows, doors and gates that can be opened and closed. The entire back is open for easier access to the three floors while playing. Kitchen includes sink, dishes, table, chairs, and storage. With 568 pieces, the Burrows is a nice sized set at over 11" tall. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Lego Slytherin House
Lego Harry Potter: Slytherin House (4735)
Slytherin house incorporates scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There are three physical minifigs in this set, Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle. However, the back of Crabbe and Goyle's heads have Harry and Ron's faces. Very clever of Lego to incorporate the effects of the Polyjuice potion in such a manner.
Accessories include a black owl, cauldron, sword, parchment, wands, potions, boiling pot, semi-transparent orange torches, a Slytherin shield, and snakes that can be used for potions.
Lego's Slytherin House has somber overtones of gray and black, with green thrown in for contrast.
There's a small table and accessories related to potions, pertaining to the Polyjuice Harry and Ron used to become Crabbe and Goyle. The main room has a door that can be opened and closed, decorations to set the theme, and the entire room can be attached to the top of the Troll on the Loose set.
On the back of the Lego box, there are plenty of images, but one of the cooler aspects is a shot showing how all the sets together can be assembled around the Hogwarts Castle.
Lego Slytherin House contains 90 pieces, and is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Lego Gringotts Bank
Harry Potter Lego Gringotts Bank (4714)
This is one of Harry's first introductions to the world of magic as he accompanies Hagrid on his dual mission. What did Hagrid take from the mysterious vault? Ride with Harry in the bank vault cart as they follow the tracks deep underground. Help solve the mystery, and save the day as Harry Potter for the very first time!
Lego Gringotts Bank comes with Harry Potter, Hagrid, and the 2 (exclusive to this set) banking goblins.
There's the main building, the goblins' desk, and the cart and base with tracks to roll down. Accessories include coins, and flat legos that have images of coins drawn on them, a black owl, white owl, and white rat, with lots of smaller pieces.
Lego Gringotts Bank has 250 pieces, and is for ages 7 and up.
Lego Durmstrang Ship
Lego Harry Potter - The Durmstrang Ship (4768)
While nobody knows exactly where Durmstrang is, everybody knows who Victor Krum is, and the cool pirate-looking ship they arrive on. In a reverse whirlpool, Professor Karkaroff's ship rises from the depths like Moby Dick surfacing for air! They're here for the Triwizard Cup. But what about hidden motives? Karkaroff and Snape have a history… will it affect the outcome? Here's your chance to explore the ship and learn the secrets of Durmstrang...
Minifigures included are Professor Karkaroff and Viktor Krum. The Durmstrang ship has 3 floors of fun and surprises as you explore the crow's nest and cabins, man the sails, and avoid the trap doors. Larger and more complex than average, the Durmstrang ship has 550 pieces and is recommended for kids 8 and up.
Lego Harry Potter Professor Lupin's Classroom (4752)
In Professor Lupin's class, Defense Against the Dark Arts becomes a real class with practical applications. Lupin gives the kids a chance to practice on a real Boggart, learning how to protect themselves. Neville's had a rough life, and his confidence is really low. Can he concentrate enough to turn the boggart into Professor Snape… wearing his Grandmother's clothes? It's all up to you with the Lego Professor Lupin's Classroom set.
Set comes with 3 minifigs - Professor Lupin, the Boggart as Professor Snape, and Neville Longbottom. Also has 3 evil head skulls that snap on minifig bodies. Horse battle helmets, utensil book, briefcase, spider, spider-web, spiral stairs, and assorted small accessories. There are two floors, the classroom itself, and Professor Lupin's office up the spiral stairs.
Set comes with 155 pieces, and is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Lego Professor Snape's Class
Lego Harry Potter Professor Snape's Classroom (4705)
Professor Snape… is he the good guy you love to hate? Or the bad guy you hate to love? Either way, or somewhere in the middle, this is his classroom. Harry, Ron, and Hermione have had some of their worst times at Hogwarts in this classroom. Snape has been blatantly unfair, spiteful, and biased no matter how hard they try. Here's your chance to see for yourself… Will Snape continue to make life miserable for Harry and gang?
Set includes Professor Snape, Ron Weasley, and Peeves the Ghost. Accessories feature a cauldron, spider, spider-web, cup, goblet, key, spoon, magnifying glass, Scabbers the rat, Trevor the frog, and a scroll. The potions shelf opens up to reveal Peeves the Ghost waiting to leap out.
Professor Snape's Class has 163 pieces, and is recommended for ages 6 years and over. As with the other sets, this set connects to Hogwarts Castle, and has extra pieces to help connect them together.
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Lego Harry Potter Sets (and some extras)
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Commercial
Only some of my favorites here
As I've said, these are just a few of the Lego Harry Potter sets... and an even smaller fraction of all the Lego sets in general. I've just tried to present a few of my favorites. I left some out deliberately, like the Knight Bus Lego set. There are two sets by that name, one is a huge set that is worth the price being asked, the other is a 54-piece collector's set who's only value is to the true collector. It seemed a bit confusing, and I didn't want to recommend one and have it sound like I was recommending the other, so I left both out.
But still, there's a small city's worth of Lego sets with a Harry Potter theme. Enough to keep buying unique gifts for many birthdays and Christmases to come!