I have a confession to make. I am not a diehard Harry Potter fan.
When the first Harry Potter novel was published, I didn’t pay much attention. When I did read it, I thought it entertaining and imaginative, but not world-changing. As J.K. Rowling expanded the Potter universe in one book after another, however, I have had to concede that the entire series is, taken together, quite equal in scope to Lewis’s Narnia books or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And if the writing drags a bit here or there, well, perhaps that can be forgiven in a body of work that totals some 3400 pages in all. I guess I’ve become a fan after all!
So, I am happy to say that we’ve just received another shipment of Harry Potter Lego, including #4842, Hogwarts Castle, and #4841, Hogwarts Express. They join #4736, Freeing Dobby, and #4737, Quidditch Match, on the shelf. Now we are only awaiting #4738, Hagrid’s Hut, and #4840, The Burrow, for the late 2010/early 2011 releases in the Harry Potter theme to be complete (there will be three releases in June 2011 to coincide with the final movie).
Hogwarts Castle is simply a spectacular model. It includes more than 10 minifigures: Lord Voldemort (who translates surprisingly well to Lego form); two Dementors; Severus Snape; Minerva McGonagall; Filius Flitwick (who is, charmingly, shorter than all the others); Argus Filch; Albus Dumbledore; Hermione Granger; and a rather fierce-looking Harry Potter.
There is a tremendous amount of detail in this set — owls and furniture, suits of armor and the Sorting Hat, swiveling staircases and the Cloak of Invisibility (not to mention wands for all). If someone wanted Harry Potter Lego and could spring for only one set, this would be the one to shoot for, as it has enough play potential for even the most die-hard fan. It’s simply spectacular.
The same can be said for the other sets. Clever choice of the vignettes — such as #4736, in which Dobby the House Elf gains his freedom, and which foreshadows his final sacrifice — makes these sets a natural collection for Harry Potter lovers.
A big thumbs-up to Lego for these amazing sets.