Do you like LEGOs? Do you like Harry Potter? Of course you do, because you're only human. Also, you already clicked on this page, so I'm assuming you have some interest in one or both of these subjects. Definitely not neither.
While LEGO has created all kinds of Harry Potter sets, Seattle mom Alice Finch took matters into her own hands after studying the Hogwarts layout from the books, movies, and even the Harry Potter studio tour in London to build one massive LEGO Hogwarts model. All of her hard work definitely paid off when she first unveiled her masterpiece at BrickCon 2011, but in 2012 she went on to win the “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show” awards.
According to her interview with The Brothers Brick, Alice Finch spent a year using 400,000 LEGO pieces to build the largest and most detailed diorama of Hogwarts that I've ever seen. It took a year to build, but it all started when she decided to take part in her son's playtime:
I started building about five years ago when I was spending a lot of time with my older son in our LEGO room. He was doing the building; I was doing the sorting and putting away. After a while, I realized that I really wanted to build, too.
I don't blame you, Alice! I still struggle to repress my urge to play with my little cousins' toys when babysitting. Even if I did I don't think I would be able to pull off something this great.
Take a look at her amazing work below that captures some of the best moments from the series:
Alice also had to rework some of the designs depending on what fit best with her model. For example, the Gryffindor common room:
Much of the time, the book and movie don’t align, so I had to choose what worked best. For example, in the book, the Gryffindor common room is over by the hospital wing as a corner tower, but the tower with the four corner turrets from the movies was visually more important than relative location, so I put it in its own tower like the set.
Anyone down for a tiny LEGO game of Wizard's Chess?
Now I'm just left wondering whether the Slytherin common room is constructed partially under the Black Lake. Dibs on a room with a view of the Giant Squid.
The Divination Classroom
If only I could look into Harry's cup, maybe I'd spot the Grim in his tea leaves. Either way I can sense that he's going to suffer, but he's going to be happy about it.
Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom
And not just any old DADA classroom, but Lupin's classroom. Recognize this important scene?
Typical Harry and Ron, late to the first day of Transfiguration. Good thing McGonagall didn't turn them into a map and pocket watch. Although, that would have made been interesting.
Her work is so insanely detailed! This classroom even includes Seamus Finnigan and his exploding feather in the bottom-right corner.
The perfect place to "borrow" some of Snape's Boomslang Skin and Lacewing Flies.
Even the LEGO version Fawkes looks majestic. Hope he isn't going to burst into flames anytime soon.
The Great Hall
After Alice completed the first phase of her building process, she considered downsizing because the Great Hall took up their entire LEGO table. Just the Great Hall:
When the Great Hall and the rocks that went under it were finished, I kept looking at it thinking, wow, this is huge! How am I going to build the rest of this since it already takes up my entire LEGO table? I tried to figure out how to make it smaller, but since it worked just the way I wanted it to, I just let it be.
The Chamber of Secrets
Basalisk and Tom Marvolo Riddle included!
The Wooden Bridge and Grounds
Here we can see the Whomping Willow and Hagrid's hut. Look really closely and see if you can spot Buckbeak.
Hogwarts at Night
Alice Finch has successfully created what might be the best night light I've ever seen. Going to sleep while looking at her hard work would probably be as close as I could get to seeing those lights from the Black Lake.
Alice, I doubt that you would dare part with it, but - and I'm just putting this out there - I would pay all the money to make this LEGO Hogwarts mine because I am so in love with it. Or please adopt me so that I can come over and play with it?
Bravo, Alice, you brilliant woman, you! One year and 400,000 pieces later, you've got yourself the coolest toy ever. And what have I done with my life? Relatively speaking, nothing.
How many Galleons would you pay for this LEGO set?
Via: The Brothers Brick, My Modern Met