Okay, I have a confession to make: I never had an interest in reading the Harry Potter series. Blasphemous to say, I know, but I was more of a chick-lit fan who didn’t see the appeal of a bunch of kid wizards going to school and yelling silly-sounding spells.
Then, years later, I ended up with a daughter with a mild interest in reading the books, so I offered to read them with her in an effort to further encourage her.
Cut to: three weeks later, I’d already devoured the entire series, much to my daughter’s chagrin. So, yeah, I’m a fan. And very excited to hear about Lego’s new Hogwarts Castle…
… a mind-bending 6,020-piece model of the iconic wizarding school that once consumed my days and nights. Behold:
The massive castle set covers everything from the Great Hall (complete with stained glass windows) to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office and the Chamber of Secrets. I… er, I mean, my kids… could easily spend days exploring all the nooks and crannies of the completed build.
The castle comes with four minifigures — of Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw — but practically the entire cast of characters comes along for the broom ride in the form of 27 microfigures. This includes Harry Potter himself, as well as Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and a selection of students and teachers
Don’t worry; Lego hasn’t forgotten the villains and scary creatures. The set also comes with microfigures of — *GULP* — Dementors and — GASP! — Lord Voldemort so I… er, I mean, my kids (and I) can act out the whole Potter prophecy in plastic.
Of course, Lego has released plenty of Harry Potter models before, including an earlier, simpler version of Hogwarts with 1,290 pieces and a . The epic new Hogwarts set is one of Lego’s largest ever, though it falls short of the released in 2017.
Hogwarts Castle will be available starting Sept. 1 for the low, low price of $399.99 (actually, not that bad compared to some other sets, though still not for the faint of wallet).
So you may want to start polishing your wands now, moms and dads. It’s going to take some time to put all 6,020 pieces together (an even scarier prospect than having to vanquish The Dark Lord) and you may need to brush up on magic spells like “Reparo,” the mending charm, and “Drink-i-o,” the spell that brings a glass of wine to you when your head is pounding and the Lego pieces seem to keep multiplying.