Alice Finch, a Seattle mom of two, combined her love of Harry Potter with Lego to create this incredibly detailed, approximately 400,000-piece model of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. No magic required!
In an interview with the blog The Brothers Brick, Alice explained how her sons inspired her interest in Lego building, “I started building 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.”
Disappointed with the mass-produced Lego Harry Potter sets, Alice was committed to creating an accurate model, and spent a significant amount of time researching the films and books to develop her design. She even went so far as to take the Harry Potter studio tour in London to get ideas.
Twelve months later, the final result is an enormous, three-dimensional, architecturally accurate and completely playable castle with moving parts, sans glue.
First unveiled at BrickCon2012, where she scored two show awards, Alice has displayed the castle at several other shows around the country, and has since created a time-lapse video and book about her Lego adventure.
Alice has no plans to dismantle the build anytime soon, “My sons enjoy playing with it too much,” she said. Oh, we would be too! This is awesome in every sense of the word.
All images via Alice Finch