If you grew in the 2000s, you could agree with me that there’s something unique about the original Harry Potter series and the magical world of Hogwarts that resonates with everyone.
If anything, it’s a challenge to overstate the cultural significance of Harry Potter.
You might have to look at The Lord of The Rings to find a book series that gained so much popularity and widespread appreciation as Harry Potter- it’s probably a stretch.
The only other worthy comparison I can draw Harry Potter to is Star Wars.
But the key difference is unlike Star Wars, the phenomenon that became Harry Potter was set forth by JK Rowling, one of the prolific and second-best paid authors in the world.
Since its inception, the Harry Potter’s popularity doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It’s now almost a decade since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II was released in the theaters, and yet, Harry Potter still remains relevant and iconic even today.
Now, anytime there’s something as big as Harry Potter, you can be sure the team at Lego is hard at work, devising ways to line their pockets.
Lego dip its feet into the Harry Potter world back in 2001, and the first Lego Harry Potter set coincided with the release of the first film, Sorcerer’s Stone, in the US.
Things went a bit quiet with the end of the movie series, but since 2018, Lego Potter came back with a bang, returning in style and with a run of fantastic Lego Harry Potter sets that improved markedly on their predecessors in terms of complexity, style, design, and imaginativeness.
While the first several Lego series mostly focused on Hogwarts, Lego has since moved into other Wizarding World creations and onto other scenes from the films.
Today, what thrills me is the countless options of the Lego Harry Potter set that exists. From the simple kid’s categories to the sophisticated adult-themed creations, you can never miss a moment with Lego creations.
Now, if you’re still undecided on what Harry Potter Lego Sets to choose, relax as we’ve compiled a review list of our favorite Lego Harry Potter sets.
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The Best Harry Potter Lego Sets For The Money
#1 Lego Harry Potter Castle - EDITOR'S CHOICE
If you’re a Harry Potter aficionado and time and money aren’t an object of concern, then there’s no question about it: you’ll love the Lego Harry Potter Castle.
Now, we say time because this Lego set is complex to build, and with over 6,000 pieces, it’ll take your time.
And we say money because it’s an expensive Lego Harry Potter set.
However, if you’re prepared to invest in both, then you’ll delight in every second spent building the set.
For one, Lego Harry Potter Castle is a brilliant set, and with a generous dimension of 60 by 70cm, it does pack plenty of classic Harry Potter moments into its multiple treasure room and passageways.
While it would take an entire to list every single location and scene represented by the Lego Harry Potter Castle, I can’t help but notice how The Great Hall is beautifully crafted and detailed. It’s built with nicely finished stained windows, flame torches, and a seating table for housing the students and staff.
Elsewhere, Lego Harry Potter Castle fans will also delight in building the Chamber of Secrets, the house towers, Dumbledore’s office, the Transfiguration treasure room, and plenty of other rooms.
My only issue with the set is given the huge number of scenes represented, the rooms are quite minuscule. Instead of mini figures, the center revolves around 27 microfigures, tiny enough to pose in multiple places.
While the microfigures are well-designed and most recognizable, they’re not as detailed or satisfying as I would have hoped.
It’s not a dealbreaker, though, because almost everywhere, the folks at Lego have made brilliant use of space from the moving spiral staircase, devil’s snare, and Hagrid’s hut.
But remember, this Lego Harry Potter Castle doesn’t replicate Hogwarts castle in its entirety as depicted in the movies, but just the front part.
In my opinion, Lego’s aim/point here was just to echo the big scenes rather than the detailed, architectural representation of the castle.
But beyond these niggles; this is one of the best Lego Harry Potter sets that offers endless pleasure, both in construction and inevitable mods you’ll make after you complete the set.
#2 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Room of Requirement - Challenging Lego Harry Potter
If you’re looking to blow away a Lego Harry Potter collector, you can do it easily with this particular set- Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, model number 71043.
It’s a challenging set, and with over 6,000 pieces, it’s by far among the most complicated and challenging sets the Harry Potter in you is ever likely to put together.
For one, this set is a true depiction of the Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts and the closest complete version of the school. While it’s not a 100% complete and accurate version, it includes most of what you’ll see on the front of the school, including an Astronomy Tower and viewing stands.
Additionally, the set features many extra mini and micro figures, scenes, and items, not common at the Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts set.
So, yes, in many ways, the extras on this Lego Harry Potter set help balancing out the small lack of detail and accuracy in the castle itself.
The best way to describe the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is pretty much like Hogwarts if all the exciting things happened at once.
For example, the set features bricks for building the Hungarian Horntail that Chases Harry Potter across the castle’s roof, landing on one of the turrets.
Other awesome aspects to this set are the Hagrid’s hut, the Whomping Willow, and the boats used for ferrying students across the lake.
Inside the castle is where all the magic is, and here, you’ll find pleasure in building the different rooms, including the Chamber of Secrets, the great hall, and different classrooms.
The best part of the build quality is everything is done in exquisite detail and looks as authentic as the real castle.
While the build quality is awesome, you’ll also love the minifigures in the form of the original Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Heads of Houses. Additional characters include Hagrid, Tom Riddle, Aragog, one giant spider, and dementors such as Basilisk.
And that not all!
There’re extra 27 micro figures included, so you’ll have just about all of the main characters wandering inside the castle.
My favorite feature is the rotating staircases; the super cool little details that make this Lego Harry Potter set simply amazing.
#3 Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower - Best for 9+ Kids
Third, on our list, the Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Towers, model number 75948, is by far the best Lego Harry Potter Sets for kids above the age of nine.
First, the kit doesn’t contain anywhere close to 6,000 pieces, as we’ve seen with our previous Lego Harry Potter sets.
With only a few number of building pieces (922), it’s not as challenging as the Hogwarts castle, but still, many Lego fans find the clock tower as a nice kit that can present a good challenge to the mid-level builders.
I feel it’s a great alternative to the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, especially for kids who don’t love locomotives or vehicular Lego sets.
It doesn’t include plenty of characters, either, only coming with eight minifigures; all dressed in their holiday best for the Yule Ball.
But I love all the figures as they’re exclusive to the set. The minifigures are wonderfully printed and sport detailed back printing.
One awesome detail with the minifigures is the cool dance feature that waltzes the minifigs around, making them appear dancing.
Moving on, the clock’s hands don’t move, but they are real as it gets and can even be hands-set to whatever time the builder wants.
Plus, the clock tower features wonderful details, with a unique building technique for an even more authentic feel.
And now into the meat and potatoes of this Lego Harry Potter set, you love the room sections on the backside of the castle section that includes the defense against the dark arts classroom, the clock tower, hospital wing, and the prefect’s bathroom.
Lego collectors, especially girls, will also love Luna, the additional Yule Ball decorations along with the Goblet of fire, mermaid-stained windows, and lots of other cool stuff.
Even better, at only 0.09 cents per piece, this Lego Harry Potter offers a good price per piece ratio, and it connects well with the rest of Hogwarts castle.
The only issue with the set is it has too many stickers, and some can be challenging to apply. I only wish Lego printed these parts.
Additionally, both Madam Maxime (fat lady) and Hermione’s dresses sport regular bricks instead of the specialized dress parts of Dumbledore and Fleur. This means that sometimes knocking them over causes them to break in half.
Of course, I understand making new molds for Lego is expensive, but this slightly diminishes the play value of these to minifigures.
Still, they’re no enough gripes to want you to look the other way. I believe the Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Clock Tower is still a fantastic Lego Harry Potter set, especially for kids over nine.
#4 LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley - Expensive Lego Harry Potter Set
If you’re a true Harry Potter fan, you’re probably aware that Diagon Alley is the most popular shopping district in this world of magic.
And thanks to Lego, you can now get close to this world with Lego Potter Diagon Alley, model number 10217.
From the first time you set your eyes on this Lego Harry Potter set, you’ll notice that creators from Lego have gone a long way to put effort into bringing even the smallest details to life.
While Diagon Alley is among the most expensive Lego Harry Potter sets, fans can’t complain much because Lego Group has invested so much detail into each set. Anyone who loves building Lego City sets will love this option.
Even better, it has all the main characters and will immerse you into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
First, the set includes exclusive parts, not seen even on the best Lego Harry Potter sets.
Plus, all the pieces are intricately joined and designed with more than aesthetic function in mind.
They’re of high quality, too, and the colors are brilliant and true to the settings.
The buildings on this set include the Borgin, Burke’s, and Gringott’s bank. And as previously-mentioned, the buildings are intricately designed, with plenty of “unseen” pieces that are ingenious and delightful.
With the help of the set, you can also build and tour three shops in Diagon Aley. You’ll also have a fun time touring the famous Ollivander’s wand shop.
The Gringott’s bank, the biggest structure in the set, is awesome to build and has plenty of details to keep you engaged for a long time.
My favorite bank structures are the bank vault, impressive chandelier, and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The buildings are charming to look at, and in particular, the main two-story building has plenty of details that will surprise you.
For instance, you’ll find a nice ladder that keeps the second and first floor connected.
But what many Lego fans love about the building is the detailed windows and window treatments.
Overall, this set promises a lot, and it delivers. It might be expensive, but worth every dime.
#5 Hogwarts Whomping Willow - Value Pick
Hogwarts Whomping Willow isn’t the flashiest set, but it’s solid set for many Harry Potter Lego fans because it contains both the famous school plus minifigures of all the main characters.
One, it features all the three main characters plus the Hogwarts school.
The Whomping Willow is featured in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
It is not big either, coming with only 753-pieces. However, it includes plenty of characters, including the Whomping Willow, the Hogwarts magic castle, the potions room, and the magical Ford Anglia Car.
And that’s not all!
You also get a whopping seven minifigs; Harry, Ron, Severus Snape, Hedwig the Owl, Seamus, and Argus Filch.
My favorite part with this best Harry Potter Lego is how well-detailed each piece is. For example, the three-story castle has a working gate, while the Whomping Willow has spinning branches.
Additionally, it’s possible to rearrange the castle potions rooms to create different playsets.
The set also has lots of fun details and accessories such as potions, spell books, wands, license plates, and other magical items that any Harry Potter fan will love.
Hogwarts Whomping doesn’t have many details, but it’s an awesome choice, especially for this in the early stages of building a Lego Potterverse collection.
Best Lego Harry Potter Sets Buying Guide
The world of Harry Potter is pretty vast, with a collection of different character collection- Your kid is likely to love some elements more than others.
Now, if you’re still undecided on what Harry Potter Lego set to go for, our Harry Potter buying guide will help.
Our collection looks at some of the critical elements to consider when selecting a Harry Potter set.
Factors to Consider When Selecting the Best Harry Potter Lego
Sets Favorite Movies/ Scene
Kids who love a specific Harry Potter movie more than others are usually easy to shop for. You simply need to select your kid’s favorite.
However, you can make an even more informed purchase if you already know of any specific scene, theme, or character which the kid enjoys.
You might be surprised that what isn’t a huge deal in the movie is surprisingly popular as a Lego toy.
The Aragog spider is a classic example. The character is among the exciting scenes in the Chamber of Secrets, but not many kids would say it’s their favorite movie.
The three main characters in the Harry Potter story are:
- Harry Potter
- Ron Weasley
- Hermione Granger
The above are the most common minifig, though various other characters such as Ernie Prang, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Hagrid, and Voldemort.
When shopping for a Lego set as a gift, it’s helpful to know what character the recipient likes best.
For instance, if they love Hermione Granger or Remus lupin, give them a Harry Potter Lego set containing a unique Granger/Lupin minifig.
Some cheaper Lego sets, such as the Lego Advent Calendar, don’t contain many characters.
Conversely, the larger, more expensive Harry Potter Lego sets are more likely to contain many minifigures, some of which you can’t find anywhere.
Here, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth going for a large Lego set for single minifigures.
But remember, rare minifigures are typically expensive even when purchased individually.
Both girls and boys love Lego and Potterverse because neither are gender-specific.
However, it’s also true that girls adore Hermione Granger. She’s smart, witty, and tough.
Now, if you’re purchasing a Harry Potter gift and aren’t sure what characters they like best, a Lego set featuring Hermione Granger is usually a safe choice
Girls would also be interested in Lego friends. Lego Friends was introduced in 2012 and is a separate type of Lego specifically for girls.
It features bright, traditionally feminine colors.
While there are no universal age restrictions for Legos, different Legos are appropriate for different ages.
The two factors determining the age-suitability of a Lego set are several size and complexity of construction.
Some of Lego construction is challenging, while others are simple.
Generally, however, standard Lego brickheadz construction is considered safe for most kids aged eight and older.
Age guidelines are also based on how complex a Lego set is.
For example, a 6,000+ piece Hogwarts Castle may not be a great choice for kids under 16 years.
On the other hand, Harry Potter Hogwarts Express, with less than 1,000 pieces, might be a great mid-level Lego set.
Younger kids don’t have to sit in the corner while the family assembles a giant Lego castle, and this is because there’re Lego sets for kids between ages three and eight.
However, we strongly insist you supervise them to avoid accidents. Lego building bricks are small, and the biggest potential risk is choking- a concern for younger kids.
Best Harry Potter Lego Sets Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are Harry Potter LEGO Sets Valuable?
A: Generally, Lego sets are the only issue during specific periods, and some sets are even discontinued after a while.
When a Lego set gets rare, it’s worth quite a bit
Q: What is the rarest Lego set?
A: The Space Command Center is the most valuable Lego set, and it’s currently valued at more than 1k.
Wrap Up: Our Choice
Our Toy of the Year is the Lego Harry Potter Castle.
While it’s an expensive Lego set, it’s full of details, something every Harry Potter fan will love.
The individual characters and minifigures have plenty of details and are authentic as the true Harry Potter castle.