Harry Potter seems to be one of the bridges that connect children’s world with the adult one, because the love of witches, wizards, and magical beasts is something shared among kids, teenagers, as well as adults. If your children love Harry Potter, buying them themed toys might be the best move, but how to pick the perfect ones?
9 to 14 years
Entertaining, educational, developmental – helps develop fine motor skills, sensory stimulation, encourages logical thinking, and great for role-play
Legos are among the best toys for children of all ages because they are fun, creative, and educational, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they made a set inspired by J. K. Rowling’s world of magic that’s taking the world by storm.
This is a great set for anyone who is in love with LEGOs and/or Harry Potter, and we hope that this Lego Harry Potter Great Hall review will help parents get answers to all of the questions they might have concerning the set. We focused on design, specific pieces, instructions, and we did our best to cover all of the advantages and disadvantages that the toy has.
The set consists of more than 800 pieces, but it doesn’t mean that putting it together is going to be a chore. On the contrary, it’s incredibly easy to assemble as the instructions themselves are easy enough to follow, but it will take time and dedication. This isn’t a Hogwarts castle replica, though, just the Great Hall, but there is also a part of the Grand Staircase tower with the moving spiral staircase as well as treasure and potions room with the Mirror of Erised and the Sorting Hat, which makes it easy to recreate your favorite scenes from the books and movies. After you’ve built a part of the Harry Potter realm, you can also build your own Fawkes the Phoenix as well as a Basilisk, and there are also figures of Hedwig the owl and Scabbers the rat.
Everyone who purchased Lego Harry Potter Great Hall set agrees on the following: you really get a high-quality toy that Lego is famous for. It’s not just about the excellent quality of the design, but also about the educational and developmental potential that the toy has. The instructions are easy to follow, and while they’re having fun putting it all together, the children will also fine-tune their fine motor skills without even noticing. What is more, putting it all together will also teach them about patience and paying attention to details.
Even though this is a big model, the set doesn’t depict the entire Hogwarts castle, but rather a Great Hall where the feasts and the duel take place. Nevertheless, the structure is pretty big and incredibly detailed, and once you put it together, it looks like a gothic cathedral. In addition to the Hall, there is also a tower that contains the spiral staircase that can move, potions and a treasure room that come with adorable accessories such as cauldrons, potion bottles, gems, and a treasure chest.
The Great Hall itself has only enough room for the banners of two houses to be displayed at the same time, but the banners themselves are reversible so you can change them up whenever you want. There are also adorable food pieces that make it possible to organize a feast, as well as magic wands so you can have the characters duel.
There are ten minifigures that come with the set, and along with obligatory figures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, there are also Hogwarts professors as well as some of their classmates and friends. There is the figure of the Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, as well as professor Quirrel that comes with dual Lord Voldemort face. In addition to these, there is also a slightly bigger figure of Hagrid with his famous pink umbrella, and the ghost of the Gryffindor house Nearly Headless Nick. Of course, the set wouldn’t be complete without Draco Malfoy, and to everyone’s surprise, there is also the figure of Susan Bones, a classmate and a friend (she very much resembles Ginny Weasley, who, we have to point out, isn’t included in the set for some reason). In addition to all of them, you can also build your own Fawkes the Phoenix and Basilisk, the great snake, and there are Hedwig and Scabbers, beloved pets, but sadly, no Crookshanks the cat.
There are also “magical” items that will help recreate some of everyone’s favorite scenes, including the Sorting Hat as well as the Mirror of Erised. The mirror comes with images that can change so that they reflect the deepest desires of several characters: Harry Potter with his parents, professor Quirrel holding the Sorcerer’s stone, Ron with the House Cup, and professor Dumbledore with warm socks. There is also a small model of a boat with a lantern that takes students across the lake when they first get to Hogwarts.
When you get the set, you will get detailed illustrated instructions that are very easy to follow, and children won’t find it difficult to build the model on their own. Still, as it’s a complex set, it might take them long to assemble everything on their own. There is also an orange piece that you can use to pull apart two pieces that are stuck (something we all know often happens with Legos). One of the things most buyers love about this set is that it’s compatible with other Harry Potter Lego set that includes the Whomping Willow, and you can put them together for a more detailed Hogwarts castle.
Playing with Lego sets is rather simple: you take a lot of time to prepare and put every piece where it belongs, and then you take as long as you’d like to play with the finished model. We already mentioned that the set comes with detailed instructions that are very easy to follow. If you’re getting this set for an older child, they won’t have any trouble to put it together on their own, but if you’re buying it for a younger child who never tried to assemble a Lego set before, they might need your help.
Because the set contains more than 850 pieces, it can take a long time to put it together, yet almost everyone who has purchased the set agrees that the instructions are useful and that even though it’s a complex set, it isn’t difficult to assemble it. There is also a specially designed piece that will help you pull apart two pieces that are stuck together, which makes it easier to fix any mistakes.
One of the things all Lego sets have in common is that the pieces are small and delicate, which meant it will take a while for the model to be finished. It’s also important to mention that the model isn’t too big (it measures 14” in height and 11” in width) which makes it easy to relocate the finished model and play with it in a different place if need be.
While being one of the best gifts for any Harry Potter aficionado out there, Lego Harry Potter Great Hall model is perfect for practicing patience and improving fine motor skills. Because there are many pieces and many of them are miniature, it will take a lot of time and patience to make sure everything is in place. This means that the children putting it together will have to stay focused for a long time, and once finished, it’s a great model for different forms of pretend play.
As far as fun and entertainment are concerned, children will be able to play with the set for hours at a time, and the same goes for adults. Even though the recommended age is 9-14, it doesn’t mean that younger children can’t play with it, or adults, for that matter. The best thing is that the set offers a great chance for children to play alone or together – building different parts of the Great Hall or recreating scenes from the books or movies. They will be able to role-play and let their creativity and imagination run wild.
The toy helps children stay focused on the task for a long time, it provides simple instructions that are easy to follow, and it makes them pay attention to details. It helps them practice their fine motor skills and concentration without making it feel like a chore, and this is something that will help them greatly later on in life.
Even though the model is very detailed and well-made, many are still disappointed that some of the key figures from the Harry Potter universe are missing. We’re talking about Ginny Weasley and Professor Snape, of course, but there are also people who would rather like to have Hermione’s car than Ron’s pet rat included.
Although the Lego pieces are undoubtedly durable and sturdy, we can’t help but point out that many people complained about the packaging they arrived in. Even though nothing is wrong with the model, the box it arrives in can be battered or damaged.
Another thing we have to point out is that the base of the model of the Great Hall isn’t a single piece, but rather four different pieces you have to connect. While this means that it’s easier to pack it, it also means that once built, the Great Hall isn’t as stable and sturdy as it would be if it was built on a single piece base.
When looking for the best toys for kids, it’s important to do a bit of research and try to find out as much as possible about a specific toy that you’re interested in, especially if it’s something as costly as a Lego set. If you’re looking for a complex toy that will provide hours of fun and last for years, then this set is the right choice. Overall, we would say that this Lego Harry Potter Great Hall set is a great choice for older children who like building things and love Harry Potter, but it’s also fit for anyone who has interest in these things.