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This is just like magic!

Alice Finch’s Lego Model of Hogwarts Has to be Seen to be Believed

What’s most remarkable about the model is not even that it’s so large (13 feet on a side and involving around 400,00 bricks) but the loving attention to detail that’s been lavished on it, from the pile of pink cups in the Astronomy classroom, to the floating candles in the Great Hall, and the Grey Lady somberly standing alone on a balcony.

It all started with Alice Finch, mom of two, realized that she still loved building with Legos, and not just because it meant spending quality, creative time with her kids. Or maybe it started when she became frustrated with one-sided official Harry Potter Lego sets that were less than accurate. Or maybe it was when she completed her minifig-scale model of the Great Hall, and decided that she just had to do more. In any case, it has ended with her model winning the rare combination of both the People’s Choice and Best in Show awards at BrickCon 2012 this year. BrickCon was in October of last year, and it’s taken this long to reassemble it in a proper space for photography (thanks in part to another master builder) and get the pictures online.

Says Finch:

I started building about 5 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 haven’t built since I was a kid and once I started building again, it occurred to me that building with my son had important implications. We were spending time together doing something creative, learning techniques and sharing ideas in a very productive way, and, although I didn’t really think about it at the time, I was showing him that moms can be pretty darn good at putting bricks together too.

We’ve thrown some pictures of the incredible model into a gallery below, but there are seventy five at Finch’s Flickr account here.

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(The Brothers Brick via Tipster Dvorah.)

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  • Anonymous

    How riddikulusly impressive! <3

  • Nickolas Lohrber

    build instructions PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    If you missed BrickCon last year and want to see it in person, it will be at the SEALUG display at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend, and at the BricksCascade expo in Portland the weekend after.

  • Kevin Starr

    the only part missing is the Quidditch Field

  • Anonymous

    Wow this is just incredibly awesome!

  • lea

    It’s not the astronomy tower, it’s the divination class

  • Anonymous

    I’d like the list of bricks needed, the bricks AND the instructions as well as an instructional DVD to refer to while building, Please!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I will NOT show this to my daughter! She saved her allowance for close to a year to be able to afford the full official Hogwarts castle lego set, bless her. Seeing this might fuel an obsession we might not be able to handle…


  • Talia

    That is ridiculously amazing. Kudos to such a cool, creative mom!

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  • Cori Ashley

    Just saw this in person at ECCC and it was absolutely mind-blowing! The detail is INSANE.

  • Kelly Thornton

    Hmmmm 400,000 bricks…wonder what this kit would retail for!? :-)