LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit Review

A spellbinding LEGO set perfect for every Harry Potter fan in your life

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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

LEGO Harry Potter Great Hall Kit

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What We Like

  • Detailed design mimicking the books

  • Invites imaginative play

  • Keeps kids entertained for hours

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive for a children’s toy

  • Time-consuming construction

  • Small pieces are easy to lose

Bottom Line

This LEGO kit may be on the pricier side, but the 878-piece finished productand the creative boost along the wayis pure magic.

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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

LEGO Harry Potter Great Hall Kit

 The Spruce / Sarah Wassner Flynn

Venture down any toy aisle and you’ll immediately see just how many Harry Potter-themed products are out there. Kids can get their own wands, write in a replica of Tom Riddle’s diary, and practice their Quidditch skills with their very own Snitch. With so many options available today, we wanted to see if this super-sized LEGO kit would hit the mark for true Harry Potter fans. Read on to see if this kit truly brought the Hogwarts Great Hall to life.

Design: Sleek and spot-on

From the tiny turrets to the moveable spiral staircase, this kit did a wonderful job of recreating the famous fictional School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Devout Harry Potter readers will immediately notice that the design seems like it was plucked right from the pages of the books, featuring everything from floating candles to a fireplace.

LEGO Harry Potter spiral staircase
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LEGO Harry Potter front
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LEGO Harry Potter back
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An instruction manual offers step-by-step illustrations that were easy for our three kids—ages 6, 7, and 10—to follow as they constructed the four-level Great Hall. At a compact 14 inches tall and 11 inches deep, the finished product is the perfect size for displaying on a shelf or a bookcase.

Entertainment Value: You’ll get your money’s worth 

It took our kids at least five hours over the course of several days to finish the castle. Throughout the build, we found that the set turned out to be a great conversation starter. The kids chatted about all things Harry Potter, recounting their favorite spells and the scariest scenes.

From the tiny turrets to the moveable spiral staircase, this kit did a wonderful job of recreating the famous fictional School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But the fun didn’t stop when the last brick was placed: The kit includes an adorable set of minifigures in the form of some of Hogwarts’ most famous teachers and students, including Professor Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, and, of course, Harry Potter himself. Our kids continued to play with the toy and animatedly reenacted their favorite scenes using these cute little characters. If you thought LEGOs were low-energy toys, this set surely proves you wrong.

LEGO Harry Potter minifigurine
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LEGO door
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LEGO Harry Potter details
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Age Range: Better for older kids

Since our kids range in age from 5 to 10 years old, we felt like we got a great idea of how this set will work with different age groups. As we expected, our 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter were much better at following instructions and manipulating the tiny pieces than our 6-year-old. Since this is an advanced LEGO set and significant attention to detail is required, younger kids have the potential to get bored or frustrated without extra help from Mom or Dad. Keep that in mind if you’re looking for a hands-off toy that will keep the kids entertained while you sneak in some much-needed “me time.”

LEGO Harry Potter
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Ease of Cleaning: Beware of tiny pieces

Like most LEGO sets, this one comes with batches of bricks and other pieces separated into bags. In this case, there are 878 little bits divided among six bags. Pro tip: Keep them all sealed until you’ve progressed to the step requiring a certain bag. Our kids dumped all of the pieces onto a table at once, making it tough to find specific pieces and a challenge to ensure that none got lost.

Lego Harry Potter Pieces
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Like all LEGO blocks, we found that these hard plastic bricks were easy to rinse clean in the event of sticky fingers or spilled drinks. They’re also a long-lasting choice for a child’s toy, since they’re tough to break.

LEGO brick
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Price: On the high end, but worth it

Retailing around $100, this set is among the priciest in the LEGO Harry Potter line. But in terms of how much time will go into building itand then admiring and playing with the finished productthere’s no doubt you’ll get a return on your investment.

LEGO Harry Potter Great Hall Kit
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Competition: The Hogwarts set stands alone

LEGO has a handful of Harry Potter-themed sets at a variety of price points. If you’re seeking something more mid-range, the 753-piece LEGO Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Hogwarts Whomping Willow set retails around $70 and offers a pared-down model of the castle alongside a buildable tree with spinning branches and six minifigures. Or, for a starter set, go for the 157-piece Aragog’s Lair, complete with a model of the spooky spider with posable legs and moveable fangs (MSRP $14.99).

Granted, the lower the cost, the less detailed the setand most can’t compare to the combination of fun and familiarity that the Great Hall model offers. And though this set does have a heftier price tag, at least it’s more wallet-friendly than the mother-of-all LEGO Harry Potter merch, this 6,020-piece model of Hogwarts Castle.

Final Verdict

Yes, buy it.

If you have been looking for that big-ticket item for an upcoming birthday or special occasion, this is it. It really transports you to the wizarding world and keeps LEGO lovers invested and engaged for hours.

Specs

  • Product Name Harry Potter 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall
  • Product Brand LEGO
  • SKU 6279301
  • Price $99.95
  • Release Date September 2018
  • Weight 2.2 lbs.
  • Product Dimensions 14 x 11 x 7 in.
  • Manufacturer Recommended Age Range 9-14 years
  • What's Included 878 pieces