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
Small pieces are easy to lose
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.
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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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 it—and then admiring and playing with the finished product—there’s no doubt you’ll get a return on your investment.
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 set—and 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.
- 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