As a complete Potterhead, I was always really proud of the LEGO Harry Potter figurine I keep on my work desk. It comes complete with a school trunk, Hedwig, and Harry clutching his wand. The trunk even holds tiny Galleons! Then I discovered Alice Finch's re-creation of the Hogwarts Castle. I silently tucked my poor little Harry out of sight, at least until the shock of her stunning LEGO creation subsided a bit. Finch's absolutely epic 400,000 piece structure puts every single LEGO creation ever built — my tiny, school-bound Potter most of all — to shame.
The mother of two built a LEGO Hogwarts castle so full of detail, only a true fan could have lovingly pieced it together with such success. "I did quite a bit of research in the books and movies looking for the smallest of details, things like the old-fashioned slide projector in Lupin's Defense Against the Dark Arts class, the location of the potions class, and the wood panelling in the charms classroom," she told LEGO blog The Brother's Brick.
Before BrickCon 2012, she spent a total of 12 months of work on the castle, and it is designed to be both "architectually accurate" as well as completely playable. I'd personally be torn between the strong desire to keep every aspect in perfect place, and an impulse to reenact every book using the pieces. Pretty sure the latter inclination would win out. Check out the photos of the castle . . . you won't be able to look away.