Combining all five Hogwarts sets into one huge display is surely every LEGO Harry Potter fan’s dream. But what if you don’t have room for such a sprawling layout? Well, you might want to prioritise just a couple of the wizarding school’s sets.
If that’s you, then read on, as we rank the current quintet of LEGO Hogwarts sections. And if you do happen to own them all, read on anyway. We’d love to know whether you agree with our rankings.
The smallest slice of magical education is also the weakest, but not only because of its comparatively diminutive size. In fact, its £17.99 price point actually works against it, placing it completely out of scale with the rest of the line-up.
But maybe that’s the point: this is the Room of Requirement, so its size is arguably whatever its students need it to be. (And it was pretty massive in the films, to be fair.) It still scores points for its three exclusive minifigures, too, and those trans-blue Patronus pieces are almost worth the entry price alone.
Now this is how you do a Hogwarts set without breaking the bank. The aesthetics of the castle’s exterior are clearly communicated, and there’s plenty of interior too. But the play value is arguably above and beyond any of the sets on this list, thanks to the inclusion of the eponymous tree and the flying Ford Anglia.
It’s also a nice bridging point between the larger Hogwarts sets in a wider layout, offering some contrast to the climbing spires of the Astronomy and Clock Towers. Perhaps because of that, though, it’s not quite as impressive as a standalone set. If you’re only aiming for one or two Hogwarts models, then, look to the top three.
Like all of the Hogwarts sets – and to an extent, the entire Harry Potter line – the Astronomy Tower focuses on story above all else. But that’s not to its detriment. Indeed, as we touched upon in our review, it’s simply a means by which the designers can pack in more details, more references, and more minifigure variants.
75969 includes all of those, while standing proud as the tallest segment of Hogwarts yet. Its only real flaws are a couple of odd colour choices: those white door frames stand out horrifically, and the push towards sand green sits at odds with the more realistic grey of previous sets.
2. 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower
Like its successor 75969, the Hogwarts Clock Tower is driven first and foremost by a party. Here, it’s the Goblet of Fire’s Yule Ball, and that gives it a clear distinction from other Harry Potter sets, both inside and out. The wintery decor is a welcome change, while the turntable dance floor is a rare interactive play feature for these static locations.
The exterior is no less impressive, recreating one of the movie series’ most recognisable sections of Hogwarts. The shorter offshoot that runs next to the imposing tower also gives some visual variety within a single set, making this a solid standalone choice – or one to pair with virtually any other on this list.
One of the very first LEGO Hogwarts sets remains the one to beat. It’s hardly a fair contest, though: this is the most iconic part of the wizarding school, and kicked off the renewed Wizarding World theme with a bang. All 10 of its minifigures were brand new in 2018, and it essentially redefined what a miinifigure-scale Hogwarts could look like in LEGO.
It’s not just a case of ‘first is best’, of course, because 75954 has plenty of its own merits, too. The open-backed approach makes it the perfect playset, but also encourages combining two copies to create an enclosed Great Hall. If you only buy one LEGO Hogwarts set, make it this one. (And do it quick, because it’s set to retire next year.)