This is the third edition of the Hogwarts castle and it is a massive set! The castle itself isn't massive, but all the buildings and accessories make for a lot of bricks and it can take a couple of hours to build. It was the only set that was released in 2007 and it was also the last set that LEGO® was licensed to make. It seemed that this would be the last set ever, but the license was renewed a few years later (yeah!).
But back in 2007 it looked like this was going to be it from LEGO® for the Harry Potter collection. Although I am only guessing, it looks like LEGO® decided to go out with a bang by making this castle as large and detailed as possible.
This set is an addition to the other castle sets, not a new version of any of them. When built, all versions of the castle are meant to go together to make a complete castle, which makes for a lot of opportunities for recreating your favorite scenes from the books and movies.
This edition of the castle focuses on events that took place in the fifth story. It includes the greenhouse, Room of Requirements, and Dolores Umbridge's office. There is even a fireplace, which is how Harry Potter was able to communicate with his Godfather, Sirius Black, when things got too difficult for him to handle on his own.
I love Dolores Umbridge's room! It is appropriately girly and frilly, and even has cat plates hanging on the wall.
This is the only Harry Potter set that includes thestrals, the magical creatures that can only be seen by people who have witnessed death. You can use the thestrals to fly your minifigs to the Magic of Ministry (which, sadly, has never been recreated by the LEGO® company) to save Sirius Black.
As for the minifigures, you get a whopping nine with this castle set! The first two castle sets also included nine minifigs, and there are only two sets that had more: the 4th edition of the Hogwarts Castle (11 minifigs) and Diagon Alley (12 minifigs).
Looking for more Harry Potter LEGO® sets? You can see the list of all the sets here.
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