Severus Snape has become one of the most popular characters in the Harry Potter franchise. Which is funny, as he was the least favourite professor in Hogwarts. As it happens, his class is also the object of the LEGO 4705 Snape’s Classroom set. Now your minifigures can learn about the art of potions!
LEGO 4705 Snape’s Classroom
This 2001 LEGO Snape’s Classroom set portrays one of the most hated environments for Harry Potter’s characters: Snape’s classroom. While it’s a relatively small set, with only 153 pieces, it packs the necessary punch. It comes with three minifigures (Ron Weasley, Severus Snape and Peeves), a cauldron and other cool items for a Potions class.
The older set matches the LEGO 4709 Hogwarts Castle one (not to be confused with the newer castle). In that set, it should fit under the Gryffindor Tower before the release of the Chamber of Secrets set. It also matches set 4733 The Dueling Club and 4731 Dobby’s Release.
What’s in the box?
- A cauldron
- A spider web with a transparent spider
- Clear elements to represent potion ingredient jars
- Opening cabinet
- Two “rooms” attached by a hinge for playability
- A rat, a frog and a secret scroll, as well as a Potions book and a working magnifying glass
- 3 minifigures: Severus Snape (2001 version), Ron Weasley and Peeves
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LEGO Snape’s Classroom Review
This set is one of the older Harry Potter sets and follows a trend of simpler, but nonetheless interesting builds. It showcases the Potions classroom, or at least, a space for a Potions class. The LEGO 4705 Snape’s Classroom set doesn’t include desks or multiple cauldrons for an actual class, but it does have a niche with a large spider web that would be, presumably, Snape’s teaching corner.
The cauldron comes with a ladle and has a large, black fireplace to cook in. The set also includes a cabinet for Peeves to come out of, or as a secret passage — up to you! Other elements present such as the frog and the rat may be used to represent potion ingredients. There are a book and a key as well as goblet and other ingredient bottles (transparent pieces). The cauldron also has an action piece that tips it, spilling its contents.
As mentioned, the set has two “rooms”, so to speak, which connect through a hinge. On one side it has a door, the racks for potion ingredients and the cabinet, while the other has the cauldron and spiderweb. The whole thing folds together through the hinge or opens up for play.
The main draw in this set for collectors is the minifigures. This set features the old, 2001 version of Professor Snape. This version appears in four sets and has an unusual detail: a glow-in-the-dark head! There seems to be no apparent reason for this, but it’s interesting just the same.
Likewise, Ron appears in his old 2001 version, which features in 6 sets. For once, there’s no Harry Potter minifigure in this set. There is a Peeves one, however, all in grey. This minifigure only appears in the 4709 Hogwarts Castle set, other than this one.
LEGO 4705 Snape’s Classroom (occasionally just Snape’s Class) is a fairly small and simple set. It has some unusual items such as the magnifying glass, glow-in-the-dark Professor Snape, which makes it worth it for the LEGO Harry Potter collector!
Together with other 2001 sets such as the Chamber of Secrets and 4709 Hogwarts Castle, you can compound the whole thing into a giant, fairly complete build. These sets were made to stick together, although the precise positioning changed as new sets appeared.
While the 4709 Hogwarts Castle later gained a new version of itself, which doesn’t quite connect with these ones, for owners of the older sets this one makes for a great opportunity to build a complete Hogwarts scenario.