Harry Potter is something many of us grew up with and still love. There’s always cool new Harry Potter stuff coming out, and hopefully, there will be some more Harry Potter sets in the future. LEGO already has several sets dedicated to this movie and book franchise, and one of the most special of these is the LEGO 4842 set — the Hogwarts Castle. Let’s check it out.
LEGO 4842 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
The Hogwarts Castle is the centre of everything Harry Potter throughout the eight movies and seven books. It’s no wonder that this one is so interesting! It has 1290 pieces and showcases several scenes from the books, all in the same set.
Released in 2010, this set comes with several minifigures representing several characters from the Harry Potter saga. It includes even some exclusive minifigures, such as Dementors and Lord Voldemort, as well as Dumbledore and of course, Harry himself. What is interesting about this set is how simple it looks while being faithful to the movie appearance, which is a great plus to the set as a whole.
One of the nicest features of LEGO is how playable it is. Every LEGO set stirs imagination (and even just plain LEGO), but sets like this are even better when it comes to playability. Children who love Harry Potter will enjoy playing with it as a toy and making their own stories or recreating scenes from the books and movies, while adults who are big fans of Harry Potter will enjoy how detailed the LEGO Hogwarts Castle looks from the outside.
What’s in the box?
- 1290 pieces
- Nine minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lord Voldemort, Professors Dumbledore, Snape, McGonagall and Flitwick, Argus Filch and Mrs Norris, plus two Dementors.
- Iconic items such as the Sorting Hat, Gryffindor’s Sword, Tom Riddle’s book, Invisibility Cloak, a Basilisk Fang and more
- Animals such as a snakes, rats, owls, a frog and spiders
- Interactive sliding stairs
- Sirius Black’s face in the Gryffindor’s common room.
- The Astronomy Tower
- A Vanishing Cabinet
- Great Hall decorated with Slytherin and Gryffindor colours
How much does it cost?
The LEGO Hogwarts Castle set is currently retired. This means the price may be higher due to the relative unavailability of the set, prices will vary.
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The main feature in this set is how many minifigures come in it, many of which are exclusive. Beyond that, there is quite a lot of items that combine to give a nice amount of Harry Potter LEGO memorabilia. Animals such as owls and snakes, items such as the invisibility cloak, and so much more, enrich the playing experience.
This set is made to cover most of the books and movies. It comes with items such as the Marauder’s Map and the Basilisk Fang, which are integral to the plot of the books and movies, and offer lots of playability.
But that isn’t to say the castle isn’t interesting: it is. The whole build is very rich and articulated in such a way that it can be easily shuffled around and even combined with other sets such as the LEGO 4867 Battle for Hogwarts.
Pros & Cons
The main “pro” of the LEGO Hogwarts Castle set is that it looks great. It folds nicely together for a display and also opens well for play. The castle itself contains a lot of settings present in the films, such as the Astronomy Tower, common rooms and dungeons.
Unfortunately one of the cons is that it (like the books) focuses more on the Slytherin and Gryffindor themes, including in the common room, which only has two tables. This makes sense to keep the set relatively small and affordable, but it’s still a sad reality. Nonetheless, the inclusion of faithful details (including Sirius Black’ face in the fireplace — what a nice touch!), makes it pop compared to smaller sets.
The castle comes with the fantastic spiral staircases that can pop up and also secret compartments. The Vanishing Cabinet looks very cute as well, with sliding doors. The castle has both the Slytherin and Gryffindor common rooms as well as classrooms. It has a set of armour in which you can hide items for a surprise to our fearless protagonists, and that counts as a minifigure itself.
The number of minifigures (including those that were exclusive at the time of release) is also great. It’s good to get the professors in this set, especially since there are classrooms. As such, the player isn’t limited to just battles, but can also work other stories in the castle.
In the LEGO 4842 set, it’s the first time we get Professor Flitwick and Filch — and it’s still the only one to have them! It also includes a cat, Mrs Norris.
Dumbledore’s minifigure, while not exactly exclusive, has a double face, one with glasses and one without. While it doesn’t change things a lot, it’s still an interesting detail that sets it apart from other versions. This version also has light blue robes and a flesh-toned face, unlike previous ones that had a purple robe and yellow face, or even a previous sand blue version. This one only appears in this set. The robes have gold details and look more like actual robes than other, previous versions.
A new version of Severus Snape also appears in this set, with a new, better hairpiece which looks more flowing and realistic. This hairpiece is the one used in the Prince of Persia sets, for Dastan, but recoloured black. The face is also simpler and neater. This particular version of the Snape minifigure is exclusive to this set as well.
McGonagall appeared previously on the LEGO Dumbledore’s Office set, and this version has a darker green look, unlike the previous bright green one. The lower part is a dress piece, rather than regular minifigure legs as in some previous versions of Dumbledore’s Office set.
The Lord Voldemort minifigure appears for the first time in this set, all in black including his cloak. While this minifigure appeared in later sets, such as the Graveyard Battle and The Forbidden Forest sets, this is one of the few opportunities to get so many of the main characters together.
Unfortunately, we don’t get a Ron or Draco minifigure in the LEGO 4842 set, but another Harry Potter and Hermione Granger instead — which is already quite a lot for a self-contained set. Both Harry’s and Hermione’s minifigures come with double faces, one happy and one angry, which makes them perfect for roleplaying.
Great Hall and Rooms
This isn’t the first LEGO Hogwarts Castle set, but it’s definitely one of the best. The Great Hall improves on previous versions. With transparent bricks making the stained glass windows and a brick-built ceiling, it’s a lot better than previous versions. Other versions of the castle had a cardboard ceiling rather than brick-built, for example, which makes them far less sturdy and detailed. In fact, the Great Hall is almost enough to be a set by itself.
The inclusion of the Restricted Area of the Library meshes well with the presence of the Invisibility Cloak. There’s a lot of playability there. While the Astronomy Room isn’t detailed, there’s a telescope there, which makes its presence at all an improvement.
The tower with the common rooms has an Owlery as well. It comes with three owls, too, including a white one (which makes a great Hedwig). There are even owl droppings!
Dumbledore’s Office is more detailed, with lots of items there, including stickered portraits — a great added feature. It also includes a crystal ball and the Sword of Gryffindor. There’s a trophy room with lots of goodies (including James Potter’s seeker shield).
The LEGO 4842 set isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly an improvement on previous versions. Harry Potter fans will get a very nice-looking set, with a great silhouette, that is fun and playable. While it does not have all common rooms and tables, it has enough to enable a lot of adventures. You’ll also want to check out the new 2018 Hogwarts Great Hall set!
The presence of so many minifigures together makes it a great buy for those who don’t have many other sets. It’s also a quick way to get a lot of iconic items such as Tom Riddle’s Diary and Gryffindor’s Sword, the Sorting Hat, several Hogwarts professors, etc., all in a single set. And, of course, the castle itself — which is magic all of its own.