Building the Wizarding World Brick by Brick: Five Magical “Harry Potter” LEGO Fan Creations
Here at MuggleNet, we love a Potter LEGO set. But have you ever tried your hand at creating a Harry Potter LEGO scene without any instructions?
A LEGO MOC (my own creation) isn’t an official set made by LEGO, where you get a box full of neatly packed bricks and step-by-step instructions. While these sets are great, some fans can feel they are limited. This is why LEGO fans will often take the leap into MOCs so they can improve or add to a build or even create something entirely from scratch. LEGO MOCs are popular with fandoms, with fans creating favorite characters, architecture, or scenes from films. The Potter fandom is no exception.
Creating LEGO MOCs of the Wizarding World is a trend that has been happening for many years. Eric Law’s latest creation featuring the Hogwarts staircases recently made headlines, so we decided to take a look at this and other Potter MOCs that have gone viral.
1. Eric Law’s Hogwarts Moving Staircases
Eric Law is no stranger to Potter LEGO builds; his creations include Hogwarts in the snow, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and the Great Hall under attack. Law won BrickCon 2020’s Best of Show award for his Harry Potter Ninjago City creation. In his recent creation, the Hogwarts staircases, the staircases move like they do in the movies. Law gave a shout-out to his robotics whiz son, Zack, for programming the moving parts.
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2. Kat and Kelley Harris’s Diagon Alley
Seasoned LEGO builders Kat Harris and her sister Kelley, a.k.a. @ladieswholego, created their Diagon Alley for BrickFair Virginia in 2018. Drawing inspiration from the books, the movies, and their imaginations, they wanted “to create a lot of whimsy and movement and bustle feeling throughout the street.“ Each of the individual stores opens in a dollhouse style, which then shows the detail of the interiors.
Our favorite part has got to be the magical moving LEGO brick wall to gain entrance to Diagon Alley.
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3. OKI LUG’s Quidditch Pitch
OKI LUG (Ohio Kentucky Indiana Lego User Group) built a Quidditch pitch with Hogwarts Express. The group based its design on the scenes in the movies. Eight people from the group worked on the project, and it took at least 100 hours to build. 400 minifigures were used, each appropriately dressed in their House uniforms. While Gryffindor and Slytherin were readily available, the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw sweaters had custom House shields added.
4. Alice Finch’s Hogwarts Castle
Alice Finch’s LEGO Hogwarts Castle, which we covered back in 2013, took her 12 months to build, and she used a whopping 400,000 bricks (give or take a few). The idea for the build came when Finch was playing LEGO with her eldest son, and she decided that she “wanted to build something a little bit more architecturally accurate than the official LEGO set.” So she decided to make it “just like the real thing,” and as a result, the detail in the castle is just incredible.
Here we can see the castle in all its glory, lit up from within.
Wanting something a bit more transportable, Finch created a travel version based on the large-scale model. She calls this her “micro Hogwarts.” Finch’s website, Bippity Bricks, shows many more of her wonderful LEGO art collections; it’s worth a look.
5. Eric Law’s Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
He’s so good that we are going to mention him twice. The magic hits you when you take a look inside Law’s creation of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Law wanted to create detail and so delved into the books and visited Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to gain insight. Details include a boy walking up the wall, the Extendable Ears that the Weasley twins created, and the love potion that had Ron pining over Romilda Vane.
We hope you agree on how utterly amazing all of these LEGO MOCs are. They must take so much skill and patience to build. Do you love Potter LEGO? Which is your favorite set that you’ve made?