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February 28, 2013 1:22 AM   Subscribe

Alice Finch has used 400,000 LEGO pieces to create Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in wonderful detail. [via]
posted by deborah (29 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is jaw-droppingly awesome. I tried to find a photo in the set that would demonstrate the scale of the model. I think this one does the trick.
posted by Pistache at 3:11 AM on February 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


That is beautiful - bonus points for having it light up! I want to shrink down to lego size and explore every inch of that place.
posted by littlesq at 3:22 AM on February 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yes, but can I buy everything I see here in one large kit at my neighborhood toy store?
(Seriously, this is mad crazy!)
posted by QueerAngel28 at 3:44 AM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stunning.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:34 AM on February 28, 2013


Ummmm...HOLY SHIT!!
posted by OmieWise at 4:45 AM on February 28, 2013


1) it also lights up, and 2) it's HUGE!

Here's her interview on Brothers Brick, for more background, including the fact that she has two young sons, which makes this all the more impressive. Trying to get anything done with little helping hands can be troublesome, but something of this scale? Kudos!
posted by filthy light thief at 5:03 AM on February 28, 2013


Alice Finch needs to be careful that she's not kidnapped in the middle of the night by a bunch of Danes, whisked away to Billund, and made Queen of All the Legolands. It is a lonely life on the Cold Brick Throne, so I have been told.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:06 AM on February 28, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yes, but can I buy everything I see here in one large kit at my neighborhood toy store?

$0.10 a piece.
posted by smackfu at 5:40 AM on February 28, 2013


My god, the attention to detail is stunning! Consider the boys' dorm for instance; Alice Finch put curved bricks for the blankets, bricks with the Gryffindor emblem (repurposed Ferrari bricks?) on the beds, a brick showing a magazine (something on Quidditch? Is this from the official Harry Potter set?) and, my favourite bit, stray socks below one of the beds! You can tell she has two sons, can't you.
posted by the cydonian at 6:15 AM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Unreal - I'm in awe. I wish I had that sort of stamina when it comes to long-term creative projects. How many years did this take? The effect of obsession & stubborn determination on the outcomes of human endeavor is fascinating.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:42 AM on February 28, 2013


One brick to rule them
posted by Sailormom at 6:43 AM on February 28, 2013


Not only is she really good at making round things, she's really good at integrating them with flat things. Check out the framing on the opening in this tower wall. It's a tiny detail, yet it blends perfectly with the method of the curve. That's the kind of thing you have to plan the entire structure of the room around.
posted by rlk at 6:45 AM on February 28, 2013


One brick to rule them

yer a LEGO harry
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:01 AM on February 28, 2013


So can we get her to start working on The Shining?!!
posted by Fizz at 7:04 AM on February 28, 2013 [3 favorites]


She mentions in the comments of the picture of Hagrid's Hut that she decorated the inside, but didn't take pictures of it. Same thing with a comment about having separate offices for each DADA teacher. So not only is the level of detail incredibly complex, she didn't even show us all of the details. This belongs in a museum or something.
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:08 AM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Consider me duly impressed.
posted by ersatz at 7:16 AM on February 28, 2013


So can we get her to start working on The Shining?!!

I never knew until just now how badly I need to see that.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:30 AM on February 28, 2013


Absolutely incredible.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:46 AM on February 28, 2013


I know Alice. She went to the college across the street from mine, and I hung out with her and her then-boyfriend-now-husband a lot. All these years, I had no idea she was into Legos. I can't wait to see what she builds next. DEATH STAR, ALICE...BUILD THE DEATH STAR.
posted by RakDaddy at 7:58 AM on February 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


Holy shit. I have done nothing. Nothing.
posted by dersins at 9:21 AM on February 28, 2013 [4 favorites]


I saw this at BrickCon last year, it is even more amazingly awesome (and HUGE) in person.
posted by palomar at 10:18 AM on February 28, 2013


My wife and I marveled at this the other day, it's awesome.

She mentioned it breaks into sections for storage, but I wonder...do people glue these things together? I would be worried about dropping a section and having it fly into a million pieces.
posted by maxwelton at 11:42 AM on February 28, 2013


Just...don't anyone tell my daughter this happened. She'll have me building one in the basement and we just don't have room for it.
posted by cooker girl at 3:20 PM on February 28, 2013


@the cydonian

The magazine in the boys dorm looks like the issue of the "Quibbler" from the Order of the Phoenix. The one which gives Harry's side of the story after the Daily Prophet starts to slander him.
The whole thing is filled with great touches like that. So much love and skill in that model.
posted by drugstorefrog at 4:52 PM on February 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, that's the one! Initially presumed it was the Daily Prophet, but then vaguely remembered there was another in-novel magazine as well. Thought it was called the "Quiddler", but you're right; it is the Quibbler, that mag run by Luna Lovegood's dad. And yes, amazing touch; it's quite likely that the Gryffindor dorm room wouldn't have the Daily Prophet given the later antagonism.
posted by the cydonian at 6:16 PM on February 28, 2013


I wonder... do people glue these things together?

Absolutely not!

I would be worried about dropping a section and having it fly into a million pieces.

Yes. That.
posted by LEGO Damashii at 9:55 PM on February 28, 2013


I thought I was desensitized to over-the-top Lego extravaganzas, but... no. Wow.

She mentioned it breaks into sections for storage, but I wonder...do people glue these things together?

Sometimes. Legoland and Lego touring exhibits are glued. But with amateur enthusiast stuff... it depends on the enthusiast.
posted by anonymisc at 10:41 PM on February 28, 2013


I can't wait to see what she builds next. DEATH STAR, ALICE...BUILD THE DEATH STAR.

I was going to say GIANT SERENITY, but I decided to google search it first, and hellooo

Take a break Alice. Catch up on all the stuff you put off so you could finish this masterpiece. You played Lego and you won. :-)
posted by anonymisc at 10:46 PM on February 28, 2013


This is great.

I do wonder -- and this isn't criticism, just curiosity -- what it would look like if she hadn't seen the movies.
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