In an amazing feat, Alice Finch, a Seattle mom of two, created a painstakingly detailed replica of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the "Harry Potter" books and movies entirely out of LEGOs.
She unveiled the structure at BrickCon last October, but photos only recently became available. The gigantic piece, measuring 13 feet on one side, took Finch a year to build. Her Hogwarts features intricate rooms like the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore's office, Hagrid's cottage, and the Chamber of Secrets. Finch estimated the number of Legos at about 400,000 but didn't keep tabs on the cost, she told the Brick Brothers.
Finch was inspired by her two sons, who liked to play with Legos. "After a while, I realized that I really wanted to build too. I haven't built since I was a kid and once I started building again, it occurred to me that building with my son had important implications," she said, adding "I was showing him that moms can be pretty darn good at putting bricks together too.
A lot of research went into the construction, Finch said, though she had to choose between the books and movies sometime.
"For example, in the book, the Gryffindor common room is over by the hospital wing as a corner tower, but the tower with the four corner turrets from the movies was visually more important than relative location, so I put it in its own tower like the set," she noted.
For now, the replica will stay at her home for her sons to enjoy and play with. "My older son has read the books and has enjoyed playing various adventures all over the castle," she explained.
You can check out a few of the photos below. Head over to Flickr to see the entire set.
[via Brick Brothers and Flickr h/t BuzzFeed]