TLDR – Took us about 5 months off and on but Maddex and I finally finished the Lego Harry Potter castle
Way back in October of 2018 while unemployed in the states we happened upon a Lego store hiding from the rain killing time in a mall. We purchased the Lego Harry Potter castle at said Lego store, because it sounded like fun to build.
Back at home Maddex and I started in on the castle doing a few bags a night out of the 37 total bags in the build. Maddex was able to hold interest for 2 maybe three bags a time then it was time to do something else.
We fairly quickly progressed to finishing the first half of the castle in a few weeks, then the started the second half over another few weeks then we had to leave the country on forced holiday for a month or so.
One issue we ran into after finishing the first half, was what do you do with this thing. It’s wider than a Billy bookshelf, and taller than about two shelves. It’s also attractive looking to Roxi the destroyer of anything she can reach. It’s too tall to fit on top of the kitchen cabinets and deeper than the shelves above my desk. While building it we’ve been storing it in the office taking up one of the desks.
So many details in the castle from the books and movies. Potions class, key room, Dumbledores office, chess room, the great hall, dragon on the tower, dementors. It’s a joy to build and look at.
After a month of Maddex not being interested in finishing the last 5 bags I finally set it all up in the kitchen and told him I was going to finish it with or without him. After watching me put about 3 legos onto the castle Maddex gained interest and started helping me.
We were short 2 pieces in the end, with about 100 extra. We improvised from stock on hand for the missing pieces and finished without them.