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Creating a "Best-Of" Harry Potter Collection

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  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,961
    Diagon Alley is truly wonderful.

    For an adult collector, that would be my first recommendation.
    For a child, though... it would not be. I say this despite this set being THE only item my daughter desperately wanted for her 7th birthday.

    I would think for a child, that the key for HP comes down to Hogwarts. For there to be HP, there has to be Hogwarts. Hagrid's hut to me is a very nice additional set that goes with Hogwarts. With those two sets alone, a kid is guaranteed to have the main characters.

    I also found that those were the two sets my girls picked first.
    My daughter bought Hagrid's hut with her bday money for her 9th bday. They wanted Hogwart's for Christmas.

    What I did not expect is that Hogwart's Express was requested before the Burrow.

    I strongly believe it was because of Luna and Ginny.

    For my girls, if they had a limited budget their top list would have been those three, just to get Hogwarts and the main female characters.

    Hogwarts, Hagrid's Hut and the Express.
    Sometimes for kids it is about the minifigs.

    For me, though, I think one really needs the Burrow and DIagon Alley to round out those items, but for my girls those first three were an absolute must.




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  • BoiseStateBoiseState Member Posts: 804
    I'm a huge Harry Potter/HP Lego fan.. It must just be me from looking at the comments, but I think Diagon Alley is one of the weaker 10xxx sets of all recent Lego sets. 3 small buildings and a lot of repeat characters. Fred and George are a must have, and they should have just done their shop for the entire set.



    To each their own though.
  • EKSamEKSam Member Posts: 349
    I agree with @tamamahm, as an AFOL I love the Diagon Alley, intriguing build to be sure. I have to confess though, I only build the Gringotts bank, my 8 year old build the Borgin & Burkes and Olivander's.

    From a child's perspective the Hogwarts Castle with its myriad features is unbeatable. I know 2 BIG HP fans, my 8 year old and my friend's 9 year old. They play for hours with the castle, having duels, going to classes, practising spells. Majority of the action happened at the school and somehow that castle makes it real for them, as if they were a part of that adventure. :-)

    Oh yeah, mine loves Hermione, Luna and Ginny...girl power,the fact that they are smart and courageous. :-)

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    Well, I would be smart too if I could go back in time ;)
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,310
    vitreolum said:


    I think parents are exaggerating nowadays with ratings and controlling what their children are watching. Nothing seems to be appropriate for children anymore.

    Hmmm, I find it exactly the opposite. Kids are exposed to so much these days they grow up way faster. I think it's sad.
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  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    CCC said:

    ^ Nope. I do have a the HP lego character books though, although I have never looked at them. And I have got a number of HP lego minifigs (but not sets) put away, just in case my kids are interested later on. I couldn't tell you who was who though (except Harry, Hagrid and Dobby), and I don't know what they do in the stories. Although I do know the spoiler about Dobby.

    I'm so surprised right now. Hahaha. HP got my wife into reading books she wasnt REQUIRED to read...so most of "our" HP collection, are really "hers" eventhough "officially" their our daughter's.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,939
    margot said:

    vitreolum said:


    I think parents are exaggerating nowadays with ratings and controlling what their children are watching. Nothing seems to be appropriate for children anymore.

    Hmmm, I find it exactly the opposite. Kids are exposed to so much these days they grow up way faster. I think it's sad.
    How to bring up kids is coming up so frequently these days I think we need a separate forum category for it...
    jasor
  • jasorjasor United StatesMember Posts: 839
    ^ I agree. We should call it "How to tell other people how to bring up kids as quickly as possible. Wait. That's not what I meant."

    Do you think it would stick?

    OT: Hogwarts sets and Hagrid's Hut , as @tamamahm said, is the very best bet for an upcoming HP CFOL, IMHO. They are the real go to's, and Hogwarts is inorexbly tied to the entire story.
    plasmodium
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,961
    I will also add that for the OP who is looking for his daughters...

    Some of the items that Lego has found related to girls, which are items they incorporated into Friends.

    Story-telling is important.
    Accessories are important.
    Great characters that they can use as avatars is important. (and considering that they are often used as avatars, there is a high chance that girls will want girl characters.)
    Modularity is important. The ability to build some and play, and to move things and recreate scenes for story-telling.

    Most of the latest HP lines really incorporate these items, but for story-telling, accessories, and great female figures, the three I mention really hit it.


    I am going to add in one more possibility that is available now... I specifically picked up the monster fighter castle. Okay. I have two. One is for my Halloween display, but the other I always felt could strongly be used by my girls in their HP play. I have often found them modifying the HP stories. They have used the CMF's to create new additional female students at Hogwarts (or even the sister of Harry Potter). We already know there are other schools about based on the 4th book. I think the MF castle could really add.

    The problem is, though, I know my kids would really like those HP sets first.
    Have you tried showing your kids the lines and seeing what they gravitate towards?? I have often used that technique as well. That is how I found out they majorly put Hogwart's Express ahead of the Burrow (which would have been my choice) for Ginny and Luna.
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    I once dreamed of collecting Lego HP but I started too late. But if I ever get the money I will buy the new Hogwarts and Diagon Alley to get most of the characters at once. Although by the time I am able to buy these sets they'll probably be going for triple the original price. :}
  • mooman66mooman66 Member Posts: 122
    Thanks again. I am really enjoying the parenting discussion, too! I have a boy and a girl. We found out about my son's Lego skills at 3 when I left my partially assembled #7938 out and came back to find him 10 steps later, without a mistake! It'll be another 3 years until they get the HP sets, but with the prices as they are now I have to jump. Lego will never go out of style in my house!

    If anyone is interested in setting up a trade, I have a few items that may interest you with tremendous upside, PM me.
    margotcharlatan13
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,405
    ^Both sets sealed will set you back $600 by this Christmas.
  • charlatan13charlatan13 Member Posts: 118
    edited August 2013
    mooman66 said:

    If anyone is interested in setting up a trade, I have a few items that may interest you with tremendous upside, PM me.

    Very interesting trade in the Marketplace! Best of luck and post back with your purchases/trades.
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