First off i have to say all the new Harry Potter Lego is great, the new train is fantastic (and great once you customise with lights and RC motor, see attachment below). The new Castle and Diagon Alley also rock. That said what i want to share is my own Hogwarts, Hogsmead, forest model built over a 12 month period using the original HP Lego from back in the day. Initially i just wanted to get a few pieces because i love the books and films and liked the tie in but once i started there was no stopping and then when i realised Lego intended some of the models to be linked, well the next step was obvious. Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment (I guess that’s the point of a forum?) This was a lot of fun to build.
This is an overview of the model, castle, grounds and Hogsmead village. (that is the old 9V track and Express train wrapping around the model)
Close up of the castle. I did choose to keep some of Lego's orignal designs as just couldn't better them and try to blend them in with the custom elements to complete a complete castle. Some detailed internal shots are below but i decided not to inset them to the main aricle here.
the village was a lot of fun to build and the Station was the starting point setting to colour and tone for the buildings. The pub is a particular favourite.