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The best of the lot to me seem to be the 2010, 2011 sets. Unfortunately they are the most costly. Good luck.
All the sets are expensive and you could probably source the parts cheaper than buying complete sets.
#4842 Hogwarts Castle
#10187 Diagon Alley
#4840 the burrow
#4841 the hogwarts express
#4738 Hagrid's hut
These will cost a pretty penny though. #4866 Knight Bus is also rather nice.
I am biased or call it sour grapes, I do not have anything from the earlier years. :-(
I thought about going the source route @Pitfall69. Never tried to BL anything before. Is it a pain to do a set that way, or can I just enter a set number and my shopping cart is magically filled?
I open all the sets I buy anyways, but I love having the box and instructions just in case my life goes south and I have to sell, especially on these highly collectible sets.
#10217 Diagon Alley
#4842 Hogwarts Castle
#10132 Motorized Hogwarts Express
#4766 Graveyard Duel
#4738 Hagrids's Hut
#4840 The Burrow
#4730 The Chamber of Secrets
#4866 The Knight Bus
#5378 Hogwarts Castle
#4841 Hogwarts Express because you get the Weasleys car and you could motorize Hogwarts Express.
Here's my Top 10:
#4712 - Troll on the Loose
#4730 - Chamber of Secrets
#4739 - Hagrids Hut
#4756 - Shrieking Shack
#4766 - Graveyard Duel
#4767 - Harry and the Hungarian Horntail
#4840 - The Burrow
#4841 - Hogwarts Express
#4842 - Hogwarts Castle
#10217 - Diagon Alley
#4762 Rescue from the Merpeople
#4767 Harry and the Hungarian Horntail
The Graveyard Duel is really the only good part of the movie. Also, the set is pretty good no matter what Harry Potter movie it came from. I used that set in my Halloween set up one year.
I also am not looking at the sets as investment potential because the sets will be played with :)
After the series went eol some of the smaller sets (recent ones) could still be found at B&N, that's where I got Freeing Dobby #4737 and the Quidditch match #4736 to complete our 2010-2011 collection.
I've always liked the red sand Lockhart.
#4738: Hagrid's Hut
#4840: The Burrow
#4841: Hogwarts Express
#4842: Hogwarts Castle + #4867: Hogwarts (I tend to count these as one)
#4866: The Knight Bus
#10217: Diagon Alley
So there are 7 sets to track down there. If I had to round it out to Top 10, here are three others from the pre-2011 era that I've managed to pick up:
#4706: Forbidden Corridor (worth it for Fluffy alone)
#4752: Professor Lupin's Classroom (Glow-the-dark Boggart Snape dressed as Neville's grandmother - how can you lose?)
#4756: Shrieking Shack (The alternative Wolf-head Lupin minifig is great).
That is actually almost all of my own collection. The list is just missing a few of the smaller sets (#4695, #4736, #4737, #4865, and #40028) so I think you can do a decent HP collection in 10 sets. There are a few other sets I'd love to get my hands on, but I'm not losing any sleep over them. I think I have the main 'pillars' of the HP universe, and now I'm focusing on collecting the remaining minifigures I don't have.
So I started to collect HP.....I end up with 51 sets... ;)
-The magic starts at Hogwarts. Lego has made many Hogwarts Castle over 10 years but #4842 is the best representation Hogwarts Castle, with a big selection of students and teachers. A must have for any Harry Potter fan.
-Hogwarts Express is very iconic and #4841 includes Mr Weasleys Flying Car.
-#10217 Diagon Alley is a exclusive set so it might be a challenge to build but great for role playing and display.
-#4840 The Burrow is the home of the Weasley Family and is never been made before as a Lego set.
The suggestions so far have been pretty good and I only have the 2010/11 stuff but hope to buy some of the older sets down the road. I looked at the sold prices and it looks as if the #4766 Graveyard Duel will be one of the more expensive pursuits. The only other set that I would add to the mix would be #4753 Sirius Black's escape but that is probably more of a personal choice.
I consider the movies secondary to the books anyway and I've always thought that the combination of books & HP Lego sets to be an awesome cauldron for creativity and imagination. Best of luck in your pursuits and post back with your purchased choices if you can.
I must say though, the most fun set to build was Diagon Alley. Though now, that set is a bit pricey. I was lucky and got it for $87.
#4736 Freeing Dobby
For me the original castle will always be the best of the Hogwarts, #4709!
1. #4862 Hogwarts Castle (main focus of most of the action)
2. #10217 Diagon Alley
3. #4840 The Burrow
4. #4738 Hagrid's Hut (it comes with Aragog!)
5. #4841 Hogwarts Express (it can be motorized and comes with the car)
6. #4867 Hogwarts (pairs nicely with 4842)
7. #4756 Shrieking Shack (very playable, vanishing cabinet, Lupin w/wolf head and Sirius Black figure + grim form)
8. #4730 Chamber of Secrets
9 & 10 become a bit harder...it depends on whether you plan on supplementing with figures from other sets or not.
If you are not planning on buying figures to supplement the sets, then:
9. #4767 Hungarian Horntail (because you MUST have a Mad Eye)
10. Either #4706 (for Fluffy) or #4753 / #4750 (for Buckbeak)
If you plan on buying a few extra figures to round things out, then:
9. #4766 Graveyard duel
10. #4766 The Knight Bus
And in general, I do agree that the latest sets (2010/2011) are the better ones, but I also like #4728, the Privet Drive set. It also has the Weasley's car.
Depends on what your looking for. Older sets tend to look TOTALLY different piece and design wise than newer ones. Trying to get more older castle pieces (HP only became my life in 2010) I would know how hard it is to find them right condition at right price.
Tips- Dont let it not have instructions not have you get it. Its usually cheaper and you can get it online
To Start- if you want to start getting HP, start with the easiest to find, Forbidden FOrest or Freeing Dobby- small but relevant
Have Patience- Its only every few months I can find sets at the cheapest for the most complete (once got full Dumbledores Office for $20!) and I know if I wait someone will sell it for its prime.
Good luck. Post any updates of what youve found!
I think parents are exaggerating nowadays with ratings and controlling what their children are watching. Nothing seems to be appropriate for children anymore.
*...yes. I said shirley. everyone knows it's interchangeable with surely.