The best Lego Harry Potter sets

Lego Harry Potter - three characters
(Image credit: Lego)

Lego Harry Potter sets combine two of the world's favourite things (Lego and Harry Potter, if that wasn't obvious). These kits have been on the market since the very first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone in the US) so super-fans have been building with these sets for over 20 years. And recent years have brought a run of excellent sets, which are even better than the originals thanks to their design, complexity and imagination.

Our guide to the best Lego sets for adults shows how Lego has improved dramatically in recent years, and the Harry Potter Lego sets are no exception. On this page, we bring together the best Lego Harry Potter sets of the modern era. Whether investing for yourself, your children or another Hogwarts fanatic, there's something here for you. 

For more out-of-this-world Lego adventures, have a look at our picks for the best Lego space sets.

The best Lego Harry Potter sets

Why you can trust Creative Bloq Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Lego Harry Potter: Castle and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

01. Lego Harry Potter Castle

The best Lego Harry Potter set overall

Specifications

Age: 16+
Number of pieces: 6020
Weight: 699g
Minifigures: 4 (+27 microfigures)
Model number: 71043

Reasons to buy

+
Complex and detailed
+
So many film moments

Reasons to avoid

-
Not the whole castle
-
Very expensive

If you're a truly passionate Lego Harry Potter fan, and time and money are no object, then there's no real question about it: you're going to want the Lego Harry Potter Castle. We say "time", because it's going to take quite a while for you to build this complex set, with over 6,000 pieces. And we say "money" because, well, it's certainly not cheap. But if you are prepared to invest both, then you'll get a lot back in return. Because this brilliant set, which measures around 60 x 75cm once constructed, really does pack a lot of classic Harry Potter moments into its multiple rooms and passageways. 

It would take to long to list every single location and scene represented in this Lego Harry Potter castle, but suffice to say The Great Hall is beautifully realised, with nicely designed stained glass windows, flaming torches, and seating able to house a range of students and staff. Elsewhere you'll find Chamber of Secrets, Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom, Dumbledore’s office, Umbrage’s office, the Transfiguration classroom and plenty more besides.

Given the huge number of scenes represented, many of these rooms are quite minuscule, and so rather than minifigures (of which there are just four), the set is centred around 27 microfigures, which are tiny enough to pose in multiple places. They're well designed and mostly recognisable, but of course they're not nearly as detailed, or satisfying, as minifigures. 

Almost everywhere here, Lego's made brilliant use of space, from the devil’s snare behind a rock to the moving staircases, which are actually rotatable. And that's not all: outside the building you also get a Whomping Willow and Hagrid's Hut to add to the value. 

Please note, though, that this model doesn't actually replicate the entirety of Hogwarts as seen in the movie; it's basically just the front part of it. Lego's aim here has been more about echoing the big scenes rather than anything like an accurate architectural representation of the castle as it appears on screen. Also note that there's a large reliance on stickers to add many of the most important details, such as the door to the room of requirement, and that these can be quite fiddly to apply. 

Beyond these little niggles, though, this Lego Harry Potter set will provide you with endless pleasure, in terms of both the initial construction and the inevitable series of modifications you'll want to make once you're done.

Lego Harry Potter: train, platform and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

02. Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express

The best value Lego Harry Potter set

Specifications

Age: 8+
Number of pieces: 801
Weight: 1.32kg
Minifigures : 5 (+ Dementor and Scabbers figures)
Model number: 75955

Reasons to buy

+
Removable sides & door
+
Lovely platform design

Reasons to avoid

-
No tracks included
-
Only one passenger carriage

Book-ending the beginning and end of each academic year, the Hogwarts Express chuntering through the countryside is one of the most iconic elements of the Harry Potter movies. And so we're overjoyed that the latest Lego Harry Potter set to represent it is really, really good. 

The train itself is much more accurate than its predecessors, with much more representative wheels and a nice selection of interior details including fireplace, dials and valves. The carriage is great too; we love that you can remove both the side and the roof, making it very easy to get your minifigures positioned in there. And the platform design is the crowning glory, neatly divided as it is between the muggle and magical portions, with a swinging door to move your characters from platform 9 to platform 9¾.

Do be aware, however, that the headlights don't actually light up, as it portrayed on the box (naughty, Lego!). And that although the train does fit perfectly onto any Lego tracks, there aren't actually any tracks supplied with this set. Otherwise, though, this is a brilliantly designed Lego Harry Potter set that ticks all the boxes, and offers truly excellent value for the price.

Hungarian Horntail Dragon product shot

(Image credit: Lego)

03. Hungarian Horntail Dragon

The best Lego Harry Potter set for display.

Specifications

Age: 10+
No of pieces: 671
Weight: 737g
Minifigures: 1

Reasons to buy

+
Wings that move up and down
+
Incredible detail
+
Poseable head, jaw and legs

Reasons to avoid

-
Some fiddly bits

One of the best releases of the 2022 wave, this dragon is astonishing in detail and quality. The perfect display piece, it also has playable elements such as the poseable head, jaw and legs – and you can even turn the handle to make the wings move up and down. Other brilliant features include the fiery breath, a little golden egg and a Harry Potter minifigure sitting on a broomstick.

The build process is smooth, if a little repetitive and fiddly in places for adult fingers, and the finished product is very impressive indeed. Standing at 40cm high and 48cm long, we think it's a bargain at under $50/£50.

Lego Harry Potter: Quidditch towers, goals and and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

04. Lego Harry Potter Quidditch

The best Lego Harry Potter set that's actually playable.

Specifications

Age: 7+
Number of pieces: 500
Weight: 680g
Minifigures : 6
Model number: 75956

Reasons to buy

+
Let's you play Quidditch
+
Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

-
Lacks second goal
-
Lacks stadium structure

A lot of Lego Harry Potter sets are more about "display" than "play", but this excellent Quidditch set scores on both counts. That's because the player characters can actually fire Quaffle pieces, and the keeper (who "flies" on a kind of stilt piece) can be manoevered to protect them from the three goal mouths.

The set also comes with four towers that represent Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff respectively, with room to fit one of the six minifigures at the top. The Hufflepuff tower doubles as a useable scoreboard, too. 

And that, along with some accessories such as a very nice Golden Snitch, is basically your lot. You're not getting a full stadium then, or even a second goal piece, but considering the very affordable price, that's a compromise we feel is well worth making.

Lego Harry Potter: Hagrid's Hut and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

05. Lego Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue

The most cleverly designed Lego Harry Potter set

Specifications

Age: 8+
Number of pieces: 496
Weight: 721g
Minifigures included: 6
Model number: 75947

Reasons to buy

+
Great design choices
+
Glowing fireplace

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive for what it is
-
Batteries not included

You might think the grittier, rougher sides to the Harry Potter world might not mesh so well with the clean, polished and precise nature of Lego... but this fantastic set will go a long way to changing your mind. Thoughtful design and colour choices means that Lego has brought a real sense of the earthy and rustic to this depiction of Hagrid's hut, in the scene from Prisoner of Azkaban where Buckbeak is due to be executed. 

This set makes great use of space too. The two sections of hut, which open at the back, are filled with fascinating objects that are easy to both move and remove. And the interior highlight is the fireplace containing a dragon’s egg; a battery-powered lightbrick that brings the fire to life very effectively.

Outside the huts, you also get two sections of pumpkin patch, a pole and tether for Buckbeak, and the hippogriff himself, with a head and neck that can be rotated, wings that can move up and down, and studs on his back to place minifigures. All in all, this set might be a bit pricey considering its relatively small size, but it's beautifully put together and really does add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Lego Harry Potter: Graveyard scene and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

06. Lego Harry Potter Rise of Voldemort

The most reasonably priced Lego Harry Potter set.

Specifications

Age: 7+
Number of pieces: 184
Weight: 277g
Minifigures: 4
Model number: 75965

Reasons to buy

+
Cheap
+
Voldemort-rises action feature

Reasons to avoid

-
Simple look
-
Not many pieces

The rise of Voldemort in Goblet of Fire is one of the most pivotal scenes in the Harry Potter saga, so it's great that this very affordable set does such a good job of depicting it. Given the price, it's not surprisingly quite basic: no buildings as such, and quite a small number of pieces. But there are some lovely touches, including a Grim Reaper that can be posed to grasp Harry in his clutches, a cool mini version of the TriWizard Cup, and both a baby and an adult version of the chief villain.

A very cool action feature allows you to make Voldemort rise from the dead with the pull of a lever. And best of all, unlike other Lego Harry Potter sets, the box art doesn't mislead you by suggesting features that aren't there: in this case, what you see really is what you get. All in all, this is a great budget buy for anyone wishing to recreate one of Harry's darkest hours . 

Lego Harry Potter: Carriage, winged horses and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

07. Lego Harry Potter Beauxbatons' Carriage Arrival at Hogwarts

The prettiest Lego Harry Potter scene.

Specifications

Age: 8+
Number of pieces: 184
Weight: 430g
Minifigures: 4
Model number: 75958

Reasons to buy

+
Lovely fairy-tale looks
+
Clever carriage design 

Reasons to avoid

-
Carriage sealed on one side
-
A little overpriced

If the grimness of the Voldemort graveyard scene isn't your thing, perhaps you'd prefer to recreating one of the franchise's most uplifting and fairytale-esque sequences? This beautifully designed set recalls the scene from Goblet of Fire where a flying carriage from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic arrives at Hogwarts. And it's all quite gorgeous, from the ornate carriage, peppered with attractive little details, to the enchanted equines with their posable wings.

This set is cleverly designed too, especially the carriage, which opens up at the top to offer what is essentially a second storey, complete with beds and furniture. Our favourite part, though, is the very dapper version of Hagrid, dressed in his Yule Ball costume and ready to win over Madame Maxime.

On the negative side, it's a little weird that one of the carriage doors doesn't open, the front harness piece seems a little unfinished, and it might be considered a bit pricey considering the number of pieces. But overall, this is a delightful set that pays brilliant tribute to one of the series' lighter and more uplifting moments.

Lego Harry Potter: bus and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

08. Lego Harry Potter The Knight Bus

Lots of fun for fans with deep pockets.

Specifications

Age: 7+
Number of pieces: 257
Weight: 485g
Minifigures included: 3 (plus shrunken head & Hedwig)
Model number: 294868

Reasons to buy

+
Nicely designed elements
+
Can remove upper floor

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Quite small

There aren't many particularly memorable vehicles from the Harry Potter series, but the crazy Knight Bus from The Prisoner of Azkaban is very much the exception. And this Lego set does a great job of bringing the surreal three-storey contraption and its associated characters to life (see our full Lego Knight Bus review).

At 12 x 15cm, it's not as big as you'd expect from the surprisingly high price. But it is cleverly designed to fit a lot in, from the shrunken head and chandelier, which actually swing as you glide the bus about, to the swing chair and bed, which both fit minifigures. It's cool, too, that the side of the bus is detachable, aiding access, plus you can remove the top layer of the bus altogether. 

This design isn't flawless by any means: one gripe is that while the conductor fits on the side of the bus, he won't fit through the bus door itself. And overall, this set is pretty darned expensive for what it is. But as a Lego recreation of one of Harry Potter's wackiest scenes, it's does a very good job indeed.

Lego Harry Potter: Trees, Patronus and minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

09. Lego Harry Potter Expecto Patronum set

The best budget Lego Harry Potter set.

Specifications

Age : 8+
Number of pieces : 430
Weight: 200g
Minifigures : 4
Model number : 75958

Reasons to buy

+
Very affordable
+
Patronus piece is beautiful

Reasons to avoid

-
Not many pieces
-
Shoreline is too small

We'll be honest, here: the scene in Prisoner of Azkaban where Harry summons his Patronus is one that hits us square in the feels. So we were instantly attracted to this set, and what we love most is the Patronus piece itself. In a (very un-Lego like) transluscent light blue and speckled with glitter, it really stands out and effectively conveys the magical nature of both the apparition and the moment itself

This contrasts nicely with the (again, very un-Lego like) weird and creepy take on trees, bringing a vivid sense of darkness and despair into the scene. And so while the shoreline piece is, to our mind, a little too small, we think Lego should be applauded for trying something different here that really works. And overall, given the low price, we think that this set offers superb value.

Lego Harry Potter: 22 minifigures

(Image credit: Lego)

10. Lego Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigures Series 1

The best Lego Harry Potter set for minifigure collectors.

Specifications

Age: 6+
Number of pieces: 8
Weight: 259
Minifigures: 22
Model number: 71022

Reasons to buy

+
Lots of great characters
+
That invisibility clock

Reasons to avoid

-
Too much packaging
-
Expensive

This set may be retired, but dedicated minifigure collectors can pay a premium to pick them up anyway. It offers exactly what it promises: 16 minifigures from the Harry Potter and six from the Fantastic Beasts series. Each comes in a sealed ‘mystery' bag together with one or more accessory elements, plus a collector's leaflet and a unique display base plate. Unfortunately, that does add up to a lot of unnecessary packaging, which doesn't quite mesh with Lego's general focus on environmental responsibility.

The Lego Harry Potter minifigures themselves, though, are all very nice, and our favourite inclusion has to be Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which has an iridescent treatment that really shines, both literally and metaphorically. Be warned, though: the set as a whole is very expensive, and so how you feel about the Fantastic Beasts series will probably make a big impact on whether you think this is worth the cost.

Read more:

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.