Lego recently released a beautiful Hogwarts castle.
I would love to buy it, but before I do, I need to know: Is it consistent with canon? (Either book or movie). If not, where does it differ?
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This is a picture (from the Daily Telegraph) of the model of Hogwarts on display at the Warner Brothers studio tour.
You can tell right away that the Lego model is incomplete, but a pretty good match from the outside.
So the leftmost building which I believe is the clock tower and behind that the Great Hall? is clearly present in both pictures, and then you've got the courtyard outside the clock tower and the path leading down to the boathouse is even correct. Then you can see the tall tower, which I suppose is the Astronomy tower, and the adjoining building is all correct. The bridge in the foreground is correct, and then that leads into your building which is the rightmost building in the Lego set, but there's a lot more in the real thing. I believe Potions is taught in the dungeons beneath that building.
As far as the canonical source is concerned this Lego set is, like the other smaller minifig-scale Lego models, a movie tie-in (a good hint is the movie font being used on the box, together with the Wizarding World logo).
The (first out of four) instruction booklet contains interesting information about what the set was meant to be:
Begin a magical journey with this detailed replica of the iconic HogwartsTM Castle.
Explore the prestigious school of witchcraft and wizardry. Experience a microscale LEGO® model built from over 6,000 pieces and packed with authentic details for a rewarding building experience. Discover the intricately designed chambers, towers, classrooms and many other hidden features depicting scenes from the Harry PotterTM series and recreate the movies’ pivotal moments of magic and adventure.
(page 3, emphasis mine)
Translating the magical onscreen locations into a LEGO® model in microscale was an exciting design challenge. To represent the key architectural structures, iconic silhouettes and details in tiny bricks, whilst retaining the unforgettable look and feel of the movies, was not an easy task.
(page 4, idem)
A few pages in, Lego model designer Justin Ramsden states:
My design approach focused on capturing the essence of Hogwarts; its iconic silhouette, the exciting feeling of going back to school and starting a new adventure. I wanted to recreate all the iconic locations from the castle and moments from the movie series in ‘micro-detail’, including the moving staircases, the Whomping WillowTM, Professor Lupin’s Boggart lesson in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom and the Basilisk encounter in the Chamber of Secrets.
(page 6, idem)
So, concerning the consistency with the source: