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LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My husband is a huge Lego fan, as well as a huge Harry Potter fan. He's been collecting the Lego Harry Potter sets since they came out in 2001. So, when I saw this book, I just had to get it for him.

PROS: The book may as well be called "Lego Harry Potter: A History." It details each individual Lego set (or, in cases such as the Knight Bus, which had two sets, details the sets together) up to the beginning of 2011 and provides interesting tidbits about the designs of the sets and the minifigures that came with them. It also highlights some of the more prolific minifigures, such as Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco. It's really interesting to see how much detail is put into each set, and to see how the designs have improved through the years (The original Ginny minifigure pales in comparison to the newest one, for example). There's a "Behind the Scenes" section in the back that gives a short overview on the team that creates the Legos and on how the sets are designed, and there's a section on the HP Lego Video Game as well. It also includes a timeline of the different Lego HP sets, and a visual listing of all the minifigures. And finally, the book comes with an exclusive Harry minifigure, which appears to be "Yule Ball Harry."

CONS: Because the minifigure is imbedded in the cover of the book, the cover itself is about as thick as the pages for the rest of the book, so it gives the appearance that the book is twice as long as it actually is. The book also doesn't detail the newest Lego Harry Potter sets that were just released (e.g., the Forbidden Forest, the newest Hogwarts Castle set), though it does mention that they're coming out soon at the end of the book and has a large, two-page spread that pictures the sets.

OVERALL: This is definitely a great resource for any Harry Potter Lego collector, and is well worth the $14 we paid for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 14, 2014
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This is a wonderful resource for LEGO Harry Potter fans and collectors. It includes tons of worthwhile information about all sets released between 2001 and 2011, plus a great set timeline, minifigure galaxy, and even an index to help you find what you are looking for. I've put together a short video pictorial review so you'll know what's included. I hope you find it helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
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Book was okay but probably should have spent the money on actual leggos. The book was looked at a few times but failed to hold much interest. The leggo figure that came with it on the other hand was well played with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2011
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My kids (ages 4 and 5) love this book! The Amazon price was great, and they love looking through the book at all of the different sets that have come out over the years. The book includes the most recent sets as well, so the kids can find pictures of their sets in the book. The pictures and details are wonderful and very thorough - just what you'd expect from a Lego product. The Harry Potter minifigure is a great bonus. We are very happy with this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
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I purchased this book for my 6 year old son that is obsessed with Legos and Harry Potter. It comes with a Harry Potter minifigure, which is a plus. My son loves to see all the sets. The only downside is most are retired and unavailable for purchase that are pictured in the book. Still a cool book for HP fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
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then, this book is the next best thing. Your child won't be able to play with the sets, but atleast they could look at the pictures (fully built) whenever they like. No lego clutter around the house :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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The product came as described. Very pleased with the purchase. It is a great book for Harry potter and Lego fans.
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I had previously purchased the Lego Stars Wars book by DK and my 7 year old is still enthralled by it 4 weeks later. It is by far his favorite book and his interest in it has actually outlasted some of the Star Wars Lego sets themselves he got at the same time. My 5 year old daughter loves Harry Potter and legos (not to the 7 year olds level, but a shared interest at least). I picked this up for her thinking the 7 year old would like it as well. Mission accomplished. My daughter likes to read it and my son likes to borrow it. He will also bring his Star Wars book over and they will compare pages between the two.

What makes both books so good are the large colorful photos, short readable descriptions, and the wide variety of figures and building sets they show. I wasn't aware that Lego had done so many Harry Potter sets from '00 to '05 before slowing down a bit until '10. As there are fewer Harry Potter sets then Star Wars ones overall, the Harry Potter book is more inclusive and the photos can be bigger as they aren't trying to put as much into the identical 95 pages. I was hesitant intitially due to the perceived lack of Harry Potter sets vs. Star Wars ones, but the books are both very good. Also the Harry Potter book is a more recent release and does include sets made in 2011 in its main pages, while the Star Wars book has updated only a small timeline page in the beginning. Either way, even as an adult these books are interesting to page through.

Amazon's pricing is very good on both of these books, which do tend to sell at full retail at local brick and mortars. The little figure they throw in is a nice bonus. I liked them so well I have pre-ordered the DK book on Lego Star wars minifigs sight unseen. It shipped today so excited to see my little boy's reaction when it comes. Overall these are a great blend of books and toys that make my kids want to read them. I have no doubt they will remain staples for months to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
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While this is more of a history book than instructions it still captured my son's attention and imagination for hours on end. As an uncle said of the phenomenon: "Lego + Harry Potter = Mind blown!"
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2011
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My kids (a 5 year old boy and a 6 year old girl)are Harry Potter crazy right now. They love everything that has to do with Harry and his magical friends. This fact, coupled with the fact that they are Lego maniacs is the reason I chose to purchase this book.
We already have the Star Wars book and the kids loved it. But this one really sent them over the top!
They sat down with the book for an hour after they first got the book and excitedly pointed out all of the different Harry Potter characters and places that were represented in the books. They loved the big pictures and the details of the sets that the pictures brought out.
The real prize, at least in my son's mind, was the exclusive Harry Potter minifigure that comes with the book. He has been happily watching my son play Lego Harry Potter on the Wii for the better part of 2 days now!
While the kids were deciding where to put the book when they were going to bed the first night they decided to leave it in the front room so that "daddy could read it" (I was at work)
This book is a definite must for any Harry Potter fan or Lego fan!
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