As any fan of J.K. Rowling's already classic stories knows, Hogwarts is the boarding school where young Harry Potter learns to become a wizard. The school, a place almost too magical to imagine, is depicted here in miniature. A mystical sound effect signals the opening of the unit as 11 rooms are revealed, most featuring secret surprises. The Owlery, the Sorting Hat, the classrooms, and the library are all represented here, clearing the way for budding Rowlings to create their own adventures on the spot. Of course, for any playset to accurately depict all of Hogwarts' many rooms, even the hidden ones, would require a toy far larger than anyone could build. Still, this fun set, just right for desktops or playrooms, nicely captures the spirit of Harry's alma mater and is compatible with other Harry Potter playsets from Mattel. --John Moe
Explore the mystical corridors of the Hogwarts school with this Deluxe Electronic Play Set from Mattel. Based on the Harry Potter books and movie, the motorized school set opens with magical sounds and has 11 rooms full of special surprises inside. Follow the unpredictable twists and turns to find the secret corridor behind the owlery. Watch food magically appear, Harry disappear, Hedwig flying in with a message or a club clobbering the nasty troll. Includes 6 figures: Harry, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Mountain Troll, Invisible Harry and Professor Snape. Uses 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 8 and up. Imported. 15Lx5Wx12H".