So I was talking to a friend recently about Minecraft because she read a book set in Minecraft and that reminded me of that time I tried to build Hogwarts in Minecraft (if you haven’t heard of it before Minecraft is a survival/creative game where you can build and make lots of different things).
This was a project that I spent maybe 2 years working on and I really enjoyed it because it was so difficult. Part of the problem was that the actual Hogwarts layout changes quite a bit as the Harry Potter series went on (I based my castle on the movie version of Hogwarts because thats the iconic castle).
The whole design of the castle is really interesting, most of what you may consider iconic parts were actually added in Prisoner of Azkaban. In particular the clock tower and massive wooden bridge (that got blown up quite spectacularly in Deathly Hallows).
I don’t think this is a project I’m ever going to finish but I had so much fun with it because I got to add in all the tiny details. I got to build Firenze’s classroom and make it look it it was outside. The kitchens are under the great hall and the tables in the kitchens are directly under the tables in the great hall. I built Fred and George’s swamp in one corridor and hidden away there is a memorial to Dobby.
I even built the Chamber of Secrets (yes you do enter through the girls bathroom) and there is actually a hidden tunnel in the giant statue’s mouth (which takes you to a library because it’s almost fanon that Salazar Slytherin has a hidden library in the Chamber of Secrets). And of course there are many many hidden passages because that’s just the sort of thing you want in a magical castle and Minecraft makes it easy to do.
And then there was that one time my best friend decided to blow it up because of course he did.
If you were waiting for a moment to call me a nerd that time is now.