While Hogwarts takes up a significant proportion of our Blockwarts display, it is still only about a third of the 96 baseplates the entire display covers. London takes up a similar amount too, and like Hogwarts that part of the display has seen some improvements lately, including the addition of the Ministry of Magic (as it was mentioned in my post a few days ago). Read on to see how the Ministry looks in more detail!
As the London section of the display already includes Kings Cross Station, Diagon Alley and Privet Drive, there has not been room for any large structures, but we’re happy with the result.
The Ministry is in a solid looking stone building (though in as per the books it is deep underground, but that is hard to build). The Ministry of Magic uses a telephone booth as the visitor’s entrance. Visitors must dial 62442 (spelling “magic”) on the telephone and the booth then transports visitors from ground level to the Atrium on floor B8.
Cutouts on the back of the building reveal two scenes from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (spoiler alert).
The first is the battle in the Hall of Prophecy. This is a chamber within the Department of Mysteries, on Level nine of the Ministry. On its shelves, orbs with prophecies are stored, and it is here Dumbledore’s Army battle a group of Death Eaters.
Also shown is the disciplinary hearing of Harry for use of underage magic in Courtroom 10. Here, Harry is accused of use of underage magic by Cornelius Fudge, having used a Patronus Charm to fend off dementors attacking him and Dudley, but luckily Professor Dumbledore arrives before he is sentenced, successfully defending Harry’s actions as self defence.
“I think we might have a record of it if someone had ordered a pair of dementors to go strolling through Little Whinging!” barked Fudge.
“Not if the dementors are taking orders from someone other than the Minsitry of Magic these days,” said Dumbledore calmly. “I have already given you my views on this matter, Cornelius.”
Further updates on additions will come in the coming month as we scramble to finish as much as we can of the remaining work.
Build the magic!