Families swarmed the lawn of the Americana at Brand on Saturday for the unbeatable combination of Lego toys and Harry Potter paraphernalia.
The park at the center of the outdoor mall was the site of a Harry Potter Build-Off, a national competition in which Lego architects build sets inspired by J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter books and the mega-hit Warner Bros. movies.
Families took pictures with a 9-foot-high Rubeus Hagrid, a benign giant from the series whose likeness was crafted out of Legos by an artist in the Czech Republic. A few steps away, admirers took in a detailed, 100,000-piece Lego version of Hogwarts Castle, complete with soaring spires, bridges over gaping canyons and sea caverns at the foot of the gray and green plastic cliffs.
The creator of the piece is Connecticut resident Chris Steininger. His father, Lego master builder Dan Steininger, was in charge of the build-off as well as an afternoon full of related games for young people.