A gingerbread Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not a project for the timid. J.K. Rowling has said she visualizes Hogwarts as "a huge, rambling, quite scary-looking castle, with a jumble of towers and battlements."
This castle is so well known and loved that the complexity of its creation involves mastery of several layers and levels, not the least of which is the emotional connection of Rowling's readers/fans. First, there's the challenge of its physical construction, including large-scale buildings and curved turrets. The castle also must be true to the descriptions in the Harry Potter series. And finally, it's got to evoke that air of dark enchantment that requires spot-on color, complexity and overall creepiness.
Sounds impossible, but no task is too big for our friend, Britta. Take a look:
How did she do it? Rather than simply post pics of the completed castle, Britta thoughtfully included step-by-step photos of her process. Visit her photo montage to watch gingerbread Hogwarts magically rise from the oven to the tabletop. There's something to be said for decorating on a flat surface prior to assembly.
This project is absolutely stunning in its construction, mood and theme. Somehow, I don't think Britta is a Muggle.