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Harry Potter Collection: Hogwarts - Larger

by StephSim Posted 20th Sep 2007 at 5:17 PM - Updated 19th Nov 2008 at 12:00 PM by StephSim : MTS2 House Information Update
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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MAGIC: Harry Potter Collection of Lots!

Harry Potter Collection: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry



HOUSE INFORMATION
Dungeon:
Slytherin Common Room (with private bathroom), Hufflepuff Common Room, Kitchen (below Great Hall), Snape's Office, Potions Class,

Ravenclaw Boys' Dormitory (entry on the 1st Floor), 2 Empty Rooms, Prefects Bathroom (relocated to ground level), 2 Dungeon Cells (be sure to add cell bar windows and doors)

1st Floor:
Entrance Hall, Broom Closet, Great Hall (with images of House Ghosts on the wall and it exits to the Boat House and to the "Moveable" Stairs), Staff Room, Sorting Room (for New Arrivals), Gryffindor Tower Common Room (entry on 2nd floor), Hufflepuff Boys' Dormitory, Slytherin Boys' Dormitory, Ravenclaw Bathroom, Grand Staircase, Filches Office, Herbology Class (Exits to Courtyard, Greenhouse and Boat House), Classroom 11, 2nd Toilet

2nd Floor:
Gryffindor "Fat Lady" Entrance, Slytherin Bathroom, Hufflepuff Bathroom, Ravenclaw Girls' Dormitory, Hospital Ward, Defense (or Defence) Against the Dark Arts Class, History of Magic Class, Muggle Studies Class, "Moveable" Stairwell, McGonagall's Office & Room, Teacher Restroom

3rd Floor:
Library, Irma Pince's (Librarian) Office & Room Charms Class, Divination Class, Defense Against the Dark Arts Office, Mirror of Erise Room, "Moveable Stairwell", Moaning Myrtle Bathroom, Professor Flitwick's Office & Room, Ravenclaw Common Room, Slytherin Girls' Dormitory, Hufflepuff Girls' Dormitory, Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory

4th Floor:
Transfiguration Classroom, Trophy and Armor Room (combined to fit both), Room of Requirement, Trelawney's Office & Room, Bathroom, "Moveable" Stairwell, Gryffindor Bathroom

5th Floor:
Owlery, Astronomy Class, Gryffindor Girls' Dormitory

6th Floor:
Dumbledore's Room



House Data
6 Floors / 5x5 Lot / §550,544 / Sleeps up to 32 Students (for the brave), 6 Professors / 10 Restrooms (most with showers) / Over 50 Rooms / Minimally Furnished



Other Information:
* Hogwarts is a MASSIVE castle. Suggestions for game play is to keep decorations simple and to a minimum. Remember, this castle makes for great interaction and Sim videos. However, if you overload the castle (which is already quite large), it may slow down game play. It may also help to eliminate walls that are not useful. My Harry Potter Sims visit Hogwarts. Dumbledore and McGonagall live there. Nonetheless, it is still a great castle for your Sims and represents Hogwarts proudly!

* There are several rooms without doors. I did this intentionally. You will need to download an invisible door to place over the Fruitbowl Picture (with the pear) by the Kitchen, The Room of Requirement Wall, over the image of the "Fat Lady" and over the wall leading to Dumbledore's Office and Room. Here is a MTS2 link for an invisible door by pfish:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=169396

* You also may have noticed that I did NOT include fireplaces. I did this because I did not like the look of the chimneys...so here is a direct link to a "working" fireplace by Mia that has no chimney :
http://www.modthesims2.com/member/s...ad.php?t=162948

* I used the Spiral Stairs in the center of Dumbledore's room. It looks awesome! Get them here:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=249237

* The Moveable Stairs are not really moveable. The Stairwell runs from the Dungeon Level to the 4th Floor.


* I used every wall tile that can be used on this lot, which means that if you want to add a wall you must remove another. I tried to include everything with this download, so hopefully you will not need to rearrange the walls too much. I've already rearranged my decorated version a little. Keep this in mind just in case. The game only alots a little over 900 useable wall tiles in one lot. The same is true for fences, windows, etc. I used ALL available wall tiles to create this little masterpiece. Enjoy!

* Due to the size of the actual castle, I decided to combine a few rooms on one floor. Please understand that this is not the television version. I tried to stay true to the books as much as possible, but I also wanted this lot to be Sim friendly. The house dorms are each located in a tower. They were designed for up to 8 students per tower (4 boys and 4 girls). This is my favorite replica of Hogwarts as I think it is more true to form and encompasses a little of everything with ample space to create classrooms and have school.

NOTE:
There is a smaller version of Hogwarts (both decorated and undecorated) available for those of you who prefer smaller lots as I do.

Smaller Hogwarts:http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=261673
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TRAVEL TRUNKS

I've also co-created Harry Potter Travel Trunks with Jason Duskey for your Harry Potter Sims to have upon arriving at Hogwarts and to use to change clothes while at Hogwarts. They can be found here:
http://www.modthesims2.com/member/s...ad.php?t=282251

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MY TEXTURES:
All stephanie b. walls, floors and ground covers included in houses downloaded from MTS2 can be used in lot creations on any free or pay site as long as I receive credit for the textures. Please do not post my textures (walls, floors or groundcovers) or lots on other sites without my permission or reupload them as your own by giving them color face-lifts without giving me credit for the original design. Thank you!

NOT A CARBON COPY:
These lots are creations from my imagination based mainly on excerpts from the books and on-line information. I am basing very little on the movie versions of each place, so don't expect exact replica's of movie versions of the various places in the Magic and Muggle World.

MY VISION FOR HARRY POTTER NEIGHBORHOOD:
My vision for this neighborhood is that the students do not "live" in Hogwarts. I see the school as home to only a few teachers (Dumbledore, McGonagall, Trelawney). Everyone else is spread out in either their family homes or in the Summer Houses.

MY SOURCE:
I used the floorplans found on the Harry Potter Lexicon site as inspiration. For extensive Potter INFORMATION, checkout the HP Lexicon here: www.hp-lexicon.org

MY JOURNAL
Be sure to download the entire Harry Potter Collection of lots here at Mod the Sims 2:
http://www.modthesims2.com/member/StephSim

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Enjoy Hogwarts!
Stephanie 2U

Be sure to download the entire Harry Potter Collection of lots here at Mod the Sims 2 (as they appear):
http://www.modthesims2.com/member/StephSim

Lot Size: 5 x 5
Lot Price: §549,630

Custom Content by Me: stephanie b. Walls, Floors and Terrains

- Oriental Carpet (Center)
- Patterned Stone
- Crushed Ice
- Gravel Stone
- Moss Brick
- Hogwarts Ghosts Walls (7)
- Hogwarts Basic Walls (9)
- Hogwarts Astronomy Tower
- Hogwarts Broom Closet Walls (3)
- Hogwarts DADA Office
- Hogwarts Dungeons
- Hogwarts Kitchen Walls (8)
- Hogwarts Mural Walls (6)
- Hogwarts Owlery
- Hogwarts Paintings Walls (11)
- Hogwarts Requirement Room
- Hogwarts Castle Sign Walls (27)
- Hogwarts Trophy
- Hogwarts House Hourglass Walls (4)

Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Fixtures Only

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Hogwarts School.zip

Size: 8.66 MB · Downloads: 4,531 · 20th Sep 2007
8.66 MB 4,531 20th Sep 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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Test Subject
#2 Old 22nd Sep 2007 at 2:40 PM
Superb
I am a HP addict, and I think you made this castle the way it should look. Thanks for letting my simmies go to Hogwarts!
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23rd Sep 2007 at 7:08 PM Last edited by StephSim : 25th Sep 2007 at 10:51 PM.
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25th Sep 2007 at 10:42 PM Last edited by StephSim : 25th Sep 2007 at 11:16 PM. Reason: Adding Text
Default Images of Hogwarts
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#3 Old 30th Sep 2007 at 2:59 PM
Thanks for the compliment mamakay! The castle coming together is in the wallpaper for me. For instance, I read information about each house having an hour glass in the Grand Entrance that counted the points the professors give (or take away). I thought it BRILLIANT (to quote Ron) that the hourglasses have jewels instead of sand...so, I downloaded images of jewels and used the basic Paint program to resize, cut and overlay the gems into an hourglass. Indeed...The walls honestly make the castle for me!

My simmies are actually NOT in Hogwarts yet, but I have created and edited every possible character (from Hagrid to Harry) for the game and have them awaiting the final lot creation. ENJOY the download!

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#4 Old 1st Oct 2007 at 4:55 AM
honestly, u made a better hogwarts
Test Subject
#5 Old 7th Oct 2007 at 6:31 PM
I love it, I will be using it for my legacy.
With Snape as my founder, thank you so Much!

You made my dreams about hogwarts come true!
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#6 Old 8th Oct 2007 at 4:11 AM
Ken -
Thanks for the compliment. I don't know what Hogwarts it is better than (as I have downloaded none), but thank you none the less! :D
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Summer -
Snape as the founder is "brilliant" - Welcome to the Darkside! As for your dreams...you sound as "addicted" as I am. Enjoy the download!

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Forum Resident
#7 Old 13th Oct 2007 at 5:30 AM Last edited by Starfish of Terror : 13th Oct 2007 at 5:36 AM.
GUH.

I am just sitting here in complete and utter awe. I honestly have no idea what to say -- this is just so perfect! In every way, shape, and form. I'm all giddy now, I absolutely cannot wait to download this and try it out.

You've made my life complete. <3

Edit: Ack, I just realized that I need quite a few more expansion/stuff packs in order for this to work completely. Ah well, I'll ask for them for Christmas. :] But seriously, this is just such a masterpiece! Out of curiousity though, what did you use as an entrance for the Hufflepuff Common Room? I attempted (and failed) to make a Hogwarts before, and that aspect baffled me, since Hufflepuff's the only house where we haven't learned the entrance to.

And again, thank you so much for this wonderful download!
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#8 Old 13th Oct 2007 at 6:52 AM Last edited by StephSim : 13th Oct 2007 at 2:51 PM. Reason: More Information
Hi, Starfish!

Sorry about the Expansion Packs issue.

I actually have a "Sim rainy day fund" and expect to spend $30 twice a year to buy the expansion packs. I MUST HAVE access to all buyable Electronic Arts objects (especially windows and doors) when building Sim lots.

I have put the Hufflepuff entry to the right of the staircase (next to the jeweled house hourglasses) leading down to the kitchen (which is perfect as Hufflepuffs tend to be into all things culinary as part of their gracious hospitality and seekers of all things pleasurable). I separated Slytherin (also on the Dungeon level) from Hufflepuff. Originally, I used bathrooms, the Potions Class and Snapes Office to do this, but decided to also put the Prefect's Bathroom in the dungeon as I did not wish to lose valuable floor space by trying to actually place the Prefect's Bathroom on the 4th or 5th floor where it belonged. :O

Get those Expansion packs, man! It will be well worth it to create a total world of Potter. I am off to finish Spinner's End (after updating my HP pages). Be sure to collect the entire Harry Potter Collection and enjoy the download!

stephanie b.

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Added After....
I was reading a JK Rowling description of the Hufflepuff common room after reading your post, it's entry and such...It's really wild! To get to the dormitories, you go through "underground" tunnels (which is so "magical" seeing that the Common Room is in the Basement). Can't create the "underground" tunnel effect without a complete remodel.

However, the entry into the Hufflepuff Common Room is supposed to be a landscape painting. After all, Hufflepuff is the "Earth" house. This would explain the adoration for things of this Earth. I figured I could make a 2-tiled fruit orchard wallpaper (to go with the food paintings near the kitchen) and add invisible doors over the wallpaper painting.

Needless to say, I will create a 2 tiled painting wall to replace the door. I will also create a few more "Hogwarts Extension Walls" to go with the house to include Former Heads of House (for Dumbledore's space), Student Portraits Wallpaper (taken from the movies shots), etc. I will upload them to MTS2 at a later date.

Thanks for the inspiration Starfish!
stephanie b.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Forum Resident
#9 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 5:46 AM
I'm definitely asking for the remaining expansion packs for my birthday at the end of this month! It'd be completely worth it, if only for this amazing Hogwarts.
And funnily enough, I just got back from reading a transcript of JKR's that included the Hufflepuff common room description. I love your recent ideas and am so glad that I inspired you! I'll definitely have to bookmark your profile so I can check back for anything else you may add.
Sheer genius, you are. <3
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#10 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 11:53 AM Last edited by StephSim : 24th Oct 2007 at 8:29 PM. Reason: Changing Information
I appreciate the positive feedback Starfish. Now, Electronic Arts owes me big - seeing that I may have a little influence on you purchasing MORE SIMS EXPANSIONS. I uploaded the Hogwarts Expansion Walls last night (which includes the Hufflepuff portrait) ...unfortunately they were rejected due to the inclusion of pictures. Ah, well.

Where was I ....Oh, yeah! I like the comments and feedback section here at MTS2 as it provides me with inspiration many times, as your questions, comments and observations have. Thank you, again. As for this:
"Sheer genius, you are." I'll accept that! KIDDING!
Take care, stephanie b.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
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#11 Old 24th Oct 2007 at 1:51 PM
Best. Hogwarts. EVER.

I've been making all my own HP lots, but I could not resist a Hogwarts as good as this. <3
Alchemist
#12 Old 14th Nov 2007 at 10:16 AM
Oh, boy! Another Harry Potter lot. You must be very busy.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
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#13 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 11:18 AM
Abitha,
Thank you! I'm glad you like the lot.
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pfish,
Yes VERY busy! But alas the Potter Collection has come to an end! Thanks again for sharing your objects!

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
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#14 Old 28th Mar 2008 at 6:10 PM
Thank you for your Awesome work, StephSim... I mean "Awesome" in the true definition of the word.
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#15 Old 29th Mar 2008 at 6:28 AM
You are most welcomed Talon. Creating Hogwarts was bittersweet for me as I wanted to include EVERYTHING, but unfortunately...it kept growing (as things so often do with me). This version was the first one I was proud of. However, I personally prefer the smaller version to this one! Both a VERY Potterish though! Enjoy the download and thanks again for the comment and compliment. :D

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Scholar
#16 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 10:46 AM
Really wonderful and big!But how you make that from second floor you can see first floor furniture.For example:when i make two story high Great Hall and when i want to put banners on second floor walls,all furniture,tables,chairs,candles all disapears expect rugs.If someone understand this please answer!(sorry about my bad English)
Thank You for this wonderful download
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#17 Old 19th Jul 2008 at 1:15 AM
Oh Pegasus...I don't have my game loaded on my computer to help you with this at the moment. There is a box that you check when you are playing the game.

Ask your question here:
http://sumomo.modthesims2.com/forumdisplay.php?f=24

Sorry I couldn't help. It really is an easy fix.

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#18 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 5:24 AM
Incredible!!!!!!!!!! How long did it take you to make this? I've been searching all over for a Hogwarts this accurate!!!!
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#19 Old 5th Sep 2008 at 4:40 PM
Glad you like. I love this one, but it is the edge of architectural grandness. It takes a powerful computer to handle this lot. The smaller version is more my personal speed. Do enjoy the lot!

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#20 Old 21st Dec 2008 at 5:40 AM
This looks really GREAT!!!
but I am very sad because I don't have all the expansions and there isn't enough space on my computer for them even if I could afford them. I tried to make one myself using the same info as I think you used, but its far too much i can't beleive you managed to do all that! i've down;ooaded another version but it's nowhere near as good.
Any chance of you making a no expansions required version?
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#21 Old 22nd Dec 2008 at 2:33 PM Last edited by StephSim : 22nd Dec 2008 at 3:02 PM.
Hi Lizzie!
Sorry about the expansions. I do plan to rebuild the HP community with smaller versions using only the necessary expansion packs. It's on my list of things to do, but not until next year.

I'm in the process of literally starting my life over and I'm only Simming minimally right now. I have 2 projects (Christmas one now and in the beginning of the New Year finishing a castle lot from an old project) that I wish to complete before redoing the Harry Potter community. While it is coming, it will not happen until well into 2009 (preferably before the next Potter movie comes out in the US).

Sorry about that. I hope you can at least enjoy the other lots you have until then.

Be sure to check my Journal to chart my progress. I update it as I do things so you will know exactly when I begin work on the Potter mini-hood!

Take care.

Stephanie

Creativity is giving the soul permission to leap beyond the boundaries of the ordinary!
~*~Stephanie~*~
Test Subject
#22 Old 26th Jan 2009 at 11:55 PM
Thanks.
I had been slowly chipping away at my hogwarts, but then, horrror or horrors, my computer completley crashed! I can't even turn it on now, AND I've lost the warrenty. I will get it sorted in the mean time NO SIMS
Test Subject
#23 Old 27th Jan 2009 at 12:02 AM
oops, just read your last journal entry.


So, so sad.
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