Thursday, 1 November 2012


Patrick Acton of Gladbrook, Iowa, is the world’s best matchstick model maker. His works , everything from Paul Revere on horseback to Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria, to this scale model of Hogwarts School of Wizardry, can be seen in a number of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums around the world.


New to the Ripley collection in 2012, the Hogwarts model took 3 years to complete and contains over 600,000 matchsticks.

Gothic in style, the exterior of the chapel shown in this close-up features classic flying buttresses, long slender pillars and pointed arches reminiscent of England’s two most famous universities—Oxford and Cambridge– after which Hogwarts was loosely modeled.

Looking at the bridges

The Clock Tower


For those of you who are Lord of the Rings fans (like me), Ripley’s also just acquired a mind-blowing replica of Minis Tirith (The White Citadel of Gondor) made out of over 400,000 matchsticks. I am not sure if it is possible, but I think it is even more amazing than Hogwarts.

Minas Tirith
There is so much detail that it was almost impossible to capture it all. From the main gates, through the seven ascending levels of the citadel, through garrisons, houses, tunnels and turrets, all the way up to the White Tower and the tombs of the kings.  Check out a couple more detail shots.