Last year’s Harry Potter Advent Calendar was a lot of fun (except for those dreaded House Banners), so I’m looking forward to this year’s one – which is Yule Ball-themed.
The Yule Ball featured in Year 4, and was a formal Christmas celebration, held for the students of the Wizarding schools that participated in the Triwizard tournament.
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Here’s a look at the front flap of the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar which opens up to reveal a play mat where you can display the upcoming day’s contents.
It’s exceedingly festive and grand this year, with the Great Hall decorated in icicles, and a massive trio of Christmas trees.
The instructions for the Harry Potter Advent Calendar LEGO models are printed on each door. Some of them are easy to follow, but sometimes they can be pretty tricky and you’ll have to study the diagram quite hard to ensure that you’re building the models correctly.
Without further ado, let’s kick off the 2020 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar!
We start Day 1 of the Harry Potter Advent Calendar with none other than the Boy Who Lived, all dressed up in his best Wizard robes.
There’s a simple table with a candle on it as a mini-build, which suggests that like last year, we’ll be getting several builds to combine into a larger scene.
If Harry feels familiar, it’s because he’s the same minifigure as the one from 75948 Clock Tower, which is a little disappointing for those expecting an exclusive Harry Potter variant like we got last year.
I do like the Yule Ball invitation, which is a printed 2 x 3 tile, with a really nice holographic effect to it.
Oh and we get plenty of extra wands too, which is always a nice bonus!
So we’re off to an okay start for the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar! Bit disappointing with the repeat minifigure, especially if you own the Clock Tower set, but if you don’t own it, that’s a big plus to get Harry in his formal dress robes!
Check in tomorrow to see what Day 2 brings!
Day 2 is an exciting one – a micro-scale Hogwarts! Which is kinda redundant, as we already kind of have a microscale 6,000+ piece Hogwarts Castle, so let’s call this a Hogwarts for ants.
I love the use of Day 2 for microbuilds (we got an amazing micro Hogwarts Express in Day 2 last year), and I think the design works for Hogwarts, and I like that the Gryffindor Tower, Great Hall and entrance are immediately recognizable.
Here’s a look at the back, and the extra pieces included in my window.
It would be nice if some white cheese slopes, or cones were used to make it look like Hogwarts is covered in snow for extra seasonal flavour.
And that’s it for Day 2 so far! We’re off to a pretty good start and I can’t see what tomorrow will bring!
The 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar continues to impress, and Day 3 gives us a micro-Durmstrang Ship!
The Durmstrang Ship is the transportation of choice for the Durmstrang contingent to the Triwizard tournament, and is a magical ship which can teleport between bodies of water.
Styled like a traditional galleon, the Durmstrang Ship is a fan favourite set last seen in 2005, and one that LEGO Harry Potter fans have been clamouring for a new version.
The presence in the advent calendar is hopefully a teaser of what’s to come in 2021 – now that we have more of the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic students and teachers, we absolutely need a new Igor Karkaroff minifigure!
Paired with the nano-Hogwarts, I think the Durmstrang Ship looks great in spite of the scaling being a little off, but I highly enjoyed the design and putting this together this morning.
The used of the curved slopes for the ship’s hull even allows it to rock back and forth, which is a nice touch.
Very pleased with Day 3’s build and how the advent calendar is coming along! Let’s hope the momentum continues, so check in tomorrow to see what Day 4 brings us!
Is this the best LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar yet? It will be if this keeps up!
Day 4 gives us yet another banger – a micro model of the Beauxbatons’ Carriage, and what a beautiful rendition at this scale!
Like yesterday’s Durmstrang Ship, the Beauxbatons’ Carriage was used to transport the Beauxbaton Academy of Magic students to Hogwarts for the Triwizard tournament. It’s also based on the set 75958 Beauxbatons’ Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts.
The carriage, with its pale blue body is pulled by a micro Pegasus which is just stunning, how they got the look right with such simple parts.
The build was a little complex, so be sure to take a good look at the instructions, and hopefully these photos which show off the side and back help guide your build if you get stuck.
It looks great from nearly every single angle, and is quite possibly one of my favourite Advent Calendar builds ever.
Day 4 and this series of micro-models has been an absolute delight , especially for fans of Harry Potter and I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!
We get another minifigure for Day 5 – Cho Chang in her Yule Ball dress! To celebrate her cultural heritage, Cho Chang’s dress robes are inspired by Chinese cheongsam dresses, and have purple flowers and stars as details.
The minifigure is a little oddly shaped, as a 1 x 2 printed brick and 1 x 2 plate is used for the lower part of her dress. While the printing is a nice touch, it does make her look quite blocky, and I’m not the biggest fan of the shape.
Her’es a look at Cho Chang’s alternate face, and back printing. Coloured minifigures are a bit of a rarity, and I really like Cho Chang’s inclusion to provide more flesh-coloured alternatives to yellow or white, and this is a big win.
I also really like how detailed her hairpiece is!
A pretty solid addition for Day 5, and now Harry Potter has his crush that he failed to ask out as a Yule Ball partner to join him!
Stay tuned to see what Day 6 brings!
Day 6 gives us a cool Goblet of Fire model! When I built it this morning, I thought it was some sort of fountain, until I remembered the Yule Ball was set in Year 4, and the blue flame clicked in my head.
The structure of the goblet is a little strange – I wouldn’t have gone with brown as the base colour as the movie seems like it was more of stone-coloured goblet on the pedestal.
I do like the blue flame bit, which has reflective speckles inside! Always nice to receive LEGO with speckly bits in them.
Here are the spare pieces I receive.
Fans of the Goblet of Fire/Year 4 are going to be delighted that we have more Book/Movie 4 references, and I love how it’s all coming together.
Hope we get more Yule Ball builds tomorrow!
Day 7 is a huge surprise – a Gramophone! First of all, the design of the gramophone is absolutely gorgeous, with the elongated neck, and super-sized speaker.
The model makes great use of parts, such as the vinyl disk and needle, and despite its almost cartoonish proportions, was surprisingly sturdy and stable!
Here’s a look at the spare parts, and how the Gramophone looks like from the back. The simplicity of if all is my favourite thing about the model.
But wait, Jay, this is a Muggle device – what is this doing in my Harry Potter Advent Calendar?
The good news is that despite being a Muggle invention, gramophones do exist in the Wizarding World!
So this massive Gramophone is a reference to this scene from Goblet of Fire, when Professor McGonagall sets up the comically-sized gramophone for a dance lesson for the Gryffindor students before the Yule Ball.
I was really surprised (and impressed!) that such a obscure reference from the Goblet of Fire made its way into the Advent Calendar, and the gramophone actually makes for a great minifigure-scale build to flesh out the scene.
I know I say it a lot, and it’s only Day 7 but this calendar already seems like a massive step up from last year, and I can’t wait to see what Day 8 brings us!
On Day 8 of the Harry Potter Advent Calendar, we get the golden egg that Harry courageously snagged from the Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament!
Firstly, the shiny gold egg is an awesome accessory, and quite rare, so I’m very happy to get one.
But what’s with the dark red couch?
Can I say I absolutely LOVE how the models in this calendar are based on obscure scenes and shots like this, where Harry is lounging on the couch in the Gryffindor Common Room, trying to crack the puzzle behind the egg that’s a clue for the next Triwizard challenge?
Here’s my best rendition of that obscure shot!
The Harry Potter Advent Calendar continues to impress in the best way possible – these obscure little models are brilliant, and are really aimed at fans of the Harry Potter movie.
Check in to see what we get tomorrow!
Day 9 is a pretty basic build – not as impressive or eye-catching as the previous model, but a useful addition to build out the Yule Ball scene.
We get a Table with a glass bottle on it. I’m not 100% sure if this is referenced anywhere in the movies, and gave up after spending too much time on Youtube rewatching Goblet of Fire clips.
Not sure what the bottle is meant to be, but my guess would be Pumpkin Juice!
At the very least, in addition to the couch and gramophone, it’s now another model that isn’t a micro-model, so can be used for Harry and Cho to interact with!
That’s it for Day 9 – it’s probably the weakest day so far, but I’m looking forward to seeing if we get more furniture or props on Day 10!
Joining Harry and Cho Chang is Harry’s best friend and sidekick, Ron Weasley in his ratty old dress robe!
Fun fact: last year’s Day 10 window also contained Ron!
The Weasleys aren’t a rich family, and Ron being the youngest had to always contend with receiving hand-me-downs (such as his wand, pet rat Scabbers) and even clothes. He’s thoroughly embarrassed by the ancient style with its frills.
Here’s a look at the back printing and Ron’s less than impressed face.
If he looks familiar, it’s because the minifigure is identical to the one found in 75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower – which can be good news if you don’t own it, or like Harry, bad news if you already have the set.
That said, in the context of the Yule Ball theme, it’s great to receive another main character, and if you look at the Harry Potter Advent Calendar as a fully-contained set – an extra minifigure is always welcome to bump up the playability!
I really miss the micro-models and hope this isn’t the end of them! Check in tomorrow to see what we get on Day 11!
Day 11 of the Advent Calendar is a bit of a basic build to pad out the Yule Ball setting – a Fireplace!
I like the Christmas sock hanging from it, although I can’t help but think that it’s quite the fire hazard, especially from rogue embers.
Apart from that – it’s relatively basic, with no bells or whistles. There are 2 clips at the side, which feel a little out of place as there’s no accessory to clip them on.
What would’ve made it an exceptional build if they had included a Sirius Black head for the flames as a nod to this Goblet of Fire scene where Sirius chats to Harry in the flames.
And that’s it for Day 11! The “furniture” side of the Advent Calendar is quickly filling up, and a cosy little scene is coming along quite well.
Let’s see what Day 12 brings tomorrow!
We’re now at the halfway mark of the 2020 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar!
Day 12 is a peculiar, but interesting build – a window! At first, when putting this together, I wasn’t quite sure that it was thanks to its odd shape.
I do like the construction of the window, which uses some really clever SNOT (studs not on top) technique, and I especially like the glass of water which has blue liquid at the bottom.
Above the window sill is some Christmas holly.
No, it isn’t a grave or coffin, although that was my first thought with the handles to lift it up!
Now we finally know that the clips on yesterday’s Fireplace are for – as they connect to today’s window, which suggests we may get another similar attachment in the coming days for the other end!
Pretty clever, and I like how it combines several days into what seems to be a larger model!
Check in tomorrow to see if we get the other side, or something else!
Day 13 of the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendars gives us another proper Yule Ball build, a stunning white Christmas tree – the likes that adorned the Hogwarts Great Hall in the Goblet of Fire movie.
The construction was pretty fun, I do like the use of overlapping plates and trans-blue pyramids, and clear cheese slopes to give it that sparkly ice-sculpture look.
I’d say that this is the first proper Yule Ball build, and I hope we start getting a few more of these in the coming days, as the bright white tree really stands out in the best way against all the other models.
Check in tomorrow to see what we get on Day 14!
And there we have it, the second window to go with the fireplace!
The design is pretty similar to the first window, with its coffin-lid inspired design, but Window #2 has a chocolate frog on the sill.
Here’s how it all looks connected – I like the end result, as it’s quite large and dwarfs all the other models – as well as serves as significant wall structure – I do wish they’d have done it in 2 days instead of 3, which feels like it was stretched out too much.
And that’s it for Day 14 so far! Only 10 more days remain in the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar, and it’s already looking very packed!
Let’s see what we get tomorrow.
On Day 15, we get yet another
Gryffindor Ravenclaw – Padma Patil, who was Ron’s unfortunate date to the Yulr Ball. Padma Patil is featured in her Yule Ball dress – a magical take on a Sari to pay homage to Padma’s Indian heritage and culture.
The printing on her torso and leg-brick is sharp, and captures the dress details well, but what I love most is also the presence of the Bindi – the coloured dot on her head.
Diverse minifigures are a bit of a rarity with LEGO, so it’s great that we have a relatively accessible way for fans to get their hands on Padma, who makes her debut in LEGO Harry Potter and is exclusive to the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar.
Here’s a look at her alternate face, and back printing – shame that they didn’t think to print on the back of her legs to match the great design on the front.
LEGO Harry Potter fans will be delighted with Padma’s inclusion – it’s been way overdue, and this Yule Ball-themed calendar is a very fitting set for her to show up in. This is the second
first true-exclusive minifigure of this calendar, so I’m particularly pleased with Day 15!
Check in to see what we get tomorrow!
Day 16 is more Christmas Trees! These are slightly smaller and less ornate than Day 13’s large Christmas Tree, but are perfect to pad out and Christmas-ify the Yule Ball scene.
The Christmas Trees are quite basic, I like the clean large cone piece used for the tip and the trans-white and blue cheese slopes on the base.
You can now start putting these Christmas Trees together, and assemble this iconic Great Hall look from the Goblet of Fire.
That’s it for Day 16 so far! More Yule Ball-themed decorations to really build out the scene, and I do like that we get 2 more companion trees to go alongside the larger primary Christmas Tree!
Check in tomorrow to see if we get more Yule Ball decorations! I’d love to see more Great Hall pieces in the coming days!
On Day 17, we get another great little model, a minifigure-scale Grand Piano! I really like the design of the Grand Piano – big fan of the monochrome grey colour, and the use of printed piano keys, and I love how they incorporated the stand for the sheet music.
I don’t believe a Grand Piano was featured prominently in the Yule Ball – the closest reference I could find was on the stage, and it was mostly obscured by Olympe Maxime in the shot.
The shape is also interesting, with 3 legs and an L-shaped body – I was initially worried that it would be quite wobbly, but it turned out pretty stable.
The Grand Piano isn’t particularly “wizardy” but the design makes it a winner in my books, and the size and scaling is just perfect for the minifigures to interact with!
(sorry about Day 17! No idea why the update went missing, and I think it didn’t save over properly!)
Day 18 calls for more Yule Ball-themed furniture, and we get a really ornate banquet table. The highlights are the crystal glasses in the middle of the table, which call back to magical and opulent ice sculptures on the banquet tables.
The highlights are the crystal glasses in the middle of the table, which call back to magical and opulent ice sculptures on the banquet tables. For food, I love that they also incorporated the crabs with those little red horn pieces, that lie on top of some lettuce.
Interestingly, the other side of the table has some Technic holes in them – which suggests that this is only one half of the table, and we might get the other half in the coming few days!
Here are the spares included.
Together with the trees, it really feels like the Yule Ball is coming together, and I really like the design of the banquet table, and especially the great use of colours that contrast nicely against the white and transparent pieces.
Check in tomorrow to see if we get the other half of the table!
On Day 19, we get the second Patil twin – Parvati Patil who is also an exclusive to this set! She is almost indistinguishable from her sister Padma that we got on Day 15, except that her sari dress robe colours are reversed.
Here are the two Patil twins next to each other.
And the source material, which I think LEGO mimiced almost perfectly!
Here’s Parvati’s dual-sided face and back printing. As they’re both twins, they have identical faces – a slightly different facial expression would’ve been a nice way to distinguish them from one another.
Always a good day when you get an exclusive minifigure out of the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar, and now of course, you can sort of re-create the shot where all 4 of them are sulking at the Yule Ball!
Check in tomorrow to see what we get on Day 20!
On Day 20, we get the second half of Day 18’s Banquet Table! The design is pretty similar, a semi-circle table, with ornate ice sculptures as a centerpiece, and some drinks on the table.
Here are the Technic pins that slot into Day 18’s table.
Here’s how the combined table looks together – I really like it, and it’s really the key piece to making it feel like the Yule Ball is coming together.
And that’s it for Day 20! Really love how large the table is and how it’s able to accommodate all 5 minifigures around it.
Will we get more Yule Ball items tomorrow? Check in to see what Day 21 brings! Can’t believe there’s only 4 more days left!
After what has been a pretty great run of extensive builds, Day 21 gives us a comparatively simple build – a Mic Stand and a Music Sheet Stand.
Yup, that’s it. Wizards don’t use electricity, so the microphone is pretty much a cone to amplify sound, and at the very least the sheet is printed.
The sheet music tile is relatively rare (and new!), having only been available in 2 sets so far this year, with the most notable being Rapunzel’s Tower.
Here are the spares.
I’m guessing that the microphone is a nod to the Weird Sister’s mic, and the sheet music is a reference to the ones used by Professor Flitwick’s orchestra.
That’s Day 21 so far! A pretty basic build, but only 3 days left remaining in the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar!
On Day 22, with only 2 days left in the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar, we get the final member of the main trio – the smartest witch in the of her age, Hermione Granger.
Dressed in her stunning and elegant pink dress, with her hair tied up, this is the same version as the minifigure from the Clock Tower set as well.
Interestingly (and I don’t know if I’ve ever noticed this), but Hermione has freckles on her face, something that I don’t recall seeing in the movies.
The printing on the 1 x 2 brick that makes up the bottom half of her dress is also quite nice, with it aligning well with the torso print.
Here’s a look at her back printing, and alternate face.
Day 22 isn’t too bad, especially if you don’t own the Clock Tower set, and now it feels great to have the main trio all together dressed in their finest (except Ron) dress robes.
Only 2 more windows to open, check in tomorrow to see what we get!
On Day 23, the second last day of the Advent Calendar, we finally get a set of presents – all wrapped in the colours of Gryffindor (gold and maroon), Ravenclaw (blue and silver), Slytherin (green and silver) and the mighty Hufflepuffs in yellow and gold.
Quick book vs movie trivia – in the books, Ravenclaw colours are meant to be blue and bronze, which I think has a lot more personality than Blue and Yellow.
The Gryffindor present is especially clever, as it suggests that some lucky wizard or witch is getting a brand new broomstick this Christmas!
Nothing too exciting or Yule Ball-related, but as we’re approaching Christmas, it feels suitably festive!
Last day tomorrow, which is insane when you think about it! Check in one last time for the conclusion and wrap-up of what has been a most excellent Harry Potter Advent Calendar!
Day 24 – Finale
Here we are, the grand finale of the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar! A fitting finale to this year’s Yule Ball/Goblet of Fire-themed Advent Calendar, day 24 gives us the Triwizard Cup!
It’s not THE strongest final build to cap off what has otherwise been an excellent Advent Calendar, but it does tie together the entire theme well.
In terms of accuracy, the Triwizard Cup does a decent job of matching the movie version – with the ghostly transparent blue and snake handles.
The snake handles are especially nice, and it’s always nice to see these elements being used!
And there we have it, all 24 builds from the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar! Putting all the models together, it’s great to see the Yule Ball and Goblet of Fire scenes as a whole.
The focus on the Yule Ball has made this a particularly cohesive experience, and it’s been a lot of fun reliving the scenes, characters and even small little references to obscure scenes/props from the Goblet of Fire movie.
The builds have been pretty consistently good, with a nice mix of furniture, props and models with not many major misses, unlike last year’s infamous House Banners.
The highlights for me have been the microbuilds – Durmstrang Ship, the Beauxbatons Carriage and Hogwarts Castle – I wish we got a lot more of these microbuilds – hopefully next year’s calendar will have a lot more of these!
Only the Mic Stand has been a little forgettable, and I think the combination builds (Wall + Fireplace, and Banquet Tables) which work to create larger more substantial models.
My opinions are mixed on the minifigures – the recycled minifigures from the Clock Tower set are a bit of a disappointment, I would’ve loved exclusive variants or prints.
It’s great that we got the Parvati Twins and Cho Chang, but there is a massive Hufflepuff omission – I think not having the Hogwarts champion (and future vampire teenage hearththrob) Cedric Diggory is a big miss for this calendar.
All in all, I’m still pretty delighted with the 2020 Harry Potter Advent Calendar, and it’s great to see LEGO take on feedback from last year’s weakspots, and I really hope we get another one next year – hopefully based on a different movie!
Thanks so much for following on the countdown – whether you have been following the Advent Countdown for years, or halfway through, I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas wherever in the world you are, and I hope that you stay safe, cosy and have a wonderful holiday!
To everyone that has been participating in the comments, and sharing your thoughts, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know and hear from so many of you, and it’s always a massive pleasure reading about what you and your family has thought about the calendars!
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Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year! I hope to see you this time next year for the 2021 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar if they’re making one again!