Hello there and welcome to the Jay’s Brick Blog Daily daily countdown of the 2021 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar!
This is LEGO’s third year of Harry Potter Advent Calendars, and to freshen up the formula, there is some sort of game built into the Advent Calendar this year which I’m excited to see unfold.
Check out the HP Advent Calendars fromand for a walk down memory lane
This year, in addition to Harry Potter, I’ll also be counting down the Star Wars, Harry Potter,and Advent Calendars!
How does this work?
If you’re new here, I do daily updates on each window of the 2021 Friends Advent Calendar. I usually post updates in the morning, but sometimes if I get too busy at work, updates will be posted in the evening. I’ll update this post each day, as I don’t really enjoy the practice of creating new posts for each day as it keeps it so much cleaner.
Unlike other sites, I’m actually opening each window as I go, and I’ve been able to be relatively spoiler-free to be as surprised as I can get. All reviews, thoughts and reactions are live as we go along, there are no pre-planned photos or thoughts, unless I happen to be travelling or away from home.
Do note that I’m based in Melbourne, Australia (GMT +11) so we’re ahead of most of the world (except New Zealand) so to avoid spoilers, try to come back to this post after you’ve opened your window and built the daily model especially if you’re located in other timezones like the US or UK.
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I LOVE this illustration of a snow-covered Hogwarts castle. The art style is on point, and reminds me so much of the original book covers, and really sets the scene for the 2021 Harry Potter Advent Calendar.
Lifting open the flap reveals the mat, which has a game, called “Journey to Hogwarts”. Along the mat is some sort of pathway, and there’s a spin dice to move your minifigures along, with numbered spots that correspond to the Advent Calendar builds.
A pretty fun gimmick, and I like that there’s some innovation in the advent calendar, and this should hopefully be very playable for families!
As always, the instruction of each day’s builds are printed on the inside of the doors, so be careful and try not to rip them out!
Without wasting any time, let’s get started with the 2021 Harry Potter Advent Calendar countdown!
Day 1 starts off slow and easy, with a Privet Drive sign, along with an envelope resting on the sign.
Nothing too fancy here, and it’s a break from the tradition of getting a Harry Potter minifigure on Day 1’s window like previous years.
The Privet Drive sign is a printed tile, which you might recognise from.
You can pop the Privet Sign drive on its square on the playmat, and that’s it for Day 1.
A little bit of a plain build, and very strange not to get a minifigure out of the box, but let’s hope that we get one in Day 2! Check in tomorrow to see what we get!