Top critical review
Great set for beginners, but not for everyone
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2021
If your child is new to Harry Potter Legos, this set is a great introduction, incorporating many key scenes and characters from the early parts of the first book (though you may want to separately get a Hagrid minifig to add to it). In fact, I can’t think of a better low-cost introductory Harry Potter Lego set available now. And because this Advent calendar is very light on Christmas elements, it would be a great beginner’s set any time of year, not just for the holidays.
Likewise, if you’re a hardcore HP Lego collector, you’ll want this set for some unique elements such as the birthday cake, Dudley in his PJs, and the pre-sorting robes.
But if you’re like me and you’ve collected some Harry Potter sets but don’t need to have every little variation, you might be a bit disappointed by this set. I really appreciated how the previous two Advent calendars helped enhance my other sets. Last year’s Advent Calendar was full of great additions to the Clock Tower/Yule Ball set, and the first Advent Calendar added holiday elements to the 2018 Great Hall. This year’s Advent calendar takes a different approach, with lots of little builds of elements from various scenes, but I can’t see how to incorporate them well with my other sets on display. That said, if you’re more into play than display, you may enjoy the innovative board game approach to this year’s Advent calendar. As for me, I’m significantly less excited about this set compared to the previous Harry Potter Advent calendars.