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Review: LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404 (Day 1-24 Analysis)

Review: LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404 (Day 1-24 Analysis)

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It seems that ever since the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, people have fallen in love with the Wizarding world.

And that’s why LEGO has once again created an amazing Harry Potter Advent calendar!

As with all of the previous LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendars, the 2022 version will also feature micro builds and Minifigures from across the entire movie franchise.

This particular set was released alongside all the other LEGO calendars on September 1st and retails for $44.99 / £29.99.

Packaging

The front of the box depicts a storybook, with various Minifigures and micro builds popping out of the images.

It doesn’t give away too much, though, saving a lot of the big surprise for when you start to open it up.

There’s a definite warm, cozy and festive theme on the outside of the front of the box.

The top, bottom, and sides contain the usual logos and legal bits and pieces you expect to see with any LEGO set.

The 1:1 Minifigure image that is shown on the top of the box is Nymphadora Tonks. This gives those that are unsure about sizes a sense of scale when it comes to the LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures.

Turning the set around, we are greeted by the back side of the box:

Front of Harry Potter 76404 Advent Calendar box back cover 2022
Front of Harry Potter Advent Calendar box

The back of the box shows off a few more Minifigures and micro builds, as well as giving you a glimpse of the board game you can play with them all. So let’s talk about that board game, shall we?

There have been 8 Harry Potter movies released, and as such, there are 3 builds per movie.

It follows the same pattern throughout the Advent calendar: a micro build, followed by another micro build, and finally a Minifigure.

As part of the game, each of the movies is assigned its own color. The Minifigures or micro builds also come with a 2×4 base take that corresponds to a color scheme.

Not only do the base plates of the Minifigures follow this scheme, but the front of each door on the Advent calendar has its own movie-specific icon. Let’s take a look at the labeling scheme:

MovieNo. of buildsIconAssociated color
The Philosopher’s Stone3A stoneBeige/tan
The Chamber of Secrets3A snakeOlive green
The Prisoner of Azkaban3A time-turnerYellow/orange
The Goblet of Fire3A flaming gobletDark brown
The Order of the Phoenix3A phoenixLight brown
The Half-Blood Prince3A potions bookPurple
The Deathly Hallows (part 1)3The Deathly Hallows symbol 1Light blue
The Deathly Hallows (part 2)3The Deathly Hallows symbol 2Orange/umber
LEGO Harry Potter 2022 calendar colors 76404
LEGO Harry Potter calendar colors

Full instructions on how to play the LEGO Harry Potter game can be found on the official LEGO website.

There is also a QR code on the inside of the calendar that takes you directly to the instructions.

But back to the Advent calendar and the builds themselves, we’re going to dive on in, starting with day one. Obviously!

Day 1 – Ollivanders Wand Shop

Day 1 Ollivanders Wand Shop in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 1 – Ollivanders Wand Shop

Movie: The Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 35
Spare pieces: 4

Behind door 1 is Ollivanders Wand Shop, the establishment located on Diagon Alley where all the young wizards and witches get the tools of their trade.

This micro build is made primarily from black and gray bricks, with rounded clear bricks pretty faithfully replicating the 4 bay windows on the shopfront.

There is also a black sign above the door, as well as a drain pipe that runs down the left-hand side of the building.

It took us a little while to figure out what this micro build actually was, but when we realized, we were actually quite impressed at the level of detail – especially for such a tiny build!

Overall, it’s a nice and intricate build to start the calendar off.

Would we have preferred a Minifigure instead of Ollivanders Wand Shop behind the door for day 1? Yes! But we can’t complain too much about what we got.

Day 2 – Quidditch hoops

Day 2 Quidditch hoops in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 2 – Quidditch hoops

Movie: The Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 18
Spare pieces: 1

Day 2’s door conceals a set of three Quidditch hoops.

This squat little micro build is pretty nice, and because they are scaled for the Minifigures, it allows you to play a game with them!

At the base of the hoops are a set of red and yellow bricks, as well as a set of green and gray.

These are the house colors of Gryffindor and Slytherin, respectively. It’s a cool little detail that we missed at first!

The two lower hoops are clipped to long thin pieces and attached to the base plate. The middle one is raised slightly, standing on the colored lego bricks.

It’s pretty sturdy, and the hoops can hinge backward and forwards.

It would have been nice for them to have been a little bit taller, similar to how they look in the movie, but we can’t complain too much about that.

Overall, the Quidditch hoops allow you to have some fun and play a game of Quidditch with your Minifigures.

Day 3 – Harry Potter

Day 3 Harry Potter in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 3 – Harry Potter

Movie: The Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 7
Spare pieces: 1

Day 3 sees us find our first Minifigure: Harry Potter! The boy who lived!

As this Minifigure is based on his appearance in The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry has shorter legs and, as such, is a shorter character.

Frustratingly, the legs don’t move, so you don’t have many options when you want to pose him.

Funnily enough, though, we have got this figure only once before, in the 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets LEGO set!

He has a double-sided head containing two faces; one happy and smiling, the other looking worried. The messy hair piece covers up whichever face you’re not using.

His torso piece has some detailed printing on it, with his school uniform covered up by his robes.

The printing for the robes extends to the back, where we get some creases and a pulled-down hood.

Accessories-wise, he comes with a dark brown wand. There’s nothing particularly interesting about the wand, we’ve got it several times before.

Overall, this is a great start to the Harry Potter calendar Minifigures, and we couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate character!

Day 4 – The Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia

Day 4 The Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 4 – The Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia

Movie: The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 22
Spare pieces: 6

Up next behind the day for door 4 is the Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia. This is another super small micro build that is actually better than we first thought.

The Whomping Willow itself is made of bricks of different shades of brown. It has three tri-pronged pieces that are protruding at various angles, and it’s pretty effective.

The star is the little blue car, though. It is literally made from 3 LEGO bricks: a small, flat square, a 1×2 flat brick, and some tiny wheels. And to say it’s so simple, small, and abstract, it looks really good!

It can be positioned in the Whomping Willow via a tiny tilted clear piece that holds it at an angle as if it has just crashed into the tree.

Overall, The Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia is a pretty abstract yet cool micro build that definitely gets better and makes more sense the more that you look at it!

Day 5 – The Chamber of Secrets

Day 5 The Chamber of Secrets in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 5 – The Chamber of Secrets

Movie: The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 20
Spare pieces: 6

On day 5 we get a chamber of secrets micro build. Constructed primarily from light gray pieces, it is a little flat and bland.

It is meant to look like the face carved into the wall of the chamber. You can see the two eyes, the nose, and the mouth that is opened up sideways to reveal what is behind it.

We also get a tiny head of the basilisk emerging from the ‘mouth’ of the face. It is only a small single LEGO piece cast in a greeny-gray color and features no additional printing on it.

Overall, this set is a fun little piece, and it’s cool to get the basilisk.

It would have been nicer to get the full thing, though, perhaps in two or three pieces. This would have added to the play value of the micro build.

Day 6 – Moaning Myrtle

Day 6 Moaning Myrtle in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 6 – Moaning Myrtle

Movie: The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 5
Spare pieces: 0

Day 6 reveals the next Minifigure, this time it’s Moaning Myrtle!

She has a head with two faces printed onto it; one happy and smiling, one devastated and crying, complete with a tear running down her cheek.

She features a similar school uniform printed on her torso to the Harry Potter Minifigure from day 3, however, she has shiny silver highlights where harry had black/dark gray.

Her leg piece is of a medium length and can move, which makes her a little extra fun.

Also, her hair piece is rubbery and allows for a little movement. Not a lot, but enough to play with.

LEGO released a version of Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter Minifigure blind bags. That one had a slightly bluer hue and also a clear piece attached to her foot to make her look like she was floating.

It would have been great to have gotten that little feature in the Advent calendar – she is a ghost, after all!

Overall, Moaning Myrtle is an interesting Minifigure. It could have been improved slightly, but with that being said we still think it’s a real winner and probably wouldn’t have wanted anyone else!

Day 7 – The Knight Bus

Day 7 The Knight Bus in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 7 – The Knight Bus

Movie: The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 26
Spare pieces: 5

Open the door for day 7, and you’re met by the iconic triple-decker Knight Bus!

Considering that this micro build is made up primarily of clear 2×1 pieces sandwiched between 2×1 purple pieces, it really does look good and effective.

Two round black studs on the bottom represent the wheels, and we also get a flat black road and sidewalk too.

The final element is a tall black streetlight, in which LEGO put a translucent orange piece near the top to give off some actual light.

Overall, the Knight Bus is brightly colored and very eye-catching, and we find it fascinating how they capture the look of the magical bus using only a few bricks!

Day 8 – Dementors in the Forbidden Forest

Day 8 Dementors in the Forbidden Forest in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 8 – Dementors in the Forbidden Forest

Movie: The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 18
Spare pieces: 3

Day 8 sees the reveal of the Dementors in the Forbidden Forest.

At first, we thought this micro build might be the underwater Goblet of Fire task, where the students are submerged alongside the kelp and seaweed in the great lake.

It took us a few long moments to realize what it actually was!

The trees are basic, but because of how they’re positioned on the baseplate, it gives it some depth. Similarly, the Dementors are on different levels, which also adds to that depth effect.

That fun little trick from LEGO is what saved this micro build for us.

We may have otherwise found it a little lackluster and boring, but they managed to make it interesting and worthy of studying.

The Dementors are represented by tiny black statuettes, complete with a cape. They’re not 100% accurate to what we see in the movies, but they’re small enough for it not to matter.

Overall, the Dementors in the Forbidden Forest isn’t the best micro build, but it does have some fun redeeming qualities.

Day 9 – Sirius Black

Day 9 Sirius Black in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 9 – Sirius Black

Movie: The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 6
Spare pieces: 0

When you open the door for day 9, you will find the Sirius Black Minifigure.

He has a head with double-sided printing. One face is angry and wild, while the other is calm and happy.

His long scraggly hair piece masks whichever face isn’t in use.

His brown torso piece has a spiky, wavy pattern printed onto both the front and the back.

The legs are completely black and have no printing on them at all. That’s fine, though, as it still fits in with his look.

Accessories-wise, he has a prisoner number plaque. The piece reads ‘Azkaban prison’ followed by two symbols and then ‘390’.

This is all printed directly onto the piece, which means there are no stickers!

This accessory fits neatly into his hand, and he holds it pretty firmly.

Also, as a side note, this particular Sirius Black Minifigure is unique to the Advent calendar and can’t be found anywhere else.

Overall, this Minifigure is a neat addition to the calendar. His face printing and long hair look fantastic, and the prisoner identification number accessory is weirdly one of the best accessories of the whole LEGO set.

Day 10 – The Goblet of Fire

Day 10 The Goblet of Fire in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 10 – The Goblet of Fire

Movie: The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 9
Spare pieces: 0

Up next, behind day 10’s door, is the Goblet of Fire. Constructed out of several brown rounded LEGO pieces, it sits atop a sandy beige floor.

The flame is a very light blue translucent piece, and it clips neatly into the center of the goblet, protruding up and nearly doubling the micro build’s height.

We also get a small clear piece with a piece of paper printed onto it. On that paper is written Harry Potter’s name, from when it is ejected from the Goblet of Fire.

There isn’t room for this piece to actually sit in the goblet as you might want it to, but it’s still a nice little touch. It is the perfect size for a Minifigure to hold it, though!

Overall, the Goblet of Fire is a simple yet pleasing-looking micro build.

Day 11 – The Tri-Wizard Cup

Day 11 The Tri-Wizard Cup in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 11 – The Tri-Wizard Cup

Movie: The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 15
Spare pieces: 3

Day 11 reveals the Tri-Wizard Cup, the prize for the one who wins the Goblet of Fire tasks.

The main center section of the cup consists of a clear, upside-down bell-shaped LEGO piece. It definitely looks the part and is accurate to what we see in the movie.

The outer structure of the cup is made up of light and dark gray pieces.

Because of how they clip together, it allows them to bend and flex, which means they can wrap around the clear piece.

This added structure really makes this micro build look a little more substantial.

It gives it some bulk and mass and makes it look more impressive than if the ‘arms’ were just printed onto the clear portion of the cup.

Overall the Tri-Wizard Cup is an appropriately impressive-looking build. LEGO really were ingenious in how they used pieces for the handles and outer structure.

Day 12 – Lord Voldemort

Day 12 Lord Voldemort in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 12 – Lord Voldemort

Movie: The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 6
Spare pieces: 1

We’ve reached the halfway point with day 12, and to mark the occasion, we get the dark Lord Voldemort Minifigure.

Color-wise, Lord Voldemort stands out against all the other Minifigures in this set. His strictly black and white looks are a stark contrast to the other characters.

He has a head piece with a face printed on only 1 side. He, of course, has no hair to cover up a second face if one were printed on there.

Voldemort’s face printing looks sharp and evil, and we love the pinky red snake tongue that is flicking from his mouth, as well as his sunken, pale yellow eyes.

There is some slight printing on both the front and back of his torso piece. Instead of legs, Lord Voldemort has a plain black, long, curved piece which represents his full-length cloak.

He does come with a wand as an accessory, however, unlike the other wands that we get in this particular LEGO set, Lord Voldemorts is white – just like the rest of his fleshy parts!

Overall, we love that we got the primary villain of the series, as he looks great. He’s just let down by his lack of a legs piece and articulation.

Day 13 – The Room of Requirement

Day 13 The Room of Requirement in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 13 – The Room of Requirement

Movie: The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 20
Spare pieces: 3

Behind day 13s door we get one of the most important and essential rooms of the Hogwarts castle, the Room of Requirement.

Constructed from sandy beige LEGO bricks, this particular micro build isn’t all that exciting.

The structure looks neat, and the little great statuette is a nice addition, but it’s still a pretty plain build.

We do appreciate the splash of color on either side, with the translucent blue bricks adding a little excitement to an otherwise flat micro build.

Overall, the Room of Requirement is a fun little build, but it’s also uninspiring and pretty boring once it’s done.

But that’s okay – not every day can be amazing!

Day 14 – The Hall of Prophecies

Day 14 The Hall of Prophecies in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 14 – The Hall of Prophecies

Movie: The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 28
Spare pieces: 1

Day 14 reveals the dark and mysterious Hall of Prophecies. This black arch is highlighted with translucent blue bricks that add some light and color to the build.

However, in the same way that day 13’s Room of Requirement was a little static, the Hall of Prophecies is also just meh.

The one saving grace is that it looks pretty intricate and detailed.

We do absolutely love the rows of prophecy balls that sit on the shelves, and it would be interesting to see how many of these micro builds lined up would look.

Overall, the Hall of Prophecies suffers the same problem as the micro build that came the day before: the idea is nice, the execution is good, but the final result has no play value and, as such, isn’t the best.

Day 15 – Nymphadora Tonks

Day 15 Nymphadora Tonks in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 15 – Nymphadora Tonks

Movie: The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 7
Spare pieces: 1

The next minifigure we get is behind day 15’s door, and it is the inimitable Nymphadora Tonks.

She, of course, has a double-sided face. One side with a roguish and cock-sure smile, the other with yellow duck lips printed on, from when she transformed herself.

As with all other Minifigures with double-sided head printing, her bright pink hair covers up the face that isn’t in use.

Her torso piece has a lot of printed details on both sides, and we love how a lot of the sections are printed in shiny, reflective silver, really highlighting the many intricacies of her outfit.

Her legs are black and plain, so there’s nothing much to see there.

As she is a witch, she does come with a wand. This dark brown wand features no paint applications and clips nicely into her hand.

Overall, Nymphadora Tonks is one of the most colorful and unique Minifigures that we get in this set, and we adore the work that went into capturing every little detail of her outfit.

Day 16 – Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair

Day 16 Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 16 – Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair

Movie: The Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 17
Spare pieces: 1

Day 16s door opens up to reveal the most quirky and kooky micro build of the set: Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair.

It’s essentially a pink and purple armchair…with a head on top of it!

The head is the very same Professor Slughorn head that we get on many of his other Minifigures. It features a happy face on one side and a slightly irate face on the other.

Then on top of that sits a neat gray hair piece that conceals the face that you don’t want to use.

If you take slughorn’s head off altogether, the chair is completely useable. Minifigures fit in it perfectly, and you can include it in any scene where an armchair is needed.

But this micro build truly looks its best when it has the head on top of it. It’s a ridiculous look, but it’s also incredible, and we love that LEGO went there and made it happen!

Overall, the Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair micro build is the kind of crazy nonsense that we’re here for.

It’s always awesome when LEGO has a little fun, and they did themselves proud here!

Day 17 – The Pensieve

Day 17 The Pensieve in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 17 – The Pensieve

Movie: The Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 8
Spare pieces: 2

Day 17 is The Pensieve, the magical object owned by Dumbledore that displays people’s memories. And we’ll be honest, there’s not too much to say about this particular set.

The simple micro build is basically a white curved ‘bowl’ piece with a translucent blue flat domed piece on top. It’s not the most detailed build ever, nor is it the most interesting.

It is scaled pretty correctly for the Minifigures, so at least there’s some playability in that sense.

Overall, The Pensieve is one of those ‘filler’ days where LEGO had to put something a little less exciting in if they wanted to put extra cool stuff behind the doors for the other days!

Day 18 – Professor Severus Snape

Day 18 Professor Severus Snape in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 18 – Professor Severus Snape

Movie: The Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 7
Spare pieces: 1

Professor Severus Snape is the Minifigure that we find behind day 18s door.

He has a head with two faces printed on it. The first one is surly with a raised eyebrow, the second is angry and annoyed.

His trademark longer greasy hair piece keeps the second face covered.

His torso has a much-needed splash of color – a welcome change to all of the black! The purple waistcoat underneath looks great and has plenty of buttons and pockets printed onto it.

The printing extends to the back of the torso piece to complete the look. Unfortunately, the legs are blank and have no details printed on them at all.

Of course, Snape comes with an accessory, and it’s a dark brown, almost black wand.

This Minifigure is available in two other LEGO sets: the 76383 Hogwarts Moments: Potions Class set and the 76402 Hogwarts: Dumbledore’s Office set.

Overall, the Professor Severus Snape Minifigure is a fun one, and it’s nice that we get a ‘bad guy’ to balance out the abundance of good guys.

Day 19 – Rubeus Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle

Day 19 Rubeus Hagrid's Flying Motorcycle in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 19 – Rubeus Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 1) (2010)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 25
Spare pieces: 5

Behind door 19 is Rubeus Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle. This dark and compact little vehicle is a fun little micro build that does have some play value, so kids will enjoy it!

The motorcycle itself is made of black and grey LEGO bricks, with a clear piece at the front for the headlight.

The sidecar also has a translucent orange flame firing out of the back.

This blast of color is much needed in an otherwise dark and grungy micro build. Even the house roofs down below are a dark blue color as if the motorcycle was being flown at night.

The motorcycle can be separated from the clear piece that connects it to the base. This allows you to fly it around and interact with other sets. It’s not much, but it’s fun.

One thing that would have made this even better was if they had included a tiny LEGO statuette riding the bike.

Overall, Rubeus Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle definitely isn’t the worst micro build ever, and despite it being small, you can actually have some fun with it.

Day 20 – The Burrow

Day 20 The Burrow in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 20 – The Burrow

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 1) (2010)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 18
Spare pieces: 1

The micro build behind the door of day 20 is the Weasley family home, otherwise known as The Burrow.

In the movie, The Burrow is quite a wonky and haphazard building, and LEGO has done their best to recreate this look.

Being able to create such a building on a tiny scale is tricky, but LEGO definitely got close.

Instead of leaning, they stepped the top half of the building outwards over the front part. It’s not entirely accurate to what’s on-screen, but you get the idea, and it surprisingly works well.

Flanking the tan house with its bright red roofs are two trees, one standing twice the height of the other. It provides some cooler, more natural colors next to the hot reds of The Burrow.

Overall, LEGO did a good job at trying to make this micro build look right.

They’re good, but they’re not miracle workers, and they did the best that they could with The Burrow, given the tiny micro build scale.

Day 21 – Hedwig and game spinner

Day 21 Hedwig and game spinner in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 21 – Hedwig and game spinner

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 1) (2010)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 10
Spare pieces: 1

Open the door for day 21, and you get Hedwig and a game spinner.

We’ll start off by looking at Hedwig, and it’s certainly a fine little Minifigure accessory.

Molded entirely in a single white piece, she features printing all down the front of her body.

She also has beady yellow eyes with black pupils and a black beak that really stands out against the white of her body.

Hedwig stands perfectly well on her own or can sit on the hand of a Minifigure, clipping securely into place.

The spinning game piece works very much like a Jewish dreidel, with four sides each containing separate images.

One side bears the Dark Mark, one side has a ‘minus LEGO brick’ icon, while the other two sides have an ‘add LEGO brick’ icon.

Standing at about twice the height of Hedwig, it’s easy to spin and read from a distance.

Overall, the game spinner is a great little build and makes playing the board game extra fun.

Hedwig is more of an accessory than anything else, but it still looks nice, especially when perched on Harry’s hand.

Day 22 – Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon

Day 22 Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 22 – Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (2011)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 27
Spare pieces: 6

Day 22 reveals one of the most incredible micro builds of the 2022 LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendar: The Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon set.

The facade of the Gringotts Wizarding Bank is made entirely from white bricks and looks pretty grand, considering it stands at only around an inch tall.

But the whole thing takes on another sense of scale when combined with the escaped dragon that sits on its roof.

This takes the micro build from something static to something exciting!

The dragon is made out of various shades of gray, and the bladed wings can tilt up and down. The head can also tilt side to side too, adding a little more dynamic-ness to the whole set.

The only thing that could have made this set better is if the dragon’s wings could hinge out sideways so you could put it in ‘flying mode’. That way, you could separate it from the building and fly him!

But overall, this set looks fantastic. We were blown away by the detail and how much of a sense of scale it had.

The Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon set is definitely up there as one of the highlights of the calendar!

Day 23 – The Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4

Day 23 The Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4 in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 23 – The Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (2011)
Type of build: Micro build
Total pieces: 28
Spare pieces: 6

Day 23 sees another incredible-looking micro build behind its door, this time it’s the Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4.

The train is made of warm red bricks alongside deep black ones. The gold at the front of the train really adds a flash of much-needed additional color.

The platform 9 3/4 is made up primarily of sandy beige bricks, with two big arches that tower above the tiny train. It really is a pleasure to look at from any angle!

It would have been nice if the train was a separate build to the platform, and you could play with it and drive it along. However, we understand how limited LEGO were with the size.

Overall, the Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4 is one of those sets that looks fantastic, but we just wish it had a little more play value to it!

It’s still an amazing (but tiny) display piece, though.

Day 24 – Neville Longbottom and The Sword of Gryffindor

Day 24 Neville Longbottom and The Sword of Gryffindor in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
Day 24 – Neville Longbottom and The Sword of Gryffindor

Movie: The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (2011)
Type of build: Minifigure
Total pieces: 6
Spare pieces: 0

We’ve finally reached Christmas eve, and behind the door for day 24 is the Neville Longbottom Minifigure, complete with the Sword of Gryffindor.

Neville’s double-sided head has a neutral face on one side, with a more worried and concerned face on the other. His short hair piece conceals the second face.

The torso piece has plenty of printing on it, with his highly detailed cardigan printed onto both sides. The back also has a hood printed on it.

Neville has a dark blue leg piece that features no printing. They might be plain, but at least they’re able to move, and as such, you can put him in whatever pose you want.

The highlight has to be LEGO’s version of the Sword of Gryffindor.

Molded in light grey plastic, it has translucent red pieces at the bottom of the hilt as well as on the ends of the cross guard.

Overall, Neville Longbottom is a brilliant finale to the LEGO Harry Potter Advent calendar, and the Sword of Gryffindor is a grand and amazing-looking accessory.

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DayItemNumber of piecesSpare pieces (after build)
Day 1Ollivanders wand shop354
Day 2Quidditch hoops181
Day 3Harry Potter71
Day 4The Whomping Willow and flying Ford Anglia226
Day 5The Chamber of Secrets206
Day 6Moaning Myrtle50
Day 7The Knight Bus265
Day 8Dementors in the Forbidden Forest183
Day 9Sirius Black60
Day 10The Goblet of Fire90
Day 11The Tri-Wizard Cup153
Day 12Lord Voldemort61
Day 13The Room of Requirement203
Day 14The Hall of Prophecies281
Day 15Nymphadora Tonks71
Day 16Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair171
Day 17The Pensieve82
Day 18Professor Severus Snape71
Day 19Rubeus Hagrid’s Flying Motorcycle255
Day 20The Burrow181
Day 21Hedwig and game spinner101
Day 22Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon276
Day 23The Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4286
Day 24Neville Longbottom and the Sword of Gryffindor60

Final Thoughts

We’ll start by saying that this Advent calendar is absolutely fantastic.

LEGO knocked it out of the park (or should that be Quidditch stadium) with their Minifigure and micro build selections.

We also love the added interactive element of the board game. It’s a great feature that none of the other LEGO Advent calendars have.

They covered each and every movie in 3 builds, each of them perfectly representing what that movie was about.

We got some of the more obvious route-A build selections, as well as some nice deeper cuts.

Minifigure-wise, it’s hard to choose a favorite as they are all equally fun and have their own charms, but if push came to shove, we’d have to go for Nymphadora Tonks.

There’s just something about her look and the attention to the details on her torso piece that we love, and it helps her stand out slightly from the rest of the crowd.

All 24 Minifigures and micro builds in the LEGO Harry Potter 2022 Advent Calendar 76404
All 24 Minifigures and micro builds

Now, let’s talk about the micro builds. Usually, they are very hit-and-miss, often being pretty boring or lackluster. However, the micro builds in this particular Advent calendar blew us away!

They might only be simple, but they are shockingly good!

Builds such as The Knight Bus, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and escaped dragon, and The Burrow look amazing for such a small scale.

In fact, we can safely say that for us, our favorite piece in this entire Advent calendar was the Professor Horace Slughorn as an armchair micro build. It’s silly, and it genuinely looks wonderful.

And that’s a shock even to us! We thought one of the Minifigures would be the highlight of this calendar! But we’re A-okay with that kind of shocking twist!

Granted, not all the micro builds are as exciting, and because they are on a different scale to the Minifigures there’s not much play value, but their detailing and intricacy can’t be denied!

It would have also been nice to get more Christmassy items.

A Christmas tree, perhaps, or maybe a Minifigure in a festive knitted sweater. However, we see what theme they were going for and can’t complain about LEGO’s decision.

So whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or just a fan of cool Minifigures and surprisingly awesome micro builds, we can definitely recommend picking this one up!