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MOC - Harry Potter Advent Calendar

dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
I'd made mention of this in the Brickset Builders Guild section, but figured it might be worth starting a new discussion since I'll be adding to it.

This year I have created a LEGO Harry Potter advent calendar for my wife, who is at the tail end of a master's degree and hasn't been able to do one of the retail calendars alongside our daughter (7) over the past few years. She was thrilled with the surprise reveal on Saturday and is enjoying it so far! In the spirit of official LEGO advent calendars, it's a mix of builds in various scales with a selection of minifigs scattered through the days.

On the production side, I've repurposed and fully rewrapped last year's Star Wars calendar. (Graphics on the box borrowed from a freely-available Wizarding World coloring book PDF.) The builds throughout are mostly original, with inspiration drawn from official LEGO sets and other MOCs around the web. I'll note relevant items as we go.

Here's the box. The production of the door panels was a little rough as I forgot the LEGO calendars have a staggered layout. Perhaps next year I'll build the whole thing from scratch, but for the first go-round this will suffice.

Hope you enjoy this, and maybe with some luck we'll see an official version of this next year! I'd absolutely be in line for that.



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  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 470
    This is fantastic! The thought you have put into this is amazing. The minifig packets are such a sweet detail. My wife and I will be checking this thread daily, if possible. Well done! looking forward to the rest of the reveals!
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  • CymbelineCymbeline CanadaMember Posts: 61
    just awesome - can't wait for tomorrow!
    dvw2andrelego
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,322
    This is really nice. Looking forward to seeing more.
    dvw2andrelego
  • Speedman29Speedman29 UKMember Posts: 1,211
    What a brilliant idea. The Express is just amazing, the rollerskate wheels are a little small, but they work perfectly with the comedy smoke stack!
    dvw2andrelego
  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    Door 7: Madam Hooch! Interestingly, we still don't have any kids represented in this calendar. But now we have a teacher, with Hogwarts’ iconic Quidditch instructor. This is the version of Rolanda Hooch included from 2010's Quidditch Match, as opposed to this year's only theoretically available Bricktober pack.


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  • FowlerBricksFowlerBricks USAMember Posts: 1,588
    This is awesome!
    dvw2andrelego
  • truck730truck730 Member Posts: 199
    It could have been an Ideas set of an advent calendar like the castle versions from before 
    dvw2andrelego
  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    @truck730
    Yeah, I'm wondering if I ought to submit it in some fashion. LEGO really should do an HP calendar - they'll do exceedingly well with it. HP is definitely holiday-friendly!
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  • twoeyesgirltwoeyesgirl Member Posts: 8
    Amazing calendar! And I love how you adapted your daughter's drawing. Really cool gift.
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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    truck730 said:
    It could have been an Ideas set of an advent calendar like the castle versions from before 
    I had no idea they did a Castle calendar (at least two?). Just looked it up - cool!
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  • mithridatemithridate HawaiiMember Posts: 51
    dvw2 said:
    @truck730
    Yeah, I'm wondering if I ought to submit it in some fashion. LEGO really should do an HP calendar - they'll do exceedingly well with it. HP is definitely holiday-friendly!
    Fantastic beast of an Advent calendar!

    Btw, TLG won’t pick Ideas projects based on IP they already have in their portfolio.
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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    mithridate said:

    Fantastic beast of an Advent calendar!

    Btw, TLG won’t pick Ideas projects based on IP they already have in their portfolio.
    Thank you! Yes, that's correct, which is why I can't just dump it into Ideas. Most of these are too part-intensive for a retail calendar either, except for the Hogwarts locomotive, and maybe 4 Privet Drive. That said, the giant Hogwarts Castle set is full of microscale scenery, so I bet they could easily mine that for some daily builds.
    andrelego
  • J0rgenJ0rgen NorwayMember Posts: 193
    The 2010 version of Madam Hooch is way better than the Bricktober one, so I wouldn't worry about missing out on that particular fig. Really like the calendar and look forwards to seeing the rest :)
    dvw2andrelego
  • lady_brickerlady_bricker Member Posts: 16
    Really loving this! Well done!
    dvw2andrelego
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 956
    Jealous. What a brilliant idea!
    dvw2andrelego
  • vernapplevernapple United KingdomMember Posts: 12
    This is very vwry cool, and I love all the little personalised details. One very lucky wife.
    dvw2andrelego
  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    edited December 2018
    Back on track now! With Door 10 (way back on Monday) we start building up the Quidditch arena. The next few days are pretty minimal with an eye to what was anticipated as an extremely busy week for my wife.

    We start with Slytherin, and as an added bonus, Seeker Draco Malfoy! Why so grouchy, Draco? Still can't catch that snitch, huh?


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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    Door 11 brings us the Hufflepuff towers:


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  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,692
    Ooh I wonder what could be next...!
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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    andhe said:
    Ooh I wonder what could be next...!
    hahaha yes, my sensitivity to scheduling is backfiring a little here at home too...
    andrelego
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,429
    ^ I bet it'll be Trump Towers
    andrelego
  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    Catching up after a few scattered days! Door 13 is no surprise to anybody, it's Gryffindor Towers!


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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    Door 15 gives us our first real hiccup. Finishing off the Quidditch theme, we have Ravenclaw Seeker Cho Chang (though only in her normal Hogwarts robes). Unfortunately her head is missing! Perhaps this is a statement on her unfortunate (unintentional) outing of Dumbledore's Army, but really the Bricklink seller goofed and I didn't thoroughly check the cramped ziploc bag. Luckily the seller is already on the case and we have a replacement head on the way. Sad!



    After a quiet week of minimal building we're about to get busy again with Door 16. Stay tuned.
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  • blokey9blokey9 MelbourneMember Posts: 101
    i'm loving this advent calendar, well done.
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  • dvw2dvw2 MassachusettsMember Posts: 33
    Door 21: Blind bag roulette! This is the one day which was a total gamble, especially considering how many of the CMF figures we've already covered. While I "had a feeling" that I knew what was in this one, I wasn't entirely sure. Nevertheless, I placed it after The Burrow hoping for good luck, and tonight we were rewarded with Ron Weasley!

    And the turncoat Peter Pettigrew. Uh, I mean Scabbers.


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  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,807
    Really loving this.
    dvw2andrelego
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,260
    That bus is superb.
    dvw2andrelego
  • f2iso100f2iso100 United StatesMember Posts: 33
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! You've given me so many great ideas for next year! Happiest of holidays! 
    dvw2andrelego
  • HugeYellowBrickHugeYellowBrick At my PCMember Posts: 482
    Lots of fun seeing what went in, as I don't have an Advent Calendar myself.
    dvw2andrelego
  • LittleLoriLittleLori CanadaMember Posts: 122
    Beautifully created and photographed. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your ideas with all us Bricksetters.
    dvw2andrelego
  • brickventuresbrickventures New YorkMember Posts: 24
    I really enjoyed this, thanks!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
    dvw2andrelego
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 458
    Superbly done!
    dvw2andrelego
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,732
    This is amazing!
    dvw2andrelego
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