A detailed discussion of all 24 figures
By Nhi ‘Jenny’ Vo, Production Assistant
Snape is not that excited for the holidays.
Day 1: Harry Potter
Harry’s scar is well-illustrated. He’s holding a golden owl ornament, which looks like Hedwig after a hundred days of tanning on the beach.
Day 2: Ronald Weasley
Ron looks super cute in the green toque. Mummy Molly Weasley must have knitted another Weasley special jacket for Ron with his initials on it. He’s holding a Christmas cracker. I wonder what magical sweets are inside.
Day 3: Hedwig
The real Hedwig! The outer fur layer makes her the softest toy in the calendar. She looks awesome now, unlike her long-lost cousin that looks like a combination of an owl and the Snitch on Harry’s hand on Day 1.
Day 4: Hermione Granger
I feel like she’s a bit more tanned than Harry and Ron. She must have put on some expensive mascara because her eyelashes look on point. She’s holding a Christmas present which I assume is probably chocolate for Ron.
Day 5: Albus Dumbledore
The most powerful wizard of all time! I love how his glasses got real lenses, unlike Harry’s. They are half-moon shaped, and that is exactly how the book describes them. Baby Harry is sleeping safe and sound in his hands.
Day 6: Dobby
I have to admit that Dobby is not one of my favourite characters in the series. Funko Pop makes him the cutest house elf in the entirety of wizard history. Just look at those sparkling eyes! “Dobby is a free elf,” Dobby says happily holding his freeing sock.
Day 7: Fred Weasley
Another Weasley! Should I expect the rest of the Weasley family in the next days? Fred is wearing his mum’s special sweater. For those of you who haven’t read or seen Harry Potter (what have you been doing your whole life?), Mummy Weasley knits a sweater for each of the family members featuring each of their initials. Imagine knitting nine sweaters for Christmas presents; I hope she uses some magic to finish making the sweaters.
Day 8: Fang
At first, I thought this was Sirius Black in his dog form. It turns out that it is Fang—Hagrid’s old dog. He looks a bit depressed—it’s like he got kissed by the Dementors.
Day 9: Severus Snape
While the other characters are wearing some sort of Christmas clothing, Snape isn’t. Snape is not that excited for the holidays. Funko Pop has portrayed his significant look so well that if you cover any part of the figure, you can still tell that this is everyone’s favourite double agent.
Day 10: Crookshanks
I almost mistook him for Garfield! He looks grumpy, but proud of himself. After all, he is the first one to know that it was Peter Pettigrew who disguised as Ron’s pet rat Scabbers.
Day 11: Minerva McGonagall
Two cats in a row. McGonagall can turn into a cat as she is an Animagus. Her outfit is Milan Fashion Week worthy! Her enormous hat is bigger than Crookshanks’ whole body. She looks a bit sleepy here. I guess she must have been up all night dealing with Harry’s trouble.
Day 12: (Another) Harry Potter
Why are there duplicates? I am sure that there are more than 24 characters in the Harry Potter series! Understandably, you can only see Harry’s head in the photo as he’s holding his invisible cloak. The figure looks exactly like Harry in the first movie.
Day 13: (Another) Albus Dumbledore
One more duplicate! You have got to be kidding me! This is what Dumbledore looked like when he was “calmly” questioning Harry in the Goblet of Fire. Ordinary Muggles groom their beard, but Albus ties his bread. Why do his glasses look so foggy? He’s not even wearing a mask!
Day 14: Draco Malfoy
My all-time favourite character! If you tell me you didn’t have a crush on Tom Felton years ago, you would be lying. Don’t you just love his Slytherin robe with the mini house crest on it? The level of detail is beyond amazing. I think I just heard the figure saying, “My father will hear about this.”
Day 15: (Another) Hermione Granger… but not really
If there’s anything scarier than Voldemort in the Harry Potter universe, it must be Hermione the cat. She turned into a cat after drinking a wrongly mixed Polyjuice potion. Despite her uniform, she looks more like a cat than a human. There’s even a tail!
Day 16: Ginny Weasley
Hello Ms. Weasley. Or should I call you Mrs. Potter? I love her ginger hair and Gryffindor uniform. However, I wish there was a house crest on her sweater.
Day 17: Luna Lovegood
Luna is definitely my personal favourite figure out of the 24. Everything about Luna is perfect: her distinctive outfit, her carrot earrings, her two-colour glasses, and her Quibbler magazine. At least we have one Ravenclaw on the calendar!
Day 18: George Weasley
“Woah, I was totally NOT expecting BOTH of the Weasley twins,” said Jenny sarcastically. The only way for me to tell the twins apart is by the initials on their sweaters.
Day 19: Neville Longbottom
I had no idea who this fella was when I first opened the package that day. I don’t remember Neville looking this cute in his first few years at Hogwarts. He’s holding the Monster Book of Monsters. It can roam and chomp. Phew, at least our textbooks don’t do that.
Day 20: Fawkes
Dumbledore’s phoenix is undoubtedly the best figure from the calendar. He has a soft fur layer like Hedwig. He’s on fire, both literally and figuratively. Fawkes’ tears cured Harry’s wound from the basilisk’s venom. I believe that if Fawkes were real, we would have gotten over COVID-19 months ago.
Day 21: (Another) Ronald Weasley
We got two Harrys and two Hermiones so I guess this is fair for Ron. Mummy Molly always chooses the burgundy colour for him.
Day 22: Rubeus Hagrid
He looks giant! Well, technically Hagrid is half-giant. His body parts are twice the size of the other human characters here. The Christmas tree looks so small beside him, but in reality it’s about six feet.
Day 23: Albus Dumbledore (again…)
I know everyone loves Dumbledore, but do we really need three of him?! He’s holding a small present for Harry. Even his cute pajamas cannot even make up for the fact that I have too many Dumbledores.
Day 24: Harry Potter (again…)
At this point, I’m not even surprised anymore that I have duplicates. Harry is wearing the sweater knitted by Molly. That means that the Weasleys have already seen him as a family member way before he gets married to their daughter.