Hogwarts for the Holidays Brilliant Event (Part Two)


I love having another two-week Brilliant Event centered around Hogwarts at Christmas. While I wish the theme was a bit more festive like last year’s Christmas Calamity, I did enjoy learning more about Grim Fawley’s Hogwarts experience. I hope the second week of Hogwarts for the Holidays reveals more about the Calamity!

The second week of this Brilliant Event in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be December 22-29, 2020.


Note: Thank you Niantic and WB Games for providing this information early so Wizards Unite Hub could create this event guide. 

Hogwarts for the Holidays Brilliant Event Week 2 Guide

Just like other events this year, this Brilliant Event has been adapted so you can play at home. Please continue to stay safe and follow all local laws and guidelines.

I also encourage you to prioritize the holidays (if you celebrate) over a mobile game, as much as I love Wizards Unite.

Keep reading for the Brilliant Event details. You can also watch my video guide!

Brilliant Event Overview

The second week of Hogwarts for the Holidays Brilliant Event is similar to the first week.

Once again, NO PORTKEY TASKS! If you complete the Bonus Assignment, you will earn all of the required Portkey Foundable Fragments.

That said, if you do have time to walk Portkeys, there will be TWO different Brilliant Event Portkeys, each going to a new location. The Silver Portkey will take you to the Ravenclaw Common Room. The Purple Portkey will take you to the Gryffindor Common Room.

Finally, some rewards include Gifts to give your friends!

Event Name Hogwarts for the Holidays Brilliant Event (Week 2)
Date + Time

  • Starts on December 22nd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Ends on December 29th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Event-only 1.5k Portkeys, Brilliant Foundables, Brilliant Runestones, and Brilliant Event tasks
  • Free store pack featuring:
    • -Ingredients for 1 Tonic for Trace Detection (6 Baneberry, 4 Bulbadox Juice, 4 Angel’s Trumpet, 2 Erumpent Horn)
    • -25 Spell Energy
All Possible Rewards

  • Earn up to 15 Restricted Section Books.
  • Earn up to 4 total Spell Books.
  • Earn up to 10 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • Earn 50 Gold.
  • Spell Energy rewards!
  • Gift rewards!
  • Various other rewards including: Ingredients, Potions, Silver Keys, and more from both regular tasks and bonus tasks.

Brilliant Event Tasks

Most of these tasks have appeared before, but they aren’t too tedious. To prepare for the second set of tasks, do not visit the Brilliant Registry Page until you reach that step! Also, stop returning Brilliant Foundables once you reach 19 of either. Once you reach 20, you’re automatically taken to the Brilliant Registry Page, which you do not want.

To prepare for the fourth set of tasks, do not PLACE any Images on the new Brilliant Registry page until you reach that step.

Hogwarts for the Holidays Quest 1/4

Once again, we have the fairly standard Brilliant Event tasks. The Tonic for Trace Detection task will help you find the Brilliant Rowena Ravenclaw Portraits quickly.

Collect Ingredients or Portmanteaus 2 Times 2 Basic Ingredient Gifts
Use 2 Tonics for Trace Detection 2 Re’em Blood
Return 12 Brilliant Rowena Ravenclaw Portrait Foundables 2 Strong Exstimulo

1st Quest Rewards

  • 550 Wizarding XP
  • 2 Restricted Section Books
  • 50 Brilliant Family XP
  • 10 Spell Energy

Hogwarts for the Holidays Quest 2/4

Using Master Notes is a slowdown task. To do it quickly without spending Gold, brew either regular Exstimulo Potions or Healing Potions. You can also spend Gold on a rental Cauldron, and/or you can spend Gold to collect your Potions immediately.

To collect Brilliant Hogwarts for the Holidays Runestones, visit the Brilliant Registry Page. Each time you level up, you collect a Runestone. To collect 5 of these quickly, do NOT visit the Brilliant Registry Page until you reach this step.

Return 20 Foundables 1 Dawdle Draught
Use Master Notes 5 Times 3 Snowdrop
Collect 6 Brilliant Hogwarts for the Holidays Runestones 1 Dark Detector

2nd Quest Rewards

  • 750 Wizarding XP
  • 75 Brilliant Family XP
  • 3 Restricted Section Books
  • 10 Spell Energy
  • 2 Spell Energy Gifts

Hogwarts for the Holidays Quest 3/4

The first two tasks work together quite nicely. Drink a Brain Elixir and grind Wizarding Challenges in your favorite Chambers.

To find Brilliant Godric Gryffindor Portraits quickly, use a Tonic for Trace Detection.

Earn 4750 Wizarding XP from Wizarding Challenges 1 Silver Key
Defeat 10 Foes in Wizarding Challenges 2 Runespoor Eggs
Return 15 Brilliant Godric Gryffindor Portraits 3 Strong Exstimulo Potions

3rd Quest Rewards

  • 1250 Wizarding XP
  • 75 Brilliant Family XP
  • 5 Restricted Section Books
  • 10 Spell Energy
  • 1 Baruffio’s Ingredient Gift

Hogwarts for the Holidays Quest 4/4

Once again, drink a Brain Elixir to earn Wizarding XP quickly. A Tonic for Trace Detection will help you return Brilliant Foundables. Week 1 Foundables should work for this task as well.

Earn 7000 Wizarding XP from Traces 1 Spell Book
Place 5 Images on Brilliant Hogwarts for the Holidays Registry Page 1 Spell Book
Collect 15 Mysterious Note Pieces by Returning Brilliant Hogwarts for the Holidays Foundables 1 Spell Book

4th Quest Rewards

  • 5 Restricted Section Books
  • 50 Gold
  • 5 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • 30 Spell Energy
  • 1 Extravagant Spell Energy Gift

Hogwarts for the Holidays BONUS Assignment!

For using Exstimulo Potions in Wizarding Challenges, the regular ones are fine. You have to start the Potion in the Wizarding Challenge for it to count. The Potion can’t carry over from using it on a Trace.

HOWEVER, you can start the Potion in a Wizarding Challenge, and then allow it to carry over when you return to the Map. Then you can use it to return Foundables. If you’re a Professor, you can use Deterioration Hex on your Foes and let them knock themselves out. This goes fairly quickly in Ruins I. If you’re not a Professor, you can just back out of the Wizarding Challenge after starting the Exstimulo Potion. You lose a Brilliant Runestone, but you might prefer that to wasting an Exstimulo Potion.

The other option is to use Exstimulo Potions in the Forest Chambers when you’re battling a Foe you’re neutral or deficient against.

Casting 25 Great Spells is a repeat of the last event. I know this can be a challenge for anyone with dexterity issues. My best advice is to use Tonic for Trace Detection and/or visit an area with a great deal of available Traces. Then prioritize any Traces with an easy spell, like Aguamenti.

If you’re worried about this task, do your best to hustle through the regular tasks. That gives you plenty of time to finish the Bonus Assignment by returning lots and lots of Foundables. You’re sure to cast 25 Great (or better) Spells if you just grind grind grind!

Brew 10 Potions 4 Snowdrop
Return 45 Brilliant Hogwarts for the Holidays Foundables 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion
Use Any 10 Exstimulo Potions in Wizarding Challenges 1 Spell Book
Defeat Highest Chamber Unlocked 1 Time 1 Silver Key
Cast 25 Great (or better) Spells 10 Spell Energy

Bonus Assignment Rewards

  • 2000 Wizarding XP
  • 100 Brilliant Family XP
  • 5 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • 1 Brilliant Event Title
  • 20 Spell Energy
  • 1 Exstimulo Ingredient Gift
  • 3 Brilliant Grey Lady Registry Images
  • 3 Brilliant Nearly-Headless Nick Registry Images

Brilliant Foundables and Where to Find Them

Just like previous Brilliant Events, you will only be able to encounter some of these Brilliant Foundables in the wild. The others are available as rewards for doing Wizarding Challenges with Brilliant Runestones and unlocking Brilliant Portkeys.

If you complete the entire Bonus Assignment, you do NOT need to unlock any Brilliant Portkeys.

Brilliant Where to find it Fragments to collect
Brilliant Rowena Ravenclaw Portrait Wild Encounter 20
Brilliant Godric Gryffindor Portrait Wild Encounter 20
Brilliant Mrs. Norris Wizarding Challenges (use an event Runestone) 3
Brilliant Grey Lady Brilliant SILVER Portkey Portmanteau 3
Brilliant Nearly-Headless Nick Brilliant PURPLE Portkey Portmanteau 3

Tips to Complete the Brilliant Event

If this is your first Brilliant Event, these tips will help you complete the Brilliant Event before the time runs out. With careful planning, you can complete the Bonus Assignment as well!

  • As a reminder, Part 1 Portkeys will give you Part 1 Rewards anytime you open them, even if you wait to open them during Part 2. Brilliant Portkeys will glow purple OR silver on the Map. Be sure to collect 3 purple Portkeys AND 3 silver Portkeys during the Brilliant Event, even if you don’t open them all during the event.
  • If you are nervous about finding time to walk the Brilliant Portkeys, you can also earn the necessary Foundable fragments by completing the Bonus Assignment.
  • To find the Brilliant Mrs. Norris, you must do Wizarding Challenges with the specific Brilliant Event Runestones. To minimize your usage of Spell Energy, stick with the Ruins Chambers. It might take a few extra Wizarding Challenges to get the 3 Foundables you need, but you’ll be able to do so quickly, without expending too many resources.
  • If you decide to visit Inns, Fortresses, or Greenhouses during this event, continue to practice social distancing. Check out our previous article on staying safe while playing Wizards Unite.

Save your Scrolls and your Restricted Section Books until the end of the event. Then use our guide to spend them wisely! That said, most Aurors and Magizoologists have already earned all the necessary Restricted Section Books, and many Professors have also done so. At this point, you can invest your resources in Advanced Adversarial Combat, you can start working on a second profession, or you can invest in SOS Training. That is a personal decision, so good luck!

Brilliant Event Bundles

There are 4 bundles total that will be available during this event. Be sure to snag the Free Bundle as soon as the event starts! The Bonus Bundle will not be available until the Bonus Assignment is unlocked, so keep that in mind.

I will try to break down these bundles before the Brilliant Event begins, but I’m extremely overwhelmed with creating Wizards Unite content, preparing for the holidays, and managing my chronic illness. So it might not happen.

Are you excited for this Brilliant Event? It’s very similar to what we saw in the first week.

I’m always interested to hear your thoughts! Connect with me and the rest of the WizHub team here in the comments or on our social media platforms.

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Melissa Oswald
Melissa Oswald(@melissaoswald)
1 year ago

Since Adventure Sync stopped working for me with the last update, I finally feel your pain about the portkey tasks, and I’m really glad there are none.

lala Jung
lala Jung(@lalajung)
1 year ago

I’m wondering about the 3rd task reward gift.
In the video, u said “1 Baruffio’s Ingredient Gift”.
But in the picture which Orangewizards providing, color of the gift is the kind of energy type.
And also u write down on this page as “2 energy gift”.
Which one is right?

Phil Newmark
Phil Newmark(@philnewmark)
1 year ago

Week 1 foundables do not work towards the quest on step 4, at least the port key ones do not.

1 year ago

I love the events. That said I wish placing an event item gave better rewards. Once I finish the bonus, I try to get the items to zero and then avoid getting the items once they are placed. Some events used to give xp for placing an item. I’m not sure if that requires everything to be placed first. It would be nice if placing an event item gave sos manuals, at least part of the time.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks again for such a wonderful and useful site.

1 year ago

The other thing I wish for events is higher level rune stones just for increased difficulty and xp from battles. Maybe allow moving the page on to bronze or allow individual items to move to gold.