A term coined by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series, involves the history and study of magical wands. May cover the material composition of wands, theories and/or eccentricities of past wand makers, duels recorded, wand folklore, etc.

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What happens to the wands of dead wizards?

When wizards die, are their wands recycled? Or are they buried with the wizard or what? I mean, the wand might not be interested in a new master just yet, but it seems like a waste of a perfectly ...
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Could Voldemort have actually been the True Master of the Elder Wand for a little bit?

I understand why Draco was the mast of the Elder Wand, not Snape, and then how Harry was the master, not Voldemort. But did't Voldemort kill Harry? Does that count? He was dead for a little bit, ...
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Wand ownership in the Harry Potter universe [duplicate]

First of all, this answer is related, but not equal to, Was Harry making a big mistake with his plan for Elder Wand?. In the final acts of the HP story, we learn that wand ownership plays a great ...
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Do wands have to be made of wood in Harry Potter?

A recent comment exchange (here) got me thinking: are there any examples of non-wooden wand in canon? I always assumed it was the core of the wand itself that was being used in the channeling of ...
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When do children raised in a wizard family get their wand?

If a child is raised in a wizard family, when can they first get a wand of their own? If the child goes to Hogwarts to study when they are 11 years old, then surely they need a wand at that time ...
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Why didn't Harry repair Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

It is noted in canon that Harry repaired his wand after the Battle of Hogwarts. While he had the wand, why didn't he repair the war-torn Hogwarts grounds? It seems like the least he could do after ...
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How many wand makers are there?

How many wand makers are there in the Harry Potter universe? Is there only a select few people that can make wands or is there like a wand company?
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What happens if you try an offensive spell on yourself?

In the last battle between Harry and Voldemort, I remember something like, The wand soared in a high ark, towards a master it would not hurt (or kill?) So my question is, what would happen if ...
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What would happen to the Elder Wand if a living Horcrux killed its current wielder?

What happens if a Horcrux (or indeed, any other non-wizard being containing part of a wizard's soul) kills the owner of the Elder Wand? For example, consider when Dumbledore was still the master of ...
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What was the most common wand core?

What was the most common wand core over the course of the Harry Potter series. Was it Phoenix, Unicorn, or other?
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What was the most common wand wood?

Out of all of the wands we know of in the Harry Potter universe, which wood was mentioned the most, or from our limited knowledge appears to be most common?
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What is the relationship between a spell's incantation and effect?

This requires a little bit of context, so please bear with me. Ron Weasley: "Wingardium Leviosa!" Hermione: "You're saying it wrong. It's Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the 'gar' nice and ...
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Why does a wizard need a wand to perform magic? [duplicate]

In the Potterverse, it is seen that some children are born with the "magic gene" and others are not (e.g. Lily Potter and her non-magic sister Petunia). Those children from the United Kingdom who ...
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How does Ollivander decide what kind of wand to make?

For every wizard there's a wand: short, long, flexible, rigid, filled with bits of unicorn, phoenix and dragon (referring to the wands here, not the wizards and their diets); one wizard, one wand. ...
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How did Harry break the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows Part 2? [duplicate]

The Elder Wand in the Harry Potter series was considered to be the most powerful wand, does that make it indestructible? How did Harry just snap the Elder Wand as if it was a thin wooden stick?
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How does Charlie's wand work for Ron?

On the train to Hogwarts in the first book, Ron says he uses Charlie's old wand. I have two questions: Doesn't he have to kill or disarm Charlie to be able to effectively use Charlie's wand? How ...
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Harry's claim: How hard is it to deliberately cause a Priori Incantatem?

In Deathly hallows, Harry fears that by using Priori Incantatem, the Death Eaters could work out that his wand was broken: “Priori Incantatem,” said Harry. “We left your wand and the blackthorn ...
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What was the spell Harry cast in the Battle of the Seven Potters?

In the Deathly Hallows, after the Battle of the Seven Potters Harry said: "No," said Harry. "The bike was falling, I couldn't have told you where Voldemort was, but my wand spun in my hand and ...
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Are there examples of a wand not performing well that are attributed to wand disloyalty?

There are many example, especially in Deathly Hallows (both the book and the movies), where it is mentioned that using someone else's wand without mastering it will cause problems for the user. The ...
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What does a wizard do if he loses his wand?

Since you don't have a wand, you can't use the Accio spell to find it. But of course you could just get a buddy to say "Accio Harry's Wand" but would that work? If you could just summon your wand via ...
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Why didn't anyone go looking for Voldemort's wand after he was defeated at the Potters?

This question shows that only Wormtail, after almost 14 years, decided to go and fish out Voldemort's wand from the wreckage Is it hinted anywhere in the book why no one else ever tried to look for ...
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How does Ollivander distinguish wands by sight?

Throughout the series, Ollivander displays a particular skill at enumerating a wand's properties by only looking at it, even down to the wand core. Is there any mention of how he does this? Some of ...
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Did Snape's wand change allegiance when Harry, Ron, and Hermione knocked him out?

Did Snape's wand change allegiance when Harry, Ron, Hermione knocked him unconscious with their simultaneous Expelliarmus? Prisoner of Azhaban chapter The servant of Lord Voldermort “SILENCE! ...
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What was the first SFF work where magic (spells) had to be primarily channeled through wands?

Magic Wand is a fairly common SFF trope, made ever-so-more popular by Harry Potter. What was the earliest published SFF work where the trope was used? Criteria: Wands are listed as a ...
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Was the Elder Wand really that great? [duplicate]

Just from the fact the Dumbledore defeated it when Grindlewald was using it makes me wonder if it was really unbeatable. Unless of course he beat him non-magically. But that could just be hype.
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How do the Azkaban escapees get their wands back?

Sirius Black and a few Death Eaters escape Azkaban and seem to operate after that with their wands intact. How come? If a mere expulsion from Hogwarts entails wand destruction (as happened with ...
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Are there any limitations to the absorption of the sword of Gryffindor?

What objects can be used as wand substitutes? This question got me thinking. Godric Gryffindor's sword can absorb properties, and only positive properties (said in DH). Then, couldn't it in theory ...
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Why does Harry's wand shock the Dementor in OotP?

I rewatched HP - Order of the Phoenix recently and there was something strange. When Harry gets grabbed and choked by the Dementor at the beginning, he touches the Dementor with his wand and the ...
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How can Ollivander tell a wand has changed allegiance?

We see in the Deathly Hallows Ollivander examining wands taken from the Malfoy Manor. He identifies Bellatrix's, Draco's and Pettigrew's wands. When he identifies Draco's wand, he senses that the ...
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How does a wand that has been won behave towards its original master afterwards?

For example, since Harry won Draco's wand from him, how would Draco's hawthorn wand respond to him if he regained possession of it at some point without winning it back? For those who say it would ...
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What is the core in the elder wand?

The core of a wand greatly influences how easy it is to master and how easily it will bend its allegiance to a new owner. Is it ever mentioned what core was used in the elder wand? I'm pretty sure ...
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Would Draco Malfoy's wand chosen Harry if he had tried it out initially?

We know Harry is chosen by his Holly and Phoenix feather wand in book one, but what if he had tried out Draco Malfoy's wand initially (when it was still a new wand on the shelf at Ollivanders), would ...
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Why could Ronald Weasley use Charlie's old wand? [duplicate]

In the first book of Harry Potter it is said that Ron had to use his brother's wand. Why and how was that possible? Doesn't the "wand choose the wizard"? Isn't Charlie without a proper wand now? ...
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What will happen to the wand's allegiance if its owner dies naturally?

There are many examples in canon of a wand’s allegiance changing after its original owner was killed or disarmed. (The Elder Wand is the best example of this.) If the owner of the wand dies ...
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How did Draco master the Elder wand

How did Draco master the Elder wand seeing as the Elder wand changes its allegiance only to those people who are brave enough to face the death? This seems to be contradictory because Draco is ...
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Why doesn't Ollivander work with the Elder wood?

Since Elder is the name of a wand wood, why don't we see more Elder wands. I only remember the famous Elder wand created by death. P.S. I am asking only about Ollivander since he doesn't believe in ...
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If someone disarmed Harry, would the Elder wand become theirs? [duplicate]

In the Half-Blood Prince, Draco Malfoy gained ownership of the Elder wand by disarming Dumbldore when he was holding the Elder wand. Could someone have used Expelliarmus on Harry to take ownership of ...
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Can a wand choose two people?

It is possible for a wizard to be chosen by two wands, this makes me wonder if the reverse is true. Can two or more persons having similar qualities be CHOSEN by a single wand? Moreover, is it ...
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Can a Muggle do anything with a wand?

From the answers to this question, we know that one doesn't have to be a wizard to own a wand. Also, in other works, the ability to do magic is often tied to a magical object, such as a wand. In the ...
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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical one's, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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Elder wand destruction possible?

So I have seen questions that ask Why Did Harry Break the Elder Wand? or Could the Elder Wand be Repaired? What I am wondering is, according to the history of the Elder Wand is it actually possible ...
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Wandlore: Discovery of the use of wands

Wands in the Harry Potter universe are instruments or tools which allow the bearer to channel and improve their magical abilities. Some wands even having an innate power. Is there any reference as ...
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How does a wand choose its new owner if the wand was created for the owner? [duplicate]

We know that wands choose their owners as we saw Harry buy his wand at Ollivander's in HP1. We also know that wands can be made for their owners as we saw in HP7: Ollivander makes a wand for ...
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Would the Elder Wand choose every new owner who wins?

We know that wands choose their owners, more so than the other way around. We also know that to master the Elder Wand, you need to win it, or defeat the current owner. From the Harry Potter books so ...
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Are wands made to the exact same specifications identical?

At the beginning of the first book, when Harry first visits Diagon Alley to buy his school supplies, he tries out a large number of wands in Ollivander's shop. And, while we know that a skilled witch ...
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Is there any Potterverse explanation for a wand?

Is there a reason in the Potterverse to use a wand? There are many creatures that use magic without a wand, why do Wizards need to use wands?
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Why didn't Malfoy's wand pass its allegiance to Ginny?

Towards the end of Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has been carried away by the Centaurs, and when they have to get away from Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad, Ginny overpowers Malfoy in Umbridge's ...
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What happened to Voldemort's wand after the last book, and does Harry own it now?

Is there any reference about what happened to Voldemort's yew wand after he started using the Elder Wand? Would the yew wand stop responding to Voldemort after he started using the Elder Wand? This ...
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Do all spells require wand movements?

In Harry Potter's early years, when he's taught the 'Wingardium Leviosa' spell, the spell require some wand movement. If you get the movement wrong, the spell will not work or it will malfunction. But ...
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How do the wand makers get the cores into the wands?

One of the sellers of magic wands, Ollivander, sells wands with Dragon heartstring, Phoenix feather, or Unicorn hair cores in them. What does JKR say about how the wandmakers get the core materials ...