In the fourth movie of Harry Potter, when the Death Eaters were at the Quidditch World Cup, why did they have torches? I don't get why they had torches if they had wands that could do the same thing.

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    They are marshmallows, to make giant s'mores
    – CHEESE
    Mar 11, 2016 at 1:09
  • lol, never though of it that way :D Mar 11, 2016 at 1:16
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    yup, sure and they use the wands as sticks to put cotton candy on ;) Mar 11, 2016 at 1:17
  • Torches are essential for mob lynching. And pitchforks! ;) Mar 12, 2016 at 9:26
  • If their wands are being used as torches then how are they supposed to use other spells if they need to attack/defend themselves. We never see a wand cast 2 spells at once, so using it as a torch is just wasting the most versatile weapon you have on a simple spell, preventing you from casting others
    – Matt
    Jun 30, 2020 at 16:44

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Because the films are nonsense.

In this scene in the films, the Death Eaters were deliberately made to look like the Ku Klux Klan:

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There is nothing in the book about them wearing pointy hats or carrying big flaming sticks. These elements of the Death Eater parade were added to the film so that viewers could more easily and visually identify them with real-life evil cults.

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    It comes to conclusion that films are full of rubish Mar 11, 2016 at 1:11
  • This seems to be a theme...I wonder why...
    – CHEESE
    Mar 11, 2016 at 1:12
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    Films can never bring whole book to screen, not matter how well film was made. It will always skip some parts of a book, noone wants to watch move for 6 or 8 hours Mar 11, 2016 at 1:15
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    Don't lots of wizards wear pointy hats?
    – Rogue Jedi
    Mar 11, 2016 at 1:22
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    @ThruGog True, this isn't a major problem with the films. I just like to gripe about them in general :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 12, 2016 at 18:12

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