I've read a lot about the special bond a wand makes with it's owner. Examples taken from this answer with more emphasis added:

Further, some wands are more “choosy” than others. Phoenix feather wands are picky:

Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalize, and their allegiance is usually hard won.

Wand Cores, Pottermore

On the other hand, dragon heartstring wands tend to bond easily:

While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.

Wand Cores, Pottermore

There is also much more to using a wand than mere initial compatibility:

“Oh yes, if you are any wizard at all you will be able to channel your magic through almost any instrument. The best results, however, must always come where there is the strongest affinity between wizard and wand. These connections are complex. An initial attraction, and then a mutual quest for experience, the wand learning from the wizard, the wizard from the wand.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

With all this bonding going on, it would seem that wands are held pretty near and dear to their owner, similar to the connection people have with their pets. Even the description of the cores mimics that of cats and dogs, with phoenixes being cats and dragons acting like dogs.

It's common for people to talk to their pets, almost like they were human, and gauge their "response" from how the pet reacts. So is there any mention of wizards or witches talking to their wands? Any mention of the wand "talking back"?

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    If Xenophilius Lovegood hasn't, I don't think anybody has. – DisturbedNeo May 17 '17 at 16:57
  • For one moment my brain substituted "wand" for "d***". – DarkPurpleShadow May 18 '17 at 14:21


I know of no instance where a wand spoke to a wizard but there is one mention of speaking to a wand: Gormlaith spoke to Slytherin's wand during her revenge at Ilvermorny.

At her first sight of the large granite building rising in the darkness from the peak of Mount Greylock, Gormlaith sent a powerful curse containing Isolt and James’s names towards the house, which forced them into an enchanted slumber.

Next, she uttered a single sibilant word in Parseltongue, the language of snakes. The wand that had served Isolt so faithfully for many years quivered once on the bedstand beside her as she slept, and became inactive. In all the years that she had lived with it, Isolt had never known that she held in her hand the wand of Salazar Slytherin, one of the founders of Hogwarts, and that it contained a fragment of a magical snake’s horn: in this case, a Basilisk. The wand had been taught by its creator to ‘sleep’ when so instructed, and this secret had been handed down through the centuries to each member of Slytherin’s family who possessed it.

-Pottermore, Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

This type of speaking is really more like a spell than a conversation, but wands don't normally need to be taught to respond to spells and the wand wasn't hers at the time. That makes this resemble a conversation where Gormlaith requested the wand go to sleep and the wand responded.

  • Yeah, I'd call that more of a spell, but you do make a good point. +1 – DCOPTimDowd May 17 '17 at 17:28

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