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Can a wizard use more than one wand at the same time?

Kind of like 2-gun shooting gunfighters in the Old West?

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Possibly.

Deathly Hallows was the only mention of something like this:

He [Harry] leapt over an armchair and wrestled the three wands from Draco's grip, pointed them at Greyback, and yelled, "Stupefy!"
The werewolf was lifted off his feet by the triple spell, flew up to the ceiling...

Now, it's not clear that he wasn't just holding all 3 wands in the same hand, but it's the only canon example I can find of a wand-wielder having >1 wand at a time.

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    Just to be clear - aside from this, there's no discussion anywehere else in canon of simultaneously using multiple wands. So we don't know if its' possible to fire 2 of them independently (different spells or different targets). Presumably, given several Multiple-on-one duels in the books (esp. battle of Hogwarts) if it was possible, JKR would have mentioned it, but that's just conjecture. – DVK-on-Ahch-To May 14 '14 at 13:46
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    An excellent find. It's clear that force of the spell was far in excess of the usual effect. – Valorum Dec 27 '14 at 13:01
  • Sounds like it would be, ultimately, more difficult to control – Mikasa Apr 17 '17 at 17:29
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They could, but as most of the work is done by thought, it probably wouldn't do much good. So far as I know of, there are no examples of anyone attempting this in canonical sources.

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