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Like in the Assassin's Creed games, why wouldn't a wizard attach his wand to a contraption tied around his wrist that would be retractable?

This would serve three purposes:

  1. The wand is always at the ready to flick out and cast spells
  2. The wand would never be out of reach, like from falling on the ground or suspended in midair
  3. I would think it would a little harder to disarm said wizard.
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    You mean like a wii strap?
    – user16696
    Jun 26, 2015 at 19:26
  • @SJuan76 - Better than tucking it in your waistband... Ouch!
    – Valorum
    Jun 26, 2015 at 20:05
  • @Richard You mean tucking it in your back pocket. Never misquote a meme ;-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 26, 2015 at 22:06
  • I'd much rather blast off a buttock than the alternative...
    – Valorum
    Jun 26, 2015 at 22:12
  • Replace the word wand with gun. Now you have your answer ;-) Jun 3, 2016 at 10:39

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Well, apart from complications that would arise from relying on a spring loaded contraption to supply your wand (which can fail, be sabotaged, and rust over), there would at least be a minor inconvenience depending on any particular person's ratio of wand length to length of forearm.

I haven't done any primary research on either variables, but the Harry Potter wiki page for wands claims that wands vary in length from 7 to 18 inches, though most are within 9 to 14 inches. Additionally, there is this Canadian school survey on the average length of student forearms, which I have copied below (converting from cm to inches, and narrowing the field to Hogwarts eligible ages for succinctness).

data table

So it can be gathered that, although certainly some wizards may benefit from having such a contraption, rather a lot of them wouldn't even be able to fit their wands against their forearms.

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    I love the fact that someone conducted such a detailed survey about the average length of schoolchildren's forearms. You may have stumbled upon the best/only use of such information.
    – craigpatik
    Jun 27, 2015 at 17:35
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It would have been useful, though I would not favour it. What if it fails, imagine not being able to access the wand in an emergency situation because the magic is faulty (maybe your enemy messed with it beforehand?).

Myself, I prefer a wandholster fastened to the forearm. For some reason the idea appeals more to me. Fandom often uses them, those wandholsters are also often protected against summoning charms, etc. Quite ingenious.

Frankly with how unsafe most wands are kept its a wonder there aren't more wands that snap accidentally (like Ron's). Just imagine putting it in your jeans pocket and sitting down.

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