Questions tagged [wandlore]

A term coined by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series, involving 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. Always use this with the [harry-potter] tag.

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How was Barty Crouch Junior able to use Alastor Moody's wand for a whole year without any noticeable side effects?

At the beginning of GoF, we know that Moody is fought by Wormtail and Barty Crouch Junior. They win the battle and lock him inside his own magical lockers. However, they do not kill him. Wandlore has ...
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Will a wand change allegience if its owner lost a friendly duel?

Severus Snape defeated Lockhart during a friendly duel in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. If Snape had defeated Lockhart during a real duel, Lockhart would have lost his wand's allegiance. ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
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Is it possible for wands to be made of more that one type of wood without them being blended together?

I'm pretty sure that wands can be made of a blend of more that one type of wood but do any wand makers make a wand with different parts made out of different types of wood? (e.g. The wand base being ...
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Does wandcore or element affect a wand's ability?

In the Harry Potter universe there are three kinds of wandcore widely used: phoenix tail feathers, dragon heartstrings and unicorn hairs. Do these variations in wand cores affect the wand's ability? ...
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Why don't wizards use more than one wand like when Harry uses three? [duplicate]

In the seventh book, when Harry is escaping from Malfoy Mansion he grabs three wands from Draco Malfoy and uses a spell against the snatcher Scabior. The effects are described as more powerful than a ...
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Is this an instance of Priori Incantatem?

During the climax of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Tina briefly duels with Graves and their wands appear to lock with each other (see picture). I believe this also happens some other times ...
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What is actually happening when Harry Potter is trying out wands?

When Harry is in Ollivanders, he holds certain wands and magic happens whilst trying to find a wand match. Is this similar to when he uses magic uncontrollably in the third book (to inflate Aunt ...
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What happens if a wand chooses a wizard who cannot afford it?

In Harry Potter with the recent question (How much do wands cost?), we know how much a wand costs which is 7 gold galleons. What if the young wizard family can't afford that? Like the Weasleys were ...
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How much do wands cost?

Its never mentioned how much Ron or Hermione or anyone else's wand costs. Does anyone know how much an average wand would cost in the Wizarding World?
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Did Ollivander actually use his measurements?

When Harry gets his wand, Ollivander's magical measuring tape first takes all kinds of ridiculous measurements on him, like the distance between his nostrils, from eye to ear or something like that. ...
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Is there any reference to which wand Ron uses after the Battle of Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ron loses his wand during the capture and subsequent imprisonment in Malfoy Manor. When they take their opporunity to escape, they also take with them Wormtail'...
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If the holder of the Elder Wand commits suicide, who does it belong to?

I got what would happen to it after the natural death of the owner (power of the wand breaks) but will the same happen if the owner commits suicide?
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Is there any possibility that Harry's wand was a Horcrux?

I came upon this possibility due to Dumbledore's words: “I believe that your wand imbibed some of the power and qualities of Voldemort’s wand that night, which is to say that it contained a little ...
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In what way is the Elder Wand more powerful than a regular wand?

The Elder Wand is more powerful than a regular wand, as we see Harry use it to repair his seemingly irreparable wand. We have also seen that every time the wand had been used in front of the readers ...
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Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts before he broke it in half and threw it away? In other words, would the Elder Wand have given Harry ...
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Are there any clear predecessors to the idea from Harry Potter of wands with special cores?

It now seems like a common idea, perhaps one with a long reaching tradition. But my Google results seem to be solely dominated by Harry Potter references. I've found references to wands with different ...
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The core of Voldemort's wand came from Fawkes, so how could he successfully use a Killing Curse against Fawkes?

We know that Voldemort's wand was made from one of Fawkes' feathers, like Harry's. We know that this fact caused the weird behavior of the wands when Harry and Voldemort battled in Little Hangleton ...
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Was Ollivander despised? And if so, then why?

I was reading a story on the Pottermore website regarding Ilvermorny, when I read a sentence which stated; Gormlaith had purchased a wand at the despised Ollivanders... Is there a reason why ...
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When did the Elder Wand realize its owner has been defeated?

The Elder Wand's allegiance change from Draco to Harry is quite unique in the series, since it changed allegiance without having taken part in the conflict that caused its owner to be defeated (Draco ...
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Is the breaking of a wand functional or merely ceremonial?

This question spins off of Why did Hagrid's umbrella work for him?, which discusses whether or not only Hagrid's wand, or indeed any broken wand, can be used. Hagrid can clearly still use his wand, ...
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Why don't wizards always use multiple wands? [duplicate]

As far as I am aware, in Harry Potter, a wand is simply a means of channelling magic. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at Malfoy Manor, Harry grabs three wands from Draco and performs a ...
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Why didn't the Avada Kedavra cast at Harry at Godric's Hollow come out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem?

I came across an old essay on the Harry Potter Lexicon dated 17th January 2001, written after the release of Goblet of Fire when many details about Voldemort's attack at Godric's Hollow were still ...
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Is it a wand core that gives it its awareness?

Given that wand lore is a complex and not fully understood subject, "I think so," replied Ollivander, his protruberant eyes upon Harry's face. "You ask deep questions, Mr. Potter. Wandlore is a ...
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Why would broken wands have any value?

From Chamber of Secrets: In Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop, they met Fred, George, and Lee Jordan, who were stocking up on Dr. Filibuster’s Fabulous Wet-Start, No-Heat Fireworks, and in a ...
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Can the Elder Wand be duplicated?

The Elder Wand is apparently a unique, and uniquely powerful, wand. However, its components are well known: Elder wood, 15" long, and a thestral-hair core. According to the HPWiki, elder wood is ...
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Can you carve a wand after it is created?

As can be seen by some of the Death Eaters' wands, many have shapes and objects carved into them to indicate an affiliation or as decoration: Alecto Carrow's Wand: Amycus Carrow's Wand: Various ...
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How does one wand win over the other in Priori Incantatem?

"So what happens when a wand meets its brother?" said Sirius. "They will not work properly against each other," said Dumbledore. "If, however, the owners of the wands force the wands to do battle…...
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Shouldn't Voldemort be alerted that someone else might be the true Master of the Elder Wand when he concluded that Dumbledore was its last owner?

Wands die with their owner Following my answer in the question "Why did Voldemort visit Grindelwald?", I came across the following question: after Voldemort concluded that the Elder Wand's last owner ...
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Why did Voldemort visit Grindelwald?

We know that Voldemort finds out about the Elder Wand by torturing Ollivander when even the borrowed wand (Lucius Malfoy's) fails to kill Harry. We see that Voldemort instantly becomes fascinated by ...
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Is selling a used wand the same as winning it in a duel?

If a wizard sells a second-hand wand, is this the same as winning it in a duel? Could Voldemort have bought the Elder Wand from Snape instead of killing him for it?
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Why do wands work for a wizard when disarmed/borrowed, but not while purchasing?

When Harry Potter first arrived at Ollivander's to purchase his wand he had attempted several with no success. Harry tried – but he had hardly raised the wand when it, too, was snatched back by ...
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Is using a friend's wand better than using a stranger's wand?

We all know that wands tend to be picky depending on the flexibility of the wood, thus if the wand is used not by their owner, the spells tend to be weaker. But does the potency of spells differ? If ...
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Was Harry shown to struggle with his wand more than the other students?

According to Pottermore on wand cores and wand woods: This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or ...
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Does Harry Potter's original wand have a name?

The most powerful wand was called the 'Elder Wand'. But did the original wand Harry possess, made of holly and a phoenix feather core, have a name?
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Who is the first wizard/witch that used a wand?

Wandmakers are the source of wands. So obviously, it would probably be a wandmaker that holds the record of the first ever wizard that used a wand to channel his magic. But it depends I think? ...
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Whose wand did Bellatrix use at the Battle of Hogwarts?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bellatrix was relieved of her wand by Dobby at Malfoy Manor. The wand was in Hermione's possession when Harry and Co. infiltrated Gringotts. Later, Bellatrix ...
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Could one use a wand as a Horcrux?

I know there probably won't be a canon answer to this, so basically I'm asking for reasoned opinions or (if I'm lucky) maybe some statement from JKR. So here it goes: Could someone use a wand as a ...
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Does the Elder Wand recognise a specific person or the bearer of a specific wand as its master?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows did Harry have to use Malfoy's wand to kill Voldemort? Does the Elder wand respond to the person or the wand? In this case Harry was the true master of the ...
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How are some wand combinations more powerful than others?

We know that Holly and Phoenix Tail Feather is a more powerful combination than when paired with Unicorn Hair or Dragon Heartstring. Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in ...
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Did Snape know that Draco and Harry were the masters of the Elder Wand?

I saw this question on Quora. I know that Snape isn't the master of the Elder Wand. Draco is the master when he disarmed Dumbledore. But later it passes to Harry as he himself disarmed Draco at Malfoy ...
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Do wands have their own power?

From what I can tell, in both the Harry Potter books and the movies (cards on the table: I paid very little attention to the movies), wands appear to act as a conductor of magical energy rather than ...
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How long does it take Ollivander to make a wand?

We see a fair number of wands in Ollivander's shop. When Harry visits to be chosen by his first wand, he sees "thousands of narrow boxes". In another answer it is estimated that Ollivander sells about ...
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Could one outgrow one's wand?

Within the Harry Potter canon, it is firmly established that the wand chooses the wizard. Certain types of wands favour certain personality types (for example, a short wand will likely be suited to ...
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Is there any specific wand movement for the Patronus Charm?

We know that some charms need exact hand movement like Wingardium Leviosa. Is there such specific wand movement for Patronus Charm too? I have visited the Harry Potter Wikia of Patronus Charm. It says ...
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Why haven't Goblins or other magical beings discovered wandlore?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Griphook the Goblin tells Ron that wizards have (selfishly) kept other magical beings from learning wandlore: Wizards refuse to share the secrets of ...
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Does Mr. Ollivander make custom wands?

The Dark Lord has forced Mr. Ollivander to make a wand specifically for Peter Pettigrew. Does Mr. Ollivander do that service to ordinary paying customers? I am asking this because the question How ...
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How does Luna's new wand work? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, the fact that "The wand chooses the wizard" becomes a main plot point. Wands will not work for you properly if they either didn't choose you, or if you didn't win them in battle. But ...
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Who owns Dumbledore's wand? [duplicate]

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort found that the Elder Wand, which he had taken from Dumbledore's tomb, was not working as impressively as he had hoped. Believing that this was because Snape ...
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Why do wizards care so much about their wand?

I know that "The wand chooses the wizard. That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore..." This said, accidents happens and Ron got a new wand after his was broken. ...