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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. Use this with the [harry-potter] tag.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do the wand makers get the cores into the wands?

One of the sellers of magic wands, Ollivander, sells wands with Dragon heartstring, Phoenix feather, or Unicorn hair cores in them. What does JKR say about how the wandmakers get the core materials ...
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Any official comments on wands reflecting the characteristics of their owners?

In the Harry Potter films (and to a lesser extent, the books), I have observed that many witches and wizards often had wands that seemed to have characteristics that made them sort of tailored to ...
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What happened to Voldemort's wand after the last book, and does Harry own it now?

Is there any reference about what happened to Voldemort's yew wand after he started using the Elder Wand? Would the yew wand stop responding to Voldemort after he started using the Elder Wand? This ...
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Why did they change Harry Potter's wand From the first and second movie to the third and so on?

In the first Harry Potter movie and the second they get Harry Potter's wand wrong. The real one is looking like the wood of a tree but you can see it in the troll's nose and when Tom Riddle is holding ...
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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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Do wands have to be made of wood in Harry Potter?

A recent comment exchange (here) got me thinking: are there any examples of non-wooden wand in canon? I always assumed it was the core of the wand itself that was being used in the channeling of ...
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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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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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How does Ollivander distinguish wands by sight?

Throughout the series, Ollivander displays a particular skill at enumerating a wand's properties by only looking at it, even down to the wand core. Is there any mention of how he does this? Some of ...
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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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Was Harry's wand still compatible after Voldemort's death?

Harry lost the connection to Voldemort when that piece of the soul was destroyed. He lost the ability to speak Parseltongue. Was Harry's connection to his wand still as strong even with the piece of ...
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What was the spell Harry cast in the Battle of the Seven Potters?

In the Deathly Hallows, after the Battle of the Seven Potters Harry said: "No," said Harry. "The bike was falling, I couldn't have told you where Voldemort was, but my wand spun in my hand and ...
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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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Is Harry the only witch/wizard to cast a spell with his wand without holding it?

At the start of Order of the Phoenix Harry loses his wand and is surrounded by total darkness. The star-strewn indigo sky was suddenly pitch black and lightless - the stars, the moon, the misty ...
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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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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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Do people normally own more than one wand?

Is there any canon information in Harry Potter that proves one way or another whether a wizard always owns only one wand as a matter of routine? What I am talking about is a wizard buying and owning ...
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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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Is there any Potterverse explanation for a wand?

Is there a reason in the Potterverse to use a wand? There are many creatures that use magic without a wand, why do wizards need to use wands?
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How was Dumbledore able to defeat Grindelwald, since Grindelwald had the Elder Wand?

This question: How could Dumbledore ever become the owner of the Elder-Wand? just speculates on the transfer of ownership of the Elder Wand. But the Elder Wand is supposed to greatly enhance the ...
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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical ones, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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Is the bond between wizard and wand for Harry still there after Deathly Hallows?

Through many questions here, we can see a debate that Harry's wand chose him partly because of the affinity between the Horcrux-like part of Voldemort which resides within Harry at the point of ...
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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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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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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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How many wands were chosen for Pottermore?

If we believe this the answer to this question How many possible types of wands can Ollivander make?; there are 19,152 different wand combinations. Pottermore has brought back Sorting (House and ...
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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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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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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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What objects can be used as wand substitutes?

We know that wizards need a wand to focus their magic (wizards can cast spells without a wand, but they are unfocused and weaker). But some wizards aren't known to carry wands. Instead they carry ...
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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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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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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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Students expelled from Hogwarts, breaking of wands, and complete education

Related to this question: What does it take to be expelled from Hogwarts? and Why Couldn't Hagrid Have a Functional Wand? TL;DR - 1a) Do we know of any other students that were actually expelled? ...
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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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How could Dumbledore ever become the owner of the Elder-Wand?

According to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gregorovitch was once the owner of the Elder Wand. Grindelwald stole the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch without defeating him in a duel. So it would ...
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How did Grindlewald get allegiance of elder wand by just killing its previous owner? [duplicate]

Grindlewald stole the wand and it changed its allegiance but the wand only changed allegiance when its previous owner is disarmed(As told in harry potter series). How's that possible?
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What does a wizard do if he loses his wand?

Since you don't have a wand, you can't use the Accio spell to find it. But of course you could just get a buddy to say "Accio Harry's Wand" but would that work? If you could just summon your wand via ...
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Are wands in Harry Potter sentient?

In "Could Harry Potter Have Given Draco Malfoy Draco's Wand Back?", it was postulated that: Wands may be at least partially sentient: "The wand chooses the wizard." Is there any in-universe (...
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Is Alastor Moody's wand his staff?

Mad-Eye had a staff which he used to cast a spell on a Death Eater in HP5. Is this staff his wand (or does he not have a wand) and if that was his 'wand', how did it function?
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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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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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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 ...