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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Can a Person Be Chosen By More Than One Wand?

A spin off of Do people normally own more than one wand in Harry Potter? wherein it's asked whether there are any canon examples of a witch or wizard owning more than one wand for practical reasons. ...
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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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Animagi (Sirus specifically) and wands?

I have 3 questions about animagus transformation and wands Does animagus transformation require the use of a wand? If yes, where does the wand go after the wizard transforms? Again, if 1 is ...
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Why does everyone's wand still work for them?

In the seventh book (and the 7th & 8th movie) of Harry Potter, it shows that a wand doesn't belong to a person anymore, or loses its loyalty if another witch or wizard disarms or defeats them. ...
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How do the Azkaban escapees get their wands back?

Sirius Black and a few Death Eaters escape Azkaban and seem to operate after that with their wands intact. How come? If a mere expulsion from Hogwarts entails wand destruction (as happened with ...
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Can a Muggle do anything with a wand?

From the answers to this question, we know that one doesn't have to be a wizard to own a wand. Also, in other works, the ability to do magic is often tied to a magical object, such as a wand. In the ...
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Could Harry Potter Have Given Draco Malfoy's Wand Back?

So, regarding wandlore. . . could Harry Potter have given Draco Malfoy Draco's hawthorn wand back to Draco without the allegiance of the Elder Wand switching from Harry to Draco? We know that Draco ...
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How did Harry come to master the Elder Wand?

Harry takes Draco Malfoy's hawthorn wand, not the Elder Wand. How, then, does he become the master of the Elder Wand, which he never took from its true owner (Draco), or touched? Does a wizard lose ...
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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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Why didn't Voldemort become the owner of Elder Wand?

I've read the question Here and learnt that even Stealing the Elder wand makes a person owner of it. Then why didn't Voldemort become the owner of elder wand even though he stole it from the tomb of ...
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Would the Elder Wand choose every new owner who wins?

We know that wands choose their owners, more so than the other way around. We also know that to master the Elder Wand, you need to win it, or defeat the current owner. From the Harry Potter books so ...
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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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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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Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand?

Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape in hopes of claiming the Elder Wand's ownership. Let's suppose that Snape was indeed the owner. In this scenario, would the Elder Wand's ownership truly pass ...
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Elder wand destruction possible?

So I have seen questions that ask Why Did Harry Break the Elder Wand? or Could the Elder Wand be Repaired? What I am wondering is, according to the history of the Elder Wand is it actually possible ...
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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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How does a wand choose its new owner if the wand was created for the owner?

We know that wands choose their owners as we saw Harry buy his wand at Ollivander's in HP1. We also know that wands can be made for their owners as we saw in HP7: Ollivander makes a wand for ...
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Why did Witches and Wizards in Harry Potter need wands to perform magic well?

It always bothered me that they needed the wands to do magic. In the first film/book, before Harry went to Hogwarts, there were instances of him using magic unintentionally without the use of a wand (...
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Why would Charlie Weasley give up his old wand and give it to Ron?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6, Ron says: You never get anything new either, with five brothers. I've got Bill's old robes, Charlie's old wand and Percy's old rat. What I ...
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How could Expelliarmus beat Avada Kedavra?

I want to be very careful about how I ask this question – I am not asking How did Voldemort die? [CLOSED] Below the text is the relevant passages from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows if anyone ...
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Why didn't anyone break the Elder Wand?

The Elder Wand is an extremely powerful artifact that many a wizard would lie, cheat, steal and kill for. Dumbledore had hoped that he might die undefeated as it's owner, so that the wand's power ...
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What wand was used by Mr Graves at the time of Fantastic Beasts?

We know that the movie Fantastic Beasts is set in 1926. From the movie, we learn that at this time, Dumbledore is a teacher at Hogwarts and Grindelwald is lose after escaping a previous arrest. In the ...
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Is every wizard buying a wand from Ollivander chosen by a wand?

We know that a wand can choose a wizard. But is there any canon information to indicate whether every wizard walking through the door of Ollivander's shop will be chosen by their "other half" perfect ...
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How many possible types of wands can Ollivander make?

How many possible types of wands can Ollivander make, if the variables are only core material, wood material, and length in inches? This is a small subquestion related to this, and intended to ...
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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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Can a Squib Own a Wand?

KWIKSPELL A Correspondence Course in Beginners’ Magic Intrigued, Harry flicked the envelope open and pulled out the sheaf of parchment inside. More curly silver writing on the front page said: ...
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Can wands burn?

Reading some of the questions on the Elder Wand (in particular this one), I got to wondering why Harry chose such silly and easily reversible methods of discarding the Elder Wand as putting it in ...
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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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Is there any canon proof that Elder Wand actually works as reputed in a duel?

There seems to be a lot of power attributed to the Elder Wand by various sources in Deathly Hallows. However, looking at it soberly, there doesn't seem to be almost any actual evidence to support it....
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Could Voldemort have won the Elder Wand through his Horcruxes?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: This becomes an issue later, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: We know that what took place in Half Blood Prince was planned out by Dumbledore ...
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What was Dumbledore's plan for the Elder Wand? Why didn't he bequeath it to someone (Harry, Snape...) for safekeeping?

Dumbledore clearly put a good deal of thought into his plans regarding his last will, as well as the circumstances that would surround his demise. Based on his final gifts, and his conversation ...
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Whose idea was it to put the Elder Wand in Dumbledore's Tomb in the first place, instead of somewhere considerably less likely or vulnerable?

As a follow up to my previous question - it's now very clear that the plan between Dumbledore and Snape was not only regarding keeping Draco from committing an evil, but also (and much more ...
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How does Charlie's wand work for Ron?

On the train to Hogwarts in the first book, Ron says he uses Charlie's old wand. I have two questions: Doesn't he have to kill or disarm Charlie to be able to effectively use Charlie's wand? How ...
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Can a wand ever run out of power?

In Harry Potter, can a wand run out of power, i.e. cast all the magic it can possibly perform and then just break, or go dead?
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Why Does Ollivander Use Only Three Wand Cores?

As Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will attest, there are plenty of amazing magical creatures and it would seem many of them would be well suited to provide some pretty formidable wand cores. ...
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Are wands made to the exact same specifications identical?

At the beginning of the first book, when Harry first visits Diagon Alley to buy his school supplies, he tries out a large number of wands in Ollivander's shop. And, while we know that a skilled witch ...
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How many wand makers are there?

How many wand makers are there in the Harry Potter universe? Is there only a select few people that can make wands or is there like a wand company?
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What was the first SFF work where magic (spells) had to be primarily channeled through wands?

Magic Wand is a fairly common SFF trope, made ever-so-more popular by Harry Potter. What was the earliest published SFF work where the trope was used? Criteria: Wands are listed as a nearly-...
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Can a wand choose two people?

It is possible for a wizard to be chosen by two wands, this makes me wonder if the reverse is true. Can two or more persons having similar qualities be CHOSEN by a single wand? Moreover, is it ...
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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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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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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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What was the most common wand core?

What was the most common wand core over the course of the Harry Potter series. Was it Phoenix, Unicorn, or other?
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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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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 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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How were wands discovered?

Wands in the Harry Potter universe are instruments or tools which allow the bearer to channel and improve their magical abilities. Some wands even having an innate power. Is there any reference as to:...
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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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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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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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