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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What does Dolores Umbridge lack in her personality?

We know from Pottermore that Dolores Umbridge has a very short wand: Wand: Birch and dragon heartstring, eight inches long Also, that short wands tend to choose wizards with something lacking in ...
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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 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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Why didn't anyone go looking for Voldemort's wand after he was defeated at the Potters?

This question shows that only Wormtail, after almost 14 years, decided to go and fish out Voldemort's wand from the wreckage Is it hinted anywhere in the book why no one else ever tried to look for ...
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How can Ollivander tell a wand has changed allegiance?

We see in the Deathly Hallows Ollivander examining wands taken from the Malfoy Manor. He identifies Bellatrix's, Draco's and Pettigrew's wands. When he identifies Draco's wand, he senses that the ...
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What would happen to the Elder Wand if a living Horcrux killed its current wielder?

What happens if a Horcrux (or indeed, any other non-wizard being containing part of a wizard's soul) kills the owner of the Elder Wand? For example, consider when Dumbledore was still the master of ...
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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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Are there examples of a wand not performing well that are attributed to wand disloyalty?

There are many example, especially in Deathly Hallows (both the book and the movies), where it is mentioned that using someone else's wand without mastering it will cause problems for the user. The ...
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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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Do all spells require wand movements?

In Harry Potter's early years, when he's taught the 'Wingardium Leviosa' spell, the spell require some wand movement. If you get the movement wrong, the spell will not work or it will malfunction. But ...
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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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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 ...