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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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Could Harry have used Voldemort's wand given they had the same cores?

We know that Harry and Voldemort have the same wand core from the tail a phoenix, and in fact the exact same phoenix, Fawkes. We know that wands have allegiance, and that it can take time to master a ...
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what happens when wands malfunction in harry potter

Olivander has three main core types, unicorn hair, phoenix feather and dragon heart string. dragon heartstring wands are described as the most powerful of the three and learn faster than the others, ...
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Does any other wand share the same core as the Elder Wand?

The story between the owners of the elder wand goes through a long journey, particularly Albus Dumbledore. I don't have any idea if the elder wand has a twin at all since it was made by the Death and ...
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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 Dogwood considered the worst wand wood in the Harry Potter universe? [closed]

"Dogwood is one of my own personal favourites, and I have found that matching a dogwood wand with its ideal owner is always entertaining. Dogwood wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful ...
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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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Why didn't Voldemort begin searching for the Elder Wand much earlier on?

After experiencing Priori Incantatem in the graveyard during Goblet of Fire (and not coming off the best for it) Voldemort must have clocked that a) Harry and he had some sort of wand connection and ...
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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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Does the hand used for magic matter?

“You do,” said Dumbledore. “So you will need to hold on to my arm very tightly. My left, if you don’t mind — as you have noticed, my wand arm is a little fragile at the moment.” "Well, now — Mr. ...
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Why didn't Harry's wand prevent Voldemort from trying to kill him in the graveyard?

I was just watching Goblet of Fire and remembered something Voldemort said in The Deathly Hallows-1. He said that "My wand and Potter's share the same core. We can wound but not fatally harm one ...
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Is it possible for a wizard/witch to have two wands due to multiple personalities? [closed]

So I was thinking about witches/wizards with two personalities (dissociative personality disorder/multiple personality disorder), and entertained the possibility of them being chosen by two wands. Do ...
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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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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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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 are the listed magical wand components used in Harry Potter canon?

Lots of things are used in the making of wands, Dragon Heartstrings, unicorn hairs, phoenix feathers, however some much more interesting and expanded lore could be derived from the use of other things ...
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Can normal wands be won through non-magical fights?

In the Harry Potter series, if a wizard is defeated in a magical duel, their opponent my claim their wand. Additionally, for the Elder Wand at least, whoever kills the previous owner may claim the ...
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Why aren't wands protected better?

In a question I couldn't find for the life of me, the question and accepted answer stated that wands have to be made of wood (although there is no explicit canon support of this fact, as also brought ...
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How does Ollivander know which wand fits other wizards?

When selecting wands, Ollivander does not seem to randomly pick boxes from his collection. How does he know which wand might be the right one?
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Wouldn't the Elder Wand belong to Neville, not Harry? [duplicate]

In the Harry Potter series, wouldn't the Elder Wand belong to Neville, not Harry? Since it belonged to Dumbledore, then Snape killed him, then Nagini killed Snape, then Neville killed Nagini, wouldn't ...
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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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What happens to a wand when it is burned?

It is common practice for a wand to be destroyed by burning after the owner of the wand dies according to this answer: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/120731/35012 What happens when you burn 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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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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How did Harry know that the Elder Wand's loyalty hadn't moved from Draco?

I've been reading a bit about wandlore and Harry's ownership of the Elder Wand. Reading about how Harry got it and other rules for ownership of the Elder Wand got me thinking. Yes, Harry understood ...
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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 doesn't someone else repair Ron's wand?

In the Chamber of Secrets, Ron breaks his wand in the incident with the Whomping Willow, and Later on Hermione breaks Harry's wand with a curse of her own that rebounded. In the last book, Harry uses ...
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Did Disarming Dumbledore save Draco Malfoy's life?

When Draco disarms Dumbledore in The Half-Blood Prince, we realize that Later in Deathly Hallows, Voldemort We eventually find out later that The Question There's 3 questions really.... I couldn't ...
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To whom does each of these wands belong?

To whom does each of these wands belong? Note: inspired by this meta question
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What happens to the wands of dead wizards?

When wizards die, are their wands recycled? Or are they buried with the wizard or what? I mean, the wand might not be interested in a new master just yet, but it seems like a waste of a perfectly ...
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Could Voldemort have actually been the True Master of the Elder Wand for a little bit?

I understand why Draco was the mast of the Elder Wand, not Snape, and then how Harry was the master, not Voldemort. But did't Voldemort kill Harry? Does that count? He was dead for a little bit, ...
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Wand ownership in the Harry Potter universe [duplicate]

First of all, this answer is related, but not equal to, Was Harry making a big mistake with his plan for Elder Wand?. In the final acts of the HP story, we learn that wand ownership plays a great ...
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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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When do children raised in a wizard family get their wand?

If a child is raised in a wizard family, when can they first get a wand of their own? If the child goes to Hogwarts to study when they are 11 years old, then surely they need a wand at that time ...
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Why didn't Harry repair Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

It is noted in canon that Harry repaired his wand after the Battle of Hogwarts. While he had the wand, why didn't he repair the war-torn Hogwarts grounds? It seems like the least he could do after ...
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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 happens if you try an offensive spell on yourself?

In the last battle between Harry and Voldemort, I remember something like, The wand soared in a high ark, towards a master it would not hurt (or kill?) So my question is, what would happen if ...
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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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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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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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What was the most common wand wood?

Out of all of the wands we know of in the Harry Potter universe, which wood was mentioned the most, or from our limited knowledge appears to be most common?
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Can a Wizard control his magical powers without a wand? [duplicate]

In the Potterverse, it is seen that some children are born with the "magic gene" and others are not (e.g. Lily Potter and her non-magic sister Petunia). Those children from the United Kingdom who ...
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How does Ollivander decide what kind of wand to make?

For every wizard there's a wand: short, long, flexible, rigid, filled with bits of unicorn, phoenix and dragon (referring to the wands here, not the wizards and their diets); one wizard, one wand. ...
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How did Harry break the Elder Wand in Deathly Hallows Part 2? [duplicate]

The Elder Wand in the Harry Potter series was considered to be the most powerful wand, does that make it indestructible? How did Harry just snap the Elder Wand as if it was a thin wooden stick?
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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 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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Harry's claim: How hard is it to deliberately cause a Priori Incantatem?

In Deathly hallows, Harry fears that by using Priori Incantatem, the Death Eaters could work out that his wand was broken: “Priori Incantatem,” said Harry. “We left your wand and the blackthorn ...
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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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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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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 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 ...