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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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What is the core in the elder wand?

The core of a wand greatly influences how easy it is to master and how easily it will bend its allegiance to a new owner. Is it ever mentioned what core was used in the elder wand? I'm pretty sure it'...
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Did Snape's wand change allegiance when Harry, Ron, and Hermione knocked him out?

Did Snape's wand change allegiance when Harry, Ron, Hermione knocked him unconscious with their simultaneous Expelliarmus? Prisoner of Azhaban chapter The servant of Lord Voldemort “SILENCE! I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Did Voldemort know that his wand's core came from Fawkes?

"Exactly," said Dumbledore. "Harry's wand and Voldemorts wand share cores. Each of them contains a feather from the tail of the same phoenix. This phoenix, in fact," he added, and he pointed at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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. ...