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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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’s the meaning of “learn” for a wand with many masters? [duplicate]

On the answer to this question it is stated (as a quote): The general practice of burying (or burning) the wand with its owner, once he or she has died, also tends to prevent any individual wand ...
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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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How was Barty Crouch Junior able to use Alastor Moody's wand for a whole year without any noticeable side effects?

At the beginning of GoF, we know that Moody is fought by Wormtail and Barty Crouch Junior. They win the battle and lock him inside his own magical lockers. However, they do not kill him. Wandlore has ...
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Is Ron Weasley the master of Bellatrix Lestrange's first wand?

Harry and Ollivander have this conversation in Deathly Hallows after Malfoy Manor detainment. ‘Walnut and dragon heartstring,’ he said. ‘Twelve and three-quarter inches. Unyielding. This wand ...
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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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Did Voldemort's Horcrux that latched to Harry make the Wand-matching and House-sorting processes more complicated? [duplicate]

A lot of characteristics of Harry's were passed to him via Voldemort: parseltongue telepathic connection to voldemort the iconic scar These were caused by a portion of Voldemort latching onto Harry ...
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What kind of shapes can wands have?

I was wondering, does a wand have to be in only the shape of a cylinder with a smooth narrowed tip? Can it have a bent shape or have two ends like a two blade fork? Can it be flat or have a snake-...
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Can you order a replacement wand?

Hagrid keeps his broken wand. Breaking seems a mode of punishment and not just an inconvenience. Can a wizard buy a new wand if the old one is broken?
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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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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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Is selling a used wand the same as winning it in a duel?

If a wizard sells a second-hand wand, is this the same as winning it in a duel? Could Voldemort have bought the Elder Wand from Snape instead of killing him for it?
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Do Wizards and Witches ever talk to their wands?

I've read a lot about the special bond a wand makes with it's owner. Examples taken from this answer with more emphasis added: Further, some wands are more “choosy” than others. Phoenix feather wands ...
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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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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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What do wands look like in the books?

In the film's designs of the wands they are very intricate. I always thought it was over the top and imagined the wands in the books were supposed to look plain and basically all the same, except ...
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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 ...
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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 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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How does a wand that has been won behave towards its original master afterwards?

For example, since Harry won Draco's wand from him, how would Draco's hawthorn wand respond to him if he regained possession of it at some point without winning it back? For those who say it would ...
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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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Was Harry shown to struggle with his wand more than the other students?

According to Pottermore on wand cores and wand woods: This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or ...
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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 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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Did the Elder Wand's power in Draco's wand go back to the original Elder Wand once Harry owned both of them? [closed]

I'll try to explain the question as best as I can, for those who are still confused about what really happened with the Elder Wand: When Draco disarms Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower, the actual ...
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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 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 will happen to the wand's allegiance if its owner dies naturally?

There are many examples in canon of a wand’s allegiance changing after its original owner was killed or disarmed. (The Elder Wand is the best example of this.) If the owner of the wand dies naturally,...
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Why is Lucius Malfoy's Wand so Long?

It is stated in various places that Lucius Malfoy's wand is 18" in length. This seems to exceedingly long as Ollivander states: In my experience, longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they ...
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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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Why are wands so cheap compared to their materials in Harry Potter?

Harry's wand cost only 7 Galleons: He paid seven gold Galleons for his wand However, we know wands contain very rare materials: Dragon heartstring, Unicorn hair, Phoenix feather. For making a wand ...
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What is the distribution of wand lengths?

Wands come in a multitude of lengths in the Harry Potter universe, but what is the most common length for a wand to be, based on the wands we've seen and heard of in universe (including wands that don'...
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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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Can the Elder Wand betray its owner?

I have a vague recollection that the Elder Wand is quite happy to betray its owner for a more powerful wizard. The best I could find was a quote from screenrant: Because this wand thinks so highly of ...
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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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Are wands required for an animagus transformation? If so, how were they used in Azkaban? If not, why did Pettigrew need one? [duplicate]

In chapter 20 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it's made very clear that Peter Pettigrew needed a wand to use his animagus transformation and escape. However, one chapter earlier we learn ...
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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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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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Is it possible for wands to be made of more than one type of wood without them being blended together?

I'm pretty sure that wands can be made of a blend of more that one type of wood but do any wand makers make a wand with different parts made out of different types of wood? (e.g. The wand base being ...
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How did Harry know that wand allegiance can be won by proxy?

The entire plot of the end of the Harry Potter series relies on the fact that Harry won the allegiance of the Elder Wand by taking a different wand from Draco Malfoy, the current master of the Elder ...
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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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What is the extent that a wand targeted at its owner will have, in particular, regarding the Elder Wand?

So, here's the hypothetical: if a wand is targeted at its owner (particularly using the Avada Kadavra or any spell that is insta-kill), will it kill the owner? And, if not, would it backfire upon the ...
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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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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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How Human do you need to be in order to be allowed to use a wand?

We see a few part-Humans allowed to use wands and magic. Hagrid (1/2 Human, 1/2 Giant) Olympe Maxime (1/2 Human, 1/2 Giant) Fleur Delacour (3/4 Human, 1/4 Veela) Prof. Flitwick (Goblin ancestor) ...
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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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How did Ollivander know about Voldemort's wand?

There's evidence that Ollivander knew that Voldemort and Tom Riddle were the same person. When he gave Harry his wand, he remarked that a similar wand was given to Voldemort, who did 'terrible, but ...
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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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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 ...