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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Why didn't the Avada Kedavra cast at Harry at Godric's Hollow come out of Voldemort's wand during Priori Incantatem?

I came across an old essay on the Harry Potter Lexicon dated 17th January 2001, written after the release of Goblet of Fire when many details about Voldemort's attack at Godric's Hollow were still ...
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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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What Is a Dragon Heartstring?

Dragon Heartstring is used for wand cores by both Ollivander and Gregorovitch. What part of a dragon's heart do the Heartstrings come from? Do Heartstrings come from an entirely different part of the ...
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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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When did the Elder Wand realize its owner has been defeated?

The Elder Wand's allegiance change from Draco to Harry is quite unique in the series, since it changed allegiance without having taken part in the conflict that caused its owner to be defeated (Draco ...
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Why could Ronald Weasley use Charlie's old wand? [duplicate]

In the first book of Harry Potter it is said that Ron had to use his brother's wand. Why and how was that possible? Doesn't the "wand choose the wizard"? Isn't Charlie without a proper wand now? ...
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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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Why didn't Malfoy's wand pass its allegiance to Ginny?

Towards the end of Order of the Phoenix, after Umbridge has been carried away by the Centaurs, and when they have to get away from Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad, Ginny overpowers Malfoy in Umbridge's ...
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Will a wand change allegience if its owner lost a friendly duel?

Severus Snape defeated Lockhart during a friendly duel in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. If Snape had defeated Lockhart during a real duel, Lockhart would have lost his wand's allegiance. ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
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Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts?

Could Harry have used the Elder Wand to undo the damage to Hogwarts after the Battle of Hogwarts before he broke it in half and threw it away? In other words, would the Elder Wand have given Harry ...
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Does wandcore or element affect a wand's ability?

In the Harry Potter universe there are three kinds of wandcore widely used: phoenix tail feathers, dragon heartstrings and unicorn hairs. Do these variations in wand cores affect the wand's ability? ...
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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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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 don't wizards use more than one wand like when Harry uses three? [duplicate]

In the seventh book, when Harry is escaping from Malfoy Mansion he grabs three wands from Draco Malfoy and uses a spell against the snatcher Scabior. The effects are described as more powerful than a ...
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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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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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In what way is the Elder Wand more powerful than a regular wand?

The Elder Wand is more powerful than a regular wand, as we see Harry use it to repair his seemingly irreparable wand. We have also seen that every time the wand had been used in front of the readers ...
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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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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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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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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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If the holder of the Elder Wand commits suicide, who does it belong to?

I got what would happen to it after the natural death of the owner (power of the wand breaks) but will the same happen if the owner commits suicide?
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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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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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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 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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Can you carve a wand after it is created?

As can be seen by some of the Death Eaters' wands, many have shapes and objects carved into them to indicate an affiliation or as decoration: Alecto Carrow's Wand: Amycus Carrow's Wand: Various ...
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Is there any possibility that Harry's wand was a Horcrux?

I came upon this possibility due to Dumbledore's words: “I believe that your wand imbibed some of the power and qualities of Voldemort’s wand that night, which is to say that it contained a little ...
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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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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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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical ones, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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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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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 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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Was Ollivander despised? And if so, then why?

I was reading a story on the Pottermore website regarding Ilvermorny, when I read a sentence which stated; Gormlaith had purchased a wand at the despised Ollivanders... Is there a reason why ...
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Could one outgrow one's wand?

Within the Harry Potter canon, it is firmly established that the wand chooses the wizard. Certain types of wands favour certain personality types (for example, a short wand will likely be suited to ...
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Why don't wizards always use multiple wands? [duplicate]

As far as I am aware, in Harry Potter, a wand is simply a means of channelling magic. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at Malfoy Manor, Harry grabs three wands from Draco and performs a ...
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Can the Elder Wand be duplicated?

The Elder Wand is apparently a unique, and uniquely powerful, wand. However, its components are well known: Elder wood, 15" long, and a thestral-hair core. According to the HPWiki, elder wood is ...
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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 Mr ...
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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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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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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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Is Alastor Moody's wand his staff?

Mad-Eye had a staff which he used to cast a spell on a Death Eater in HP5. Is this staff his wand (or does he not have a wand) and if that was his 'wand', how did it function?
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Does Harry Potter's original wand have a name?

The most powerful wand was called the 'Elder Wand'. But did the original wand Harry possess, made of holly and a phoenix feather core, have a name?
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How does one wand win over the other in Priori Incantatem?

"So what happens when a wand meets its brother?" said Sirius. "They will not work properly against each other," said Dumbledore. "If, however, the owners of the wands force the wands to do battle…...
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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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Shouldn't Voldemort be alerted that someone else might be the true Master of the Elder Wand when he concluded that Dumbledore was its last owner?

Wands die with their owner Following my answer in the question "Why did Voldemort visit Grindelwald?", I came across the following question: after Voldemort concluded that the Elder Wand's ...
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Is using a friend's wand better than using a stranger's wand?

We all know that wands tend to be picky depending on the flexibility of the wood, thus if the wand is used not by their owner, the spells tend to be weaker. But does the potency of spells differ? If ...