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 the Elder Wand recognise a specific person or the bearer of a specific wand as its master?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows did Harry have to use Malfoy's wand to kill Voldemort? Does the Elder wand respond to the person or the wand? In this case Harry was the true master of the ...
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How are some wand combinations more powerful than others?

We know that Holly and Phoenix Tail Feather is a more powerful combination than when paired with Unicorn Hair or Dragon Heartstring. Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in ...
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Did Snape know that Draco and Harry were the masters of the Elder Wand?

I saw this question on Quora. I know that Snape isn't the master of the Elder Wand. Draco is the master when he disarmed Dumbledore. But later it passes to Harry as he himself disarmed Draco at Malfoy ...
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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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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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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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Is there any specific wand movement for the Patronus Charm?

We know that some charms need exact hand movement like Wingardium Leviosa. Is there such specific wand movement for Patronus Charm too? I have visited the Harry Potter Wikia of Patronus Charm. It says ...
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Why haven't Goblins or other magical beings discovered wandlore?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Griphook the Goblin tells Ron that wizards have (selfishly) kept other magical beings from learning wandlore: Wizards refuse to share the secrets of ...
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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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Does Mr. Ollivander make custom wands?

The Dark Lord has forced Mr. Ollivander to make a wand specifically for Peter Pettigrew. Does Mr. Ollivander do that service to ordinary paying customers? I am asking this because the question How ...
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How does Luna's new wand work? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter, the fact that "The wand chooses the wizard" becomes a main plot point. Wands will not work for you properly if they either didn't choose you, or if you didn't win them in battle. But ...
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Who owns Dumbledore's wand? [duplicate]

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort found that the Elder Wand, which he had taken from Dumbledore's tomb, was not working as impressively as he had hoped. Believing that this was because Snape ...
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Why do wizards care so much about their wand?

I know that "The wand chooses the wizard. That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore..." This said, accidents happens and Ron got a new wand after his was broken. ...
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How many people recognized that Dumbledore owned the Elder Wand?

How many people knew Dumbledore owned the Elder Wand? The wand had a bloody history. There were legends about it and its owners. It was believed to be unbeatable, and the most powerful wand ever made....
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If Voldemort had the Elder Wand with him in the Battle over Little Whinging, would the Elder Wand have been destroyed? [closed]

If Voldemort had the Elder Wand with him in the Battle over Little Whinging, would the Elder Wand have been destroyed? Since he wasn't the master of the Elder Wand then, and in reality, never was, ...
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Can a wizard or a witch use two wands at the same time? [duplicate]

Wizards and witches can lose their wands in duels, or other situations. Can the new owner use two or more wands at the same time to cast stronger spells?
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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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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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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 ...