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Examining the Relationship between the Wand and the Wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Examining the Relationship between the Wand and the Wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

As the countdown continues towards the November 18th premiere date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, more and more information is revealed regarding the film’s story. Unlike J.K. Rowling’s original movie series to take place in her fictional wizarding world, Fantastic Beasts is not adapted from a narrative novel, but a faux-textbook with only slight hints towards some sort of story. This makes every single detail released prior to the upcoming premiere a fresh surprise.

Eddie Redmayne himself, who portrays the main character in Fantastic Beasts, recently attended San Diego Comic Con and gifted each fan in the audience with a replica of Newt Scamander’s wand, an important prop from the project as a wizard’s wand is key to their ability to harness their power for spells and enchantments. Redmayne told EW that he actually had a say in the creation of his character’s wand for the first time in the franchise’s history, and for good reason. The wand chooses the wizard, and in this case Redmayne knew just what sort of wand would’ve wanted to work with Newt Scamander.

“But for the handle, they were sort of talking about whether it should be horn or leather, and I didn’t like the idea of like animal products being used, given that he’s a zoologist,” Redmayne said in the interview. “So in the end, they came up with this idea of sand shell…and it has a slightly mother-of-pearly feel.”

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Newt Scamander’s love and interest in the world of magiczoology led him to be chosen by a wand containing no animal byproducts, just as Harry Potter’s phoenix feather wand and Fleur Delacour’s Veela hair wand chose them.

Dragon Heartstring

There’s a reason Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, and Garrick Ollivander himself wave wands made with a dragon heartstring core.  Dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and learn spells and the desires of their witch or wizard much faster than wands made with other cores. These wands bond strongly with their current owner, but are quick to change loyalties when picked up by someone else.

Unicorn Hair

Wands made from unicorn hair produce the most consistent of magic, while wizards may experience blockages or backfires. This works as an advantage to those whose wield these wands well, but if not, the unicorn hair can lose it’s power and render the wand useless until it is replaced. Characters we know and love whose wands are made form unicorn hair include Cedric Diggory, Neville Longbottom, and Sybill Trelawney.

Phoenix Feather

The few wizards fated to wield a wand crafted with the feather of a phoenix tend to find their wands a little mischievous. Though gifted with a wide range of magical abilities, phoenix feather wands sometimes disregard their owner’s wishes and can perform magic of their own accord. Due to their immense power, these wands are particularly picky about the witches and wizards they choose to work with, but we all know two wizards who not only owned wands containing the feather of a phoenix, but feathers from the very same creature, making them brothers.

There are numerous other cores found in wizarding wands, like the previously mentioned, temperamental Veela hair, and each core has it’s very own personality, not unlike the individual, or individuals, they perform magic with in their lifetime.

Are you a member of the Pottermore community that’s been assigned a wand through their website? Or, maybe you’ve decided on your own what sort of wand you’d end up with? Tell us the details in the comments below, or find me over on Twitter at bekahbabble!

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