Merchandise for films can be very hit and miss, but Warner Bros really backed a winner when they decided to re-create the famous wands from the Harry Potter films for fans to collect. From the Golden Trio’s wands to a variety of dark Death Eater styles, Warner Bros have got them stocked up somewhere for you to buy – and I will buy them! Out of everything I collect, my wands are my favourite things, as I really admire the detail that went into these props – props that could have only been seen on the big screen for a few seconds. That’s a dedicated props team!
I’ve shared some of my wands before in the past, when Matt was trying to teach me to use a DSLR, but since then, I’ve expanded my collection quite a bit…though my photography skills haven’t improved much!
From top to bottom, these wands belong to Professor McGonagall, Alecto Carrow, Fleur Delacour and a Death Eater. I broke McGonagall’s almost seconds after being given it by Matt, but I think I repaired it well enough! Carrow’s wand was a wand I wanted for a long time, but it certainly looks better on camera! The twists look as if they were painted in a rush, and the handle is covered in tiny spikes. Fleur’s wand is so characteristic, very elegant and ornate. That, and the swirled Death Eater wand are the most beautiful in the series. I read somewhere that J.K Rowling favoured plain wands, but when there was a change of director, he wands the wands to be unique, and to represent the wizard wielding them. Fleur’s suits her perfectly – though I wish I knew more about the owner of the Swirl wand!
From top to bottom, these wands are Sirius Black’s, Lord Voldermort’s and Luna Lovegood’s second wand. I was never a fan of Sirius’ wand until I bought it off eBay accidentally (I read the listing wrong, and thought it was Snape’s wand) and seeing the detail on it has changed my mind. The top of the wand is engraved with twirling abstract patterns, then the handle changes to sharper edges and the engravings become runes – similar to Sirius’ tattoos from Azkaban. It’s very thin though, and feels more fragile than others. Voldermort’s wand, like Fleur’s, is a fantastic representation of its owner. Though it appears to be bone, it’s made of Yew. Like Sirius’ wand, it tapers off to a very thin tip which, combined with its bone like appearance (thought it’s actually made of Yew) fits He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named perfectly! Luna’s wand was the result of many hours eBay searching, and I got it for the bargain price of £1. The handle resembles a closed flower, and has a wonderful warm colouring.
This picture shows Bellatrix’s and Darco’s wands. Bellatrix’s actually belongs to Matt, and was bought the first time we visit the studio tour together. I think it’s really well designed, with its unusual shape and carvings, it really stands out. Draco’s wand is really simple, I’m not sure if it changed design between the second and third film like so many other characters’, but I don’t think it did. Draco’s wand was bought off eBay, and in all honestly was a bit more trouble than it was worth. It’s quite damaged, and though it was only a fraction of the price I think I’d have rather spent more and got one in better condition.
From left to right, this picture shows the wands of Hermione Granger, Fenrir Greyback, Parvati Patil and Ginny Weasley. Hermione’s wand was the first wand in my collection, and I’m amazed that, after owning it for over 5 years, it’s still in one piece. It is a surprisingly long wand, and has vine detailing running the length of it. Greyback’s wand is very simple, but I really like the black and silver colouring. Unlike Hermione’s, it has an obvious handle and is very comfortable to hold. Parvati’s wand is a favourite of mine, and one I’ve been desperate to buy for a few years. The dragon’s wing handle is beautiful, and isn’t as uncomfortable to hold as it may look! I purchased it from my last visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour, along with Ginny’s wand. Ginny’s wand is another simple looking design, but the criss-crossing patterns on the handle are actually rather intricate!
After months of these wands sitting on a shelf and not being seen, I bought this wand stand from eBay. It’s made of MDF, and required a bit of assembly, but it’s a much nicer way to display wands! Since taking the photographs for this post, I’ve ordered another two wands – so I think I’ll need another wand stand too!
Which wand is your favourite? How do you display your collectables?