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Wand Basics 101

by David Haber

As long as there have been Witches and Wizards, there have been magical wands. No part of Harry Potter's magical heritage goes back further. The ancient Celtic Druids who lived in what is now called Scotland employed wands all the way back to 500 BC. As a matter of fact, "Druid" actually means "man with the wisdom of the wood".

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I was wondering if anyone knew what Neville's wand is made of? Maybe it is significant that he is using his father's wand. Maybe he would get better results with a wand specifically chosen for him, although he does show improvement in Dumbledore's Army.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on January 24, 2007 08:01 AM

Neville still has his dads wand when he was in the DA, it didnt break until they were in the Department of Mysteries.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 7, 2007 3:11 PM

Neville has now got a new wand - one of the last Ollivander sold before he disappeared. Neville's wand is made from Cherry and Unicorn hair.

This is not from his birth month or it would be the same as Harry's (wood that is not core).
Perhaps Neville has that wand which was sitting on the purple pillow....

Posted by Orlando from England on February 10, 2007 07:15 AM

I was about to say that the way the Zodiac is divided Nevilles birthday could fall under June, and therefore be Cherry. Only problem with that brilliant theory is that Neville was born at the end of July. Maybe i have to re-read the purple pillow part.. i dont remember that at all

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 12, 2007 4:46 PM

I wonder what cherry wands are good for. Cherry is not listed among the Celtic wands. I don't know that cherry trees grew in Ireland when the druids were making wands so they must be from another country's traditions. Unicorn hair is associated with innocence, which implies the absence of evil. I see that as being a powerful weapon in the fight against Voldemort.

Posted by Patty from Quincy Massachusetts on February 12, 2007 5:02 PM


Cherry is associated with innocence and virginity. So put together with the unicorn hair the wand is for someone of pure heart.


The wand on the purple pillow is just mentioned in PS/SS in the description of Ollivander's.

Posted by Orlando from England on February 14, 2007 4:57 PM

I think it is strange that Nelville's wand was made, and when Harry went in for a wand, his was already made. It says that he disappeared right after MAKING Nelville a new wand.

Posted by karen from Texas on February 21, 2007 1:46 PM

got to admit one thing Mr. Haber has got one hell of a sense of humor. Could not help chuckling to myself as i read the end of his article. a very intelligent and amusing article.

Posted by Karishma Vakta from pune .maharashtra on February 27, 2007 11:55 PM

wow this was really cool, im a vine:-) i actually ordered an authentic replica of Harry's wand with something i got when i bought the 4th movie on DVD. It's very cool actually, and sometimes, just sometimes, when i wave it at something...i could swear...something magical happens;)

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on February 28, 2007 9:02 PM

No flippin way! I made my mom buy me a pink umbrella and now i wave it at random objects. Mom thinks shes funny when i do a Summoning Charm and she carries whatever im summoning towards me.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 1, 2007 12:12 PM

Heh, I really wish magic was real... Of course it may be, to the seeking eye... Anyway, this article was fun to read!

Posted by VN on March 14, 2007 2:14 PM

i do have a doubt regarding wands..if Harry had to try out manyt wands before he found his match how do people like Voldemore use other's wands?(he used Morfin's in HPB or so Dumbledore says)

Posted by smk on March 16, 2007 09:17 AM

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