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Wands from a Muggle Perspective

by David Haber

The wand is a very important tool in the lives of witches and wizards of the Harry Potter universe. I believe the magical wands of Harry Potter's world could actually be tiny hand-held computers. This is a look at those wands, from the perspective a muggle computer programmer, using actual examples from the Harry Potter books.

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Okay I was reading this and not understanding a single word any of you say, and I gotta wonder, when we talk to non-Harry Potter fans, is that what we do to them?

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on July 24, 2007 7:12 PM

All this concern about creating new spells, but as java is open-source, you could easily obtain/create a wand-java SDK, probably what Snape did in his free time. Then the possibilities are endless.

Posted by Lev from Nebraska on July 25, 2007 08:32 AM

Very funny, but I personally think they'd be in a procedural language rather than OOP. Or at least Python opposed to Java.

Posted by Jach from Earth on August 4, 2007 7:54 PM

Wow! Does anyone wonder how the magical element is inserted into the wood itself? Also, although any wand can do any spell, the books state the importance of practicing (as Harry did with summoning spells) any newly learned spell. Kind of inures your wand into getting used to performing that spell. Plus, on page 171 of SS Prof. Flitwick says you need the proper state of mind in order to successfully perform a spell/charm. I guess this is why you have differences in wand makers ss. I've read a few of the explaination books, " the End of Harry Potter?" and they seem right in line with the above start of this thread.

Posted by Nat D. Aiken from The Bronx NY on September 13, 2007 12:07 PM

What is the core of the Elder Wand?

Posted by C.J. from Utah on September 17, 2007 7:29 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed this article on wands and them being a-kin to computers and internet language (I being a web designer myself) I also like apple computers as well. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Jannory from Friendswood, Tx on September 22, 2007 08:56 AM

allenweeble, that would be awesome! you should run that by jk.

Posted by Luna lovegood 4 life ( luna) from Canada on October 24, 2007 3:12 PM

Allenweeble and Luna Lovegood 4: Do you really think that would work. That would have to be tecchnology that isn't even from our time period. As amazing as that sounds, there is no way it could end up possibly working.

Posted by Nyx on October 25, 2008 3:51 PM

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