The Wand Collection: a book review

A month ago I read the book “The Wand Collection” from cover to cover. It was an interesting read. In the beginning of the book you can read about wands in general, and how the art department created all the wands, and more. Part two (and the biggest part) is picture and information about the wand of the different characters. Not every character in the whole franchise, but more than fifty different ones. All the way in the back there is an index, with small pictures of the wands and name of the owner. I might not read the whole book cover to cover again, but I’ll use it for reference and like a lexicon or “wand wiki”. Some times I get wands in the GeekGear boxes and I might be unsure of the owner, in which cases I now will use the book to figure it out.

If you are a wand lover (or a Geek Gear subscriber) I would recommend this book. I would say it is meant for those of us who love to read about the things that happens behind the scenes. How was it made, what does this mean, etc.

While we are speaking of wands, I thought I would share my wand collection as of today. I keep all my wand in this cabinet that is my “Harry Potter showcase”.

Back left is mostly wands I have made myself in conjunction with my theme party two years ago. Has it been two years aleready?! In front of the jar is my three official wands, bought in proper stores. On top is the Funko POP figure of Seraphina Picquery because the pink wand box on top contains her wand.

The two boxes besides them is one that I made myself (Hello theme party!), and one that came with a wand I ordered off Wish. On the back wall is a “Ollivanders” sign, and “The Wand Collection”. Front and center is all the wands I have gotten through Geek Gear. Far right is some of the boxes the Geek Gear wands has been packed up in.

Top to bottom: Seraphina Picquery // Hermione Granger // Albus Dumbledore (The Elder Wand)

From left to right: Newt Scamander // Voldemort // Harry Potter // Ron Weasley (the wand he broke second year and tried to fix with Spellotape) // Ron Weasley (His new wand) // Fred Weasley // Sirius Black // Severus Snape // Ginny Weasley

There you have it, The Wand Collection, both the book and my personal one.
Let me know, which wand is your favourite one? Mine changes all the time. Right now it is the Harry Potter one, it is perfect to twirl and fiddle with.



5 thoughts on “The Wand Collection: a book review

  1. Etep

    Here is a tip for those like me. If the words in book pictures looked too blurry and unreadable you can click on image and click on full resolution 6000×4(?)something pixels to see original size.

    I liked first Harry Potters wand even if it was kinda simple without much characteristics. Alfonso Cuaron made them change it cause it looked like something you can by in IKEA. Wasn’t book one supposed to be shinier? Don’t really remember. Does not look like something you suppose to polish with broom polisher.

    1. Etep

      Also turns out mobile version show pictures in lower quality then a desktop version. Another thing I wasn’t aware about. So readability could not really be a problem for most people.

    2. ingridstrand Post author

      Yeah, it’s a good tip to click on the pictures to see them in better resolutions!

      You are right about them being more simple in the first movies. Cuaron was all about personality, and that shows in the clothes, hair styles, wands, etc. I do like that the wand have a little personality, but some wands are a bit too much. Like how are you supposed to hold them and use them?

      1. Etep

        Since wand is most important tool and weapon to witch/wizard it is little bit weird that they go after look first (great for showing users personality though). And practicality, grip, usage is almost not considered. All handles on guns and knives are practically the same.
        I have like a love/hate relationship with prisoner of Azcaban movie. I like how the world grew, become more detailed, more colourful than some other movies, and the budget was bigger than previous movies. But some parts are just too cartoonishly goofy for me. In the intro Harry purposely do lumos spell- in a movie were 5 minutes later he almost gets expelled for accidental use of magic. Those funny but unrealistic bits like Dudley getting knocked out by button, or Hermione on the womping willow just picks Harry up by the shirt with one hand like he weighted nothing. And Dudley is not evil but more like mentally disabled child (sorry if it’s not the correct term to use). Some bits was there just to be funny. Apparently Cuaron had tendency to wonder of and try to make it into something new and J K Rowling had to step in and say it’s cool but it’s not Harry Potter anymore. In one interview she mentioned that that scene with frogs and song about wicked thing to come, he wanted some kinda cool shot with tiny singing people in someone’s mouth. She was not okay with that.

      2. ingridstrand Post author

        Yes, the lumos in the beginning bothers me everytime! And like you said, there are some other discrepancies as well. But I do like that they added some humour (much needen before everything gets dark and gloomy later on), and lets the characters evolve their personalities.

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