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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.

 

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Meeting the translator

A couple weekends back there was a Harry Potter evening at the student center in town. The man who translated the books into norwegian was there. His name is Torstein Bugge Høverstad ( a very norwegian name). To us, that was very exciting. He is the one who opened the world of Harry Potter to us. As children we were far far far from fluent enough in english, to actually be able to read the books in english,  so we needed them in norwegian. And this man made it possible.

At first he talked about how it was to work with the books and make proper translations. What was his process, what of his work was he satisfied with, and maybe some things not that much, etc. He also answered some questions from the audience. And then the most thrilling part. He is the one who made the audiobooks in norwegian, and therefore he read an excerpt from Order of the Phoenix. It was so much fun to hear him make the voices of different characters and tell the tale of Harry Potter.

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After I dragged my friend over to him to get one of my norwegian copies signed by him. Just under the part that says “Translated from english by Torstein Bugge Høverstad”

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So much fun. Totally worth standing in line for. Fortunatly I was there early, and they actually had to close the doors very quickly, because pretty much every Potter fan was in that line, and the room could not cope.

The cursed child and the illustrated version

Harry Potter and the cursed child just got in stores, therefore I headed straight to the book store while in the city the day before yesterday. It was a lot cheaper than expected, so I decided to spoil myself with the illustrated version of the Philosopher’s Stone as well.

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I have no words. I’m so thrilled to have these in my possession. Haven’t decided if I am to read the cursed child right NOW, or if I should save it for a little while. The moment I open it, I am doomed to do nothing but read ’til I’m finish with it.