The wand chooses the wizard. You should know that by now. If not, you really need to read and/or watch the Harry Potter series! You will enjoy them. They are even fun to read aloud to your children. And then you will understand the fact that ‘the wand chooses the wizard.’ And the amazing process that goes into making a wand and how they get their magical powers.
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When you go to Hogsmeade, you will see fantastic buildings. Right out of the movies and books. And you will see Ollivander’s Wand Shop. It’s right there…you can’t miss it. There is a super show to see inside also. You stand in a fast moving line and are taken into a little room with about 25 other people where you are greeted by a wand person. They explain the rules of no flash photography and please stay in one spot.
Then a secret panel opens and you are escorted into the presence of a WAND MASTER. One person is chosen to step forward. That person is told the story of how wands choose their owner as the audience raptly listens. The Wand Master takes a wand and has the chosen one say a spell and flick the wand. If the wand chooses that person, a light will spotlight them and music will start. If it does not like that person, the spell will back fire….badly.
When the ‘show’ is over, a hidden door on the other side of the room opens and you are escorted into Ollivander’s Wand Shop. It is crowded but cozy, full but fun, and wand boxes are stacked to the ceiling! There are wands from every character you can think of. So even if you aren’t chosen in the room with the Wand Master, you still can get a really special wand that would means something to you. There are displays on the walls under the windows that explain what each wand means (see below in the wand descriptions). And the wand workers have a sheet of paper that you fill out to find the wand that best suits you and your personality.
They are fun to read, but in the crowd it is a bit difficult. You will find the wand descriptions below.
So, you have chosen and purchased your wand. They come in all shapes and sizes. There are regular and INTERACTIVE!!! My kids got the interactive wands and they had a BLAST using them through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
My kids had me choose for them. I was honored when they asked. So I took my time and read every description. Twice. I really wanted to make an awesome choice for each of them. I have a wonderful relationship with my 4 teens. And I am proud of each of them for different things.
They didn’t want character wands, they wanted ‘THEM’ wands. I get that.
For my son, I chose the Hawthorn wand. I did this because as the big brother, he is very protective and as the only boy, he is the past and future of our family line.
For my eldest daughter I picked the Holly wand. She is a natural leader, and an effective counselor. She is thoughtful and loving; but knows how to stand her ground.
For my middle girl, the Oak wand. She is my bundle of optimism and always seems to know more about whatever is going on that the rest of us.
And for my youngest girl, the Birch wand. She seems to have tons of energy all the time and has a sharp wit. She cuts right to the chase of any matter.
Each wand comes in a really nifty, fancy box and a map of where to use them in the park. YES, you get to DO magic inside The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.
Wood from Holly trees has magical healing properties and is thought to repel evil. Holly people make good leaders and thoughtful, loving and effective counselors. Holly people should use their understanding of the dark, hidden side of humanity to guide others in their time of need.
Reed wood is associated with scholarship and knowledge. Reed people are good with words, and steadfast in their beliefs. They are deeply rooted and extremely flexible. Reed people should trust in their ability to adapt to new situations without ever losing sense of who they are.
This vigorous wood is associated with stored energy and renewal. Birch people are full of life, with seemingly endless reserves of energy to bestow on those around them. Birch people should always trust their ability to see straight through to the heart of any matter.
Wood from these huge, steadfast trees is associated with truth and wisdom. Oak people are confident and optimistic, with great inner strength and a deep well of knowledge. Oak people should trust in their natural intuition and understanding, using it for the benefit of all.
Willow wood has powers of protection, especially against natural disasters. Willow people are strong and flexible; they recover quickly from the unexpected. Willow people should face new challenges confident that each encounter only makes them stronger.
Alder wood is well suited for making flutes and pipes, and for building bridges. Alder people are adventurous travelers and confident decision makers who trust their inner voices. Alder people should work hard to maintain a balance between work and play.
Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.
Hazel wood is associated with wisdom, protection and magical skills. Hazel people are often wise beyond their years. They make inspiring teachers, combining creative talent and practical knowledge. Hazel people should be sure they take the time to share their gifts with others.
The wood is revered for its powers of protection. Rowan people are full of healing energy and they delight in helping others. Rowan people should use their powerful imagination and resourceful nature to make their dreams come true.
Elder wood is associated with death and renewal and protection from negative influence. Elder people are extremely perceptive and very sensitive; they are easily wounded, but quick to recover. Elder people should trust in their natural persistence and they will succeed where many others would give up.
The Hawthorn tree makes excellent barriers with its beautiful flowers and big thorns. This wood is strong, yet flexible. Hawthorn people have intense family ties and are highly protective of those for whom they care. Hawthorn people should remember that it is relationships that connect us to the future and the past.
Tools, magical and ordinary, made from Ash are especially productive as Ash trees are known to attract energy. Ash people are kind and generous with a gift for seeing what is beautiful in the world and in others. Ash people should be careful that their romantic hearts do not lead them into danger.
Ivy wood is associated with tenacity, stamina and endless patience. Ivy people are strong and determined; they set goals and achieve them. Ivy people should take care that their ability to easily overcome obstacles does not lead them unwittingly into ever more challenging situations.
There are medallions outside, IN the pavement. Those are markers for where to USE your interactive wands. You stand by the medallion, and flick and swish your wand while saying the magic words! And…things happen!
Things float. Things fly. Things go up. Things go down. Things turn on. Things turn off. Things zip all around! It is AMAZING! It is so real.
But don’t worry! If you can’t get your swish and flick to work, there are wand teachers to help you! They help you aim correctly and make some magic! They are super helpful!
So GO! It is brilliantly fun! And brilliantly magical!
Really, it makes us feel like this…. So enjoy!