Oh hey, guys! Welcome to Cosplay and Coffee. My name is Tiffani and today I’m going to tell you about the different types of Harry Potter wands available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Disclaimer: The beginning of this blog is closed captioning for this YouTube video. Full list at the end.
Whether you are a cosplayer or you’re just going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time to get your wand, WELCOME!
If you’ve never been to the WWoHP, then the first thing you should know is that it is… overwhelming.
There are so many things to see, and you are filled with so many emotions, and you kind of have this desperate, panicky feeling that you aren’t going to see everything.
Now that feeling is amplified by about a thousand once you enter Ollivanders to get your wand. Because. It. Is. Tiny!
Too tiny, actually. I get what they were going for, but like, it’s kind of a nightmare.
In case you want to get in and out of the wand shop as quickly as possible, I thought I’d fill you guys in on the different wands that you can get at the WWoHP.
So strap in—because there are a TON of options.
Where to Find Harry Potter Wands at Universal
There are a couple of places where you can get your wand.
There is, of course, Ollivanders in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Then there is and Gregorivich’s (Ollivander’s wand competitor). You can also sometimes get Harry Potter wands at outside kiosk stands or in the official Universal Stores.
Universal has the Wand Experience, where one person gets to step up to Ollivander himself and have the wand choose them.
Now, if you aren’t the lucky person picked during this experience, you still can go into the shop to get your own. We all know that the wand chooses the wizard, so you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Two Types of Harry Potter Wands
There are two types of Harry Potter wands that you can get: Interactive Or Collectible
But let’s dive a little deeper.
When you FIRST ENTER the WWoHP and make your way into a wand shop in Diagon Alley you will see there are wands stacked to the ceiling. You will also notice that characters, like Ron, will have two different colored wand boxes.
This is to differentiate between the interactive and the collectible wands. You’ll know which wand is interactive because it will have a clear kind of glassy point at the end of the wand. Each interactive wand also comes with a map that marks all the locations where you can use your wand to cast spells.
There are 32 different interactive wands that run at about $55.
And there are 40 collectible wands that run at about $49.
So that means—yes—not every character is available in the interactive version.
On top of that, only 19 characters are actually available in the interactive option. The other 13 are specialty Ollivander wands, which I’ll get to in a minute.
I’m going to leave you the full list of options available in both the interactive and collectible options below because it will take me ten minutes to name them all.
Choosing a Wand
If you know who you’re favorite character is, or if you have a cosplay that you need a wand for, then all you have to do is choose whether you want it to be an interactive wand or a collectible.
On the other hand, you can choose a wand finish based on your birthday, a special date such as an anniversary, or a wand based on your personality.
According to Universal’s website, there are 13 interactive wands that come in different finishes such as Ash, Ivy, Oak, and so on. Each wand has its own set of personality traits (listed below) which can help you pick out which finish you want. Each type of wand also correlates to specific dates so you can choose a wand based on a birthday or special date, like an anniversary.
For example, my birthday is June 6th so I could choose a HAWTHORN wand or if I picked my wand based on my personality traits, I’d probably pick REED.
Different Types of Interactive Wands
*See full list below
Now, the interactive wands are cool if you plan on spending a few days at the park or you go there often. You can go to various spots throughout the park and actually use your wand to make objects move, turn on fountains and lights, and a slew of other magical possibilities.
I have Ron’s interactive wand. Of course, the day I went to demonstrate this, I forgot my wand, so I just kind of basked in everyone else’s magical talents.
And if you’re wondering how long the interactive wands last, don’t worry— Universal will replace your wand if it stops working. However, most people say that their wands have been going strong for years.
Different Types of Collectible Wands
Your other option is to get a collectible wand.
If you are simply a muggle that wants a collectible Harry Potter wand to put on display, then you have 40 options to choose from. These are a little cheaper than the interactive wands. They run at about $49.
However, I have to point out that FIVE of those 40 are actually different variations of Death Eater wands. Which are all actually really cool. Also, you cannot get your special birthday or personality wands in anything other than interactive.
Fantastic Beasts Wands at Universal Studios
If you are wondering about character wands from the Fantastic Beasts films, then you may or may not be in luck, depending on when you are watching this. Right now, there are 8 wands available for Fantastic Beasts characters which are:
- DUMBLEDORE’S ORIGINAL WAND
- GRINDELWALD (WHICH IS THE ELDER WAND)
- NICOLAS FLAMEL
- LETA LESTRANGE
- THESEUS SCAMANDER
Young Dumbledore and Flamel’s are my favorite because they just have SO much detail in the handle. Leta and Queenies were really pretty, too.
I was told by the lovely sales Wizard that these are available for only a short amount of time and none of them come in the interactive option. They also are NOT available to purchase through the website.
Each wand is made with resin, which if you’re a cosplayer you might already be familiar with this product. They are also all handpainted and come in a variety of lengths, depending on your wand choice.
Harry Potter Wand Stands
READ MORE: Harry Potter DIY Wand Display
There are a couple of different stands for your Harry Potter wands that are readily available to purchase. There’s the:
DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY parchment rack that bears the respective names of six of the members of Dumbledore’s Army (Harry, Hermine, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna).
It costs $200 which I think includes all 6 wands?
Then there is the TRIWIZARD WAND COLLECTION. It comes with wands used by the Triwizard champions. The wands sit on an engraved wooden plate that is protected by a glass case. The retail price is about $160.
And finally, there is the WEASLEY WAND STAND that costs $100 if you want both Fred and George’s wands.
Well, that’s it, guys. At least for now. Who knows how many more wands will be added to Ollivander’s store. Also, I want to mention that all of this information is based on what I know is available at Universal Orlando. I checked the Universal Hollywood site to see if there were differences in the wands they sold, but they actually didn’t list the wands at all, so I am going to assume they are the same.
I hope seeing the different types of wands available at the WWoHP helps you out in narrowing down your choices. It will honestly be one of the most magical experiences of your life, and I highly recommend getting an interactive wand. Because it’s sad when you cant cast your own magical spells.
And that’s it! Cheers guys and I’ll see you next time.
FULL List of Harry Potter Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Interactive Character Wands ($55)
- DUMBLEDORE (ELDER WAND)
- SNAKE WAND
- MAD EYE
- BIRCH (December 24 – January 20)
- ROWAN (January 21 – Feb. 17)
- ASH (Feb. 18 – Mar. 17)
- ALDER (Mar. 18 – Apr. 14)
- WILLOW (Apr. 15 – May 12)
- HAWTHORN (May 13 – June 9)
- OAK (June 10 – July 7)
- HOLLY (July 8 – Aug. 4)
- HAZEL (Aug. 5 – Sept. 1)
- VINE (Sep. 2 – Sept. 29)
- IVY (Sept. 30 – Oct. 27)
- REED (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24)
- ELDER (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)
- DEATH EATER SWIRL WAND
- DEATH EATER SNAKE
- DEATH EATER SKULL
- DEATH EATER THORNS
- DEATH EATER STALLION
- MAD EYE
- CHO CHANG
- RUFUS SCRIM
- LUNAS DAD XENO
- DEAN THOMAS
Specialty Wand Personality Traits
*Descriptions from Universal Orlando’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Wa
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 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.
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.