Last September 25, Garrick Ollivander celebrated his birthday. As a tribute, this post will be about my experience in his ‘store’ and my relationship with my wand.
It has been a long time since I have been matched with my wand at Ollivander’s yet I still remember the thrill that comes along with the choosing. This experience still remains for me the best Pottermore moment because it is highly interactive and it reveals much about the personality of the wizard. That the result will be final and unchangeable adds to the delicacy of the matter and makes it even more exciting.
I answered each question carefully because the accuracy of the match would depend on it. In my opinion, I gave the honest answers. Thus, I was initially disappointed when I got a wand that I did not expect.
My wand is made of Aspen with Unicorn Core and is reasonably supple.
I have no problems with the core and the flexibility. The Unicorn Core, I believe, is a good match because, while it doesn’t make the most powerful of wands, it produces consistent magic and is faithful to its owner. I am also glad that it is not likely to be drawn to the Dark Arts.
As for flexibility, I want to think that I am indeed reasonably supple like my wand. I am not stubborn but also not easy to be swayed. That I read somewhere that reasonably supple wands are usually well-rounded convinces me even more that my wand’s flexibility suits me.
What I initially had issues with was my wand wood.
According to Pottermore:
“Wand-quality of aspen wood is white and fine-grained, and highy prized by wand-makers for its stylish resemblance to ivory and its usually outsanding charmwork. The proper owner of the aspen wand is often an accomplished duellist, or destined to be so, for the aspen wand is one of those particularly suited to martial magic. An infamous and secretive eighteenth-century duelling club, which called itself The Silver Spears, was reputed to admit only those who owned aspen wands. In my experience, aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for revolutionaries.”
Please do not get me wrong. For me, all wand woods are great in their own way and I do see the beauty in aspen. Nevertheless, it can also be quite disappointing if you think you have been matched with a wand that is not you.
My friends think that my wand is awesome as it is suited for duelling. It can be quite useful, they say. However, I have never thought of myself as a revolutionary and I am not the type who is drawn to fighting.
Many times have I been tempted to create another Pottermore account and test if the result will be the same. I am glad I never gave in to the temptation and have waited for myself to warm up to my wand.
It took me a year to realize that I got the right wand, but it was worth the patience.
Now, I am proud to have aspen for my wand wood and I believe that it does suit my personality.
I have understood that duelling does not mean picking a fight. Duelling is also about strategy which involves both physical and mental skills. Experience, creativity and sensitivity also figure in stragetizing for duels.
Also, it can be done for leisure and can aid a witch to learn new spells. Therefore, it can also be a good wand for someone with a passion to learn. In times of serious circumstances, however, an aspen owner will have a good fighting chance.
Finally, the determination that comes along with aspen can also be found in me. Even though I am a Ravenclaw, I have to admit that I do not find intelligence or creativity as my best traits. Instead, the virtue that has helped me in critical moments of my life is determination.
I am not the brightest or the most artistic but I am determined to pursue my interests as long as I do not trample on other people’s lives. Indeed, it is determination which makes me say that I am passionate to learn and pursue the the things I love.
My relationship with my wand may have been filled with doubts and disappointment at first. But now I can say, “Thank you, Mr. Ollivander. Your wand picked the right witch. Belated Happy Birthday!”
What about you? What is your wand? Do you feel that it suits your personality?
I will be very happy to hear your stories.