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The Intricacies of Wands
J.K. Rowling offered up additional information on wizards’ wands in March 2016. She explained the owners’ relationships with their wands and how the magic travels. “Nearly all wizards use wands, which makes magic easier to channel. Wandless magic is sophisticated and takes more talent,” she tweeted. “Wands and brooms (and flying cars) are tools that channel magic. The most gifted can dispense with them… most wizards produce more precise magic by using the correct wand, which is why they’ve been widely adopted… There’s a cultural tradition of using wands and broomless flight is (as you might imagine) very risky!” Asked whether a wizard with a wand would beat one without one in a battle, she wrote, “Depends on the individual. A Goyle with a wand will lose to a Dumbledore without one. Most would choose wands to duel.”
The author went on to touch on wands in different regions as Newt Scamander prepares to hit New York City in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. “As you’d expect from a much larger land mass, there’s more than one great wandmaker & all have different specialities!” she tweeted of North America. Rowling also explained of wandless magic, “As children, wizards often produce accidental magic when they feel strong emotion. Wands help control and channel this power,” and added that goblins and other such magical creatures employ wandless magic as, “the wizards deny the right to bear wands to other categories of magical being. Some think that unfair.”
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September 28 2015 — 12:42 PM EDT