Admit it. If you’re a Potterhead, you’ve probably wanted your own wand since Harry first got his at Ollivander’s. You might even have one (or five). The reason you need to add just one more to your stash of magical artifacts is because outside of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, these are possibly the closest you can get to casting a spell.
JAKKS Pacific has just conjured a trio of interactive Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands that Gizmodo recently unearthed in Diagon Alley. Instead of a unicorn hair, phoenix feather or dragon heartstring, the core of each wand is a motion sensor not unlike the one in your smartphone.
As you learn your way through 11 different spells such as Locomotor, Incendio and Wingardium Leviosa, the sensor tracks your movements through five different modes that let you perfect your wizardry on your own or team up with Dumbledore’s Army.
So how do you figure out if you’d pass Charms? Keep a third eye and ear on your progress through the LED lights on the handle and sound effects that tell you whether you've cast a spell correctly. Professor Flitwick would probably find it strange that Lumos isn’t one of the spells you can cast. Shouldn’t something that lights up anyway be able to conjure light?
You can even play laser tag. Yes, Harry Potter laser tag is now a thing.
How heroic or evil you want to be is up to you depending on whether you choose Harry, Dumbledore or Voldemort’s wand. Just in case you were wondering, Unforgivable curses are not included (even with the Voldemort wand). You can’t pretend to slice your enemies’ hands off with Sectumsempra or go in for the kill with Avada Kedavra.
Wizard Training Wands materialized at Toy Fair 2018 and will later appear on JAKKS Pacific’s website for $25 each. At least you won’t be needing any solid gold coins to own one.