If Harry Potter fans learned anything from Garrick Ollivander, it’s that it’s not the size of the wand that counts, but how you use it. But, if you’re looking to make a statement, having a really, really, big wand never hurts. That’s the game plan for J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, which is installing nine giant wands in London to raise awareness for its goal of changing the fate of orphaned children that still have living family.
In a release, Lumos described the huge light-up wands as being 15 feet tall and belonging to some of the Wizarding World’s favorite characters. Just check out those plaques at the base of each wand. They will be erected between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, illuminating from Oct. 18 to Nov. 12. The installation, created by Lumos and the Harry Potter brand at large, is part of the City of London Arts Initiative that will also include different activities for its Wizarding Wednesdays, which offer far more activities for Potterverse fans than a simple statue.
“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge,” said Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development, “not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all 10 films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.”
Berger may have the longest title in the industry, but his stance on the project is short and sweet: “Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.” The Potter franchise is centered around a very famous orphan, so despite the more commercial aspects of the statues (including playing host to a military marching band’s performance of the films’ scores), there’s much more to be gleaned from these huge wands than magical recognition.
So yes, do your wand combat training and snap a picture of these towering twigs - but don’t forget that they’re here to help kids. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald casts Accio on box office dollars starting on Nov. 16.