Wands choose the wizard in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. They are an essential tool in the wizarding world that often have a deep connection to their owners. It doesn’t matter if the wizard wants a certain type of wand — using a different one just won’t work as well as the one that chose you in the first place!
Seeing these wonderful items in action throughout the Harry Potter franchise was always a magical experience, but beyond the spells they helped our favorite characters cast, many also stood out for how they looked. Even before they swished and flicked, plenty of wands were incredibly magical on their own.
From colors to shapes to engravings, we’ve seen wands in a variety of styles. Each connects in some way to the wizard, down to its core and the wood it’s made from. Some are simple and elegant, while others take wands to a whole new level, whether they're from the more modern-day-set films or the 1920s-set Fantastic Beasts series.
Looking at the options from the Ministry to MACUSA, here are our picks for the most spectacular wands in the franchise, counting down to our favorite!
Nicolas Flamel was mentioned in past Harry Potter films, but he’ll be making his first onscreen appearance in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. That means we haven’t really seen his wand in action 'til now.
The images released of Flamel's wand so far made it hard not to include on this list. The wood it’s made from and the core of it remain a mystery. The design alone though looks amazing. We know the films have been taking time period styles into account, and knowing Flamel’s age, it’s fun to see his wand have an antique look to it. The curved horn is also a nice touch and really makes the wand stand out from the others we’ve seen.
The wand Voldemort uses before stealing the Elder Wand looks rightly sinister. First seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the wand looks like it’s made of bone, though it's really made of yew, a wand wood supposedly quite rare that "is reputed to endow its possessor with the power of life and death." That power can be useful to someone interested in protecting people as much as someone interested in the Dark Arts. At 13 and a half inches, all Potter fans know Voldemort's wand shares a phoenix feather core with Harry Potter’s wand. Phoenix is the rarest core, and wands with it are often picky when choosing their wizard, show initiative, and offer “the greatest range of magic."
Concept designer Adam Brockbank came up with the design and stated on Pottermore that he had the idea for it to resemble a carved bone, “probably a human one.”
"The tapered tip leads to a thicker section, where you can see the honeycomb of the bone. That comes to a 'knuckle joint,' and then there’s a hook on the end, like a claw, which Ralph Fiennes actually tucks around his little finger. It's quite an evil shape," Brockbank explained.
Cedric Diggory’s wand is simple but elegant. We first saw the Hufflepuff use his wand during the Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire. The wand has carvings toward the handle and then comes to a black point at the end. It is 12 and a quarter inches with a core of unicorn hair. Unicorn apparently "produces the most consistent magic" and results in an extremely faithful wand.
However, it can also mean the core can “die” if mishandled and they often don’t result in the most powerful wands unless the wood compensates. Cedric’s wand was made of ash, a wood that is also extremely loyal and a good counterpart for unicorn hair. Ash wands belong to owners who are courageous and sometimes stubborn.
It’s a wand that is perfect for the Hufflepuff.
We see Luna Lovegood use two wands in the Harry Potter series and both are worthy of this spot on our list. We don’t know the wood or core for either of them, but their design is great for the Ravenclaw.
The wand we first see in Order of the Phoenix stands out in a similar way to Cedric’s in that it’s not complicated, but has a wonderful look with a design all along the handle.
Her second wand from later in the series gets rid of the engraving-like design and instead shapes the wood into a fabulous handle. It resembles a sort of closed flower. It doesn’t have any other frills, but it doesn’t need them!
Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts and not really allowed to perform magic as a result. As we first see in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, though, he still casts a few spells with a little help from his pink umbrella!
Hagrid’s original 16-inch wand was broken due to his expulsion from Hogwarts, so it must have taken some repairing to get it in working shape to place in the umbrella. His wand was made of oak, which is said to be loyal and wants a wizard that has strength, courage, intuition, and an attraction to nature. That makes it perfect for Hagrid! While a pink umbrella might not be the most subtle place to hide a wand, it is clever and fits enough with his overall image that most people probably don’t think twice when they see him with it.
There are few other wands that can beat this pink umbrella for presentation.
Seraphina Picquery, the President of MACUSA, has one of the most intricate wands in the series. We don't see it put to much use in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but hopefully, that will change in the coming movies.
Picquery’s wand was made by Violetta Beauvais who, according to Pottermore, was a famous wandmaker in New Orleans. She made every wand from swamp mayhaw wood and they all had Rougarou hair for the core. There’s not really any other information about what the wood and core might signify about the wizard, though the Rougarou is described as a “dangerous dog-headed monster that prowled Louisiana swamps.” The Pottermore entry also adds that it’s “often said of Beauvais wands that they took to Dark magic like vampires to blood, yet many an American wizarding hero of the 1920s went into battle armed only with a Beauvais wand.”
The wand itself is extremely unique with its pop of purple matched with the silver at the handle. Actress Carmen Ejogo said she loves her character’s wand and described it as “elegant and regal, which probably reveals something of her personality.” She also said it represents her character's power. It’s definitely a fantastic wand for the witch.
How can Slughorn’s wand not be near the top of this list?
At 10 and a quarter inches, it’s made of cedar, which is said to be for strong and loyal wizards who also have the "potential to be a frightening adversary." The core is dragon heartstring, a core often found in the most powerful wands, though they can easily turn to the Dark Arts. Unlike many other character entries, Pottermore also notes the flexibility of his wand as "fairly flexible." According to famed wandmaker Garrick Ollivander, whether a wand is flexible or rigid shows "the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair." All of this makes Slughorn’s wand a fascinating one that’s a good choice for the character, but it’s really the great design that earned it this top spot.
The wand is an amazing combination of colors. The handle has two little points sticking out that look just like a slug or snail. The silver that then emanates from the handle down the rest of the wand kind of looks like a trail that such a creature might leave behind when moving. The design is a little on the nose perhaps given the character’s name, but that’s what makes it such a fun and, dare we say, even adorable wand!
Like Flamel’s wand, we don’t know much about the makeup of Queenie’s wand from Fantastic Beasts. We first see her using it when Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski meet her in the apartment she shares with her sister Tina.
The design though is one that really sticks in your memory as a great example of how wands of that era would look and how a wand can be a great fit for a character.
Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker for Fantastic Beasts, said they "included nods to 1920s Art Deco design" for Queenie's wand and told Pottermore "it has a much more obvious shell design — it was a piece of mother of pearl that had been sculpted into a kind of snail’s shell shape. Again that had a very simple shaft to it, made out of a dark rosewood. It is a nice simple aesthetic in connection with the character."
The style is beautiful and, again, you can see how it just works so well with the character as we’ve come to know her so far.