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Wand Repair and Replacement at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“There appears to be a hex on your wand!”

That was what a wizard said to me in Knockturn Alley. I had been trying over and over to cast Alohamora on a locked door (it’s Knockturn Alley, there are no rules down there) to no avail. I had really started to doubt my years of magical education and skills as a wizard. Years of training wasted! When I was about to give up, a friendly looking wizard walked up to me and attempted to give me a tutoring lesson in this first year-level spell. Again, the door remained locked. The wizard politely asked if he might inspect my wand for malfunction and, after handing it over, the wizard turned the wand about in his fingers, examining it from every angle. “Ah ha!” he said, “There appears to be a hex on your wand! Take it to Ollivanders in Diagon Alley and have one of the wand assistants examine it to have the hex removed.”

Having been given my quest, I absconded from the murky street into the bright light of Diagon Alley, packed with weekend shoppers. I made my way to Ollivanders and waited patiently for an assistant to be available for the wand inspection. When my turn came at last, I explained that I had been told a hex had been placed on my wand, and that I had been sent to have it inspected. The assistant, a witch, took the wand from me and performed the same top to bottom inspection as the wizard in Knockturn Alley. She came to the same conclusion: there was indeed a hex on my wand, and it would need to be brought before a Wand Master to be removed safely. Bidding me to wait, she took my wand and disappeared through a door behind the counter. I waited.

It could not have been more than 2 minutes later that the witch returned with my wand in hand. “Success!” she exclaimed, “your wand is now hex free! Feel free to use it at any of the Ministry approved spell locations in Diagon Alley or Hogsmead.”

I went back to Knockturn Alley and back to the door that has thwarted me before. I stood, wand at the ready, took a deep breath, and moved my wand in the proper motions (I use wordless magic to keep my enemies off balance.) A long series of clicks told me that the spell had worked!

Suddenly, the same wizard from before appeared at my side. “Well done, I see the hex has been lifted. Now, turn the handle.” Following his instructions, I reached for the ornate door handle and turned. A blast of air and a cackle greeted me and reminded me that nothing is as it seems in the wizarding world.

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The fact that the staff at Ollivander’s will replace a malfunctioning wand only adds to my appreciation of these parks. Everyone is prone to an accident now and again, and if the light-reflecting bead at the end of your wand is scratched or damaged, it cannot be read by the infrared sensors at each spell location. This would mean that the (more expensive) wand in your hand is little more than a stick in the parks.

I have had to get a wand replaced twice: the first was one I bought on eBay and came with a damaged tip, the second was because I dropped the wand myself which resulted in the damage. I took the wands to the wand shop staff, they asked me to wait a few moments, and brought me a new, unblemished wand to continue my spellcasting. This replacement is free of charge and can be done any number of times so long as they have the wands in stock (replacing the special Celebration wands or Collector’s Edition wands is not possible, which is why those wands stay home where they are not likely to be damaged).  

I hope you find this tip helpful! Have you ever had to get a wand replaced?

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