Harry Potter wands and everything that goes with them!
Both of my children go crazy for anything Harry Potter, not just the wands! It is a very serious business. They have read the books several times over and go mad for the films, squealing with delight and hiding behind the sofa, (mostly from the romantic scenes rather than from the Death Eaters!) Magic has always captured their imaginations and they run around the house with their Harry Potter wands casting spells on each other and anyone else who gets in their way; “STUPEFY”
“It’s wingardium leviOsa, not leviosAH.” – Hermione Granger. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
As an outsider or as my children might say, as a Muggle, listening to them play it’s as if they are speaking in a different language as they enter into a world of wizards and wands. Other than a homemade wand and a list of Harry Potter spells, which they seem to have learned off by heart, my children don’t seem to need much else to enable them to be completely immersed in their game. And a spell can be squeezed in any time of the day, between teeth brushing, shouted through a closed bedroom door or entering the car. But best of all is when the other is least expecting it!
HARRY POTTER DAY OUT
A highlight of their childhood so far has been a visit to The Harry Potter Studios where their wizard heroes came to life. They had the opportunity to fly on a broomstick, drink Butterbeer and to follow in the footsteps of Harry and his friends in The Great Hall. The gift shop at the end was an experience in its own right; chocolate frogs, house scarfs, and Timeturner keyrings were all up for grabs. However, what really caught my children’s attention were the vast array of wands. Hundreds of boxes piled high each containing an exact copy of every character’s unique, magical wand. My daughter chose Fleur Delacour’s and my son’s choice was Voldemort’s; clearly, he’s one to keep an eye on!
HOMEMADE HARRY POTTER Wand
The authentic Harry Potter wands are completely loved by my children. So much so that they don’t always want to risk damaging them in a duel (the wand box clearly states ‘This is not a toy’!) So when they discovered that they could make their own wands they were at the ready with their glue and paint. The results were fantastic and really good fun to make.
For your homemade Harry Potter wand You will need bamboo skewers, a glue gun, paint (we used acrylic) and an adult to supervise at all times.
Cut the pointed ends of the skewer off so that it is no longer sharp. Glue three skewers together to make the basic shape of your wand. Caution must be taken when using a hot glue gun as burns to the skin can occur.
To make the handle of the wand build up layers of glue using the glue gun. Then design your pattern onto the body of the wand with more glue.
Let the glue dry completely between each application.
Paint your wand one colour and then paint your glue pattern in a contrasting colour.