Choosing a Wand at the Wizarding World in Hollywood

by Tad on January 15, 2019 106 Los Angeles

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'Sup? Tad here. Today we're talking about one of my favorite topics — Harry Potter! Mommy Frog (that's Flora to all of you grownups) gave me a copy of the first book as a birthday gift back when I was a younger frog. My fascination with all things Potter hit its high note when Universal opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I can walk through Hogwarts and sip Butterbeer? Frog. Mind. Actually. Blown. In this post, I'm going to talk about my favorite part of these worlds — the wizarding world wands, which do include the Harry Potter wands and Fantastic Beasts wands for many characters from these movies, as well as original wands that perhaps you may make famous someday. I'll also answer some common questions that our readers have asked about these interactive wands, plus tips on getting chosen at Ollivanders wand shop!

At Universal Studios Hollywood, you're surrounded by magical fun. You can take a ride on a magical beast on Flight of the Hippogriff and soar with Harry, Ron and Hermoine on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Visiting wizards can also make magic happen with their very own wand. IKNOWRIGHT? I love wandering around Hogsmeade with my wand, saying a spell —and then with a flick of my wrist — woosh. Magical things happen. While you don't need a wizarding world wand to enjoy your visit to Hogsmeade, they make the experience extra magical.

Wizarding World Wands- Casting a Spell

Any Harry Potter fan can tell you that the wand chooses the wizard. One of the coolest ways to see the power of the wand is by visiting Ollivanders wand shop. Inside this famous shop, you may purchase your very own wand. A few lucky folks even participate in a wand pairing ceremony and get chosen by a wand! There's plenty of wizarding world wand fun to be had at Universal Studios Hollywood. Let's leap in and see what you can conjure up with your own wand!

Types of Wizarding World Wands at Universal Studios Hollywood

Interactive Wands and Resin Wands 

There are two kinds of wands available for you to purchase. The most popular wands are the interactive wands. These special wands can be used all around Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Hollywood to activate different effects in windows and other features. The resin wands are essentially decorative wands that you'd purchase to display in your bedroom or office or have for dressing up and play. They are cheaper and lighter than the interactive wands.

Wand Prices 

Prices for the wands vary. Expect to pay around $50 for the interactive wands and $44 for the resin, non-interactive models.

Design of Wizarding World Wands

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Character Wands

Many visiting wizards and muggles alike leap at the chance to purchase the wands of their favorite characters. There's a certain thrill of waving around Harry's wand or dazzling at the details of the Elder Wand a.k.a. Dumbledore's wand, which is also the same as Grindelwald’s wand. But you can also go old school and get Dumbledore’s original wand before he defeated Grindelwald and acquired the Elder Wand. Are true Harry Potter wand fans still with me? You may purchase select character wands as regular resin wands or as interactive models.

Non-Character Wizarding World of Harry Potter Wands

One of the appealing wand options are the various non-character ones. You have the option of purchasing a wand made of different materials — holly, reed, birch, willow, ash, vine, hazel, ivy, rowan, hawthorne and alder, each with a different core. These wands are only interactive.

I'd like to have my Pottermore wand created. Can I get a custom wand? 

There are no custom wands available at Ollivanders wand shop.

Ollivanders - Makers of Fine Wands Since 382 BC

Ollivanders Wand Pairing Show

Wizarding World Wands - Ollivanders Wand Shop

At Ollivanders, you can watch — and hopefully take part in — a wand pairing show with a wandkeeper. In this dark back room of the wand shop, the wandkeeper will select someone to participate in a wand pairing demonstration. The wandkeeper will offer several wands to the individual to see how well they work together. As you can guess, it may take a few tries for the correct wand and wizard to magically find each other. The show is pure magic. Even if you are not shopping for a wand, this pairing is worth the wait for diehard Harry Potter fans. I have seen it a few times, and each show is a little bit different with different spells and wands. You can watch my video of it on our YouTube channel.

Wizarding World Wands - Ollivanders Show

After the show, the audience exits into the main wand store to peruse the shelves of wands. The individual and their family will be given the option to purchase the wand that selected him or her. They may also purchase a different wand if they like — or leave empty-handed.

How can I get chosen to be in the Ollivanders wand choosing show? 

We get TONS of questions about this. The answer is ... it's a wizarding secret. We've done this show plenty of times and can't see a common formula. We've seen young adults picked when we were SO SURE it was going to be a certain child. Ollivanders politely declines requests from parents who PLEAD that their child is picked.

I can count the number of times I've seen the show on both flippers. I've never been picked — and I've shown up in head-to-toe Ravenclaw gear. Meanwhile, my best friend who’s a Hufflepuff has been chosen twice! We still think it’s helpful to dress up and make yourself as visible as possible (think front row instead of back) so the wandkeeper can see you. It's a bummer that I haven't had the chance to be chosen by a wand yet, but I've realized that it's not the end of the day if I'm not chosen to participate. I spend hours using my interactive wand, casting spells and making magic. If you're not chosen for the Ollivanders show, don't take it too hard. Focus on the fun you're having. After all, you are at Universal Studios Hollywood. The line gets shorter in the afternoon, so you can always hop back in line and try again. The spells in each wand pairing are different, so you might get to experience a different show or even a different wandkeeper at work.

Can I be in the show, but turn down the wand? 

Let's get real. Not all of us have a vault at Gringotts full of gold — yet, if you do I'm open to being adopted. Buying an Ollivanders wand may not be in your vacation budget, or you may already have one. If you're chosen for the ceremony, you may simply turn down the chance to purchase it at the end. No harm, no foul. But if the wandkeeper asks if you are there because you are looking for a wand, the answer is yes. Otherwise, he or she might pass you up for another participant who came to get a wand. We’ve seen it happen!

World of caution for all you parents: please prepare your tadpole in advance with expectations in case they get chosen. You have no obligation to buy at the end, but it's very hard to turn down a wand that chooses you. Being paired is a magical experience and your little one will feel very drawn to having that wand.

Choosing Your Own Wizarding World Wand at Ollivanders

Wizarding World Wands - Ollivanders Wand Shop

Sure, purchasing your own wand flies in the face of that whole "wand chooses the wizard" thing. While it's certainly weird to slap down our cash for a wand without ceremony, it's really fun to pick out your own.

Wizarding World Wands - Wiseacres

As you exit the show — or wander inside from the side entrance or through Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment — you'll be able to peruse the shelves of wands. There's a section of the character ones, and one for the non-character wands.

The Character Wand Stand

Wizarding World Wands - Character Wand Stand

Another option for checking out wands for specific characters is across from Hogwarts. A small stand sells just about every character’s signature wand. It is fun just to be able to see all the details on wands, from Voldemort’s and Bellatrix’s wands to Harry's, Cedric Diggory’s, Mad-Eye Moody’s, Fleur Delacour’s, Dumbledore’s and more. There is a particularly cool Death Eater wand with a skull on it. #goals

Universal Studios Store

You do not have to enter the park to purchase a wand. The Universal Studios Store in City Walk has some of the more popular character wands, but not all of the wands. The biggest selection of Harry Potter wands is inside Universal Studios Hollywood.

How to Use Interactive Wizarding World Wands

Congrats! You were selected in the Ollivander's show OR you talked your frog family into buying your very own wand. Now the fun begins!

Your interactive wand comes with a map that shows the locations and spells around Hogsmeade. Wander around the village, and you'll find gold markers on the ground in front of shop windows that show you where to stand. Following the ground markers is way less cumbersome than following the map.

Wizarding World Wands - Using an Interactive Wand at Hogsmeade

Here's how spellcasting works: Make your way over to a marker — our favorite one is by Dominic Maestro's. Stand on the marker and look at the motion that's indicated on it. Point your wand at the window and say the spell — "Ventus" —  and wave your wand. If you do it correctly, some magic will happen. This particular one sets off instruments and flying sheets of music.

Other spells may open items (such as a Chocolate Frog box), raise items, lower items, freeze them, make them turn or bounce or change in some way. There is often a helpful wizard nearby to assist guests with their spells. They know you are learning and will be eager for your success. There are some newer exciting spells, bringing the total to 15. The Incendio spell conjures flames that reflect your skill level, and the Alohomora spell is difficult, but by far my new favorite. Cast that spell on a door with a series of locks. Can you reveal what’s behind the door? If your map magically disappears while you are distractedly learning spells, you can hop back into the shop for a free replacement map.

Fun with Wizarding World Wands in Orlando

Wizarding World Wands - Wands at Diagon Alley

Are you planning a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort? Pack. That. Wand! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is split between two parks. You'll find Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure, while Universal Studios Florida is home to Diagon Alley. How to get between the parks? THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS YO!

Both areas are full of interactive elements for plenty of wizarding world wand fun. One of our favorite ones is deep inside Knockturn Alley in Diagon Alley. Over at Hogsmeade, we're fans of Revelio outside of Honeyduke's. Your wand will work at all of the spots. I purchased my wand in Hollywood, then took it with me to Orlando. It's really fun to explore familiar spells in Hogsmeade, but the ones in Diagon Alley are even more enchanting. You'll see young and old frogs alike having fun with their wands.

Should You Buy a Wizarding World Wand? 

T-shirts. Mugs. Designer dresses. You can buy TONS of things on vacation. The choices are even more tempting at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, where it's tempting to pick up house scarves and dress robes. Wizarding World wands are the rare souvenir that you use while on vacation. Sadly, the wands don't work around your local town, so the "magic" is limited. But you are certainly welcome to do pretend spells or use your wand as a costume prop at home! I’ve been known to engage in a little wizard dueling with my Harry Potter wand, myself. If you're a die-hard fan, then it's the perfect way to remember your visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There's definitely an emotional connection drawn when your tadpole correctly casts a spell, and that can make for magical memories.

Wizarding World Wands - Casting a Spell

If a wand isn't in your future, there are still many great ways for additional wizarding fun. Mom has a post on our favorite places to eat or drink in the Wizarding World. You can even buy a chocolate pretzel wand at Honeydukes if you prefer to eat a wand rather than cast spells with it! There are so many fun things to do in the Wizarding World. Hoppy spell casting!

Do you have a favorite spell? Have you ever been chosen for the Ollivanders show? Share your secrets with us in the comments below! 

Related: Universal Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

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Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jan 14, 2019 at 10:43 p.m. Teresa Says...

A friend is going to let us borrow their interactive wand, but they no longer have the map. You mention in comments that you can pick one up at Olivanders, but are these free or will we need to buy one?

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Dec 12, 2018 at 1:48 a.m. KK Says...

Hey!

I’m surprising my husband with a trip to Harry Potter World. My mom was wanting to get him an interactive wand as a gift before going. However, with him being a die-hard HP fan, would you recommend he choose his own wand at Ollivander’s? (Or luckier yet, be chosen for the ceremony) ????

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Dec 12, 2018 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KK!

Such a GREAT (and considerate) question to ask. Yes, it sounds like your boyfriend would definitely value the experience of choosing his own wand ... or letting the wand choose him, if he's lucky! We would recommend a Universal gift card instead so he can shop at Ollivander's. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Batty Says...

Can I choose the wand that potter more gave me?

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Dec 5, 2018 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

If it's available a an option, yes!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2018 at 1:35 a.m. Denise???? Arriaga Says...

Can you buy the wand at any place to use it in the universal estudios ? Or need to be buy it at universal Harry Potter place ??

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Nov 30, 2018 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise!

Yes, it needs to be one of the special wands programmed to work at the parks. The same wand will work at Universal Orlando Resort AND Universal Studios Hollywood, though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2018 at 5:42 a.m. Brad Says...

Did anyone that bought an interactive wand at Universal Hollywood that wasn’t a characters, have the exact price for a wand? I need to know by Sunday because I am flying to LA just to go to the universal studios and then it’s off the Disney land for me after, please let me know ASAP!! I’m so excited and I just need to know the exact price

-Thank you!! —Brad

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Nov 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad!

Most wands range between $50-$60 :)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 18, 2018 at 2:29 p.m. William Says...

Can you give more details on "customizing" a wand. Does this mean my child can request its style/wood and contents (Willow with Unicorn hair, dragon heartstring, etc)?

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Sep 19, 2018 at 12:38 a.m. hi Says...

no the wand means the birth month or you could get workers to ask u a question

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi William!

There are tons of wands to choose from (many inspired by characters!) with a great variety combing different wood types and contents ... however, you aren't able to necessarily "customize" your wand and combine the duo of your choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2018 at 2:18 a.m. Zack Says...

I read that there are 13 wood types used for the non-character wands. Does that mean that there are only 13 non-character wands, or are there multiple styles for each wood type?

Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2018 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zack!

Great question! We believe there is just one wand per wood type. Between character and non-character wands, there are over 30 to choose from.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi William!

There are tons of wands to choose from (many inspired by characters!) with a great variety combing different wood types and contents ... however, you aren't able to necessarily "customize" your wand and combine the duo of your choice.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 16, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. Lily Says...

Hello! I’m going to Harry Potter World in Cali next week, and I cannot express my excitement! I was wondering if the wand from the wand choosing ceremony is interactive, or if when you go to purchase it if there’s that option. I’m hoping I get chosen for the ceremony! But if not, I still would like to purchase a wand, and overall the interactive wands seem the most inticing! I just wouldn’t want to possibly be chosen for the wand ceremony and miss it on the opportunity to go around to the interactive sites as well. Thank you!

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily!

(OMG, your name is Lily! How Potter-esque!) Yes, the wands from the wand choosing ceremony are interactive! You'll have a blast!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. Vida Says...

Sadly, one member of our party misplaced his interactive wand map in Diagon Alley. Is there a way I can replace the map? We checked with lost and found, no success.

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Jul 5, 2018 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vida,

Swing by Ollivander's to ask for a new map!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 6, 2018 at 9:31 p.m. Vida Says...

We're back home in the Midwest. So, that option is out. But, glad to know another map can be obtained

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:44 a.m. Stephanie Says...

We had such an amazing time at Hogwarts this weekend and did go to Ollivander’s. My 2 daughters lucky enough to be chosen as a pair and it was such a great experience! Such a memorable event!

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May 19, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. Wivie Says...

So can you just ask for a custom wand and will they let you get and the wand gets to chose you ( what I mean you get to chose what type.)?

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May 22, 2018 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wivie,

You can choose from their available non-character wands!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 18, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Luna Says...

I bought an interactive wand in Universal Orlando. I want to use my wand in Universal Hollywood. Are the spell locations the same? U f not, where can I find a list of spell locations for Hollywood?

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May 22, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luna,

You can ask for a map of spell locations at Ollivanders!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 8, 2018 at 1:16 a.m. Brent Says...

I’ve read here that interactive wands work in both US parks. Do we know if an interactive wand bought in Florida can work in Japan as well?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brent!

We haven't tried this out ourselves, but have been told our wands will work at Universal Orlando, Hollywood and Japan. Should it not work, visit a shop for "wand repair."

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 23, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. Tim Says...

Is it possible to buy a used wand from someone who is done visiting the park?

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Apr 25, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. Katie Says...

Hi Tim, I’m not sure how I stumbled across your comment, I just finished taking photos of the authentic wands (4 total) authentic Hogwarts Robe and a full set of Harry Potter book series I was looking to post for sale. If your interested email me we can talk also send pictures that way. katiebrennan26@yahoo.com

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

As long as you're okay with skipping the "Wand Chooses the Wizard" experience available to some guests, there's nothing wrong with purchasing a used wand! It will function for the interactive displays. We don't believe there's an official market, but it couldn't hurt to borrow one from a family member or friend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 30, 2018 at 8:10 p.m. pat Says...

Does it run on a battery? Would a two year old wand still work?

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat!

Your wand should still work - if not, take it to Ollivander's for complimentary "wand repair."

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 22, 2018 at 2:05 p.m. DeAnne Says...

There is an Ollivander's in USF and IOA, right? Do both of these places do the wand choosing ceremony? How often do they do the ceremony? Can you just go at anytime and stand in line to wait?

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DeAnne,

Yes, there is an Ollivander's in both parks, and they both do the ceremony! You'll need to check show times once you're in the park and then hop in line when you know!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 6, 2018 at 4:16 a.m. K Myers Says...

Even though Hagrid is technically not supposed to practice magic he did retain his wand (concealed in the pink umbrella). Is there a Hagrid wand for sale at Ollivander's?

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

That's a great point. Unfortunately, there is not a Hagrid wand for sale that we know of.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2018 at 10:54 p.m. Katie Says...

I remember being picked for this! I can’t remember how old I was ((fairly young, maybe 12)) and it was in the Orlando Park. It was pretty cool but I remember being pretty nervous because I was a shy thing. My dad believes I was picked because we are the stereotypical adoptive parent daughter set but we weren’t sure.

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Feb 8, 2018 at 1:36 a.m. Lilac Muggle Says...

Actually, found out they don’t work at home. Thank you for the heads up, though! At least, I have a Harry Potter or Bellatrix Lestrange (whatever souvenirs). I can slo show them to family and friends.

Have an awesome time!

Sincerely, Lilac Muggle

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Feb 8, 2018 at 1:32 a.m. Lilac Muggle Says...

Hey, does the interactive wand work when your away from any universal place? Like, at home or something?

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Mar 3, 2018 at 11:10 p.m. Thomas Alexander Says...

No sorry to say but there are these little censor things at each of the stations were you wave your wand in that pattern and it activates the cool effect but they don’t sell those but that would be cool!

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Feb 5, 2018 at 2:53 a.m. Leslie Q. Says...

If we purchased a wand at The Orlando Harry Potter do we need to buy a new one for Hollywood? Thank you!!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 1:37 a.m. Lilac Muggle Says...

No, you don’t. They work for both so make sure not to waste your money!

Hang there!

Yours, Lilac Muggle

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Feb 5, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

The interactive wands are designed to work at both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood. No need to buy a new one!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2018 at 6:34 p.m. Murph Says...

Taking my 2 kids to Universal Studios. Would it make sense to purchase wand ahead of time or is going to Ollivander's a fun experience that should not be missed?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Murph,

If your kids are Harry Potter fans, then we definitely recommend going to Ollivander's. It's a fun experience overall, but especially for fans!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:04 p.m. Melinda Says...

Do they sell Fantastic Beasts wands at Universal Studios Hollywood?

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melinda,

We haven't yet seen any Fantastic Beasts wands at Universal Studios Hollywood yet. Crossing our toes, though! In the meantime, you can find the wands at The Noble Collection.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Dec 10, 2018 at 10:03 a.m. Karen Says...

They have non interactive fantastic beast ones now. I realize it's a year late but I thought the update would help someone

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Dec 2, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. Lucy Says...

I would like to purchase a wand as a gift but cannot get to the park to visit. Are there online retailers or stores where I can purchase? Thanks.

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Dec 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucy,

You can purchase a wand online at The Universal Store.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 29, 2017 at 4:15 a.m. Caroline Says...

do you have the option of getting a non character wand that isn’t interactive?

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Nov 29, 2017 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline,

Yes, of course! You can choose from unique wands that are not interactive and non-character.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 26, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. Joseph Says...

If I purchase an interactive wand at Universal Orlando resort will it work at Universal Studios Hollywood?

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Nov 28, 2017 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph,

Yes, it will work at both parks!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Nov 16, 2017 at 1:01 a.m. Susan Sorger Says...

Anyone living in Toronto or nearby who wants to buy a Hermione Interactive Wand for half price, I have one for sale. Used the one time we were there by an adult who doesn't need to keep it. Send email to sketchupcamper@gmail.com

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:47 p.m. Joey Says...

Do all the interactive wands do the same "magic" regardless of who's wand(Harry,Dumbledore) or type of wand. Thx

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joey,

All of the wands perform the same "magic" — regardless of what wand it is.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 26, 2017 at 11:44 p.m. Carrie Says...

Hi! My daughter and I will be visiting Universal Studios in two weeks. She really wants a wand but I’m curious if she will be allowed to take the wand in the rides with us. I don’t plan on bringing a purse or backpack so I’m concerned with what we would do with the wand while we are enjoying the rides. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Jan 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Shadow Says...

This might be more than you are willing to do, but I asked my mom to sew a wand pocket into my pants leg. It closes with a zipper and the wand goes the length of my leg. It tucks it safely away and I rode rides without having to get a locker.

Also to mention, the wand boxes are sturdy and nice. I didn't want to just toss mine out so I wouldn't have to carry it (cargo pants so I didn't have a purse or anything else in my hands either). I was in Orlando but Hollywood may be the same, I did package delivery where they took it to the front of the park and I picked it up on my way out.

I'm going to Hollywood this fall and I'll be using my secret wand pocket again!

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Oct 27, 2017 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

At Universal Studios Hollywood, certain attractions such as The Mummy and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey require you to store all items in a locker before boarding. The smaller lockers aren't quite big enough to store the wand in its box. You may need to do the thrills before you buy the wand.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 21, 2017 at 2:28 p.m. Kathy Costa Says...

Is there a place you can purchase wands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade?

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

Yes, you may purchase a wand at Ollivanders or at the Wand Cart near Hogwarts.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 18, 2017 at 7:29 p.m. Laurie Says...

If I buy a wand at Universal Hollywood, will it work at Universal in Orlando?

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Oct 19, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey Laurie,

Yes, it will. Mommy Frog purchased my wand for me in Hollywood and it works like a charm in Orlando.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 16, 2017 at 8:51 p.m. Malk Says...

Where can u get tickets to the show?

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Sep 17, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Malk,

There are no tickets to the show. You simply get in the queue located next to Ollivander's.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 15, 2017 at 9:53 p.m. Michele Says...

Do you know if there is a "shelf life" for the interactive wands? We have one from 2014 that we got at Univ Orlando and plan on using it next week at Univ Hollywood...I don't know if there's a battery in them or not. Thanks!

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Jan 20, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. DimondDaydreamer Says...

According to the universal studios web page there is no shelf life and no batteries in it. However there is mention of the wand tip occasionally having problems from damages (above normal wear and tear). They also said that if this happens they will fix or exchange it in park at ollivanders. Hope this helps.

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Sep 17, 2017 at 9:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele,

We have not heard of a shelf life for the interactive wands. We don't think there's a battery inside.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 7, 2017 at 2:15 a.m. Isabella Marx Says...

So I know that in the Ollivanders shop you can't get your own personalized wand from Pottermore, but do the non-character wands have ALLthe "wood" types and all that

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Sep 7, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isbella,

While we don't remember all the varieties, we recall that Ivy, Ash, Holly and Birch were some of the options.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 29, 2017 at 9:41 p.m. Tiffany Says...

At Ollivanders, the wand ceremony chooses you for a wand that is custom made and interactive right?? And could I ask for a custom wand at the shop which is similar to my wand in pottermore?

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Aug 29, 2017 at 8:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

The wands are not custom. You may choose from any of the pre-made wands that are available in Ollivander's.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 23, 2017 at 11:40 p.m. Kennedy Says...

can you make an exception for being picked for the show?

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Aug 24, 2017 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kennedy,

We don't know the magic behind how someone is chosen for the show. That's a Wizarding World secret. Good luck!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 9, 2017 at 4:27 a.m. Cheyenne Says...

Hi,

I know this is a long shot, but would the wizard doing the show be more inclined to choose someone handicapped? Tomorrow will be my first visit, and I'm really excited. I have a missing leg, so I was wondering if that might get me my own special wand.

Thanks!

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Aug 9, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheyenne,

It's a mystery as to how the wizard chooses someone. Good luck!

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Jul 13, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Daniel Says...

Are there interactions at the Wizarding World in California or is it just Orlando?

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Jul 13, 2017 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

Yep, there are interactive wands at Universal Studios Hollywood, as well!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 4, 2017 at 2:29 p.m. Sky Says...

Is there a Sycamore wand?

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Jul 5, 2017 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sky,

As of now, there is no Sycamore wand available.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 17, 2017 at 9:13 p.m. Kandace Says...

Can you get your wand from pottermore?

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Jun 18, 2017 at 9:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kandace,

The non-character wands come in styles that are found in Pottermore, such as Vine or Ash, but you cannot custom build a wand by core, length or wood.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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Jun 16, 2017 at 9:03 p.m. McKenna Says...

Is it possible to buy a wand that is non-character and interactive? For example, you don't get picked in the wand pairing and would like to get a custom wand.

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Jun 18, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi McKenna,

Yes, you can buy non-character interactive wands.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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Jun 2, 2017 at 5:42 p.m. Thalia Says...

I'm going to be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter soon and I know the wands in Pottermore might not be available in the store. Instead of choosing a wand similar to the one I got in Pottermore, I think it'd be more exciting to get chosen by the wand. My question is, how do we sign up for the Ollivander's show and how do we know when we are chosen?

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Jun 2, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thalia,

There is no sign up for Olivanders. The wizard in the show chooses one person.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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May 19, 2017 at 6:39 p.m. hailey<3's hp!!! Says...

I RLLY RLLY WANT A WAND. omg so bad its my dream> DO they have the ElDer waNd???? but wiLl iT excEpt Me?? startTing donAtion 4 me To bUy?! How dO yoU gEt choseN to bE in shOw the mosT???

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Mar 24, 2018 at 5:33 a.m. Erin S Says...

They do have the Elder wand- it is Professor Dumbledore’s wand.

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Sep 19, 2018 at 12:40 a.m. cool Says...

no

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May 14, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. Kiera Says...

Hello. How much is a wand if you get chosen usually?

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May 14, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kiera,

The wands vary in price. The interactive ones are around $50 each.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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May 11, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Mara Says...

hi there :)

so if one can't personalize the wand what exactly is a "custom wand" then? wands with new, non-character edition designs?

greetings mara :)

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May 11, 2017 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

'Sup Mara,

Correct, they are non-character wands with unique designs.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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May 7, 2017 at 6:02 a.m. Sofia Says...

Hello!

How much is the wand if you are chosen in ollivander's?

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May 7, 2017 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sofia,

The wands vary in prices.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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May 4, 2017 at 11:32 p.m. Megan Says...

Hi, I already own two wands but I'm taking my boyfriend to Universal and he loves Harry Potter and Donny question is, could we do ollivanders and not buy a wand?

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May 5, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

Yes, you do not need to purchase a wand in Ollivander's, even if you're "chosen" in the show.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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Apr 24, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Meg Says...

With the interactive wand, what are some spells you can cast from the books and movies? I'd love to know some examples!

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Apr 25, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meg,

Some of the spells from the books/movies that you can cast are alohomora (unlocks/opens), silencio (silence), wingardium leviosa (levitates objects) and lumos (turns on lights).

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Apr 13, 2017 at 2:54 a.m. Jorge Says...

Let's say you wanted a specific core and wood type for a wand. Is that possible to get?

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Apr 13, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jorge,

As of now, there is no option to personalize your wand.

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Feb 24, 2017 at 10:50 a.m. hannah jane Says...

hello.. how much is the magic wand??

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Feb 24, 2017 at 6:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

'Sup Hannah,

Interactive wands are around $50. Non-interactive wands are around $40. You can view the different varieties online!

Stay Cool!

Tad

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Sep 16, 2017 at 8:02 p.m. Brenda Says...

Do the interactive wands work at home?

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Sep 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

Sorry, they don't. They only work inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Stay cool!

Tad

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