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Choosing a Wand at the Wizarding World in Hollywood

by Tad on October 11, 2017 41 Los Angeles

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Wizarding World Wands Pinterest Header

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. 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 our 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.

Using an Interactive Wand at Universal Studios Hollywood - 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. They are cheaper and lighter than the interactive wands.

Wand Prices 

Prices for the wands vary. Expect to pay around $60 for the interactive wands and $45 for the resin non-interactive models.

Design of Wizarding World Wands

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Character Wands

Many visiting wizards 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. Dumbledor's wand. 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. 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 of Harry Potter - 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 of Harry Potter - 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 purchase nothing.

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. It's a bummer, but I've realized that it's not the end of the day if I'm not chosen. I spend hours using my interactive wand, casting spells and making magic. There are times I visit the Wizarding World and I don't bother seeing the Ollivanders show. It's always a tough decision. Should I spend 30+ minutes standing in line — hoping I get chosen — or use my free time to explore? Discuss, please.

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.

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. No harm, no foul.

World of caution for all you parents: please prepare your tadpole in advance with expectations in case they get chosen. 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 of Harry Potter - 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.

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 of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood - 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

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 of Harry Potter - 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,  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.

Fun with Wizarding World Wands in Orlando

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - 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 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. 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.

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!

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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hannah jane Feb 24, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.

hello.. how much is the magic wand??

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

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

Do the interactive wands work at home?

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

Hi Brenda,

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

Stay cool!

Tad

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

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

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

Hi Jorge,

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

Stay Cool!

Tad

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

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

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

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

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

Hello!

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

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

Hi Sofia,

The wands vary in prices.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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

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

'Sup Mara,

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

Stay Cool,

Tad

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

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

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

Hi Kiera,

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

Stay Cool!

Tad

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

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

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

Hi Thalia,

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

Stay Cool!

Tad

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

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

Hi McKenna,

Yes, you can buy non-character interactive wands.

Stay Cool,

Tad

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

Can you get your wand from pottermore?

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

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

Is there a Sycamore wand?

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

Hi Sky,

As of now, there is no Sycamore wand available.

Stay cool!

Tad

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

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

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

Hi Daniel,

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

Stay cool!

Tad

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

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

Hi Cheyenne,

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

Stay Cool!

Tad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can u get tickets to the show?

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

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

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

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

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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