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Albus Dumbledore's wand was of an unknown length, wood, and core material. It was one of the wands he used before he gained ownership of the Elder Wand in 1945.[2]



Albus using this wand as a Professor

At some point, Albus was given this wand and took it to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and he used it during his time there. He used it all the way through his Hogwarts years and during his teaching years as a Professor at the school, up till 1945 when he won the Elder Wand in the legendary duel.

Albus using this wand during the legendary duel against his former lover

It is unknown what happened to this wand after this point but it is possible he stored it in his office in the Hogwarts Castle.

Behind the scenes

  • Dumbledore may have purchased this wand in 1892, when he turned eleven. If so, it could have been a Gerbold Ollivander wand.
  • It is a possibility that Dumbeldore's wand is made of ebony wood, since its characteristics fit him well, and because his film prop wand appears to be black like ebony.
  • This was inserted with CGI and re-shoots to replace the original wand used during the making of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald that J. K. Rowling noted looked too much like the Elder Wand.[3]
  • The rune on the wand's handle is either a Dagaz rune or an upright and a reversed Ehwas rune combined. The Dagaz rune signifies day or daylight, light winning out over dark, and the end of dark times. The Ehwas rune signifies change for the better and harmony. A reversed Ehwas warns of disharmony and the necessity to take action to promote positive change.
    • The silver band just below the twist in the wand has an Uruz rune, a Jera rune, and two Ansuz runes. Uruz is associated with strength and determination. Jera signifies positive change and reaping what you sow. Ansuz is associated with the Norse god Odin. It symbolises wisdom and communication.
    • The Uruz rune's name name is thought to derive from either Ūruz ("wild ox") or Ūrą ("rain").[4] The word "auroch", thought to derive from the former, is the name of an extinct species of wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and is the ancestor to domestic cattle.[5]
      • In Greek mythology, the Cretan Bull was the bull gifted to King Minos by Poseidon, whose wife Pasiphae was cursed by Aphrodite to fall in love with, and with whom she sired the Minotaur. Capturing the Bull was the seventh task of Heracles, who did so successfully before it escaped to Marathon, Greece. Later, Theseus set out to capture the Bull himself and subsequently sacrificed it to Athena and/or Apollo, before finally slaying the Minotaur with the help of Minos' daughter Ariadne.[6]


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