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"Ah, now, this is one of mine, isn't it? Yes, I remember it well. Containing a single hair from the tail of a particularly fine male unicorn... Twelve and a quarter inches... ash... pleasantly springy. It's in fine condition..."
1994 Wand Weighing ceremony[src]

Cedric Diggory's wand was 12¼" long, made from ash, and contained a unicorn hair core.[1]


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Cedric with his wand in the Triwizard Maze

It was made by Garrick Ollivander, who described it as "pleasantly springy" during the Wand Weighing ceremony of the Triwizard Tournament. Ollivander stated that the hair in the wand was "from a particularly fine male unicorn", which was seventeen hands high and nearly gored Ollivander with its horn after he plucked the hair from its tail. Cedric looked after his wand well and polished it regularly. Ollivander tested Cedric's wand by using it to produce rings of silver smoke to ensure it was fully functional.[1] It was last seen clutched in Cedric's hand against his chest when Harry Potter brought Cedric's body back to Hogwarts.[2]

It remains unknown what happened to this wand after Cedric Diggory's death.

In one alternate reality, Diggory was deprived of his wand via the Disarming Charm during the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament by Albus Potter, who had traveled back in time from 2020. The loss of his wand caused him to lose the First Task, which only made him all the more determined to complete the Second Task.[3] This damage was later correct by a Hermione Granger who had travelled back from the future of the alternate reality when she blocked Albus's spell.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Whilst it is unknown what happened to the wand after Cedric's death, it is most likely that he was buried with it. Ash wands are so devoted to their original owners that they tend to lose their power when they change hands, especially if the core is unicorn hair, like Cedric's was. He was also known to have cared greatly for it (polishing it often, as aforementioned) so it would seem fitting to bury him with it (even without the long-standing wizarding tradition of burying wand and owner).
  • Ash wands are said to be best suited to wizards that are stubborn and steadfast in their beliefs. Cedric Diggory refused to claim the Triwizard Cup at the end of the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament, even though Harry Potter could not take the cup on his own due to be injured during the course of the task, as he felt Harry had played a more honourable game and deserved to win.
  • This wand has the same wood and core components as Ron Weasley's first wand.

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Seventeen
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Three, Scene Eight