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"Harry had waved what felt like every wand in the shop, until at last he had found the one that suited him — this one, which was made of holly, eleven inches long, and contained a single feather from the tail of a phoenix. Mr Ollivander had been very surprised that Harry had been so compatible with this wand. 'Curious,' he had said, 'curious,' and not until Harry asked what was curious had Mr Ollivander explained that the phoenix feather in Harry's wand had come from the same bird that had supplied the core of Lord Voldemort's."
— Description of Harry Potter's wand[src]

Harry Potter's wand was 11" long, made of holly, and possessed a phoenix feather core.[1] This was described by Garrick Ollivander to be an unusual combination of wand core and wood.[1] The feather was donated by Fawkes, Albus Dumbledore's phoenix.[5]

It was revealed by Garrick Ollivander that Tom Riddle's wand core also came from Fawkes, making the two wands "brothers". Harry's wand was described as being "nice and supple".[1]

Harry's wand was broken in 1997,[6] but was repaired by him after the 1998 Battle of Hogwarts. Usually the repair of a wand is impossible, but with the use of the Elder Wand it was achievable.[7] It can be assumed that Harry continued to use his wand after this, as he was incredibly fond of it.



"The wand chooses the wizard. That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore... These connections are complex. An initial attraction, and then a mutual quest for experience, the wand learning from the wizard, the wizard from the wand."
Ollivander explaining wands' connections to wizards[src]
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Harry Potter in Ollivanders holding his wand for the first time

Harry obtained his wand from Ollivander, at a price of seven Galleons, just before his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had tried out many other wands first with little success, but felt a warm feeling upon being handed the holly wand.

When Harry asked why this wand chose him, Ollivander revealed that it was a twin brother to the wand used in the Potter murders at Godric's Hollow on Halloween 1981, explaining that both wands' cores were feathers of the same phoenix. He then subtly revealed the other twin wand's owner and the culprit, Lord Voldemort. Before Harry purchased this wand, Ollivander revealed more of Voldemort's terrible deeds.

Despite his wand being brothers with Voldemort's wand, noted by Ollivander after Harry's wand had been chosen,[1] Harry generally did not put much thought into this connection at first, regarding the relationship as something that the wand could not help, any more than he could help being related to his aunt Petunia Dursley.[8]

Use at Hogwarts[]

"...there's no point pretending that you're not good at Defence Against the Dark Arts, because you are. You were the only person last year who could throw off the Imperius Curse completely, you can produce a Patronus, you can do all sorts of stuff that full-grown wizards can't, Viktor always said... Harry knew how to do stuff even he didn't, and he was in the final year at Durmstrang."
Hermione Granger regarding Harry's magical abilities[src]
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Harry teaching Dumbledore's Army members DADA

Harry wielded this wand throughout his Hogwarts career and demonstrated his growing magical skill, particularly in Defence Against the Dark Arts and duelling. Harry talent for DADA even surpassed Hermione Granger's. He earned an 'Outstanding' O.W.L., achieved high marks on all his DADA exams, and even taught fellow students defensive and offensive magic.

Stag Patronus

Harry conjuring a powerful stag Patronus, at age thirteen

Harry has also performed powerful magic with this wand. This includes the very advanced Patronus Charm (at age thirteen), something many full grown wizards can't do[9][10][11] and an impressive Shield Charm the surpassed many Ministry of Magic employees.[12][13][14][15] He also learned many other advanced spells at a young age in order to compete in the Triwizard Tournament.


When Harry entered the Chamber of Secrets and confronted a fragment of Lord Voldemort's soul via his diary Horcrux, the manifested soul took the wand that Harry dropped when he rushed to an unconscious Ginny Weasley, and used it to write his full name in fiery letters and then reorganised them into the phrase "I am Lord Voldemort". Harry reclaimed the wand once he destroyed the diary.[2]

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Barty Crouch Jnr casting Morsmordre with Harry's wand

Harry attended the Quidditch World Cup with the Weasley family and Hermione Granger. During this time, Barty Crouch Jnr managed to fight off his father's Imperius Curse long enough to take Harry's wand and cast the Dark Mark into the sky with it.

This caused some Ministry of Magic officials to be suspicious of Harry, after it was discovered, upon using Prior Incantato, that his wand had cast Morsmordre (the spell that conjures the Dark Mark). Winky, the house-elf in charge of keeping young Barty, was found with the wand and was accused by Amos Diggory of being the one who cast the spell. Once the wand told all it could of the crime scene, it was returned to Harry.[3]

Brother wands[]

Sirius Black: "The wands connected? Why?"
Albus Dumbledore: "Priori Incantatem."
Sirius Black: "The Reverse Spell effect?"
Albus Dumbledore: "Exactly, Harry’s wand and Voldemort’s wand share cores. Each of them contains a feather from the tail of the same phoenix. This phoenix, in fact,"
— Discussing of wands with twin cores[src]
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Priori Incantatem taking effect during the Duel in Little Hangleton

When Lord Voldemort returned and forced Harry to duel him in the Little Hangleton graveyard, the rare magical effect of Priori Incantatem was triggered. Their wands recognised each other as "brothers" and refused to attack one another.

A battle of wills began, and Harry's wand forced Voldemort's to regurgitate its spells, resulting in the emergence of the spirits of: Harry's parents, Bertha Jorkins, Frank Bryce, and the recently murdered Cedric Diggory. After Harry broke off the connection, they lingered for a while to hinder Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters. This gave Harry enough time to escape.[16]

Weapon of "The Chosen One"[]

"I believe that your wand imbibed some of the power and qualities of Voldemort’s wand that night, which is to say that it contained a little of Voldemort himself. So your wand recognised him when he pursued you, recognised a man who was both kin and mortal enemy, and regurgitated some of his own magic against him. Your wand now contained the power of your enormous courage and of Voldemort's own deadly skill."
— Harry's wand's reaction to Lord Voldemort[src]

In the aftermath of the Triwizard Tournament and Voldemort's return, Harry possessed magical knowledge and experience that could be said to significantly exceed that of his fellow students.[5] He was forced to essentially learn a variety of advanced spells to hold his own during the competition, as he was going up against much older students and facing dangerous tasks.[17][18][19] He wielded this wand in many epic conflicts such as that at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries,[14][20] against the Inferi in the Horcrux Cave[21] and during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.[22]

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Lucius Malfoy's wand, cracking due to the power of Harry's wand

When the Order of the Phoenix evacuated Harry from 4 Privet Drive, they were ambushed by over thirty Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort himself. When Lord Voldemort attacked Harry, Harry's wand recognised him as an enemy, despite the fact he was using Lucius Malfoy's wand instead of his own, in order to avoid causing the reverse-spell effect. Harry's wand shot "a spurt of golden fire" at Voldemort, destroying Lucius's wand and allowing Harry and Rubeus Hagrid to escape to safety.

Dumbledore theorised that this event, which Ollivander himself described as "unique", was the result of Harry's wand having absorbed a portion of Voldemort's extensive magical skill during their duel in the Little Hangleton graveyard which it regurgitated upon their encounter.[23]


Hermione Granger: "You're still really angry at me, aren't you?"
Harry Potter: "No. No, Hermione, I know it was an accident. You were trying to get us out of there alive, and you were incredible. I'd be dead if you hadn't been there to help me."
— Conversation after Hermione accidentally broke Harry's wand[src]

Hermione showing Harry that his wand was broken by a curse she used

On Christmas Eve of that year, Harry and Hermione ventured to Godric's Hollow during their search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, hoping to speak to Bathilda Bagshot. Voldemort had foreseen Harry's intentions, and had planted his snake Nagini in Bathilda's corpse beforehand. As soon as she had Harry alone, Nagini attacked him. Hermione raced to his defence, using a Blasting Curse to repel the snake. The curse ricocheted, damaging Harry's wand.

Harry asked Hermione to repair it afterwards, but it was too badly damaged, that after two failed attempts at some simple spells it fell apart again. Harry was very upset at the loss of his wand, though he was not angry with Hermione, recognising that she had saved his life. Despite its destruction, Harry kept the pieces of the wand in his mokeskin pouch.[6]

Harry and Hermione took turns using her wand, until Ronald Weasley returned to them carrying wands he had taken from Snatchers. Thereafter, Harry made do with a blackthorn wand, although it did not work as well for him as his own wand had. However, the trio was caught by Fenrir Greyback's Snatcher gang and taken to Malfoy Manor, in the spring of 1998, and all their wands were confiscated.

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Harry Potter disarming Draco Malfoy and gaining the allegiance of his wand

In the ensuing fray, Harry disarmed Draco Malfoy and took his wand. The loss of the Holly wand was noted by the Malfoys, who had doubt Greyback caught the real Harry as the wand he was carrying at the time was not the one he was usually using. From this, Voldemort found out that the wand was destroyed, and his fear of the Priori Incantatem was gone.[24]

After escaping the Malfoy Manor, Harry requested Mr Ollivander to repair the wand, to which the wand maker stated it was an impossibility by his knowledge. Despite being prepared for this answer, it was still a major blow to him, and he sadly let the topic go.[25]


"As his wand resealed, red sparks flew out of its end. Harry knew that he had succeeded. He picked up the holly and phoenix wand and felt a sudden warmth in his fingers, as though wand and hand were rejoicing at their reunion."
— Description of the wand's repair[src]
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Lord Voldemort being defeated by Harry Potter for the final time

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry duelled Lord Voldemort for the final time. As the Elder Wand, which Lord Voldemort wielded, was loyal to Harry, the Killing Curse directed at Harry rebounded and killed Lord Voldemort. Harry then used the Elder Wand to successfully repair his original wand and planned to return the Elder Wand to the grave of Albus Dumbledore.[7]

Post 1998[]

It can be assumed that Harry kept his wand, since he went through the trouble of repairing it and used it during his time as an Auror and as Head Auror. He most likely used it when promoted to head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the summer of 2019, as well.



Harry holding his holly and phoenix feather wand

Holly is one of the rarer kinds of wand woods; traditionally considered protective, it works most happily for those who may need help overcoming a tendency to anger and impetuosity. At the same time, holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest.[26]

Harry's wand was well suited to him, in a lot of ways a perfect match. Harry had a notorious temper, that at times made him somewhat terrifying to his friends. He also was shown to be impulsive, making many decisions on the fly. Harry faced a spiritual and dangerous quest when he, Ron, and Hermione went a hunt for Voldemort's Horcruxes. This quest tested his limits and shook the faith he had in himself and those around him, but at the same time made him a stronger individual.

Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in performance depending on the wand core, and it is a notoriously difficult wood to team with phoenix feather. The wood’s volatility conflicts strangely with the phoenix’s detachment. In the unusual event of such a pairing finding its ideal match, however, nothing and nobody should stand in their way.

Harry's wand contained a phoenix feather core, along with the previously mentioned holly wood. Harry was able to perform extraordinary feats with his wand and displayed a relentless determination, proving true the statement that nothing and nobody should stand in the way of this unusual paring of core and wand wood with its rightful match.

Other wands[]

Harry Potter owned several different wands up until the end of the Second Wizarding War, though only his holly and phoenix feather wand was considered truly his. Other wands included:

Wizard(s) Wand Notes
Hermione Granger's wand
Vine, dragon heartstring, 10¾" This was the wand carried by Hermione Granger throughout her years at Hogwarts. Harry used her wand on two occasions, firstly in June 1994 to stun Snape so he could learn about Peter Pettigrew and secondly when Hermione accidentally broke his wand in December 1997. The wand was lost after it was left behind after their escape from Malfoy Manor.
Snatcher's wand
Blackthorn, 10", core unknown This wand was stolen by Ron from a Snatcher and gifted to Harry when the former returned to the group. As its allegiance was not won by Harry, the wand did not respond well to him, making all of his spells seem weaker than they had before. It was left behind at Malfoy Manor when the group escaped.
Draco Malfoy's wand
Draco Malfoy Wand
Hawthorn, unicorn hair, 10" This was the wand carried by Draco Malfoy throughout his years at Hogwarts. During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor, Harry disarmed Draco and won the wand from him, and ultimately used it until the end of the Second Wizarding War. Its ultimate fate is unknown.
Elder Wand
The Elder Wand
Elder, thestral tail hair, 15" The Elder Wand had a long and bloody history until it finally came into the hands of Albus Dumbledore. Though Lord Voldemort stole the wand itself from Dumbledore's grave, its true allegiance lay with Dumbledore's disarmer: Draco Malfoy. Thus when Harry won the allegiance of Draco's wand, he also won the allegiance of the Elder Wand. However, he was only in possession of the actual wand for a very short time, and performed only one spell with it — Reparo on his broken Holly wand.
Voldemort's wand (possibly)
Lord Voldemort's wand
Yew, phoenix feather, 13½" This was the wand that Lord Voldemort carried for most of his life. After his final duel with Voldemort, Harry likely won the allegiance of the wand (if it was still intact at the time). However, given the fact that Voldemort used this wand to murder Harry's parents, it is highly unlikely that Harry will ever physically possess, let alone use, the wand.

Behind the scenes[]

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Harry Potter's wand as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione are captured by the Snatchers in the forest, Greyback searches Harry and it is just seen that he finds his broken wand and throws it away.
  • For film adaptations, Harry's wand measured approximately 14 inches long, as opposed to 11 inches in the books.[27]
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry's wand is a smooth wand (similar in design to Draco Malfoy's wand or Lucius Malfoy's second wand) unlike the tree-trunk style wand in movies 3-8. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, director Alfonso Cuarón offered actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Emma Watson (Hermione) a selection of new wands to choose from, that would reflect their character's personality better. Designers liked Daniel's choice of a tree-trunk style wand, as it was more magical.[28] It can also be said that they are smooth in the beginning because they're rather new, having only served their masters for some months and later transformed to match their masters. This theory can be supported with reference to Garrick Ollivander's statement that wands "learn" from wizards and vice versa.
    • The same prior wand design was also used in several of the older video game adaptations, along with the colour of the wand itself varying from game model to artwork established outside of the films.
    • Also in the first three video games via the PS2/Xbox/GameCube versions, Harry's wand glowed at the tip with its lighting effects "leaking" from the said tip. The colour often varies however:
      • In the PS2 version of Chamber of Secrets, the Wand's tip doesn't glow, but only when Harry casts an imperfect self-hitting spell it will glow red (present in the Xbox and GameCube versions as well as the Philosopher's Stone's latest gen console versions).
      • In the Xbox/GameCune versions of Chamber of Secrets, the wand's tip glows sky-blue instead. The GBA version also instead gives off different colours as indication for which spell Harry currently has equipped.
      • In the aforementioned versions of Philosopher's Stone and the console versions of Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's wand leaks out green sparkles in nod to his iconic green eyes (and is the colour associated with him in the PC and console versions of Goblet of Fire when he's near a charm-able target).
  • Harry's wand is #963 according to the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when Garrick Ollivander chooses this wand off the shelf.
  • Holly wands are said to be suited to wizards who need assistance overcoming anger issues, and those engaged in a dangerous and spiritual quest. Harry Potter dealt with overcoming anger in his adolescent years, partially caused by a shared connection with Lord Voldemort through the fragment of soul Voldemort accidentally left inside Harry. He was also prophesied to be the one to kill Voldemort, and engaged in a year-long hunt for Horcruxes in an attempt to fulfil this prophecy. Ollivander also noted that a mix of holly and phoenix feather, if properly matched, would result in a nigh-unstoppable wizard.
  • In the films, Harry's wand is made from a medium-dark wood despite holly being a pale wood.
  • When Prince William visited Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden he participated in a short duel with his wife Kate Middleton and used Harry's wand to do so.
  • The wand is part of the Wizarding world franchise logo.[29]
  • J.K. Rowling's drawn design for Harry's wand in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child included a reference to "veins" on the handle.

Author's comments[]

J. K. Rowling has explained her choice of holly for Harry's wand wood:

"It was not an arbitrary decision: holly has certain connotations that were perfect for Harry, particularly when contrasted with the traditional associations of yew, from which Voldemort’s wand is made. European tradition has it that the holly tree (the name comes from ‘holy’) repels evil, while yew, which can achieve astonishing longevity (there are British yew trees over two thousand years old), can symbolise both death and resurrection; the sap is also poisonous. Some time after I had given Harry his holly-and-phoenix wand I came across a description of how the Celts had assigned trees to different parts of the year and discovered that, entirely by coincidence, I had assigned Harry the ‘correct’ wood for his day of birth. I therefore decided to give Ron and Hermione Celtic wand woods, too... I liked having a hidden connection between Harry, Ron and Hermione’s wands that only I knew about (until now, anyway)."[30]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32 (Out of the Fire)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12 (The Patronus)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13 (Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw)
  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26 (Seen and Unforeseen)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 34 (Priori Incantatem)
  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
  21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 4 (The Seven Potters)
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 24 (The Wandmaker)
  26. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Wand Woods" at Wizarding World
  27. Harry Potter Wand with Ollivanders Wand Box at The Noble Collection
  28. Pottermore - Behind the scenes: How the wands were made
  29. https://www.pottermore.com/news/a-guide-to-the-wands-in-the-new-wizarding-world-logo
  30. "Extra Stuff: Wands" at J. K. Rowling's official site