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"We used an antique conductor’s baton for the basis of Graves’s wand."
—Description of Graves' wand[src]

This wand belonged to Percival Graves, and was of unknown length, wood and core materials.

History

When Gellert Grindelwald impersonated Graves using Human Transfiguration in 1926, he used this wand as part of his disguise. During this time, Grindelwald did not use the Elder Wand.[1]

Grindelwald duels

Grindelwald using this wand to duel Tina Goldstein

Grindelwald fighting Aurors

Grindelwald duelling MACUSA Aurors

Whilst utilising this wand, he was able to present an effective impersonation of Graves to the Magical Congress of the United States of America, as an Auror. Grindelwald used this wand to perform non-verbal magic. Grindelwald did wield it in a brief duel with former Auror Porpentina Goldstein during the Obscurial attack on New York and then against a large force of MACUSA Aurors after he proclaimed his opposition to wizarding secrecy.[1]

However, he was surprised and subdued by Newton Scamander by a spell from behind, causing him to drop it on the ground, allowing Porpentina Goldstein to summon it to her hand so that he could not pick it up if he were to break free from Newt's spell. Newt then exposed Grindelwald's deception with the Revelio Charm, showing his true appearance to MACUSA, resulting in his immediate arrest.[1]

What happened to this wand afterwards is unknown, as it is also unknown if Graves was kept prisoner or murdered by Grindelwald before he became his impostor.

Behind the scenes

  • This wand appears in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Its design was modelled on "an antique conductor's wand".[2]
  • In the book The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the entry for Graves' wand prop reads, "Graves' wand was fairly straightforward in the sense it was all ebony, but dividing the main tip and the handle was a silver band, again in a very simple deco style, and with a rear tip, almost like a walking stick."[3]
  • On the information for the prop replica of Percival Graves' wand on the website Film Jackets, it lists the wand's length as "15 inches long".[4]
  • According to the prop gallery included in Digital Copy, Percival Graves' wand is 15 inches long.[5]
  • The wand's sleek design and sizeable length may indicate it was a Quintana creation, and therefore the core could have been a White River Monster spine.

Appearances

Notes and references

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