CHRM-101 — Assignment: Lesson 2
Describe how you obtained your wand
Upon receiving my Acceptance Letter to Hogwarts, which I was thrilled by, I was immediately buzzing with excitement to get all my school supplies, especially a wand of my own. Figuring out all the details—where the location was, how to access it, what currency was used—was not an easy task as I come from the muggle world (being muggle-born), but I managed to work some of it out.
The shopping area was at Diagon Alley, which is a cobblestoned street just off Charing Cross Road and behind a pub called The Leaky Cauldron. It took me some time to decipher which brick in the wall of The Leaky Cauldron I had to tap three times to enter Diagon Alley.
Ollivanders seemed to be the best and most trusted wand shop, so that was where I headed. The shop was narrow and shabby but piled to the ceiling with what must have been thousands of wands in boxes—it was splendid! I took a liking to Mr. Ollivander, the wandmaker. He is an incredibly old man but admirably wise and knowledgeable. He taught me that it is the wand who chooses the witch or wizard, and not the other way around.
After quizzing me on a number of rather puzzling questions, he selected a few wands from high up on the shelves and brought them down to me. I immediately felt a strong pull towards one particular box that glowed with increasing intensity as it came closer to me, as though floating in the air. I reached for the box and there was a gush of wind when I lifted the lid. An amazing electricity was channelled through my fingertips and coursed through my body when I picked the wand up and I just knew that this wand and I would make an excellent pairing.