CHARMS 101 — Journal: Lesson 3

Ravenclaw Dormitory

CHRM-101 — Journal: Lesson 3

There are so many properties and intricacies of a wand — just how did Mr. Ollivander become so knowledgeable about wands?  It’s so admirable that he has acquired that level of expertise.  How long must it have taken him, I wonder.

The Reparo spell we were introduced to in class today is going to be so useful, I just know it!  Is this how it is in the magical realm — for tasks to be done so easily?  It would save us me so much time and effort.  I will be able to focus much more of my time on magic and learning more about this amazing world!

The other spell that we were taught in class today — Alohomora — has me a little worried though.  What point is there in having locks if every witch and wizard is able to unlock them with a simple charm?  I’m going to keep a closer watch on my stuff in the dormitory from now on.

Although Alohomora won’t be as useful to me (I’m a Ravenclaw anyway, unlike those Gryffindors and Slytherins who’d very likely go round sticking their noses in places where they’re not supposed to be), Reparo definitely will be.  Professor Virneburg ended the class by saying that these simple spells can backfire, but she didn’t say how.  I’ll have to be careful when practising these new charms.

CHARMS 101 — Assignment: Lesson 2

CHRM-101 Assignment - Lesson 2

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.

          OllivandersOllivanders 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.

My Wand


wand details

Black Walnut

Less common than the standard walnut wand, that of black walnut seeks a master of good instincts and powerful insight. Black walnut is a very handsome wood, but not the easiest to master. It has one pronounced quirk, which is that it is abnormally attuned to inner conflict, and loses power dramatically if its possessor practises any form of self-deception. If the witch or wizard is unable or unwilling to be honest with themselves or others, the wand often fails to perform adequately and must be matched with a new owner if it is to regain its former prowess. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, however, it becomes one of the most loyal and impressive wands of all, with a particular flair in all kinds of charmwork.


Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

10 ¾” in length

The following notes on wand length are taken from notes on the subject by Mr. Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:

Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While I have sold extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. In the latter case, a physical peculiarity demanded the excessive wand length. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).

Hard flexibility

The following notes on wand flexibility are taken from notes on the subject by Mr. Garrick Ollivander, wandmaker:

Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair – although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core and length, nor of the owner’s life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.