Harry’s curious wand

Harry remembers the first time he got his hands on his wand

Extract from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

Harry got to his feet and walked past Krum to Mr Ollivander. He handed over his wand.

Aaaah, yes,’ said Mr Ollivander, his pale eyes suddenly gleaming. ‘Yes, yes, yes. How well I remember.’

Harry could remember, too. He could remember it as though it had happened yesterday ...

Four summers ago, on his eleventh birthday, he had entered Mr Ollivander’s shop with Hagrid to buy a wand. Mr Ollivander had taken his measurements and then started hand- ing him wands to try. 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 which had supplied the core of Lord Voldemort’s.

Harry had never shared this piece of information with anybody. He was very fond of his wand, and as far as he was concerned its relation to Voldemort’s wand was something it couldn’t help – rather as he couldn’t help being related to Aunt Petunia. However, he really hoped that Mr Ollivander wasn’t about to tell the room about it. He had a funny feeling Rita Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill might just explode with excitement if he did.

Mr Ollivander spent much longer examining Harry’s wand than anyone else’s. Eventually, however, he made a fountain of wine shoot out of it, and handed it back to Harry, announcing that it was still in perfect condition.

Thank you all,’ said Dumbledore, standing up at the judges’ table.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

BY J.K. Rowling