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Behind the scenes: the wands of the Fantastic Beasts characters

What was the thinking behind the wand designs for Tina, Queenie, Percival Graves and more? Pierre Bohanna, head prop-maker for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, explains all.

Queenie’s wand

Queenie Goldstein stands in her apartment ready to perform magic, holding her wand held like a conductor's baton
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‘She has a lovely wand,’ says Bohanna. ‘It has a much more obvious shell design – it was a piece of mother of pearl that had been sculpted into a kind of snail’s shell shape. Again that had a very simple shaft to it, made out of a dark rosewood. It is a nice simple aesthetic in connection with the character.’

In other words, it is very elegant but not for the sake of it.

Tina’s wand

Tina Goldstein (played by Katherine Waterston) holds her wand at the ready in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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When it came to her wand, Katherine Waterston requested some ‘heft’. She wanted to make Tina’s spell-casting forceful, as if magic was something she takes very seriously. ‘Tina’s was nice,’ says Pierre Bohanna. ‘Quite simple and quite classic.’

Percival Graves’s wand

Percival Graves Colin Farrell Celebration video shot
Percival Graves with his wand, inspired in design by a conductor’s baton

‘His wand was fairly straightforward in the sense it was all ebony,’ says Bohanna of Graves’s darkly coloured wand, ‘but dividing the main tip and the handle was a silver band. Again, it was done in a very simple Art Deco style, so the handle was fashioned with a rear tip, almost like a walking stick, albeit it scaled up at the back of the handle.’

Very impressive but still mysterious.

Seraphina’s wand

Madam Seraphina Picquery, President of MACUSA.
Madam Seraphina Picquery, President of MACUSA.

We also glimpse the wand belonging to President Seraphina Picquery, which has a purple jewelled handle.

You can learn more about Newt Scamander’s wand here.

Read more behind-the-scenes facts in Inside the Magic: the Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from HarperCollins.