Ollivander's Lavender Wands
Jul. 14, 2009 8:58 am
Updated: Jul. 17, 2009 9:05 am
In the magical world of Harry Potter, only the most powerful witches and wizards can cast a spell without a wand, and even then it’s crazy difficult. Why this should be so was never completely explained to my satisfaction, but no matter. In general, if you’re going to work your magic you need a wand and that’s that. So in honor of the latest Harry Potter movie, which opens this week, consider yourself enrolled in Wand-Making 101.
An odd number of fresh, straight, long, lavender stems with flowers. (I’m sure you can get some from your Herbology class if you ask Professor Sprout nicely.) Try nine, eleven, or thirteen (unless you’re superstitious) stems. I used eleven because that’s how old Harry was when he got his first wand from my mentor Mr. Ollivander. If you’re Voldemort, you can use seven. You know why.
Narrow ribbon in any color; try one from your house colors at Hogwart’s. I used gold for Gryffindor. Which color would you use?
Tie a knot around the lavender stems at the base of the flowers, leaving a nine-inch tail on one side of the ribbon.
Gently bend the stems one at a time backwards over the flowers; space the bent stems evenly.
Pull out the long end of the ribbon between two of the stems. This is the end you will use for weaving.
Weave the long end of the ribbon in a basket pattern: over one stem, under the next, and so on, working evenly around the wand. Pull the ribbon gently but firmly as you weave, and tuck in any stray flowers. Make sure the short end of the ribbon always hangs down through the center of the flowers.
When the flowers are completely encased, firmly wrap the long end of the ribbon several times around the base and tie it off with the short end of the ribbon, making a double knot and a bow.
Trim the stem ends of the wand with your scissors.
I like to think the power of a lavender wand will be used for good works such as wafting a sweet, relaxing scent to calm you after a particularly difficult session in Professor Snape’s Potions class. (You know how he can be sometimes.) Or you can use your lavender wand to discourage moths from destroying your best dress robes.
Mr. Ollivander likes to say that the wand chooses the wizard. But in this case you can choose the type of lavender, the color of the ribbon, and the size and shape of your homemade lavender wand, thus imbuing the wand with your own special magic.
Good luck with your wand-making. Please send me an owl and tell me how it goes and which colors you choose for your wand ribbons.
Happy wanding ~ Professor Foodelicious
Lavender wand supplies.
1. Tie the knot.
2. Bend the stems.
3. Ready to weave.
4. Weave the ribbon.
5. All tied and ready to trim.
6. Finished lavender wand.
Old wand and new.