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James Potter I's wand

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The wand of James Potter was 11" mahogany[1]; its core is unknown. It was purchased at Ollivanders Wand Shop by James before he began his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The wand was described as "pliable" and as "good for Transfiguration" by Garrick Ollivander.[1]

That wand would later prove useful for Transfiguration, because in his fifth year, James Potter became an accomplished Animagus.

However, on the night of 31 October, 1981, James had been using his wand to entertain his infant son Harry and had left it on the couch when Lord Voldemort arrived. As a result, James was killed instantly. It is unknown what happened to the wand after the death of its owner, but it is possible it was buried with James.

Behind the scenes

  • J.K. Rowling based Harry's, Ron's, and Hermione's wands off of the wand woods correlating to their date of birth and the Celtic tree calendar. [2] However, as James Potter's wand is made of mahogany, not alder (his Celtic birth tree), J. K. Rowling did not choose this wand based on James' birthdate. Like Hagrid's wand wood, it could be based on a symbolic reference to James' personality and character.
  • The mahogany tree symbolises strength, safety, protectiveness, and practicality. Likewise, the wand wood could reflect James' character, in particular his protectiveness of Harry, his son.

View of the cobweb design on his wand.


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