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|made=[[1940s|1947]] or earlier
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The '''wand''' of [[Minerva McGonagall]] is 9 1/2 in. and made of [[fir]] with a [[dragon heartstring]] [[Wand core|core]]. McGonagall has been able to perform very powerful and advanced magic with this wand, such as in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Like most [[Wizards|wizards and witches]] in [[Great Britain]], she likely purchased it at the age of eleven before beginning her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1940s|1947]].
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{{Quote|<nowiki>My august grandfather, Gerbold Octavius Ollivander, always called wands of this wood ‘the survivor’s wand'.</nowiki>|[[Garrick Ollivander]]|Pottermore}}[[Minerva McGonagall|'''Minerva McGonagall''']]'''<nowiki>'s wand</nowiki>''' was 9 1/2" long, made of [[fir]], and had a [[dragon heartstring]] [[Wand core|core]].The wand is well suited to [[Transfiguration]], proven by its owner, who was a teacher of the subject and an [[animagus]]. This wand was manufactured by [[Garrick Ollivander]]. The wand was very much like it's owner: elegant, refined and very powerful.
   
The wand is utmost suitable for [[Transfiguration]], proven by its owner, who teaches the subject and who's an [[animagus]] herself.
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== Wandlore ==
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=== Wood ===
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Fir wands are stated to align to wizards who are particularly suited to Transfiguration, and who have a tendency to survive "mortal peril". McGonagall was [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] [[Professor]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and, in [[1996]], survived three simultaneous [[Stunning Spell]]s taken to the chest with only a brief stint in [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] despite her age at the time. She also survived the whole of the [[Second Wizarding War]], including the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], despite being a prime target due to her close association with [[Albus Dumbledore]].
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=== Core ===
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As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn quicker than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner. The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental. <ref>https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-lengths-and-flexibilit</ref>
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=== Length and Flexibility ===
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Nine-inch wands are very uncommon, and, according to Garrick Ollivander, wands favour more elegant and refined spell-casting. Since wand rigidity is a detonator as to how willing a wand is to change allegiance, it can be said that McGonagall's wand is not easily persuaded to change causes. <ref>https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/wand-lengths-and-flexibilit</ref>
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== History ==
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This wand was purchased at [[Ollivanders Wand Shop|Ollivander's Wand Shop]] by Minerva before she began her education at [[Hogwarts School_of_Witchcraft_and_Wizardry|Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.]] This wand later proved itself useful for [[Transfiguration]], when she became an [[Animagus]] and eventually went on to teach the subject of Transfiguration. It could also perform other spells such as the Imperius Curse with little effort.
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It can be assumed she wielded this wand throughout the [[First Wizarding War]], while being a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix]].
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After the death of her dear friend and colleague, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva drew her wand from her sleeve and raised it into the air as both a sign of respect and a means of ridding the sky above of the Dark Mark, quickly followed by the rest of the attendees.
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Minerva also used it against several Death Eaters prior to the Battle of Hogwarts, casting the Imperius Curse on Amycus Carrow and expelling Severus Snape from the castle with a number of powerful Transfiguration spells. It was also used to reinforce the castle's magical protections and to animate the various statues and suits of armour in Howarts using ''Piertotum locomotor'', which Minerva had been eager to try for a long time.
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McGonagall has been able to perform very powerful and advanced magic with this wand, such as in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], when she was able to conjure Patronuses and while duelling numerous [[Death Eaters]] throughout the first and second stages of the battle. Along with the wands of Kingsley Shacklebolt and Horace Slughorn, Minerva's wand battled with the unbeatable Elder Wand in the hand of Lord Voldemort and survived unscathed.
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She most likely continued to use this wand after the final battle, during her time as headmistress of Hogwarts and into her retirement as well.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*In the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]], the wand is sixteen and a half inches with a glass piece protruding out of the elaborate handle.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]], the wand is sixteen and a half inches with a glass piece protruding out of the elaborate handle.
**The glass tip on the wand is highly breakable and in order not to snap it off, Dame [[Maggie Smith]] used long sweeping gestures.
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**The glass tip on the wand was highly breakable and in order not to snap it off, [[Maggie Smith|Dame Maggie Smith]] used long, sweeping gestures.
*In the film adaptations the wand is one of the few that has had a consistent design throughout all the films in the series. But, some websites show that the wand did not have a sphere-like handle, which a smooth rod replace it in the first two films.
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*In the film adaptations the wand is one of the few that has had a consistent design throughout all the films in the series. However, some websites show the wand did not have a sphere-like handle with a smooth rod in the first two films.
 
*If one is to look closely at the glass cabinet on [[Garrick Ollivander]]'s counter in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', a wand that looks exactly like Minerva McGonagall's wand is visible. This suggests that even in the first two films the wands were made of resin.
 
*If one is to look closely at the glass cabinet on [[Garrick Ollivander]]'s counter in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', a wand that looks exactly like Minerva McGonagall's wand is visible. This suggests that even in the first two films the wands were made of resin.
*The film version of Minerva's wand is significantly larger than its book counterpart, about 7 inches longer.
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 19:06, April 19, 2016

"My august grandfather, Gerbold Octavius Ollivander, always called wands of this wood ‘the survivor’s wand'."
Garrick Ollivander[src]
Minerva McGonagall's wand was 9 1/2" long, made of fir, and had a dragon heartstring core.The wand is well suited to Transfiguration, proven by its owner, who was a teacher of the subject and an animagus. This wand was manufactured by Garrick Ollivander. The wand was very much like it's owner: elegant, refined and very powerful.

Wandlore Edit

Wood Edit

Fir wands are stated to align to wizards who are particularly suited to Transfiguration, and who have a tendency to survive "mortal peril". McGonagall was Transfiguration Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and, in 1996, survived three simultaneous Stunning Spells taken to the chest with only a brief stint in St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries despite her age at the time. She also survived the whole of the Second Wizarding War, including the Battle of Hogwarts, despite being a prime target due to her close association with Albus Dumbledore.

Core Edit

As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn quicker than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner. The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental. [1]

Length and Flexibility Edit

Nine-inch wands are very uncommon, and, according to Garrick Ollivander, wands favour more elegant and refined spell-casting. Since wand rigidity is a detonator as to how willing a wand is to change allegiance, it can be said that McGonagall's wand is not easily persuaded to change causes. [2]

History Edit

This wand was purchased at Ollivander's Wand Shop by Minerva before she began her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This wand later proved itself useful for Transfiguration, when she became an Animagus and eventually went on to teach the subject of Transfiguration. It could also perform other spells such as the Imperius Curse with little effort.

It can be assumed she wielded this wand throughout the First Wizarding War, while being a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

After the death of her dear friend and colleague, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva drew her wand from her sleeve and raised it into the air as both a sign of respect and a means of ridding the sky above of the Dark Mark, quickly followed by the rest of the attendees.

Minerva also used it against several Death Eaters prior to the Battle of Hogwarts, casting the Imperius Curse on Amycus Carrow and expelling Severus Snape from the castle with a number of powerful Transfiguration spells. It was also used to reinforce the castle's magical protections and to animate the various statues and suits of armour in Howarts using Piertotum locomotor, which Minerva had been eager to try for a long time.

McGonagall has been able to perform very powerful and advanced magic with this wand, such as in the Battle of Hogwarts, when she was able to conjure Patronuses and while duelling numerous Death Eaters throughout the first and second stages of the battle. Along with the wands of Kingsley Shacklebolt and Horace Slughorn, Minerva's wand battled with the unbeatable Elder Wand in the hand of Lord Voldemort and survived unscathed.

She most likely continued to use this wand after the final battle, during her time as headmistress of Hogwarts and into her retirement as well.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the film adaptations, the wand is sixteen and a half inches with a glass piece protruding out of the elaborate handle.
    • The glass tip on the wand was highly breakable and in order not to snap it off, Dame Maggie Smith used long, sweeping gestures.
  • In the film adaptations the wand is one of the few that has had a consistent design throughout all the films in the series. However, some websites show the wand did not have a sphere-like handle with a smooth rod in the first two films.
  • If one is to look closely at the glass cabinet on Garrick Ollivander's counter in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, a wand that looks exactly like Minerva McGonagall's wand is visible. This suggests that even in the first two films the wands were made of resin.

AppearancesEdit

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Minerva McGonagall, her wand drawn, during the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.

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McGonagall with her wand drawn.

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