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Minerva McGonnagal's Wand
Minerva McGonagall's wand
History information

1947 or earlier


Minerva McGonagall


Minerva McGonagall

Material information



Dragon heartstring


9 1/2 in.


Stiff, incredible with Transfiguration

The wand of Minerva McGonagall is 9 1/2 in. and made of fir with a dragon heartstring 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 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 1947.

The wand is utmost suitable for Transfiguration, proven by its owner, who teaches the subject and who's an animagus herself.

Behind the scenes

  • 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 is 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • The film version of Minerva's wand is significantly larger than its book counterpart, about 7 inches longer.
  • 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.


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


McGonagall with her wand drawn.

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