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"Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C."
—Strapline[src]

Ollivanders is a wand shop founded in 382 B.C. Located in Diagon Alley South Side in London, England, it is owned by the Ollivander family, widely acknowledged to be the best wandmakers in Great Britain.

Diagon Alley

History

382 B.C.

It is believed by Garrick Ollivander, a descendant of the original Ollivander, that the founder of Ollivanders arrived with the Romans, setting up a stall (which, in due course, evolved into a shop) to manufacture and sell wands to the ancient British wizards, whose wands were crudely-made and inferior in quality and performance.[1]

1991

Ollivander: "Curious...very curious..."
Harry Potter: "Sorry, but what's curious?"
Ollivander: "I remember every single wand I've ever sold, Mr Potter. It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather — just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother gave you that scar."
— Ollivander on Harry Potter's wand[src]
Shop

Ollivanders shop in 1991

In 1991, Harry Potter was taken to Ollivanders by Rubeus Hagrid in order to get Harry a wand for his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry tried dozens of wands before he was chosen by a wand of Holly and Phoenix Feather. Mr Ollivander said that he had remembered every wand he had ever sold, and he found it curious that Harry should be destined for a wand that was brother to the one that had killed Harry's parents, and had almost killed him.

1992

During the Christmas holidays, Ollivanders was closed with a small notice on the door, which read "Wandered out for a spell, will return later".[2]

1996 and 1997

"Oh no — not Ollivanders, everybody got their first wands from here."
—Hermione Granger upon discovering Ollivanders shop abandoned.[src]
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The exterior of the shop before Ollivander's kidnapping

In 1996, Alexandra Walker attempted to rob the shop. This event made Daily Prophet headlines. When Harry Potter visited Diagon Alley in his sixth year, he found Ollivanders shop boarded up and its owner gone as he was kidnapped by Fenrir Greyback and a group of Death Eaters. He was tortured for an explanation of why Voldemort's wand and Harry Potter's wand couldn't battle. Under the Cruciatus Curse, he told Voldemort that it was because of the twin cores, and that all Lord Voldemort needed to do was use another wand.

Ollivander was tortured and held in the cellar of Malfoy Manor until Dobby rescued him, Luna Lovegood and Dean Thomas. After recovering at Shell Cottage, he went to the Weasley children's great-aunt Muriel's place to be protected under the Fidelius Charm. Whilst there, he made a wand for Luna as a thank you gift for the comfort and care she had given him during the incarceration. His shop is most likely to have reopened after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Description

Wands display at Ollivander's Shop (1991)

Wands display at Ollivanders Shop

The shop was described as narrow and shabby with peeling gold letters over the door of the shop read: Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C.

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The interior of the shop

The shop's display consisted of a solitary wand lying on a faded purple cushion in the dusty window. The shop was tiny, empty except for a single, spindly chair in the corner. Thousands of narrow boxes containing wands were piled right up to the ceiling of the tiny shop, and the whole place had a thin layer of dust about it.

Items for sale

Hogsmeade

Ollivanders Hogsmeade

The Hogsmeade local branch

There was a branch of Ollivanders in Hogsmeade. Located in High Street, this branch was very similar to its counterpart in Diagon Alley. It was run by an associate of Garrick Ollivander.

Behind the scenes

  • Despite Garrick Ollivander's claims that the original Ollivander arrived in Great Britain with the Romans, this individual started his wand-making business in 382 B.C. but the Roman conquest of Britain (Britannia) only began effectively in A.D. 43, under the Emperor Claudius.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Pottermore background information on Garrick Ollivander (transcription available here)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PS1 version)
  3. Pottermore
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (PS1 version)


Diagon Alley
Shops

2nd Hand Brooms · Amanuensis Quills · Beard Trimming · Brigg's Brooms · Broomstix · Broom Brakes Service · Broom Shop · Bufo's · Cranville Quincey's Magical Junkshop · Eeylops Owl Emporium · Fine Enchanting Caldrons · Floo-Pow · Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour · Flourish and Blotts · Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop · J. Pippin's Potions · Janus Galloglass · Jimmy Kiddell's Wonderful Wands · The Junk Shop · Leaky Cauldron · Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions · Madam Primpernelle's Beautifying Potions · Magical Menagerie · Mr. Mulpepper's Apothecary · Mulligrubs Materia Medica · Noltie's Botanical Novelties · Obscurus Books · Ollivanders · Praedico Predico · Pettichaps · Potage's Cauldron Shop · Quality Quidditch Supplies · Rosa Lee Teabag · S. Starling · Scribbulus Writing Implements · Second-Hand Bookshop · Second-Hand Robes · Slug & Jiggers Apothecary · Sugarplum's Sweets Shop · Surgical dental operator · Tangle & Noils Wigmakers & Perruquiers · Twilfitt and Tattings · Twinkle's Telescopes · Wand Showroom · Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes · Whizz Hard Books · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment

Other services

Brews and Stews · Daily Prophet's main office · Diagon Alley stalls · GalloLoans · Gringotts Wizarding Bank · The Ministry Press · Peter Boat · TerrorTours

Locations

1 Diagon Alley · 18a Diagon Alley · 129b Diagon Alley · 275 Diagon Alley · 343 Diagon Alley South · 59 Diagon Alley · 92 Diagon Alley · 93 Diagon Alley · 94 Diagon Alley

Known residents and shop employees

Archibald Bennett · Broom Shop shopkeeper · Clutterbuck Crispe · Cranville Quincey · Crookshanks (formerly) · Daily Prophet personnel · Florean Fortescue (deceased) · Fred Weasley (deceased) · Garrick Ollivander · George Weasley · Hedwig (formerly; deceased) · Healer · Jimmy Kiddell · J. Pippin · Madam Malkin · Madam Primpernelle · Madam Potage · Magical Menagerie saleswoman · Magical Menagerie salesman · Manager of Flourish and Blotts · Manager of Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop · Mulpepper · Podric Batworthy · Ronald Weasley · Shimmy Hardoteer · Sugarplum · Unidentified female Eeylops Owl Emporium employee · Unidentified male Eeylops Owl Emporium employee · Unidentified Quality Quidditch Supplies employee · Unidentified Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment employee · Verity · Villanelle

Hogsmeade
Scotland, Great Britain
Founder: Hengist of Woodcroft
Shops
Baby Witch · Brews and Stews Café · Ceridwen's Cauldrons · Dervish and Banges · Dogweed and Deathcap · Dominic Maestro's · Gladrags Wizardwear · Hog's Head Inn · Honeydukes · J. Pippin's Potions · Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop · The Magic Neep · McBloom & McMuck · McHavelock's Wizarding Headgear · Ollivanders · Pedrus Pridgeon · Rosa Lee Teabag · Scribbulus Writing Implements · Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop · Spintwitches · Three Broomsticks Inn · Tomes and Scrolls · Zonko's Joke Shop
Other locations
Hogsmeade Station · Hogsmeade Post Office · Hairdressing salon · Merge Publications · Office 323 · Shrieking Shack · Vladimir Plot Plumbing Supplies · Wizarding Wireless Network Headquarters
Known residents and shop employees
Madam Rosmerta · Aberforth Dumbledore · Madam Puddifoot · Ambrosius Flume · Ambrosius Flume's wife · Dominic Maestro · Unidentified Ollivander's associate · Employee of the Owl Post Office · Archibald Bennett · Three Broomsticks waiter · Horace · J. Pippin · McHavelock · Scrivenshaft · Vladimir Plot · Zonko · Bilton Bilmes · Gwendoline Babcocke · Gwendoline Babcocke's mother