Wand of the Week: Luna Lovegood

Last night, I was poking around on Pottermore, googling Harry Potter characters to see what their wands were made of and then looking up the wood to see what Ollivander has to say about it. But when I looked for Luna’s, I was shocked to see “unknown” come up. Granted, Luna is one of my favorites, so I had wondered before why I couldn’t remember. The same is true of countless other major characters such as Sirius Black and Professor Snape: the specific wands they use were simply never mentioned. So, of course, being someone who loves to overanalyze Harry Potter, I decided to figure out for myself what kind of wands I think these characters would use. I’m going to be doing one every week, at least until I run out of characters – and given the sheer number of Harry Potter characters, only a tiny fraction of whose wands are described in the books, that could be a long time.

So, let’s start with Luna. Both of Luna’s wands that she uses in the movies are very light-colored, almost white, but I think the wood whose Pottermore description matches her best is ebony. Here’s what “Ollivander” has to say about it:

This jet-black wand wood has an impressive appearance and reputation, being highly suited to all manner of combative magic, and to Transfiguration. Ebony is happiest in the hand of those with the courage to be themselves. Frequently non-conformist, highly individual or comfortable with the status of outsider, ebony wand owners have been found both among the ranks of the Order of the Phoenix and among the Death Eaters. In my experience the ebony wand’s perfect match is one who will hold fast to his or her beliefs, no matter what the external pressure, and will not be swayed lightly from their purpose.

This is basically Luna in a nutshell: she refuses to let others’ judgment pressure her into conforming. Rather than shaping her own beliefs and personality to fit with what her peers see as “normal”, Luna is never anything but herself. The things she believes in may be nonsensical at times, but they matter to her and she doesn’t change her mind just because no one else agrees with her. She understands that any true friend will not judge her for being different and that other people’s opinions aren’t that important. And, in fitting with the description above, Luna is as much of a fighter as any of her fellow DA members and can hold her own in battle, even against powerful adult wizards.

As for the core, I think it might be phoenix feather. Phoenix wands are supposed to inherit the independence and detachment of the bird they come from, and while “their allegiance is usually hard-won”, they would be suited to someone with Luna’s free-spirited personality.

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