Wand of the Week: Albus Potter

Warning:  mild Cursed Child spoilers

By the end of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, both Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy have lost the wands that originally chose them when they were eleven. While this might seem to be just an obstacle for them to overcome, given the intensely personal nature of wands, I think it may be a representation of how much both of them change over the course of the play. Regardless, I can hardly pass up the opportunity to theorize about a character’s wands, so I’m doing Albus this week, Scorpius next week, and possibly Rose the week after.

I really like the idea of a pine wand for Albus:

The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives, and I can confirm this in as much as I have never personally known the master of a pine wand to die young. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.

Albus is certainly independent, often insisting that he and Scorpius take matters into their own hands, and a loner in that he is a misfit among his family and only has one close friend. He is also quite creative with his magic; for instance, at one point he decides that stupefy has been used to destroy time turners before and they should “do something new”. As for long life, it’s hard to predict that when he’s only fourteen, but he did survive an adventure as dangerous as some of Harry’s.

I also considered hawthorn, which “seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil”, but Albus’ period of turmoil seems to be nearing its end as the play winds down. I like the idea that he might have used a hawthorn wand during his first few years at Hogwarts, but switched to something more stable and confident after Cursed Child.

For the core, I would guess phoenix feather. Deep down, I think Albus and Harry have a lot in common, and phoenix wands – which are sometimes known to act of their own accord and contain the independence and detachment of the birds they come from – seem like as good a fit for Albus as for his father.

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