Thursday, October 17, 2013

Harry Potter MotW #14

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

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  What job would you choose after Hogwarts?

LOVE this question -  The boyfriend and I have actually had this discussion quite a bit!  I mean, there are so many fun job possibilities in the Wizarding World.  As much as I would love to be able to return to Hogwarts every day for work, my top job pick would have me working in Diagon Alley as a Wandmaker
Every single bit of information we got on wands from book 1 to 7 was precious to me.  I desperately wanted to know more, to really understand their inner workings.  I mean, how cool is it that the wand chooses the wizard?!  Not to mention all the different combinations of woods & cores with each one having it's own special properties and strengths!  Needless to say, I spent many hours reading up on all of this on Pottermore...and I was pretty psyched about getting my personalized wand - Hawthorn with Phoenix feather, 10 ¾, surprisingly swishy.  So yeah, if I was a witch, I could totally see myself pouring over all of this stuff until I could make wands myself.  And hey, Olivander does need a replacement!

A wandmaker is a person who constructs and sells wands for witches and wizards, and is thus an important occupation in wizarding society. The practice of making a wand is known as wandcraft. Wandmaking shops date back to at least the establishment of Ollivanders Wand Shop in 382 B.C., and some of the earliest wandmakers were the druids. Thought it was general practice in older times for the purchaser of a wand to provide their own core, generally of a traditional or well-liked substance, some modern wandmakers such as Garrick Ollivander procure their own cores, and claim to have found more success in doing so. -Source

12 comments:

  1. I was really close picking Wandmaker! It's the coolest job ever! :D it would definitely be a great job. Or maker of brooms, that's cool too :D So many great possibilities indeed :D

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    1. Were you really?! I definitely agree - SO cool!! I just love how the cores and wood-types combine to make every wand unique :D You're right though, a broom maker would be awesome too!

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  2. Yes!! This was actually one of my other choices after the one I chose. It would definitely be on my list of jobs. I really enjoyed all the information we got about how wands work from the different woods, the cores, and the lengths and I think it's really great how the wand chooses the wizard. I would love experiencing that with each new wizard as a job. Excellent choice! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. You picked a really great one too though!! But yeah, all that wand-lore geekery really stuck with me and I've been kinda fascinated with the whole thing ever since XD especially that bit about the wand choosing the wizard!!! Thanks for stopping by Jaclyn :)

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  3. There are lots of shops that I'd be interested in working in...but Im more interested in shopping in them!

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    1. I feel like Wandmaker is more of a craft than a typical shopkeeper's job but I definitely agree with you on the shopping bit :D

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  4. Oh, what an interesting pick! I never thought about that before :D The whole concept of wands and how they able to choose the wizard is indeed fascinating. I see myself working in the hospital.

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    1. Thanks Mel! Definitely fascinating stuff, I like how they can develop their own personality almost (like Harry's!) and have a special affinity for a certain wizard ♥ I like your pick of Healer though, it would be very rewarding :)

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  5. Ahhh that's such a good one! I never even thought of this one. It would be so much fun and so great to give all the newbies their wands :).

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    1. Thanks Leah! I agree, reliving that moment again and again every new year sounds so gratifying :D plus just crafting new ones all the time, even hunting out new woods and cores would just rock!

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  6. Excellent - that's a great choice! The process behind wandmaking and wand lore fascinates me SO much! I also spent a considerable amount of time on Pottermore looking up all that awesome information. OMG So jealous of your phoenix feather wand!! And surprisingly swishy, haha! I had to look up my wand again because I had forgotten exactly: it's 12 1/4 inches, Rowan with Unicorn Hair, Quite Flexible. It was fun looking up what all those different aspects mean and it was kind of surprising how much it fit my personality! Too fun. And it's quite a pretty wand so I'm pleased even if I really wanted Phoenix feather (because I adore phoenixes). Anyways, great answer :)

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    1. LOL, I had to look it up again too, I can never remember the length but this time I couldn't even remember my wand wood >.< Yeah I was also SUPER happy with my core, I absolutely adore Phoenixes too, but then again I adore Dragons & Unicorns as well ♥ but yeah the art of wandmaking and especially the lore behind it is almost too thrilling for me haha, I can totally see getting excited to go to work EVERY day :D

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