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Posted on Thursday 29 September 2011 at 8:27 am

Pottermore Wand and Sorting

I was finally able to play around some with the Pottermore Beta. For anyone who is in already or will join eventually, my name is SparksLumos191.

For those who aren't in, I can't decide if I should say the whole thing is "OMG! SO AWESOME!!!" or "OMG! THIS SUCKS!!!" Both are equally true. When everything is working correctly, the entire thing is loads of fun. You go throguh scenes from each chapter of the book and get to play around finding things and doing things with lot of information from the books and new stuff to read. Unfortunately the site can't handle the load and often crashes, won't load, or kicks people out. I've decided early morning is the best time to be on in my time zone, which is the worst timing for me to be able to be on, but I've managed to play around enough to get my wand and get sorted.

The Sorting Hat appeared to be undecided on me. There were seven questions that I thought were interesting but after those seven it flat out asked me if I wanted to be in Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. I picked Ravenclaw so there I am. Works for me.

Obviously you get the wand in Diagon Alley before you get to Hogwarts, but I wanted to talk more about the wand stuff so figured I should get the shorter one out of the way. The wand lore extras that JKR has written are awesome! There are long paragraphs on the different woods and cores and what they mean. My wand is spruce and phoenix, inflexible, 10 inches. Here's what that all means:

"Unskilled wandmakers call spruce a difficult wood, but in doing so they reveal their own ineptitude. It is quite true that it requires particular deftness to work with spruce, which produces wands that are ill-matched with cautious or nervous natures, and become positively dangerous in fumbling fingers. The spruce wand requires a firm hand, because it often appears to have its own ideas about what magic it ought to be called upon to produce. However, when a spruce wand meets its match - which, in my experience, is a bold spell-caster with a good sense of humour - it becomes a superb helper, intensely loyal to their owners and capable of producing particularly flamboyant and dramatic effects."

"This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.
Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won."

"Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair"

10 Inches
There wasn't a great section to excise on length. The gist was that most wands will be between 9 and 14 inches. Wands longer than that generally are for people with very big personalities and wands shorter than that go to ones with weaknesses in their character.

Pretty cool, huh?
Feeling: Entertained
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