Have you ever been a part of a wand ceremony? I had no idea what I was stepping into when I stumbled upon Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley. It was towards the end of the day and I was walking around just taking in the sights to make sure I didn’t miss any details. There were so many small store fronts with cute displays. I peeked in through a window of what I thought was a fake store front. Looking back at me was a woman dressed in a cloak that motioned for me to come in. So, of course I did what any normal person would do in my situation, I followed the stranger into the backroom of the shop. 😜
The door closed behind me and the show began. The backroom was like a library filled with books on floor to ceiling shelves. In the room were four other individuals besides myself. A female wand keeper entered the room from the stairs. She was dressed in a cloak and hat and had a very whimsical way of speaking. She choose a young woman from the audience to step forward. She explained that she would be helping her to find her wand. We were explained that the wizard doesn’t choose the wand, the wand chooses you. She then picked through different wands and asked the guest to perform wizardly actions with the wand. Each time the action did not work it would break shelves or cause books to fall. It was both entertainingly funny and magical. Everyone in the room, although all adults, giggled and awed like kids. It was just so cute and so much fun. Once the wand chose the wizard the lighting in the room changed and whimsical music started to play. The show was officially over and we were ushered into the wand shop where we had the opportunity to purchase. The shop maintains a wide variety of wands both magical and not. The magical ones can be used throughout the Harry Potter themed areas to unlock special effects. The smile on the woman’s face, that was chosen for the performance, alone almost made the show worth it. She was so happy with her experience she ended up purchasing her wand. It was nice to see a true fan living out the movie.