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According to Garrick Ollivander, the current wandmaker, “his earliest forebears in this country arrived with the Romans, and set up stall (subsequently shop) to sell to ancient British wizards whose wands were crude of construction and unreliable in performance” (Pm).

Timeline Notes

The location of Ollivanders at this time is uncertain, since London and Diagon Alley didn't exist in 382 BC.



Ollivander's supposition that his ancestors "arrived with the Romans" would only make sense if the first Ollivanders wands were not made in England. The Romans first arrived on the shores of Britain (a few miles from the cliffs of Dover) some 300 years later, in 55 B.C.

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