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Curious Indeed – Twin Cores

Curious Indeed – Twin Cores

“I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr. Potter.  Every single wand.  It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather–just one other.  It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother–why, its brother gave you that scar.”

Garrick Ollivander in response to the holly and phoenix feather wand's choice (PS5)


Ollivander's explanation to Harry of "what's curious" tells Harry only another small piece of the story of his relationship with Voldemort.  According to Dumbledore, Harry's and Voldemort's wands "will not work properly against each other" because of their twin cores.  This saves Harry, when it causes the Priori Incantatem effect when he duels Voldemort in the graveyard on the night he returns to power, and it saves him again during the Death Eater attack during the flight between Privet Drive and the Order safe house.  When the Blasting Curse from Hermione, cast to defend them from Nagini as they fled Godric's Hollow, accidentally snaps Harry's wand, he is understandably distraught.  After defeating Voldemort, Harry uses the Elder Wand, of which he has become the master, to mend his original wand, before returning the Elder Wand to Dumbledore's tomb.


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