It’s already been six years since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened, four since London’s Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, and I’m aching to visit both. Among the sights and sounds that call to every HP fan the world around is the idea of holding or buying one’s own wand. Whether we truly believe in magical powers matters not; the mere thought of waving around our own rod (*cough*) and shouting spells at a backyard frog is cool as fork, is it not? I might be able to fix my kid’s glasses!
Let’s say I can’t get to an official Harry Potter-type shop any time soon, or if I happen to stumble upon an actual, real live wand-making factory — mightn’t that be even cooler? I could maybe even discover I AM MAGIC.
Just think of the Patronuses (Patroni?)! But what if that real magic shop just happened to be in Slaithwaite, England, and what if that shop were called “Mystical Moments” and prided itself on hand-making wands for healing and good luck spells? *insert pounding heartbeat here* That sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
SORRY, WOULD-BE HARRYS AND HERMIONES! YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE. (Not a real sign, but should be.)
Unfortunately, such a shop does exist and even more sad is that its wand-maker and purveyor, Richard Carter, has publicly declared that Harry Potter fans are not welcome:
JK Rowling has obviously done her research but Harry Potter is for children. It has done nothing for business.
You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed. They know they can come here in reveal themselves without people thinking they’re mental. I don’t have customers who have been Harry Potterfied. If I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, not matter how much money they were offering.
I can tell what people are like when they walk in by their aura.
Talk about judging Muggles by their …
Carter claims his wands are “spiritual tools” (talk about tools), and that, in addition to banning HP fans, he’ll detect and not sell his wands to dark wizards, witches, or anyone who wants to hex or cast dark spells. Wait, did he just lump together delightful Potter book and movie lovers with wicked, jerky people?
Yeah, good luck with your shop, Mr. Carter. Methinks we can easily find our wands elsewhere. And you can stick your wands where the [redacted].