A Comprehensive Guide to the Interactive Wands of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!


Harry Potter fans remember the seminal scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philospoher’s Stone) in which Harry enters Ollivander’s workshop in Diagon Alley for the first time and is chosen by his holly and phoenix feather wand.

After seeing the wands in action in the books and the films, we knew that we wanted our very own interactive wand to cast Wingardium Leviosa, Alohomora, and Expecto Patronum at will.

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When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure back in 2010 (the area now known as Hogsmeade), Universal finally realized our wish of being able to obtain our very own wands and go nuts with the spellcasting. If you’re already planning to visit Universal Orlando and want to get in on the fun, we are here to help! From buying your wands to secret spells, we have yiu covered!

This is our comprehensive guide to interactive wands at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

How To Get Your Own Wand

Before you can start swishing and flicking, your first stop is going to be to Ollivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley or Dervish and Banges or the Owl Post in Hogsmeade. There is also a Wands by Gregorovitch cart in Diagon Alley, as well as a cart near the entrance to Hogwarts in Hogsmeade.

At each of these locations, you’ll find all assortment of wands, from replicas of Harry, Ron, Hermione and other celebrated characters’ wands to more generic wands shaped from various woods so you can roleplay your own witch or wizard story.

Ollivander’s in Diagon Alley

If you want to take it a step further, you can do the interactive wand buying experience at Ollivander’s or Dervish and Banges. During these experiences, one with or wizard is “chosen” to try out wands, as the wandkeepers bring to life a moment similar to Harry buying his wand. (Note: currently these are running as one party at a time. Make sure to visit early and sign up for a return time with the witches and wizards!)

Wandkeeper in Ollivander’s

If you’re a big fan of the Harry Potter story, we highly recommend trying the full interactive buying show. It’s incredibly immersive and fully puts you in the story! It doesn’t cost any extra, just the cost of the wand (which is optional.) The wands will be unique to you, and not the replicas of famous characters.

Which Wand Will Choose You?

Interactive wands (regardless if they are characters or uniquely chosen) are $55 in muggle money. You can also order them online through Universal’s shop, but we highly recommend buying them in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade for a more magical experience.

Wand Cost

Current Famous Witch and Wizard Interactive Wands Available:

  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Professor Dumbledore (The Elder Wand)
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Professor McGonagall
  • Professor Snape
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Neville Longbottom
  • Luna Lovegood
  • Sirius Black
  • Remus Lupin
  • Nymphadora Tonks
  • Mad-Eye Moody
  • Bellatrix LeStrange
  • Cho Chang
  • Draco Malfoy
  • Narcissa Malfoy
  • Yaxley
  • Fleur Delacour
  • Cedric Diggory
Character Wands

Each wand comes with a protective box, and a double-sided map of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade so you know where to practice your magic!

Diagon Alley Map

Wands…How Do They Work?

Follow the map (or ask a witch or wizard) to any of the magical spots notated. You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see a golden marker embedded in the ground pointing towards the location, usually a window display. All you have to do now is direct your wand toward where the marker is pointing and make the appropriate motions with your arm.

Alohomora Spell Marker in Hogsmeade

Some of the spells are easier to cast than others, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a few wrist movements to get the hang of it (verbalizing the spell doesn’t help, but it’s fun to get into character).  It will be obviously when you’ve done it correctly, as items in the window will move or appear. If you need assistance, there’s usually a friendly master wand-slinger nearby each spell area who can help you with casting it.

Window Display outside Tomes and Scrolls in Hogsmeade. Use “Alohamora” to open the book!

Where Can You Cast Spells?

In total there are 16 noted spell locations in Diagon Alley, including Knockturn Alley, and 9 spell locations in Hogsmeade. There are also two SECRET spells in Diagon Alley. If you would rather be surprised by the magic of the spells, look away now!

Ready for some magic!

Diagon Alley Spells

1. Tarantallegra — in the window of Pilliwinkle’s Playthings

Tarantallegra Marker
Aim your wand here to make trolls appear and dance!

2. Incendio — second floor of Flimflam’s Lanterns

Incendio Marker
Cast incendio for the lanterns to light up!

3. Metelojink — above the restroom in Horizont Alley

Metelojinx Marker
Cast Metelojinx for a rain shower!

4. Silencio — the birdcage in the window of the Magical Menagerie

Silencio Marker
Cast Silencio and the bird will stop singing!

5. Dark Detectors — Wiseacres, in the window that faces Gringotts

Dark Detectors Marker
Dark Detectors are a little different. Raise your wand and eyes will appear and follow your wand’s movements.

6. Specialis Revelio — near the front door of Wiseacres

Specialis Revelio Marker
Cast Specialis Revelio here to see the device come alive!

7. Wingardium Leviosa — the window of Scribbulus with the feather quill

Wingardium Leviosa Marker
Pretend you’re in Flitwick’s class and make the feather fly!

8. Reparo — Brown E. Wright’s blacksmith shop

Reparo Marker
Cast Reparo for this suit of armor to be magically repaired!

9. Locomotor Bellows — Brown E. Wright’s blacksmith shop

Locomotor Bellows Marker
Locomotor Bellows will make this pump move up and down!

10. Aguamenti — near the mermaid fountain at Carkitt Market

Aquamenti Marker (there are actually two marker, one on each side of the fountain!)
Aquamenti will cast a stream of water from the frog (and if you’re too powerful the mermaid on top, so watch out!)

11. Descendo –shop window of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Descendo Marker
Descendo will activate the U-No-Poo sign

Secret Spell #1 — shop window of Slug and Jiggers Apothecary

A secret spell location — ask a witch or wizard to show you the correct movements and words!
Do the spell correctly, and a dragon dung bomb will overflow!

Secret Spell #2— far right of the shop window of Scribbulus

The far right corner has a secret for you — ask a witch or wizard!
Invisible ink will appear when the spell is cast! Do the spell more than once and you’ll see various messages.
Invisible Ink!

Knockturn Alley Spells

1. Locomotor Chimney Sweep — Chimney Sweep Elf sign

Locomotor Chimney Sweep Marker
Cast Locomotor Chimney Sweep to make a house elf climb up the chimney!

2. Moving Skeleton — window across from Borgin and Burkes

Moving Skeleton Marker
No spell needed – hold your wand up to activate the skeleton, who will then mimic your movements!

3, Mimblewimble — in the window of shrunken heads next to Dystyl Phaelanges

Mimblewimble Marker
Mimblewimble causes the shrunken heads to stop singing!

4. Incendio — birdcage around the corner from Borgin and Burkes

Incendio Marker
Incendio will cause smoke to appear and various things to happen in the window!

5. Alohamora — courtyard around Borgin and Burkes

Alohamora Marker
Watch out! Alohamora will cause a dark wizard to keep his eye on you.

Hogsmeade Spells

1. Incendio — window of Zonko’s Joke Shop

Incendio Marker
Incendio will set off a fireworks display!

2. Arresto Momentum — wall-mounted cauldron at McHavelock’s

Arresto Momentum Marker
Arresto Momentum will cause the pixies to play with water!

3. Revelio — window display at Honeydukes

Revelio Marker
Revelio will cause the chocolate frog to reveal himself!

4. Herbivicus — window at Dogweed and Deathcap

Herbivicus Marker
Cast Herbivicus to make flowers grow and appear!

5. Ascendio and Descendo — window at Gladrags Wizardwear

Ascendio and Descendio
Ascendio will make the tape measure go up, and Descendio will make it drop! (Use whichever one you need initially accordingly.)

6. Locomotor Snowman — window at Madam Puddifoot’s

Locomotor Snowman
Locomotor Snowman will cause the snowman to move and dance!

7. Locomotor and Arresto Momentum — back of Dervish and Banges

Locomotor and Arresto Momentum Markers
Locomotor will cause the wizard and dragon to move and Arresto Momentum will stop it. Use whichever you need initially when you walk up, and then try both!

8. Alohomora — window at Tomes and Scrolls Specialist Bookshop

Alohomora Marker
Alohamora will open the Tales of Beedle the Bard to reveal a story!

9. Wingardium Leviosa — window at Spintwiches

Wingardium Leviosa Marker
Wingardium Leviosa will cause the quidditch balls to fly!

Happy spell-casting!

Need more Harry Potter in your life? Here’s some clever details you can keep your eyes peeled for the next time you’re in the Wizarding World!

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One Reply to “A Comprehensive Guide to the Interactive Wands of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!”

  1. Interactive wands seem ridiculously overpriced at first glance. However, they are worth every penny, kids had a blast trying spells. Increased the immersive feel of the land. Our wand show however was definitely not worth the hour we waited in line. They picked an elderly women who clearly had no idea what Harry Potter was and the scene was a dud. I wish they had picked any small child or teen super fan even if not one of mine. I would recommend the wand show only if it’s a very short wait. Otherwise, just interact with the witches of the land, they can tell you a lot about the wands and help you pick one.