Move Over, Ollivander: These Wands Magically Light Up (Even If You’re a Muggle)

updated Nov 8, 2019
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We might’ve just stumbled upon the next best place to buy wands other than Ollivanders in Diagon Alley. 

Look no further than this Kickstarter campaign for Design My Wand, a customizable magic wand created by London-based Imagineering studio The Magic of Things.  Designed by its user, the wand is 3D-printed and features embedded electronics, which means no exposed wiring, ports or any other components. As an expression of the unique connection between the wand and its owner, the wand lights up using the current from the user’s body.

To partake in the wand-making process, users select the wand composition and its color, then it is magically assembled (read: manufactured) in London. The design options include shaft, handle and color scheme. Prefer something that represents resilience? The Phoenix handle should provide a suitable grip.  In the event that you’re more of a fierce of fiery type, go with the Dragon handle. Finally, for those who seek to create miracles through the power of magic, there’s the Unicorn handle. Three shaft options are available: the Elder (spiral); the Oak (straight); and the Yew (beaded). Available colors include Dark, Light and Vibrant.

Don’t fret if your spell work skills are a bit rusty: The wand works through the use of “capacitive touch,” which means its on/off function is activated when you grip it in a specified spot. When you’re not busy casting spells, the wand can also serve as a reading light, or as the creators point out, it could certainly make the ultimate cosplay accessory. Design My Wand also offers accessories, including a wand display stand, wand box and an arm holster. No worries if you get carried away wielding your wand and drain your magic source aka the battery: simply send the wand back for a replacement up to three times. 

If you want to buy a wand as a holiday gift to yourself or for the Harry Potter enthusiast in your life, check out the Design My Wand Kickstarter campaign for pledge options with a December 2019 estimated delivery date.