Fantastic Beasts: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, more wands explained
Made from wood with a magical core, wands are used to channel a witch or wizard’s magic. They’re also so darn pretty. Here we showcase wands from The Crimes of Grindelwald that have us bewitched — with some exclusive commentary from the man behind them.
Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner)
Prop modeler Pierre Bohanna captured Newt’s brother’s sturdy “statesman” demeanor in this wand, down to the quartzite stone handle. It’s made of “tough, robust materials,” amounting to a “very strong, powerful wand.”
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)
Newt’s wand is all about durability. “His wand gets a lot of use; we wanted to show that,” Bohanna says. “It’s got a plain oak shaft with lots of knocks and knicks — it’s almost like a garden tool, in the way it’s been so abused.”
Nicolas Flamel (Brontis Jodorowsky)
Bohanna has some theories as to the horn on this wand’s edge: “You can heat a horn and reshape it; you’ll see it’s had some work done to it in that way.” Also, given Flamel’s age, bet it carries serious magical power.
Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz)
Bohanna says this sleek mix of ebony and silver reflects growth. “She made some aesthetic choices as she matured,” he explains. “The wand that you had [as] a kid isn’t necessarily the wand you want [when you’re] older.”
Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law)
“I remember there was even a debate on whether to put it on there,” Bohanna remembers of the cryptic symbol on the wand’s base. “Its meaning is relevant only to Dumbledore. No one else knows what it means.”
This wand was conceived for Prisoner of Azkaban, when its power wasn’t yet clear. “The Deathly Hallows book wasn’t yet released,” Bohanna says. “We had no idea of what it’d come to mean.” Still, his design was just right.
Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol)
For Queenie, the design team was able to have some fun. “It gave us a great opportunity to create a fashionable wand,” Bohanna says. The result, with a mother-of-pearl handle, is quite striking.
Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston)
Ever-pragmatic Tina has a wand very different from her sister’s, favoring power over flair. “It’s almost like it’s an issued wand,” Bohanna says of the rosewood construct. “She’s happy just with something to work with.”
Rosier (Poppy Corby-Tuech)
The Grindelwald ally sports a simple design. “Wands are very personal items, almost like pieces of jewelry,” Bohanna explains of how he conceives them. He used this simple design to introduce viewers to Rosier.
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