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Alivan's vs. Ollivander's - Wand Review

If you’re looking for screen-accurate (looking) wands, the Harry Potter Shop or Ollivander’s at Universal Studios Florida are your best bet. However, I personally feel that Alivan’s wands are far superior. Alivan's wands are carved from solid blocks of wood and stained, giving them a naturally beautiful appearance. The resin wands may look like wood on the Harry Potter Shop website, but in person I feel they look like plastic, and the trademark/copyright stamp is an unfortunate choice. And frankly, who ever heard of a resin wand in the books and movies? These wands are supposed to be made of wood! The resin also doesn't hold up to wear as well as the wood, chipping when dropped. While the wood requires some care with wax/conditioner, I expect the wood wands to hold up well over time.

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Comparison Detail

Official Title Elder Wand Twisted Cut Mahogany Xenophilius Lovegood's Wand
Store Alivan's Alivan's Harry Potter Shop
Material & Design Stained, carved wood Stained, carved wood Painted resin
Weight 21.8g 21.5g 79g
Length 15 3/8 in or 39cm 15 7/8 in or 40.1cm 14 13/16 in or 37.6cm
Screen Accurate Replica? No
Click here for screen accurate elder wand from Harry Potter Shop.
Not a replica
Notes No detailed markings
Sustained no visible damage from being dropped on concrete
No detailed markings
Hasn't been "out in the wild" yet. (Hasn't been dropped.)
Runes etched towards bottom
“TM & © WBEI  (s14)” painted about a quarter of the way up from the bottom
Bottom has chipped from being dropped on concrete a few times, milky white resin visible


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Jun. 10th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh that first wand is wonderful.

Funny that the resin wand is smaller but weighs three times as much. Not a fan of the stamps on it, but I understand why it's done.

I'd much rather go with one of those wood wands; they have so much more character.
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