The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Magic Wands

on August 7, 2017

Delaney read the Harry Potter books last year, but her love for them continues. Both girls will watch the movies when they’re on tv, and they love to talk about them with their friends. When I saw an event at a local bookstore to have Mr. Ollivander help you pick out your wand, I knew it was perfect for us.

We didn’t get moving as quickly as I hoped to, so we got there about an hour into the event. Instead of using your name to call out your turn, they had crafted Harry Potter-esque names. That was super fun! They thought the wait would be about 30-45 minutes, so we headed to a cafe next door to grab a pastry and something to drink. The girls were very nervous about being away, so we hustled back. The bookstore was small and there was no good place to wait which sucked. We wandered the aisles and tried looking at the books, but there were a lot of people there. Our wait ended up being about an hour, and of course we found the cool, empty spot right before we were called!

Mr. Ollivander began by asking them questions to see if they had any magical capabilities. I told Delaney to answer yes to at least one, but she refused to. Then you waved your hand over the selection of wands and picked one. Once you had your wand you got to practice. They had fun things “happen” when you did that, boxes getting knocked over or animals on the wall talking.

Caden chose a dueling wand, but ended up picking a different wand that has carvings on it. Delaney chose a really pretty wand, but wanted one that was like Harry’s wand. The wands were $40, but what are you going to do? (This place must have made a killing. I couldn’t tell if everyone bought a wand or not since I figured out how things worked way too late.) Overall, totally loved the event. They did a great job with it and I’m hoping they do more in the future!

They are both going to be Harry Potter characters for Halloween, so the wands will work well for their costumes. We did get into a discussion on the drive home as to who gets to be Hermione, and who the other sister will be. I had no idea this would get so contentious! I’m contemplating trying to dye their hair brown/red with something that rinses out quickly, but honestly, it’s dark out on Halloween and will anyone care? Probably not.

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