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Tina Goldstein Wand: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I have wanted a Harry Potter-esqe wand since I first read The Sorcerer’s Stone in 2003.  Actually, I made one of my own (modeled after Hermione’s as well as an 11-year-old craftsperson with zero art skill can) a few years later.  When I was 12, my father made me a Time Turner.  These, unfortunately, have been lost to the dusty fringes of childhood memories.

For reasons I would rather not delve into at this point in time, I was not allowed to read or watch Harry Potter.  This, naturally, created a desire to understand what was so wrong screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-2-34-00-amwith this franchise and my little brain took a turn into being sneaky. My mother had bought all the books, but kept them hidden in her closet.  I would wait until she was taking a nap or at work or otherwise occupied before sneaking the book out of her closet and read the books under cover of night or by switching dust jackets. I do think that Mom was trying to see if Harry, Ron, or Hermione died before letting me read them as it definitely would have been a bit traumatic for a 7 year old.

Gradually, Harry Potter was allowed into my siblings’ and my life and we were all fascinated by this interesting world.

Now, I was one of those weird people who actually liked Harry.  Most people would always screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-2-38-04-amclaim other characters (like Hermione or Luna or Oliver Wood) as their favorites, but I always liked Harry.  Sure, he could be a jerk sometimes – what kid isn’t?  Harry taught me that, if you’re a jerk, as long as you’re humble and sincere, the right friends will stick through the tough times with you.

There were other characters (mostly Lupin, Fleur, George, and Fred) that I liked and I was often compared to Hermione and Ginny by friends and family whilst growing up.

When I got my first job, Harry Potter got put on the back-burner.  I would read the books as they were released, as well as the movies, but that was as far as it went.  It was like being an adult sort of took the magic away.  A small part of me knew that, I think, and did not want the adult me to fully experience Harry Potter without the magic.

There were other book series I followed, none as diligently as Harry Potter.  The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica is one, that I like to say, saved my life.  There was Star Wars, Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 2.30.52 AM.pngtoo.  Others came and went, but Harry Potter was always there.

This is Mr. Scamander, he’s lost something, I’m going to help him.

~Tina Goldstein, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Upon the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), my love for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been brought back from one of many boxes of childhood dreams hidden underneath years of adult responsibility.  And, since my recent dive into the world of Bookstagram, I thought: what a perfect opportunity to purchase a wand! It is just a prop for photos!!!!!

It is just so cool how most people of my generation know, identify with, and take their Hogwarts House so seriously.  It makes me feel special – like there is always that one thing that my anxiety-ridden soul can use to connect with another human being.

~A Very Tired Kay; 2:07AM Thursday, January 19, 2017

I just knew I wanted a wand.  But, what wand could I get that is both meaningful to me and cool as a prop?  Harry’s wand I was not interested in – simply because I did not identify with him any more. McGonagall’s wand was a bit more expensive than the other wands available.  I messaged my sister, asking what she thought.  She responded (quite ridiculously, I thought at the time) that I did not have anything in common with any of the original Harry Potter characters, rather Tina Goldstein from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Well, that’s ridiculous, I thought.  What have I got that is, at all similar to Tina?

Then, I stopped putting so much thought into it and moved on with my life by ordering Tina’s wand from the Noble Collection.

Just like Tina; it is a simple, straightforward wand.  There are no fancy designs or additional frills or other such nonsense that only serves to make something prettier oh my gosh I totally get why I’m Tina, now. It is about a foot long (14 inches, the website says, but I do not completely believe that) and a beautiful deep red color.  It is a tad heavy – as I imagine a real wand would, most likely, feel.  If you were to purchase this for a cosplay or costume, please keep the weight in mind!!  As a third-year cosplayer, it is my opinion that this wand is not an extension of one’s arm (as a real wand ought to be) rather, an accessory.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them reminded me of some things I had forgotten in recent days, so busy with growing up that the magic of now gets buried beneath the preparations of tomorrow.

Here’s to hoping you, too, find magic sometime soon!

Love you all,

Kay

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