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Ollivanders is a long and narrow shop, with impossibly tall and crooked shelves making up the majority of its space, but this is as far as the Wizarding public are permitted to go unaccompanied. Here is the counter, a thick, rustic slab of darkest mahogany, worn smooth from years of use. On top of the counter sits an old fashioned brass cash register which seems to have a mind of its own. It toots and whistles and lets off steam as purchases are entered into it and the drawer pops out jauntily to receive payment, and if anyone tries to get into it, an obnoxious caterwauling charm will go off. Best not to try, it knows how to defend itself.

On the wall next to the counter there is an inventory board, which lists every product sold and service provided at Ollivanders aside from the wands themselves. If you wish to buy a holster, or any polishes or wand care products, this is where you should look. The products themselves are displayed on the racks and in baskets attached to one side of the counter.

In front of the counter there is the empty space that is designated as the fitting area. Here is where wands are fitted. After being measured by the magical measuring tape, you will be invited up here by a worker who will then endeavor to fit you with your perfect wand.

Of course if you are here for repairs or inquiries, you'll be able to bypass the line that tends to form over the Summer months, and come to the far end of the counter underneath the sign that, appropriately enough, says 'inquiries and repairs'. Here you can see about your damaged wand being fixed, or find out about customizing your wand if you are the sort who likes things a little fancier. Engraving prices are listed on the inventory board.

The shelves with wands on them stretch back impossibly far and up so high that even the tallest people have to tip their head back to see the tops. Long sliding ladders are attached to every stretch of shelves, and the wandmakers make great use of these to reach those wands which are tucked away high up. There seems to be a filing system of sorts, some kind of method to the madness, though most of the boxes are unmarked. Is it a colour code? Or is it shape? size? smell? Something else? Well you'll never know unless you get a job here. Luckily, and out of sheer necessity, these shelves have been bespelled so that wandboxes are not in danger of flying everywhere due to errant spells cast by children wielding their new wands.

OOC: Remember to post in the "Magical Measuring Area" FIRST if you are here to receive a wand. If you are lucky we will move your post there, but its YOUR responsibility to post there first, and not post in this thread until your character is addressed. Please do not stretch the wand fitting experience out too long, it should not take more than three tries at an absolute maximum to find your character's match. After all the wandmakers are professionals, and we have a LOT of people to get through. Your character will be sent away after three attempts, so if you want a wand, be sure to allow a match to happen! If you aren't getting a wand fitted, please be sure to make that clear in your post! And please keep chatting here to a minimum. There are other places for talking to your friends, such as the entrance way. Thank you! Note: Parent charries may accompany their children to get their first wands and post in this thread, but if you aren't interacting with the shopkeeper we'd appreciate you to move your RPing elsewhere.
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Brody watched the woman dig around as she tried to find another wand for him. The impatience within him was rising and soon enough he resorted to drumming his fingers upon the counter. "Yeah, I know that already.'' Would she just get him the wand already? Dear Merlin! He was already bored, not even the measuring tape amused him anymore.

And he certainly gave the slightest indication that he heard her when she said she would be back.

But when she was, Brody reached out to close his fingers over the wand. This one was different... it felt as though it were made for his hand, it felt so comfortable and fit perfectly. Even before he waved it, he felt with all his mind that this was the wand for him.

The wave produced a burst of bright green confetti which first shot into the air and then began falling. A host of the pieces stuck to his curly hair. Some may have even been showered on the woman tending to him and nearby customers.

"I think this is the one.''
Fiona was admittedly struggling to deal with this child's attitude. She liked to think she could find the good in everyone but in this case, she was having some trouble. Still, she kept calm and cool and smiled when it came to wand related things because really, this was her passion, her job, and he'd be sorted soon. Thank Merlin.

...Boy did she feel guilty thinking such things.

The confetti the wand produced did indeed land in her hair and on her clothes and the whole thing felt quite festive. Lucky green was a good color for her. The red head smiled as she brushed some off her shoulders, in complete agreement with the young wizard. "I think so, too." Congratulations to him.

"What you've got there is a 10 1/2 inch springy Chestnut wand with Phoenix Feather core, a rare core to match with." It was an impressive wand of good size and promising ability. "Chestnut wands favor those who are adept at outdoor magical activities like those relating to herbology, magical creatures, or flying. It is also a wand wood which tends to draw power from the core with which it is matched, magnifying the characteristics. In this case, phoenix feather cores are capable of a wide range of magic, though it'll take time and patience for the wand to reveal this to you. Phoenixes are also extremely independent, so the wand won't be easily tamed. Something tells me you're well matched, you and this wand." Independent, maybe a bit stubborn, but with hidden talents waiting to be uncovered.

"Will you be purchasing anything else today?"



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Ed nodded at her words, science, right. “So they come in different lengths? That's neat. Is it because people do too?” Like obviously people were all different heights, so he guessed that it made sense that people would have different length wands too.

The boy looked from the wand he was awkwardly holding up to Miss Fiona. “I thought a wand would be like the ones magicians uses, you know black, with a little white tip. Or at least getting one, I'd just pick one up off the shelf. You know, like normal stores. Why do you have to match them? Are they like shoes?” His poor little brain was having a hard time comprehending all of this magic stuff.

Furrowing his brow, he took the wand, holding it the same way as the other. This one did feel different in his had. It was... tingley. “Uh, how do you hold one of these?” he asked giving it a little jab, causing a little stream of water to exit the tip of the wand. “Cool!”
"Precisely." The red head nodded, smiling.

Magicians' wands? Fiona might've looked a bit puzzled by this, but she didn't comment on it. As for matching like you did shoes, she let out a soft laugh. "The wand chooses the wizard, so a wand that does not connect with you won't feel right, and might not work for you as well as it would with someone that it does shares a connection with. It's important to find a wand for every witch and wizard that will allow them to flourish and accomplish all they're capable of." It was important work.

"You're holding it very well, actu--oh!" The shopkeeper's assistant moved out of the way of the stream of water, amused and pleased with the display of magic. "That was very well done." And would've served her well had she been thirsty in the moment.

"That wand seems to work well for you." And it was interesting that it had produced water given the wood had a connection to fire. She liked the duality of it. "You've got yourself a 13 3/4 inch Whippy Holly wand with Clabbert Tooth core. Holly wands are said to be lucky and if you're ever caught in a thunder storm, know that you'll be protected from those pesky lightning strikes." Really, it was true! "It is also a wand that will be extremely useful in all of your magical creature endeavors. It'll help you gain the respect of creatures you come into contact with, so that's something to keep in mind."

"Would you like any accessories to go with your wand?"



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Ethan nodded as she explained that hazel wand woods were sensitive... So like did that mean it was super strong or ...? Wait, was he incompetent? NO, no, she said not to worry about it, besides he was only eleven and had plenty of time and wand matches were unique.

And then the smile from her and he nodded, slightly shocked. Wait. So the fire was a GOOD thing?????? Also, he TOTALLY approved of the idea about not backing down from challenges. It definitely was something that gave him HIGH hopes in regards to the future and his schooling at Hogwarts. "Huh, interesting. That sounds really cool though." Ethan nodded and glanced back at his father, pleased that he had wand match.

"Nope, I think that's all. Unless there's something else you think I need to get?" He had no idea what was the norm for first years, after all.
It was really cool, yes. Any wand that could assist a budding witch or wizard in the confidence department was an important one in her book.

"The only thing I might suggest is a holster, though you might already have one of those?" Some families passed them down or bought them as gifts. It really just depended on the customer. She calculated the total of the wand without one and pushed it towards him, just in case that made the difference. Sometimes it did.
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...........These two could only be related given the uncanny resemblance. With a lifted brow, Florian watched the exchange between the much older male and vastly younger girl, and the measuring tape... a slight tilt to his head. They looked a bit familiar to him, but he honestly couldn't place from where he'd laid eyes on them. With the sheer volume of children he saw during the summer holidays, it was difficult to remember at times.

Slightly nervous at the girl being put back on the ground from the boy's shoulders, the wandmaker blew out a quiet breath. They had insurance, but... he'd have preferred everyone stay safely on the ground, yes. Within a few seconds, the measuring device whirled to life, zipping up to wrap and flatten itself against the small, blonde child. At least it had become more docile as the day wore on. Speaking of law suits waiting to happen...Troublesome tape.

...Luckily it was quick in it's work, marked by the small piece of parchment floating down in front of his face a mere two minutes later. It had been the most efficient measuring of the day by miles... Perhaps it was time to replace the device? He'd ask Fiona for her thoughts after closing.

Remembering himself, Florian plucked two brilliantly vibrant pink dahlias from a basket behind the counter. "For you." Offering them to the young girl with an exaggerated bow, he turned to her male companion. After a moment of thought, the gentleman was given a pure white magnolia. Yes, now to see about reading her set of numbers. Interesting ...Interesting, indeed. Scrunching up his face up in concentration, Florian put together a wand profile that he thought might be appropriate before setting off for the stacks. He had the core nailed down.... It would basically depend on the conductor. He had a few thoughts on that, but it would ultimately depend on that child. Her wand would be an impressive one, that much was for certain.

Returning shortly after, he presented the wand with a flourish. "A firm swish and flick should do!"
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However slowly the measuring tape worked, it was certainly handling Annaliese more gently than it had the children before her. And rightly so. Somewhat mollified by this observation, she complied with its invasive behavior until it finally whizzed away.

... and left a shopkeeper in its wake. She hadn't yet noticed the man behind the counter; but with a couple of pink dahlias and a theatrical bow, he had certainly captured Leecey's attention. A small giggle escaped her lips as she accepted the gift, delight replacing the skepticism in her expression. "I get a wand and flowers? It's my lucky day." Perhaps this gentleman would make well of her fitting, after all.

Plucking Bast's magnolia from his fingers, she tugged him down to place it in the pocket of his shirt. By the time the shopkeeper returned, Annaliese was feeling less worried about the entire ordeal. Her brother really could have been a donkey right then, for all the chaperoning she needed to take up the wand she was offered. Gingerly, she gave it a swish and a flick.

When something thick and petaled began sprouting from its tip, the blonde nearly dropped the wand in surprise. A beautiful array of peach, blush, and orange florals were busting their way out, first budding and blooming before breaking off. Leecey’s fist of dahlias opened to catch them all— and suddenly, she was clutching an arrangement even Uncle Jim would admit was eye-catching.

Her first question, obviously, was not about the wand.

“May I keep these?” The FLOWERS. Otherwise, she was making Bast buy them.
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"Flowers are meant to foster happiness, so yes." Florian could somehow sense that it was best not to point out that everyone received them who came into the shop. There was an air of pretension to the girl, which was fine and often encouraged character building, but... he wasn't looking to cause trouble with the little missus.

...and luckily, he'd gotten it right on the first go. The wandmaker released a breath he hadn't been aware he'd been holding, grinning easily at her question. "You created these flowers. They're all yours." Lovely magic... and that reminded him of the wand's makeup. She'd need to know about that. "So this wand is crafted from brittle fir, an incredibly resilient species of trees. Having matched with it tells me you're a focused young lady who is neither changeable or indecisive." It only affirmed his original impression, quite honestly. Spot on. "Fir is excellent for Transfiguration, which makes sense as that subject requires mental strength." And a strong sense of self...

"As it's core is a dragon's heartstring, this one coming from a particularly ferocious Romanian Longhorn." He would know. He only cultivated wand materials from creatures who'd already passed into the afterlife, and had a written history. "As a power source, it will only drive your magic, amplifying fire spells especially with the help of the wand wood. This is a good wand to have at your side."

"...Do you need accessories?"


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Generally speaking, Bast was a fan of flowers. He just wasn't a fan of receiving them. At least, not from wandkeepers, and not when he was out with his sister. The young Toussaint knew the meaning behind flowers and their colors, and so this was doubly unappreciated. The wandkeeper got a mildly confused look that was tinged with Bott disapproval, but before he could do anything about the gesture Annaliese was taking his flower and putting it in the pocket of his blazer.

Sigh.

Fine. He would keep the flower so long he was with her. Sebastien did whatever his youngest sister wanted, but more so this summer, as it was there last together. He was more emotional about this than expected.

Except for now. Presently he was excited for his sister's first wand. This was the best part wasn't it? Getting the object that would help channel your power. His blue eyes were focused on her, not surprised when she managed to be paired with the first wand she tried.

Bast grinned at the flowers, admiring them as he spoke to the shopkeeper without exchanging glances. "She'll need a holster, wand polish, a leather case and..." Hmm. "Leecey, would you like it engraved?" His own wand had no such embellishments, but he knew his sister was different and could possibly like that.
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"Precisely." The red head nodded, smiling.

Magicians' wands? Fiona might've looked a bit puzzled by this, but she didn't comment on it. As for matching like you did shoes, she let out a soft laugh. "The wand chooses the wizard, so a wand that does not connect with you won't feel right, and might not work for you as well as it would with someone that it does shares a connection with. It's important to find a wand for every witch and wizard that will allow them to flourish and accomplish all they're capable of." It was important work.

"You're holding it very well, actu--oh!" The shopkeeper's assistant moved out of the way of the stream of water, amused and pleased with the display of magic. "That was very well done." And would've served her well had she been thirsty in the moment.

"That wand seems to work well for you." And it was interesting that it had produced water given the wood had a connection to fire. She liked the duality of it. "You've got yourself a 13 3/4 inch Whippy Holly wand with Clabbert Tooth core. Holly wands are said to be lucky and if you're ever caught in a thunder storm, know that you'll be protected from those pesky lightning strikes." Really, it was true! "It is also a wand that will be extremely useful in all of your magical creature endeavors. It'll help you gain the respect of creatures you come into contact with, so that's something to keep in mind."

"Would you like any accessories to go with your wand?"

Well, he was glad she found him amusing. This whole wand choosing the wizard thing was weird, but he guessed it didn't really matter as long Miss Fiona knew what she was doing and he got a wand, right?

Grinning at her words, and even more so, her reaction to his little stream of water, he looked down at the wand in his hand, and then back up at her. “You really think so? I've never done anything like that before.” At least not somewhat on purpose. Anything he'd ever done had been a total accident and he never in a million years had thought it was magic he was doing.

Edmund listened carefully to her words, wondering how she knew all these things. “Really? How can it protect me from lightning?” Would he have to do something special to make that happen? And what sort of creatures would he see in this new, weird world?

“Uh, Sure, I guess, what sort of accessories?” Did she have something in mind?
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"Flowers are meant to foster happiness, so yes." Florian could somehow sense that it was best not to point out that everyone received them who came into the shop. There was an air of pretension to the girl, which was fine and often encouraged character building, but... he wasn't looking to cause trouble with the little missus.

...and luckily, he'd gotten it right on the first go. The wandmaker released a breath he hadn't been aware he'd been holding, grinning easily at her question. "You created these flowers. They're all yours." Lovely magic... and that reminded him of the wand's makeup. She'd need to know about that. "So this wand is crafted from brittle fir, an incredibly resilient species of trees. Having matched with it tells me you're a focused young lady who is neither changeable or indecisive." It only affirmed his original impression, quite honestly. Spot on. "Fir is excellent for Transfiguration, which makes sense as that subject requires mental strength." And a strong sense of self...

"As it's core is a dragon's heartstring, this one coming from a particularly ferocious Romanian Longhorn." He would know. He only cultivated wand materials from creatures who'd already passed into the afterlife, and had a written history. "As a power source, it will only drive your magic, amplifying fire spells especially with the help of the wand wood. This is a good wand to have at your side."

"...Do you need accessories?"

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Generally speaking, Bast was a fan of flowers. He just wasn't a fan of receiving them. At least, not from wandkeepers, and not when he was out with his sister. The young Toussaint knew the meaning behind flowers and their colors, and so this was doubly unappreciated. The wandkeeper got a mildly confused look that was tinged with Bott disapproval, but before he could do anything about the gesture Annaliese was taking his flower and putting it in the pocket of his blazer.

Sigh.

Fine. He would keep the flower so long he was with her. Sebastien did whatever his youngest sister wanted, but more so this summer, as it was there last together. He was more emotional about this than expected.

Except for now. Presently he was excited for his sister's first wand. This was the best part wasn't it? Getting the object that would help channel your power. His blue eyes were focused on her, not surprised when she managed to be paired with the first wand she tried.

Bast grinned at the flowers, admiring them as he spoke to the shopkeeper without exchanging glances. "She'll need a holster, wand polish, a leather case and..." Hmm. "Leecey, would you like it engraved?" His own wand had no such embellishments, but he knew his sister was different and could possibly like that.


Undoubtedly, Leecey was pleased about her flowers; yet her wand was altogether a different case. She hadn’t taken a good look at it before, and now that it was supposedly her perfect fit... well, was he sure?

The thing was too long for her tiny hands (it felt like a meter stick in her fingers!). Fir was so unglamorous, not like rosewood or lime or something pretty. And a DRAGON’S HEART? In HER WAND? Unicorn hair was ideal, even phoenix feathers would have been acceptable, but THIS? This was just totally g-r-o-s-s.

All the wandmaker’s comments about her personality and Transfiguration and fire spells went in one of Annaliese’s ears and out the other. Of course, her disappointment wasn’t evident in her expression, but neither was the excitement that generally exuded from children in her shoes. She simply smiled at the man’s words, seemingly preoccupied with examining her new wand (and, in actuality, thinking about ways to break it).

“Thank you very much for the nice wand.” Glancing at Bast out of the corner of her eye, she considered engravings. Were those necessary? Hmm. Leecey shook her head in disagreement.

Perhaps when she was getting her real wand.
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[QUOTE=TakemetotheBurrow;12324718]Fiona was admittedly struggling to deal with this child's attitude. She liked to think she could find the good in everyone but in this case, she was having some trouble. Still, she kept calm and cool and smiled when it came to wand related things because really, this was her passion, her job, and he'd be sorted soon. Thank Merlin.

...Boy did she feel guilty thinking such things.

The confetti the wand produced did indeed land in her hair and on her clothes and the whole thing felt quite festive. Lucky green was a good color for her. The red head smiled as she brushed some off her shoulders, in complete agreement with the young wizard. "I think so, too." Congratulations to him.

"What you've got there is a 10 1/2 inch springy Chestnut wand with Phoenix Feather core, a rare core to match with." It was an impressive wand of good size and promising ability. "Chestnut wands favor those who are adept at outdoor magical activities like those relating to herbology, magical creatures, or flying. It is also a wand wood which tends to draw power from the core with which it is matched, magnifying the characteristics. In this case, phoenix feather cores are capable of a wide range of magic, though it'll take time and patience for the wand to reveal this to you. Phoenixes are also extremely independent, so the wand won't be easily tamed. Something tells me you're well matched, you and this wand." Independent, maybe a bit stubborn, but with hidden talents waiting to be uncovered.

"Will you be purchasing anything else today?"



It was the first time since he had been tended to at the Shop that Brody actually smiled. It was a innocent one and not a bad one either. Too bad he didn't smile often. There was a rather calculating look on his face as he listened to the description of his new wand. "It does sound like the perfect match,'' he mused more to himself than to the woman. The wan was slowly turned over in his hands as he marveled at it. When it came to the 'outdoors' part, it was true. He did adore flying and would rather be outside than cooped up indoors.

Brody raised his gaze with a shake of his curly hair head. "No. My Uncle Lucas took care of a holster and polish and everything else for me. How much will the wand be?'' Coins were already being retrieved from his pocket.
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Undoubtedly, Leecey was pleased about her flowers; yet her wand was altogether a different case. She hadn’t taken a good look at it before, and now that it was supposedly her perfect fit... well, was he sure?

The thing was too long for her tiny hands (it felt like a meter stick in her fingers!). Fir was so unglamorous, not like rosewood or lime or something pretty. And a DRAGON’S HEART? In HER WAND? Unicorn hair was ideal, even phoenix feathers would have been acceptable, but THIS? This was just totally g-r-o-s-s.

All the wandmaker’s comments about her personality and Transfiguration and fire spells went in one of Annaliese’s ears and out the other. Of course, her disappointment wasn’t evident in her expression, but neither was the excitement that generally exuded from children in her shoes. She simply smiled at the man’s words, seemingly preoccupied with examining her new wand (and, in actuality, thinking about ways to break it).

“Thank you very much for the nice wand.” Glancing at Bast out of the corner of her eye, she considered engravings. Were those necessary? Hmm. Leecey shook her head in disagreement.

Perhaps when she was getting her real wand.
While he was certain the shopkeeper could be deceived, Bastien knew his sister better than that. Though he couldn't placed why she was disappointed, she had a fine wand that would serve her well and looked nice too. It wasn't his solid black, but it was still a fine wand.

"Just those things then." He gave her shoulder a light squeeze and turned his attention back to the shopkeeper. Later, he would figure why she didn't jump for joy over having a wand.
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To say that Florian was in a terrible mood was an absolute understatement.

Not only had Fiona departed the shop in lieu of a more fulfilling career opportunity (he assumed, as he hadn't actually heard the reason, but... he'd been crushed, bless it all)... but there hadn't been time to restock the shop's flower supplies due to pressing family obligations. As it were, many things were changing in his personal life and in correlation to that, the wandmaker hadn't had the extra time he normally might've. From the mounting stress, it was becoming more difficult to fight emotional constipation. Florian enjoyed the summer months and pairing wands to children experiencing the magic for the first time... It made him happy. Joyful, actually. Content.

But... right now? Without the sweet smell of flora surrounding him and the absence of the usual vibrant colors, the wandmaker felt nothing but.. sadness. It felt more like a period of mourning than anything else. And he'd not allowed himself the time to deal with any of it. Actually, scratch that. There had been no time available.

Sigh. He didn't even want to hire anyone new.

So, here they were. The day the rush would begin with kids looking to purchase school supplies and their equipment.... And children who would flock to Ollivander's for the first wands. The small shop would be emotionally charged in the best way, but Florian? Well, he was dreading it. For the first time.

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Bettie finally made her way to Ollivanders and paused for a minute to try and clam her nerves. Her nerves need not lesson much after all this is her first wand and to top that she is the first of a few generation of squibs to get powers. She gave a big sigh and walked into Ollivanders still quite nerves and made her way over to the measuring area. When her turn came up she stepped forward to be measured. It zipped about measuring her height, arm and this and that and smacked her a few time to get her to stand still because she kept moving a little to see what it was doing.
.... He wasn't even finding joy in watching the measuring tape whip and whirl to and fro. It was strange, considering how invasive the device ultimately was. Sure, sure. The measurements were so important in matching wands to their owners... Did you know the width between ones eyebrows and nostrils were identifers? Useful in determining wand cores...

Sigh.

Without the usual ceremony, Florian simply accepted the floating parchment full of numbers and began his analysis. Huh. Maybe...? Oh, this was odd. Not "terrible" "odd", but... "intriguing" odd. He shifted his gaze upward to peer at the small child. "I think I have some ideas. I shall return shortly." ...And with that, he was off to the stacks, the wand in mind dictating his footsteps.

Unsurprisingly, it was mere moments before he'd returned, holding the unboxed wand out, handle first. "I must warn you, this wand has a kick, but you shouldn't be afraid." In case she was... but she probably wasn't. The kids that came into his shop were resilient little people.

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Wade couldn't believe he was back in this shop again, not for himself, not for his siblings but for... his kid. His Taddy Boy. It honestly felt like yesterday he was in here to get his new wand for Hogwarts. Now Tad was eleven, nearing twelve, just the right age to get his first wand. Despite what happened at Hogwarts last term, he knew keeping the boy sheltered wouldn't help him grow as the wizard he wanted and needed to be... No.. he couldn't let the waterfall feelings show on his face, though he might've gripped his son's shoulder a bit firmer than usual as they entered into the shop.

"Alright, Tad. You just go in there and let the tape do it's work before you get some help. I'll be out here when you're done." Wade smiled bigger than his first taste of Pickle cereal and patted the boy's shoulder sending him off.


"Ow! Dad, not so hard." Tad didn't see the big deal about this. Well, never mind he did. He was getting a wand! This was so exciting. He was glad to be out of that primary school so he could actually perform real spells. Yep, he was ready. He knew the wand he would get would be just right for him... Well, it better be.

"Okay, dad!" He beamed before almost running into the room where he awaited for something to happen. Oh, neat! Flying tape measure. He raised his arms in a T pose shape letting it measure whatever needed to be measured. Now what?
It was much the same as before. The magical device recorded its list of numbers, and Florian merely watched, a small concentrated frown on his (otherwise stoic) face. It usually made him smile to see kids accompanied into the shop by their parents, but he remained off. Not unpleasant, but not exciteable, either. How could he stow his mood? He hated these types of things interfering with his work...

On autopilot, the wandmaker plucked the parchment from the air and took a silence gander. Hmm. This one could go a few different ways, but he had an inkling... which led him towards the back without a word to father or son. It wasn't in the spirit of rudeness. Florian just had his mind running a mile a minute with options and he didn't want to lose his train of thought. He was thinking something unusual for this kid. Rare, as it was...

In the next few moments, he'd returned a wand box clutched in hand. "I think we have a contender here." He unboxed it and carefully held it out for the child to take. "Give this one a try."

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It felt a bit odd to enter the shop alone, right behind a father and son, but Alastair’s oh-so-responsible guardian had stepped in dung of some kind and was outside attempting to scrape it off his shoes. That was fine. This would go faster—and better—if he did it alone. Or so he’d told himself, until he heard the words of encouragement and saw the other boy’s excitement. He shoved his hands into his pockets and waited for the tape measure to be free, at which point he stepped up for his measurements. Some of them made sense, but others…

… well…

… why was it measuring the width of each of his teeth? Alastair started to protest, but stopped when the tape gave a menacing snap of its tail. Only when it whisked off to help someone else did he reach up and rub at his gums, grumbling to himself.
Interesting that the tape went for the kid's teeth, but perhaps other areas of the body were drawing inconclusive results. Florian had stopped wondering about it years ago. He'd learned to trust the device (to a degree), and as before, he took in the display with a contemplative expression.

He felt as miserable as the kid looked, but he tried to stow that away. Small people didn't come here to get more upset. So, with great effort, Florian forced a smile. It didn't reach his eyes.

"I apologize for the tape. It's impossible to teach inanimate objects manners." He tone was light, as he wasted no time and ducking into the back. Again, his mind raced with wand woods and cores, trying to figure out which might work best. Not for nothing, he focused on the individual tooth numbers. He was thinking the wood would be a "one" on the scale... Yes, he had an idea.

Before no time at all, Florian was presenting a wand to the small boy. "Alright, grasp this and let's see."

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Bernie was ready for this. He wanted a wand more than anything in the whole world. When he got his letter in the hand delivered by an official it was all he could think of. His parents were in complete shock … well he was shocked to, but his parents were a little catatonic. But now he was ready.

"Hello?" Bernie called out as he entered the shop. He was ready … waiting …. it took a second to realize that the measuring tape was moving on it own. He stared in awe … everything magic was amazing!
Bless it.... the eagerness did cause him to smile. Faintly, mind you...but it was there. Small wonders of the day, maybe? It seemed to take no time at all for the tape to wrap itself around the boy, working overtime in pumping out the required set of numbers. Most times, it only sought out base measurements, but other times... Well, a child needed to provide additional numbers. No two kids were the same, just as no two wands were.

The smile was still barely there as the parchment drifted over, but Florian forced a warmer expression. His foul mood wasn't the boy's fault.

"Hello." He simply returned... and then he was off towards the stacks again. The American wizard was living in his head just now, and running the numbers against various options. While the "angst" wasn't as welcoming, Florian was working more efficently than he ever had. So, brightside?

"Try this." It was being carefully removed from the box wrappings. "You'll have to be firm with it."

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Elizabeth walked into the shop, she'd heard about Ollivanders and the stories hadn't don't it justice. The place was packed high to the rafters with various size and shape boxes, today it was also packed with people. She followed the flow of people from the door and came face to face with a flying measuring tape. She had to blink as her face made an almost collision course with it as she'd been looking overhead trying to take it all in. She watched it as tapped her on her right arm, her wand arm, to get her to raise it, she did.

It measured every inch of her arm, once and twice over, when it got to her armpit she couldn't help but let out a giggle, she was ticklish there.
...And mind the facial measurements. The magical device loved getting between the eyebrows and nose length. As an aside, at least the equipment was playing nice. Thankfully, as Florian didn't have it in him to argue with an inanimate object just now. Which was always awkward, anyway. Especially with so many patrons in the shop. Also, was it just him or did there seem to be more people crowding the counter than usual? Fiona's loss was being felt tenfold.

Anyway, before too long, numbers were floating down to the counter before him, and he took the opportunity to get a good look before hustling back to find a wand. It was easier to deal when he kept his mind running with work. At least there was productivity, even if the atmosphere seemed duller to him. Not the company, just the atmosphere.

The search took a bit longer than others had, but he'd found himself squabbling between two possible choices. Deciding on the latter, Florian quickly returned, presenting the wand handle-first. "Go on, then."

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MAYBEEEEE getting his wand would be cool? Wands meant he could do spells properly, yeah? Like, aim his fire rather than accidentally setting the curtains alight when he was angry? Yeah? Yeah.

So Józef stood VERY still, as still as he possibly could, which in fact was not very still at ALL, as the magical tape measure went about its business. He wanted to laugh as it tickled him whilst measuring his arms and his chest and his waist, but he held in the giggling fit because giggling was so not cool. Neither was looking like he was impressed at the little measuring tape, but he was yet to gain complete control of his face, and so, aside from his eyes which remained covered with sunglasses even though he was inside, his face depicted his glee.
Unabashedly, Florian was watching the measuring tape, once again. And because he had his eyes glued on the device, he hadn't missed much when it came to the young boy now at it's mercy. The kid had a tough-boy vibe. I'm-too-cool-to-seem-like-I'm into-this... Okay, so maybe that inspired another barely-there smile. His second of the day...

Also, the sunglasses-inside-darkened-buildings thing... That was an entire mood, to be perfectly honest.

Not long after his measurements presented themselves, the wandmaker had hastened a quick retreat towards the back of the shop. It wasn't meant to be a brush-off, but if the kid was attempting to exude aloofness, Florian couldn't be expected to facilitated small talk. That was a relief, given the situation. So, perhaps he'd throw in free accessories... Hmm. Yes, he knew the direction he wanted to take with this wand-sorting.

Quickly returning with a wand in an unmarked box, he made quick work of holding it off for the small boy to take. "This one needs a firm hand. The wood can be...emotional." This was not the same as a fussy measuring device. Wands did have personalities.

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Drew had been here to Ollivander's before, back in his first year. But, if he were to be completely honest, he could not remember anything that transpired during that encounter. The magical measuring tape had been flying and twirling around him too quickly that it made him wiggle awkwardly in his place, forcing himself not to swat it away because he knew these measurements were necessary.

But that was two years ago. Right now, he simply stood in place while having his measurements taken. Drew bit his tongue back as it danced around him, taking whatever needed to be, and clenched his fists. It had a weird tickling sensation and he fought every urge to panic. No. Don't. Swat. The. Tape. Again. See, this is what you get for clumsily breaking your wand. He wouldn't have to go through this all over again if only he was careful back then. However, he mentally convinced himself that survival was more important in such a life-threatening situation. Wands could wait.

He couldn't wait for the measurements to be over though. Drew cleared his throat and twiddled his thumbs to distract himself.
..... Truthfully, Florian rarely forgot a face. It was something imperative in dealing with wands and making sure the principle remained that no two wand sorting were alike. It continued to be an important philosophy once he'd started crafting his own wands, once Ira's had slowly been weeded out. It was how he knew where to locate each individual wand. He'd painstakingly put them together; knew their properties and attributes, as well as to whom they went home with.

This child had already been matched with a wand. A few years ago, if Florian recalled correctly.... More often than not, accidents happened (especially at the Scottish school), so the wandmaker prefaced with another forced smile. When wands were destroyed or broken, children always came in with that look. The one that told him they'd felt punished enough by being torn from their wands.

What had the drama been this past term? Hadn't there been something written up in the Prophet?

"Relax. I'll be right back." ...and with that, Florian was ducking back into the inventory, the measurements barely being read before ideas started forming. This one felt a little more obvious to him, but perhaps that was due to him having already been paired once before? Hogwarts had done what it seemed to always do to most. So, perhaps this wand wouldn't be too different from the previous one? In the same vein, obviously, but..

"Try this." His tone wasn't unkind, however it was the epitome of short, sweet, and to the point. Nope, apparently, his mood hadn't improved.
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[COLOR="ic503a"]Bless it.... the eagerness did cause him to smile. Faintly, mind you...but it was there. Small wonders of the day, maybe? It seemed to take no time at all for the tape to wrap itself around the boy, working overtime in pumping out the required set of numbers. Most times, it only sought out base measurements, but other times... Well, a child needed to provide additional numbers. No two kids were the same, just as no two wands were.

The smile was still barely there as the parchment drifted over, but Florian forced a warmer expression. His foul mood wasn't the boy's fault.

"Hello." He simply returned... and then he was off towards the stacks again. The American wizard was living in his head just now, and running the numbers against various options. While the "angst" wasn't as welcoming, Florian was working more efficently than he ever had. So, brightside?

"Try this." It was being carefully removed from the box wrappings. "You'll have to be firm with it."
ZZZZZOOOONNNNGGGG!!! Was Bernie really just handed a wand. Like a real magic wand? Not one of the fake things he has seen on TV. He could hardly believe that this was real. He could never imagine in his life that he would be here. "Kind of feels funny …. So I just …. give it a wave?" Bernie asked … though he asked he gave the wand more of a shake then a wave. At first nothing happened... and Bernie was beginging to think maybe his letter was a mistake. But no … all of sudden bubbles starting flowing out of his wand … it was cute … unitll they starting pouring out of the wand... and wouldn't stop … Bernie got a little panicky and starting shaking the wand over and over again, causing the flow of bubbles to increase... next thing he new he was up to his ankle in bubbles.

"Ummm…. how do I make it stop!" He pleaded … he had failed already he was sure the wandmaker would just kick him right out.
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Interesting that the tape went for the kid's teeth, but perhaps other areas of the body were drawing inconclusive results. Florian had stopped wondering about it years ago. He'd learned to trust the device (to a degree), and as before, he took in the display with a contemplative expression.

He felt as miserable as the kid looked, but he tried to stow that away. Small people didn't come here to get more upset. So, with great effort, Florian forced a smile. It didn't reach his eyes.

"I apologize for the tape. It's impossible to teach inanimate objects manners." He tone was light, as he wasted no time and ducking into the back. Again, his mind raced with wand woods and cores, trying to figure out which might work best. Not for nothing, he focused on the individual tooth numbers. He was thinking the wood would be a "one" on the scale... Yes, he had an idea.

Before no time at all, Florian was presenting a wand to the small boy. "Alright, grasp this and let's see."


"Do you need to use the loo?" The wandmaker had that strained look about his face, almost as if an essential function had been delayed for a few days. Alastair actually thought he'd guessed correctly, judging on how quickly the man ducked out of sight, but then he was back and Alastair offered a vaguely-sympathetic, "Soon, I'm sure."

For now, there was something vastly more important for him to focus on. He took the wand in both hands and admired it for a moment, turning it this way and that. Then he grasped it in his right hand and made a sort of overhead swinging motion that he'd seen once in a film.

Precisely nothing happened. He looked down at the wand with disappointment. Perhaps too showy of a motion? Next he tried flicking it back and forth: no. Airy-fairy swoops: nothing.

"Drat. What am I doing wrong?"
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It was much the same as before. The magical device recorded its list of numbers, and Florian merely watched, a small concentrated frown on his (otherwise stoic) face. It usually made him smile to see kids accompanied into the shop by their parents, but he remained off. Not unpleasant, but not exciteable, either. How could he stow his mood? He hated these types of things interfering with his work...

On autopilot, the wandmaker plucked the parchment from the air and took a silence gander. Hmm. This one could go a few different ways, but he had an inkling... which led him towards the back without a word to father or son. It wasn't in the spirit of rudeness. Florian just had his mind running a mile a minute with options and he didn't want to lose his train of thought. He was thinking something unusual for this kid. Rare, as it was...

In the next few moments, he'd returned a wand box clutched in hand. "I think we have a contender here." He unboxed it and carefully held it out for the child to take. "Give this one a try."


Oh, this was it. Sweet! Gimme, gimme, gimme! Tad was thinking as he looked up at the man. He practically grabbed the wand when it was handed to him before smiling at the man. Then his eyes went to the wand has now holding, taking a moment to admire the size and feel of it. Give this one a try. Wow, he couldn't believe the wand was in the power of his hands. Hmm..

Taddy wondered what he wanted to try out with the wand. Something cool, maybe show some sparks or whatever. He wanted to really feel the magic as well as see it. That was the important thing, right? So he always heard his Aunt Elisa tell him. "Okay, here goes." Tad held it with a firm grip, he gave it a couple of swirls before a point. With a BAM! Tad felt a sharp power from his feet connect up to his hands through the wand shooting out like a firework. He blinked as he saw sparks fly after leaving a hole in one of the empty boxes.

"Wow!" That was good right?
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.... He wasn't even finding joy in watching the measuring tape whip and whirl to and fro. It was strange, considering how invasive the device ultimately was. Sure, sure. The measurements were so important in matching wands to their owners... Did you know the width between ones eyebrows and nostrils were identifers? Useful in determining wand cores...

Sigh.

Without the usual ceremony, Florian simply accepted the floating parchment full of numbers and began his analysis. Huh. Maybe...? Oh, this was odd. Not "terrible" "odd", but... "intriguing" odd. He shifted his gaze upward to peer at the small child. "I think I have some ideas. I shall return shortly." ...And with that, he was off to the stacks, the wand in mind dictating his footsteps.

Unsurprisingly, it was mere moments before he'd returned, holding the unboxed wand out, handle first. "I must warn you, this wand has a kick, but you shouldn't be afraid." In case she was... but she probably wasn't. The kids that came into his shop were resilient little people.
The first thing that came to Bettie's when the wand makers said the wand has a kick is being knocked backwards on your back end. Bracing herself so she hopefully would not land on her back end Bettie reached out her now slightly shaking hand lightly griping the wand. To her surprise it just gave a jolt and a shimmer of green, red, and blue light or was it mist or... she was not sure what it was just that it reminded her of the shimmery green, red, and blue fountain pen ink she has for a glass dip pen and home.

The colors swirled up around Bettie and vanished above her head leaving her wavy hair curly. Which a piece of her long hair fell in her face. She blew it out of her face and sighed with a mumble of how she had spent a long to getting it to be not so curly and wonders why she even bothers.
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..... Truthfully, Florian rarely forgot a face. It was something imperative in dealing with wands and making sure the principle remained that no two wand sorting were alike. It continued to be an important philosophy once he'd started crafting his own wands, once Ira's had slowly been weeded out. It was how he knew where to locate each individual wand. He'd painstakingly put them together; knew their properties and attributes, as well as to whom they went home with.

This child had already been matched with a wand. A few years ago, if Florian recalled correctly.... More often than not, accidents happened (especially at the Scottish school), so the wandmaker prefaced with another forced smile. When wands were destroyed or broken, children always came in with that look. The one that told him they'd felt punished enough by being torn from their wands.

What had the drama been this past term? Hadn't there been something written up in the Prophet?

"Relax. I'll be right back." ...and with that, Florian was ducking back into the inventory, the measurements barely being read before ideas started forming. This one felt a little more obvious to him, but perhaps that was due to him having already been paired once before? Hogwarts had done what it seemed to always do to most. So, perhaps this wand wouldn't be too different from the previous one? In the same vein, obviously, but..

"Try this." His tone wasn't unkind, however it was the epitome of short, sweet, and to the point. Nope, apparently, his mood hadn't improved.
Drew definitely had that look on his face. It wasn't just the fact that he had to endure the tickling sensation of the magical measuring tape again, but it was also because he felt all sheepish showing up into this shop with those younger than him. Real firsties. And here he was, an incoming third year who had grown significantly since his first visit. It was so easy to spot those who were clumsy enough to break their wands already. He was overthinking again.

But you know, when your school was infiltrated by reanimated dead bodies, perhaps that was another case.

Relaxation was hardly something Drew can do. How does one relax? How does one shut their mind down from thinking of everything? "Yes, ssssir..." he muttered, watching the wandmaker disappear into rows of shelves with unopened boxes of wands. Drew stayed in place and kept twiddling his thumbs. He wished he had brought his Rubik's cube with him. It was the easiest way to distract him from looking around and potentially making awkward eye contact with a random stranger.

It didn't take long though, much to Drew's relief. "Th-thank you," he replied, accepting the wand and taking a moment to watch its features. It obviously looked nothing like his old wand, which was as expected. No two wands were alike. That was a concept he had absorbed from his free time to read non-academinc books. The thirteen year old gave it a swish and flick, practicing a bit of this wand work and movement, and some sort of electric spark came out of his wand, like plugging an appliance into an outlet. But, of course, always tense Drewett let out a tiny scared 'aaahhh!' and almost dropped the wand.

Which, thankfully, he didn't do. He only twitched and that did little to his nerves. Nope, perhaps not this one. Drew sheepishly offered it back to the wandmaker. Eyes emoji.
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............................................... Ira Banner had chosen the wrong time to visit. He made a face of obvious distaste when he pushed the door open and suddenly all the memories came flooding back. He still loved being a wandmaker. He still enjoyed the wands.

But the children?

Shudder. They were so loud.

Holding back a grumble, the former proprietor of Ollivanders edged his way past the lines, a bundle held close to his chest. Where were the assistants? And why weren't there any flowers? Not that he particularly LIKED the way the current proprietor had a tendency to put flowers everywhere, but it WAS a thing that Florian usually did, so the fact that they were missing was immediately noticeable.

Anyway, he had business with the younger man. AND he didn't have all day. So NOW would be good. Now would be great. Now would be-- the next thing he knew the measuring tape noticed his presence, and it suddenly began to embody an overjoyed puppy dog, practically pouncing on Ira and wrapping itself all around him, one end of it wagging like a tail.

"Get off! Knock it off! Alright alright you self-important ribbon--aaaggkhhh!" His grumbles were cut off as the tape managed to wrap around his throat and lovingly give him a bit of a choke.

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...And mind the facial measurements. The magical device loved getting between the eyebrows and nose length. As an aside, at least the equipment was playing nice. Thankfully, as Florian didn't have it in him to argue with an inanimate object just now. Which was always awkward, anyway. Especially with so many patrons in the shop. Also, was it just him or did there seem to be more people crowding the counter than usual? Fiona's loss was being felt tenfold.

Anyway, before too long, numbers were floating down to the counter before him, and he took the opportunity to get a good look before hustling back to find a wand. It was easier to deal when he kept his mind running with work. At least there was productivity, even if the atmosphere seemed duller to him. Not the company, just the atmosphere.

The search took a bit longer than others had, but he'd found himself squabbling between two possible choices. Deciding on the latter, Florian quickly returned, presenting the wand handle-first. "Go on, then."
Lizzie her hand slightly trembling from nerves approached the man at the counter who had disappeared from view for a moment and reappeared a wand in hand. She reached for it, clasping the wand in her fingers, it felt heavy and cold to the touch. She looked at it and then to the man.

"Am I suppose to feel something?" she asked, tears beginning to gather behind her eyes, she was worried she'd done something wrong.
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Unabashedly, Florian was watching the measuring tape, once again. And because he had his eyes glued on the device, he hadn't missed much when it came to the young boy now at it's mercy. The kid had a tough-boy vibe. I'm-too-cool-to-seem-like-I'm into-this... Okay, so maybe that inspired another barely-there smile. His second of the day...

Also, the sunglasses-inside-darkened-buildings thing... That was an entire mood, to be perfectly honest.

Not long after his measurements presented themselves, the wandmaker had hastened a quick retreat towards the back of the shop. It wasn't meant to be a brush-off, but if the kid was attempting to exude aloofness, Florian couldn't be expected to facilitated small talk. That was a relief, given the situation. So, perhaps he'd throw in free accessories... Hmm. Yes, he knew the direction he wanted to take with this wand-sorting.

Quickly returning with a wand in an unmarked box, he made quick work of holding it off for the small boy to take. "This one needs a firm hand. The wood can be...emotional." This was not the same as a fussy measuring device. Wands did have personalities.
When the measuring tape stopped and wandered off to its next victim customer, Józef arranged his face into one of calm, aloof uninterest and determinedly stilled his leg - no matter how excited he was, no matter how impatient, he would not show any uncool emotions.

Except maybe a HINT of a smile when he saw the shop keeper returning with a box. Just a HINT, and he would pretend it had never happened if anyone mentioned it or asked.

"Emotional?" The question fell from his lips before he could even think about how it would sound, and if anything was more rhetorical. He took the wand from the man, considering that he didn't want one that was too emotional, because it made him think of when Maja got into a mood and was a stroppy teenage girl. (Which, honestly, wasn't something that he noticed, or that happened often, but they were terms he'd heard his parents use and therefore repeating them made him grown up. Basically.)

Jó raised the wand and brought it down in a strong, slashing motion. Green sparks flew out of the end, and he felt a kind of tingly warmth, but he still looked up at the man as if to say, 'is that it?' Where were the bangs, the exploSIONS?! The gasps of awe and the AMAZING FEATS OF MAGIC?
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After he had gotten himself something to eat, Caleb headed to Olivanders. It was Janurary so he was hoping the shop wasn't too busy. He entered the shop and walked to the section that said "inquires and repairs." His wand was not responding to him anymore and he did not know why....

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