“Good morning,” a pale old man stood in front of them. “I’m happy to see you, Mrs. Molly. If I remember correctly your wand is cherry and twelve inches long, it’s strong and good at magic.”
“Yes, Mr. Ollivander, I love the wand.” “Ginny hurry up and stand up and say hello, this is Ivan Mason and my daughter Ginny Weasley, they are both freshmen at Hogwarts this year and need a new wand.”
“Of course, of course!” Mr. Ollivander’s gaze turned to Ginny and Ivan, “ The wizard needs a wand to cast spells, but remember the wand chooses the wizard!”
Ivan swallowed his saliva, unsure how to answer him.
“Ok, let me have a look!” Olivander without stopping pulled out a long strip of silver tape from his pocket and came to Ginny. “ Ladies first, Ms. Weasley, which hand do you use?”
“My right hand,” Ginny whispered.
“Please raise your arm.” Ollivander measured her arm, starting with her shoulder to her fingertips, and then from wrist to elbow, knee to her armpit and finally her height.
He explains to both of them, “ Each Ollivander wand has a strong magic core which is its essence.” I usually use unicorn hair, phoenix tail feather, and dragon nerves, each and every Olivander wand is unique because there are no two identical unicorns, dragons or phoenixes, of course, if you use a wand belongs to other wizards, the spells will never be as good.”
“Please remember, The wand chooses the wizard!”
Soon Olivander disappeared into the packed shelves, and before Ivan had time to relax, he saw Olivander come out with a box.
“There is no doubt that the Weasley’s are favored by unicorns” Olivander whispered softly, “Try this one, 14 inches, ebony, unicorn hairy, and a little bent.”
Ginny gripped the wand but gave it back as quickly as it came.
“No, I suppose this should be one, 8 inches, Willow, unicorn hair, and elastic!”
(Translator’s note: I’m aware that in the book her wands is Yew and not Willow.)
Ginny took it, and red sparks came out of the wand like fireworks.
“Extraordinary combination, very suitable for manipulation of magic spells, your spells will surely be splendid.” Then Olivander turned to Ivan and whispered, “Mr. Mason, I think it’s your turn now.”
Like Ginny, Ivan uses his right hand, he is measured, but his selection process is not as simple as Ginny’s.
Ivan tried one after another, but none of them was suited for him.
“Like Mr. Potter last year, your a picky customer, but that doesn’t matter, we will always find the wand best for the wizard!” Olivander looked very happy, “ Let me think, oh, here it is 14.5 inches, Vinewood, Thestral Hair, this is the last wand my grandfather made, he was a very famous wandmaker.”
As Ivan received the wand heat flowed from his finger, the tip of the wand produced a white halo.
“Marvelous!” Olivander’s voice softened. “I do not really like Thestral hair, but I have to admit you and the wand are a really fantastic combination.”
“I’m sorry, sir!” When there were only him and Olivander in the shop, Ivan whispered, “ What is so fantastic about the combination.”
Ivan was curious about the Thestral hair which formed his wands core, unlike the other wands made by Olivander.
“It is a well-known fact that Thestrals are considered a symbol of bad luck.” Olivander stared at Ivan, “It’s a very rare wand core that can only be controlled by wizards who can control death.”
Olivander’s voice seemed to slowly drift into his ear after hearing his explanation, Ivan had an impulse to throw his wand away, he did not want to enter school and be considered by others as the Dark Lord Successor.
“Mr. Mason, you have a powerful positive energy, which is the complete opposite of the Thestral hair so it will produce extraordinary results.” Olivander got close to Ivan’s face, and whisper in a low voice, “ Remember, the wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Mason, there is no doubt that you’ll achieve extraordinary things.”
Ivan was horrified with the feeling of having all his secret seen through.
He heaved a heavy sigh after leaving Ollivanders.
Next, Mrs. Weasley led Ivan and Ginny to Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, but compared to earlier Ginny spirits were low, because she would have to choose from the second-hand robes.
Ivan felt he was cruel now, especially as he got his measurement down while looking at Ginny being depressed not far from him, he felt like a sinner.
“Mrs. Weasley, thank you for inviting me to your home.”
“Dear Ivan, you do not have to be so polite, you and Harry are both good children, and Arthur and I welcome you to our home.” Mrs. Weasley came over to Ivan and rubbed his head with a happy look.
“Thank you, I would like to give you a gift.”
Ivan said somewhat awkwardly. “If you don’t mind, I would like to give Ginny a new gown.”
“No, it’s too expensive!” said Mrs. Weasley with an expression of dismay, while Ginny, looked happy about it.”
It seems that Mrs. Weasley wants to refuse. Ivan quickly said, “you can think of it as a Christmass present for Ginny, after all, we are friends.”
After more than 10 minutes later with Ivan’s insistence, Ginny’s gaze, and Madam Malkin giving a good discount, Mrs. Weasley finally promised to take the gift.
In the next second, Ginny gave Ivan a hug, looking at Ginny’s red face, as well as Mrs. Malkin’s smile, Ivan felt embarrassed for a while.