If Ollivanders Crafted Canes

If you can’t escape winter physically, you can at least take a vacation mentally. Let’s travel to Diagon Alley and go shopping. Those familiar with Harry Potter already understand the magical power of a wand purchased from Ollivanders. Woods and cores and lengths and flexibilities are the distinct features of each instrument, but not until a wand chooses its owner does a connection happen. Swish, swish.

What If Mr. Ollivander created mobility canes instead of wands? Another tool that uses life experience and skill. I would want a cane that adapted to my environments and challenges. This is magical realism so morphing items can abound.

Perhaps I would lean on a walnut and dragonheart string core on dark days when I must power through with authority no matter the cost, a la Bellatrix. I would select a long, oak instrument like Hagrid’s when I have the time and space to bumble around and explore a place that enchants me. Vine wood and dragonheart string would accompany me for everyday practicality and wisdom, a mirror of Hermione’s wand. Finally, I would gravitate to a cherry wood and unicorn hair core like Neville’s for jovial social engagements.

Or, I could hope to own an Elder wand like Dumbledore and carry a cane that masters all. Winter lasts. I will keep dreaming.

What would your walking stick or other tool be fashion from if Ollivanders created it? Do you enjoy magical realism and fantasy books like Harry Potter? Tell me about it.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Modwyn says:

    I’d keep my wand in my cane like Lucius Malfoy! The only thing better than an Olivander’s cane would be a cane fashioned by the Elves of Lothlorien.

    1. Clever Lucius Malfoy ref, Modwyn! Clearly, the Elves of Lothlorien would give Ollivanders a run for the market.

  2. floridaborne says:

    I’m fighting the eventuality of a white cane, though I might have to get one for the next time I go through an airport. Not happy about that thought.

    Perhaps I could find a belt that creates a force field so people don’t run into me at the airport? 🙂

    Better yet, I’d like a point-to-point ride in a space ship for my next trip across country. 😀

    1. I like the force-field in a belt idea, especially when I imagine distracted people repelled.

    2. Anonymous says:

      As someone who has also fought the cane (and sometimes still does!), I have to tell you that using a white cane in an airport is AWESOME! You not only get to go in the fast-lane (handicapped line) through security, saving you about an hour, but your cane literally acts as a force field…..people walk wide circles around you to avoid running into the person with the cane…..looks like you got your wish! 🙂

      1. floridaborne says:

        Thanks. I’ll talk to my eye doctor about it. But just for airports. 🙂

      2. Joy says:

        Oops, I don’t know why I showed up as anonymous! Anyways, Floridaborne, if you can’t get one from your doctor, the National Federation of the Blind sends them out free of charge (but not the collapsible kind!) 🙂

  3. Casee says:

    I don’t have a cane but sometimes I’d like an oak baseball bat to swing left to right at waist level to stop people from standing too close to me when I am counting out money in the store or talking to the pharmacist. I have no idea why people stand so closely nowadays. I don’t want to sound like an old grouch but when I was a kid people respected personal space. 🙂 And while were at it, Get Off My Lawn!

    1. Definitely more effective if yelking while waving an item. But, then that puts one in the same zip code as the Crazy Cat Lady.

  4. Beth says:

    Best post ever!

    1. Now that’s a compliment! Thanks, Beth!

  5. herheadache says:

    This is so cool. Great topic for a blog post.
    I love it. Wish i could do this. Don’t know what combination I would end up with, but if we are going by the endless possibilities in these fantastic tales…I would love to just be a wizard and able to apparate. Then I could go so many places all on my own, no cane needed, and sight optional.

    1. Thanks! Anything Harry Potter related is usually a winner in my book. Apparation would be incredible.

      1. herheadache says:

        Mine too. This is a good day for it also. Yes it would. Just turn on the spot and go anywhere I wanted.

  6. herheadache says:

    Reblogged this on Her Headache and commented:
    Hmmm. What an interesting thought. #WBD2015

  7. Holly and Phoenix feather, of course, so that if I succumb to a fatal pedestrian accident I can rise from the ashes.

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