Mystical Moments, a shop in Huddersfield, England, crafts handmade wands to sell along with other items for practicing Wiccans and the casual practitioner of similar forms of spirituality.
The owner of the shop announced a few weeks ago that he was refusing to sell to fans of Harry Potter that frequently come in his shop looking for wands.
“If Harry Potter fans wanted a wand they should go on eBay because what they’re basically after is a toy. But I have not banned them from the shop,” said owner Richard Carter. “I have nothing against Harry Potter and actually liked the films. The wands I make though, whether you believe it or not, are real and spiritual. If a Harry Potter fan came to the shop, whether they would be able to buy a wand would depend on why they want one. If for a toy, then no, but if they had watched Harry Potter and been inspired to start their own spiritual journey, then yes.”
Glibly, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling weighed in on the conversation mocking Carter and his wands. “Oh yeah? Well, I don’t think they’re real wands,” she tweeted along with the story Sunday.
Oh yeah? Well, I don’t think they’re real wands. https://t.co/CkiavJyDLu
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 14, 2016
More than 16,000 people clicked that they liked the tweet, but some are attacking her for mocking pagan religions. “Jo openly making fun of pagans is just bullying IMO,” Twitter user Mystic Bereth said.
@jk_rowling A bit hard on the Wiccans etc who, unlike most spiritual practices, aren’t out preaching violence and misogyny.
— Andrew Paul Wood (@AndrewPaulWood) August 14, 2016
@Snoozopoulos well you’re entitled to your opinion of course, but Jo openly making fun of pagans is just bullying imo.
— Mystic Bereth™ (@bereth15) August 14, 2016
@bereth15 What’s a game to some people is a belief system to others. I wish people were a bit more tolerant towards each other sometimes :(
— Barbara Watt (@Barbwatt) August 14, 2016
But mostly people mocked Carter and the ongoing feud between the shop and Harry Potter fans.
@jk_rowling I was in the pub and a “real witch” told me my first son would be a boy….
— Alison Ward (@_Alison_Ward) August 14, 2016
@jk_rowling Wizards asking people from non-Wizarding families where they got their wands from…I’ve read about this. It doesn’t end well.
— Paul Cruikshank (@PAShanky) August 14, 2016
@jk_rowling but he is quite happy to stock products that are mass produced in India probably by very young people earning 50p per hour
— Oliver of the North (@OliverNorthern) August 14, 2016
— Helen (@elenita087) August 14, 2016
Harry Potter fans can acquire official Harry Potter wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Los Angeles and Orlando in the United States as well as other international locations. Those wishing to purchase a wand can enter Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley and walk through shelves upon shelves of wands stacked to the ceiling. Fans enter a room where the wand shop owner helps eager purchasers find a wand of his or her choice. Wands range in price from $39.95 for regular wands and $47.95 for interactive wand equipt with a translucent half-sphere at their tip. The tip contains a reflective substance that allows many points throughout the park to “see” the wand so the “wizard” can interact with objects.