Podcast Question of the Week: Episode 175

Mr. Ollivander has us feeling “curious. Very curious.”

In this chapter, Harry reflects on his first encounter with Ollivander, noting that “he had been unsure, when they first met, of how much he liked Ollivander. Even now, having been tortured and imprisoned by Voldemort, the idea of the Dark wizard in possession of this wand seemed to enthrall him as much as it repulsed him.” This impression of Ollivander was poised to be recalled since his first appearance in Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone. Why is this aspect of his character recalled in this moment? What is the significance of this to Ollivander’s character and to Harry’s journey?