A professional wand maker has banned Harry Potter fans on the hunt for memorabilia from his shop, because wands aren’t toys.
And, of course, there’s no pulling the wool over his eyes – he says he can tell a real wizard from an ordinary muggle, just from their aura.
Richard Carter, opened Mystical Moments in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, alongside partner Jackie Restall, in April this year.
He’s been making wands for the last few years and says they are ‘spiritual tools’ and not just keepsakes for Potterheads.
The responsible wand maker says he can also recognise dark wizards and won’t sell to them either.
‘If I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering,’ says Richard, adding: ‘I can tell what people are like when they walk in by their aura.’
He explains that his wands can be used to draw protective circles, ward off dark forces while owners meditate, bring them money or help them find love. They can also be used to cure aches, pains and stress.
Richard’s shop attracts visitors from all over the country, but trinket hunters aren’t encouraged. ‘You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed,’ he says, adding: ‘I don’t have customers who have been Harry Potter-fied.
‘JK Rowling has obviously done her research but Harry Potter is for children. It has done nothing for business.’
However, some have hit back at his strict no-muggles policy.
Zak Cohen, 20, president of the York University Potter fan club, the HP Muggle Society, said: ‘My personal view is it’s a bit weird to say the least. I can understand they don’t want it treated as a joke. But I did not think it was allowed for a shop to say they won’t sell things to a specific group of people.’