Dumbledore’s Wand Is CGI Throughout Much of “Crimes of Grindelwald”

The CGI wand chooses the wizard; isn’t that how the old saying goes? The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald talked wands (CGI and otherwise) in a recent interview with SiriusXM. Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), and Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) discussed getting their wands for the film series, their castmates’ various wandwork styles, and the reason Dumbledore’s wand is CGI throughout most of the film.

Waterston spoke about something very magical-sounding, which she called “wand school.”

Some of us got to go to wand school, but then Jude [Law] wasn’t invited. But then maybe he didn’t need it.

Sudol discussed her relationship with Queenie’s simple yet elegant wand.

There is something nice about having a simple wand. Even though Queenie’s, the end is very elegant, it’s also very simple, which I love. Because I was worried it was going to be some froofy, overly girly thing, which I would have had a real issue with. And it wasn’t. It was just very elegant.

Perhaps most notably, Redmayne revealed the story behind Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) wielding a CGI wand throughout most of the film.

He started with a wand, Dumbledore’s wand that had been designed for him. And then basically Jo [Rowling] saw the rushes and was like, ‘It looks too much like the Elder Wand.’ Which of course he doesn’t have at this point. So they then had to CGI out that wand for quite a substantial amount of the film, and it was replaced with, I think actually, the most beautiful wand of all. It’s very sculptural.

Watch their wand discussion in the video below, and check out more Crimes of Grindelwald talk on SiriusXM’s YouTube channel. And keep your eyes peeled for that beautiful sculptural wand in the film, now less than a week away from its November 16 release in the United States and United Kingdom!