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HistoryThe wand is of unknown origin. Jadis was known to keep it on her at all times throughout the Hundred Year's Winter of 900-1000, and used it frequently on her disobedient subjects.
In 1000 NY, Jadis's reign was interrupted by the arrival of the promised heirs to the throne.Battle of Beruna the following day.
She used it on many soldiers until Edmund managed to break it with his sword, and getting gravely wounded in the process by her.
Uses/PowersWhile the true extent of the wand's capabilities was unknown, its most famous power was the ability to turn organic matter into stone: The spell caused its victims to turn into a statuesque still of themselves, and the only thing that could undo such a curse, apparently, was the breath of Aslan.
When someone was turned into stone, it's possible they felt as though they were being put to sleep. This can be seen when the Giant Rumblebuffin was turned back to normal, as he claimed that he must have fallen asleep.
Jadis' wand may have also helped her perform other lesser acts of magic, such as tricking the minds of others into thinking she was a boulder and her dwarf was a stump.
Known victims (turned to stone)
- Badger (both the film & book)
- Butterfly (film only)
- Faun (possibly in both the film & book)
- Gryphon (film)
- A Lion
- Oreius (film only)
- Rumblebuffin the Giant
AdaptationsEach adaption of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has portrayed the wand differently to how it was described in the book (sometimes subtly and sometimes dramatically):
In the animated feature, the wand appeared almost exactly as it was described in the book (straight and golden), except that it was shorter than the one shown in Pauline Baynes' illustrations.
In the BBC TV show, the wand had an ornate handle and was a simple dull silver. Aside from the powers described in the book, the wand was used to conjure a tented pavilion from thin air, where Jadis and Edmund had their talk. Afterwards, she used it to make the pavilion vanish as well.
In the Disney films, the wand was composed of five main sections: a short crystal, followed by a silver bar, then a black handle, followed by another silver bar, and ending with a long crystal. There were also some engraved images on the wand, which looked similar to a vine of thorns. They started at the base of the short crystal (right where it connected to the silver handle), then curved around the wand up to the base of the long crystal. Unlike in the book, the wand only worked by touching the victim, turning them into stone by contact.
Also unlike the books, the wand reappeared during Nikabrik's attempt to resurrect the witch in NY 2303. The Hag that Nikabrik had befriended had the repaired wand with her, although it still appears somewhat smashed from its destruction in the First Battle of Beruna. The wand was used to resurrect the spirit of the Witch, but the ritual was interrupted before she could become corporeal. The Hag was then slain, and the wand made no more appearances in the movie.