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Wynott's Wands Ready for Halloween in Salem

Here's a closer look inside Salem's new Wynotts Wands shop, which opened on Pickering Wharf last month.

Everything about Wynott's Wands is straight out of a Harry Potter novel.

From the store's cashier, decked out from head to toe like Albus Dumbledore, to the rows of magic wands at the ready, exact replicas of those found for sale in the book series' famed Diagon Alley.

The wand shop, which opened on Pickering Wharf in September, is gearing up for its first Halloween in Salem, and management said they are hoping that the holiday rush will help put the store on the map.

On Monday, Samantha King, manager at Remember Salem, the store's affiliate on Essex Street, said the press was on to get Wynott's open in time for Halloween.

"Remember Salem has been open for about two years, so we know how busy it gets around here during Halloween," King said, adding the she expects business to be brisk at Salem's newest Harry Potter-themed destination.

Have a favorite Halloween spot in Salem? Let us know in the comments section below and share your photos with us this month.

michael beaulieu October 02, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Next in the news A stabbing downtown from a magic wand.
Restless October 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM
If it is a replica get ready for a lawsuit from Universal unless they are under license. Lol.
windpower October 02, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Or a bunch of tourest wandering around .
Bill October 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Thank God..I was wondering where I could get a new wand. Man needs a good wand these days.
Timothy Donovan October 02, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I would expect to see something like this at Disney or Universal Studios...........is there enough of a customer base for these things in Salem?
Witch and let Witch October 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
michael: hilarious!
Don Nadeau October 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
HP licensed stuff sells well. Huge following (look at the book sales). Cost a bit more as they are authentic and licensed, but are excellent quality and come in a smashing great box. The chocolate frogs are not so good, because last I heard, the producer hasn't committed to not using slave labor (googling Harry Potter chocolate should find the latest on the controversy).
Restless October 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Love HP. Must disagree with the quality of the wands having inspected them at Universal, Fla. They are cheap moulded resin and hugely overpriced. Did not waste my money. HP world was REALLY WELL DONE though. Much better to find a suitable stick, lightly sand it down, varnish it, lightly resand in places, apply a wax to give it an old look and wrap the handle with leather cord. Looks better and si not tacky.
KlassySalem October 02, 2012 at 04:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpraJYnbVtE
MD October 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
These are hardly 'exact replicas' of the wands from the movies/books. You can see the 'quality' of them from the images - mass produced on lathes and poorly stained. Too bad.
Peter White October 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
HP is huge (I am not a fan but many people are) and tourism is the #2 (soon to be the #1) industry in Salem. You don't think there is a 'customer base' in a tourist town for a store loosely based on a hugely successful book?
Peter White October 02, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Wow what a bunch of sticks in the mud. Rather then congratulate the man on something new and different for the town all some of you people can do is gripe and be overly critical at. When was the last time any of you opened up something different and interesting in downtown Salem I wonder? oh.. that's right... never. Easy to complain from your armchair...
Peter White October 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Actually they are NOT 'mass produced' they are hand turned individually. I know this for a fact as the local witch who makes the wands for this store also makes higher quality with imported woods wands for my occult store next door to Wynotts.
Chris October 03, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I think it's a wonderful idea, I hope it does well, I'll be taking my kids to look on Saturday.
Restless October 03, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Thanks Peter. Good to know they will not be selling the resin ones sold at Universal. If they are proper wooden ones I will have to check them out. The kids would LOVE one for Xmas,
Kelly Spangler October 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Awesome shop and people! congrats to Tim on another great shop here in Salem.
jason wert October 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I agree peter, great to see new business on the wharf. I look forward to visiting the shop on my next trip in december!
Wendy October 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This shop looks fabulous and a great addition to the area. Now id only the Rockets would fix up the rest of the area!
Beth Melillo October 05, 2012 at 02:14 AM
i think you meant to say "wands" in the mud, amiright?

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