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Review:Pixileanin says:
This reminds me of that time I was hanging out with a bunch of guy friends in high school and they decided to put firecrackers in pieces of fruit to see what happened... Not that blowing up produce isn't fun and all.

"You should see the other guy."

Haha. That was well-placed!

Alright. Since I'm not a technical person, I have to ask: if the wand-locking thing is dependent on two identical wands against each other, and the Death Eaters have been reproducing Auror wands, and wands need to somehow bond with their wielder... I don't even know if I got that part right... anyhow, assuming that I did, then does that mean that there are a bunch of Death Eaters out there wielding/swapping wands depending on which Aurors they are dealing with? And does that also mean that perhaps the Death Eaters with these reproduced wands are maybe having trouble with the wands, since they may or may not be getting enough practice with them?

Or did I get that all wrong? Maybe I should go re-read Children's Crusade...

Curiously curious, is all.

Entertained, as always!

pixileanin (Gryffindor)

Author's Response: Ron's one-liners are some of my favorite things. Glad you liked that!

The wand problem. Hmmm. Well, I assume the Death Eaters are doing the exact same thing that Harry has done. Once they found out the cores of the Aurors' wands, they had twin wands made and then, through trial and error, found out who among them were compatible with those wands. They wouldn't want to risk trading wands around and not having them work for the wielder that well.

After that, the DE's, whenever they would run into Aurors, would try to pair off with the Auror whose wand they twinned. Now, this isn't perfect. There's no gaurantee that the DE's knew which Aurors they would be running into before a fight. But, the odds are in their favor that at least one of the DE's would have a wand that matched that of one of the Aurors they encountered. That's why this passage was in the tale:

"nearly every recent encounter with the Death Eaters seemed to result in at least one Auror's wand locking with a dark wizard's"

So it doesn't happen all the time, but it happens often enough that Harry and Co. knew they had a real problem on their hands. And since the DE's out number the Aurors, this gives the DEs a bit of an edge during a mass duel.

So, I hope that clears this up. These answers can't be found in Crusade, as I never addressed it there, which is why I had to write Tipping Point. Sorry if I confused you!

But really glad you enjoyed it!


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