Only a sociopath can read through the Harry Potter books without wishing they had their own magic wand, so JAKKS Pacific is using a different form of magic -- modern technology -- to make those wishes come true. The company's newest toy is a Harry Potter wand that uses an embedded motion sensor to recognize the swishes and flicks of spell-casting, and it turns those spells into a series of fun games for young wizards and witches.
To be sure, JAXX Pacific's wands are much more than rudimentary toys that light up after being shaken. The wands register precise movement patterns, and those patterns line up with different incantations. There are 11 spell patterns available, and each of those corresponds to a spell from the Harry Potter series. When correctly executed, the wands light up to indicate the specific spell.