A reader asks, I got a wand at the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. It's the only wand I have and I chose it because I thought it was very pretty and I identified with it. But I am unsure about using it in ritual. Would that be weird/wrong?
I think the question here is not so much whether it would be weird or "wrong" to use it -- with "wrong" being a very iffy term anyway - but would it be effective to use it? In other words, would a synthetic wand mass-produced and marketed to a general audience be a useful magical tool in ritual?
Typically, a wand is used to direct energy, and part of the way that is done is by using the attributes of the wand itself - whether it be oak, pine, cedar, or even a crystal - in the magical working. Most contemporary Pagans will tell you that a wand should be made of natural material, simply because it's going to work better for the absorption and direction of energy. Does that mean you can't use a synthetic wand? No, but you may be disappointed with the results.
The counterargument to this is that we can, in fact, use non-natural items in magical workings. I've done spellwork using everything from duct tape to old batteries to a floppy disc to packets of KoolAid to an ... er... adult pleasure toy. So the notion that all magical items MUST come from the earth is one that may apply in some traditions, but certainly not to all.
Honestly, if you identify with this wand, and feel a connection to it, I'm going to be the last person to tell you NO U CAN'T. In fact, I'd say consider it an exercise in magical theory - give it a try, and see what happens. Worst case scenario, you use it in a ritual and you accomplish nothing at all. Who knows, you might find that it does exactly what YOU need it to do - in which case, whether other people approve or find it weird matters not in the least.
Again, I'd say that the problem you face here is not that it's a Universal Studios Harry Potter wand (which is actually way cool), but that it's a synthetic object, which in *some* cases - although not all - is not conducive to spellwork. I'd give it a whirl and see how it works out for you.