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A Wand is a quasi-sentient magical instrument through which a witch or wizard channels his or her magical powers. Wands are referred to as "quasi-sentient" because they are as close to animate as an inanimate object can get. This is because they are imbued with a great deal of magic.

Most spells are done with the aid of wands, but it is possible to do spells without the use of wands. Wandless magic is, however, very difficult and requires much concentration and incredible skill. Only truly advanced wizards are known to perform such magic. In addition, magic with a wand is mostly performed with an incantation, but non-verbal spells are also possible for more experienced wizards. These can be helpful in duelling, as the opponent has no way of knowing which spell you are going to cast and thus might not be able to adequately protect him or herself in time.

Wands are manufactured and sold by Wandmakers. Each wand is made of a specific type of wood, with a magical substance making up the core. Although the wand cores may come from the same creature, or the wood may come from the same tree, no two existing wands are exactly alike. The study of the history and the magical properties of wands is called Wandlore.

Wand Woods

Wand Wood Notes
Acacia A very unusual wand wood. It creates tricky wands that often refuse to produce magic for any but their owner, and also withhold their best effects from all but those most gifted. This sensitivity renders them difficult to place. When well matched, an acacia wand matches any for power, though it is often underrated due to the peculiarity of its temperament.
Alder An unyielding wood; yet its ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate, and most likeable. Whereas most wand woods seek similarity in the characters of those they will best serve, alder is unusual in that it seems to desire a nature that is, if not precisely opposite to its own, then certainly of a markedly different type. When an alder wand is happily placed, it becomes a magnificent, loyal helpmate. Of all wand types, alder is best suited to non-verbal spell work, whence comes its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.
Alligator Juniper Wands of this type match best with gifted healers. It is particularly well-suited for healing, binding spells, protective spells, and light magic. It is fairly uncommon in Europe, and more frequently found in the Americas.
Apple These are not made in great numbers. They are powerful and best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. It is said that the possessor of an apple wand will be well loved and long-lived, and customers of great personal charm often find their perfect match in an apple wood wand. An unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongues is also often found among apple wand owners.
Ash This wand cleaves to its one true master and ought not to be passed on or gifted from the original owner, because it will lose power and skill. This tendency is extreme if the core is of unicorn. Those witches and wizards best suited to ash wands are not lightly swayed from their beliefs or purposes. However, its effects will disappoint the brash or over-confident witch or wizard, who often insists on trying wands of this prestigious wood. The ideal owner may be stubborn, and will certainly be courageous, but never crass or arrogant.
Aspen This wood is highly prized by all wand-makers for its stylish resemblance to ivory and its usually outstanding charm work. The proper owner of the aspen wand is often an accomplished duellist, or destined to be so, for the aspen wand is one of those particularly suited to martial magic. Aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for revolutionaries.
Australian Blackwood A neutral wood, indifferent to light or dark magic, it pairs well with wizards of strength and determination. It possesses both healing and destructive powers, and is thus excellent for repelling or conjuring curses, depending on its owner's alignment. It is also particularly good for potion-making. It is most commonly found in Australia, and wands of this type found elsewhere are typically imports.
Avodiré Native to Africa, wands of these woods are less common in Europe and America. They often seek creative companions with vivid imaginations, and are extremely well-suited to defensive and protective spells. They also show an affinity for Conjuring and Summoning.
Beech The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond his or her years, and if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Beech wands perform very weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant. When properly matched, the beech wand is capable of a subtlety and artistry rarely seen in any other wood, hence its lustrous reputation.
Black Laurel A powerful wood which often cleaves to wizards of great courage, passion, and strength. Thus, it is often paired with Gryffindors. This wand excels in the reversal of hexes, curses, jinxes, and other negative spells, and is thus excellent and repelling dark magic. No dark wizards are known to be in possession of black laurel wands, despite the connotations of the name.
Black Poisonwood A wand with a powerful combination of both strength and versatility; it seeks a similarly strong and determined companion, but is generally indifferent to its owner's will. Native to Central America and the West Indies, it is less commonly found in other areas of the world. It tends to excel either at defensive or offensive magic, but never both.
Blackthorn A very unusual wand wood, with a reputation of being best suited to a warrior. It is found among both dark and light wizards. Wands made from this wood appear to need to pass through danger or hardship with their owners to become truly bonded. Given this condition, the blackthorn wand will become as loyal and faithful a servant as one could wish.
Black Walnut Less common than the standard walnut, this wand seeks a master of good instincts and powerful insight. Black walnut is a very handsome wood, but not the easiest to master. It has one pronounced quirk, which is that it is abnormally attuned to inner conflict, and loses power dramatically if its possessor practices any form of self-deception. If the witch or wizard is unable or unwilling to be honest with themselves or others, the wand often fails to perform adequately and must be matched with a new owner if it is to regain its former prowess. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, however, it becomes one of the most loyal and impressive wands of all, with a particular flair in all kinds of charm work.
Bubinga Native to South America and Africa, this wand is not typically found in Europe. It seeks a companion that shows passion and courage, as well as spiritual insight. It is favoured by witches and wizards who practise Legilimency.
Cedar Generally matched with wizards with strength of character and unusual loyalty, the cedar wand finds its perfect home where there is perspicacity and perception. The witch or wizard who is well matched with cedar also carries the potential to be a frightening adversary, which often comes as a shock to those who have thoughtlessly challenged them.
Cherry A very rare wand wood which creates a strange power, most highly prized by the wizarding students of the school of Mahoutokoro in Japan. Abandon any notion that the pink blossom of the living tree makes for a frivolous or merely ornamental wand, for cherry wood often makes a wand that possesses truly lethal power, whatever the core; but if teamed with dragon heartstring, the wand ought never to be teamed with a wizard without exceptional self-control and strength of mind.
Chestnut A most curious, multi-faceted wood, which varies greatly in its character depending on the wand core, and takes a great deal of colour from the personality that possesses it. The wand of chestnut is attracted to witches and wizards who are skilled tamers of magical beasts, those who possess great gifts in Herbology, and those who are natural fliers. However, when paired with dragon heartstring, it may find its best match among those who are over fond of luxury and material things, and less scrupulous than they should be about how they are obtained. Conversely, chestnut and unicorn wands, show a predilection for those concerned with all manner of justice.
Cocobolo Most commonly found in Central America, and thus rarer in Europe. It matches well with wizards that show both strength and stamina, and is particularly well-suited to defensive magic and protective spells.
Cypress Associated with nobility and heroism. Wands of cypress find their soul mates among the brave, the bold, and the self-sacrificing: those who are unafraid to confront the shadows in their own and others' natures. Thus, they are often matched with Gryffindors.
Dogwood These wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful natures and insist upon partners who can provide them with scope for excitement and fun. It would be quite wrong, however, to deduce from this that dogwood wands are not capable of serious magic when called upon to do so; they have been known to perform outstanding spells under difficult conditions, and when paired with a suitably clever and ingenious witch or wizard, can produce dazzling enchantments. An interesting foible of many dogwood wands is that they refuse to perform non-verbal spells and they are often rather noisy.
Ebony This jet-black wand wood has an impressive appearance and reputation, being highly suited to all manner of combative magic, and to Transfiguration. Ebony is happiest in the hand of those with the courage to be themselves. Owners of these wands are frequently non-conformist, highly individual, or comfortable with the status of outsider; they will hold fast to their beliefs, no matter the external pressure, and will not be swayed lightly from their purpose.
Elder The rarest wand wood of all, and reputed to be deeply unlucky, the elder wand is trickier to master than any other. It contains powerful magic, but scorns to remain with any owner who is not the superior of his or her company; it takes a remarkable wizard to keep the elder wand for any length of time. Only a highly unusual person will find their perfect match in elder, and such pairings are extremely rare. Owners of elder wands almost always feel a powerful affinity with those chosen by rowan.
Elm These wands prefer owners with presence, magical dexterity, and a certain native dignity. Of all wand woods, elm produces the fewest accidents, the least foolish errors, and the most elegant charms and spells; these are sophisticated wands, capable of highly advanced magic in the right hands.
English Oak A wand for good times and bad, this is a friend as loyal as the wizard who deserves it. These wands demand partners of strength, courage, and fidelity. Less well known is the propensity for owners of English oak wands to have powerful intuition, and, often, an affinity with the magic of the natural world, with the creatures and plants that are necessary to wizardkind for both magic and pleasure. The oak tree is called King of the Forest from the winter solstice up until the summer solstice, and its wood should only be collected during that time (holly becomes King as the days begin to shorten again, and so holly should only be gathered as the year wanes).
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus trees grow quickly, so these wands channel that liveliness to be both willing and powerful. They are a common wand wood for healers, as they work well with healing magic. However, they are rather rare in Europe, and are most commonly Australian imports.
Fir This wand, coming from the most resilient of trees, produces wands that demand staying power and strength of purpose in their true owners. They are poor tools in the hands of the changeable and indecisive. Fir wands are particularly suited to Transfiguration, and favour owners of focused, strong-minded and, occasionally, intimidating demeanour.
Gingko A highly unusual wand wood, rarely seen in the West. For over a millennium, it competed with plum as the most popular Chinese wandwood, however, as gingko trees ceased to be a wild species, the wood began losing favor. The commonly held perception that wild woods lead to stronger wands means that modern gingko wands are fairly rare. This is not to say that gingko is not a useful wandwood: it has great staying power, and is good for calming temperamental cores.
Hawthorn These are strange, contradictory wands, as full of paradoxes as the tree that gives them birth. They are complex and intriguing in their natures, just like the owners who best suit them. Hawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses. The hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil. Hawthorn is not easy to master, however, and should only be placed in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent, or the consequences might be dangerous. Hawthorn wands have a notable peculiarity: their spells can, when badly handled, backfire.
Hazel A sensitive wand, hazel often reflects its owner's emotional state, and works best for a master who understands and can manage their own feelings. Others should be very careful handling a hazel wand if its owner has recently lost their temper, or suffered a serious disappointment, because the wand will absorb such energy and discharge it unpredictably. The positive aspect of a hazel wand more than makes up for such minor discomforts, however, for it is capable of outstanding magic in the hands of the skillful, and is so devoted to its owner that it often wilts (which is to say, it expels all its magic and refuses to perform, often necessitating the extraction of the core and its insertion into another casing, if the wand is still required) at the end of its master's life (if the core is unicorn hair, however, there is no hope; the wand will almost certainly have died). Hazel wands also have the unique ability to detect water underground, and will emit silvery, tear-shaped puffs of smoke if passing over concealed springs and wells.
Hickory A wand well-suited to nature magics, it pairs most often with witches and wizards who show a similar affinity for Herbology or Care of Magical Creatures. It rarely finds its match with a dark wizard, and is often also an extremely intuitive wand, making it a valuable divinatory tool.
Holly One of the rarer wand woods; traditionally considered protective, it works most happily for those who may need help overcoming a tendency to anger and impetuosity. At the same time, holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest. Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in performance depending on the wand core, and it is a notoriously difficult wood to team with phoenix feather, as the wood's volatility conflicts strangely with the phoenix's detachment. In the unusual event of such a pairing finding its ideal match, however, nothing and nobody should stand in their way.
Hornbeam Hornbeam selects for its life mate the talented witch or wizard with a single, pure passion, which will almost always be realized. Hornbeam wands adapt more quickly than almost any other to their owner's style of magic, and will become so personalized, so quickly, that other people will find them extremely difficult to use even for the most simple of spells. Hornbeam wands likewise absorb their owner's code of honour, whatever that might be, and will refuse to perform acts - whether for good or ill - that do not tally with their master'™s principles. A particularly fine-tuned and sentient wand.
Kaya A lovely yellow wandwood of Japanese origin, it is extremely rare in British wandmaking. However, those bonded to Kaya wands will find their abilities in logical arts, such as Potions, Astronomy, Ancient Runes, and Arithmancy, boosted.
Larch Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. It creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realize the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match.
Laurel It is said that a laurel wand cannot perform a dishonourable act, although in the quest for glory (a not uncommon goal for those best suited to these wands), laurel wands have performed powerful and sometimes lethal magic. Laurel wands are sometimes called fickle, but this is unfair. The laurel wand seems unable to tolerate laziness in a possessor, and it is in such conditions that it is most easily and willingly won away. Otherwise, it will cleave happily to its first match forever, and indeed has the unusual and engaging attribute of issuing a spontaneous lightning strike if another witch or wizard attempts to steal it.
Madrona A beautiful evergreen from the Pacific Northwest region of North America, it is rare in British wandmaking. However, its distinctive peeling bark denotes its magical powers of change - hence, a powerful wood for Transfiguration.
Mahogany A good all-around wand wood, not particularly powerful in any one situation, but solid overall. The mahogany tree symbolises strength, safety, protectiveness, and practicality.
Makore A powerful African wand wood, often favoured by students of Uagadou. It requires a witch of wizard of great strength, and will refuse to function under a weak-minded individual. With no clear alignment, it can be used for light or dark magics.
Maple Those chosen by maple wands are often by nature travellers and explorers; they are not stay-at-home wands, and prefer ambition in their witch or wizard, otherwise their magic grows heavy and lacklustre. Fresh challenges and regular changes of scene cause this wand to literally shine, burnishing itself as it grows, with its partner, in ability and status. This is a beautiful and desirable wood, and wand quality maple has been among the most costly for centuries. Possession of a maple wand has long been a mark of status, because of its reputation as the wand of high achievers.
Pear This golden-toned wood produces wands of splendid magical powers, which give their best in the hands of the warm-hearted, the generous, and the wise. Possessors of pear wands are usually popular and well respected. Pear wands are never discovered in the possession of a Dark witch or wizard. Pear wands are among the most resilient, and they may still present a remarkable appearance of newness even after many years of hard use.
Pine The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing, and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.
Poplar A wand to rely upon, of consistency, strength and uniform power, always happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision.
Red Oak The true match for a red oak wand is possessed of unusually fast reactions, making it a perfect duelling wand. Less common than English oak, its ideal master is light of touch, quick-witted, adaptable, often the creator of distinctive, trademark spells, and a good man or woman to have beside one in a fight.
Redwood Wand-quality redwood is in short supply, yet constant demand, due to its reputation for bringing good fortune to its owner. However, redwood wands are not themselves lucky, but are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, to snatch advantage from catastrophe. The combination of such a witch or wizard with a redwood wand is always intriguing, and exciting exploits generally follow.
Rosewood A graceful wand that will complement phoenix feathers, unicorn hair, veela hair, and fairy wings nicely. However, other cores end up at odds with the wood. It excels in healing, spiritual rituals, and love spells, and has also been known to perform well with divinatory magics.
Rowan A much-favoured wand wood, reputed to be more protective than any other. It renders all manner of defensive charms especially strong and difficult to break. It is commonly stated that no Dark witch or wizard ever owned a rowan wand. Rowan is most happily placed with the clear-headed and the pure-hearted, but this reputation for virtue ought not to fool anyone - these wands are the equal of any, often the better, and frequently out-perform others in duels.
Sequoia A American wood, not commonly used in British wandmaking. However, the great age of the trees gives them plenty of time to absorb ambient magic, and hence this wood is ideal for those both strong-willed and in touch with nature.
Silver Lime An unusual and highly attractive wand wood, greatly in vogue in the nineteenth century. Demand outstripped supply, and unscrupulous wandmakers dyed substandard woods in an effort to fool purchasers into believing that they had purchased silver lime. The reasons for these wands'™ desirability lay not only in their unusually handsome appearance, but also because they had a reputation for performing best for Seers and those skilled in Legilimency, mysterious arts both, which consequently gave the possessor of a silver lime wand considerable status.
Spruce Unskilled wandmakers say that spruce is a difficult wood, but in doing so they reveal their own ineptitude. It is quite true that it requires particular deftness to work with spruce, which produces wands that are ill-matched with cautious or nervous natures, and become positively dangerous in fumbling fingers. The spruce wand requires a firm hand, because it often appears to have its own ideas about what magic it ought to be called upon to produce. However, when a spruce wand meets its match - which tends to be a bold spell-caster with a good sense of humour - it

becomes a superb helper, intensely loyal to its owner, and capable of producing particularly flamboyant and dramatic effects.

Sugar Maple An American and Canadian wood, not typically found outside these two countries.
Sycamore A questing wand, eager for new experience and losing brilliance if engaged in mundane activities. It is a quirk of these handsome wands that they may combust if allowed to become bored,™ and many witches and wizards, settling down into middle age, are disconcerted to find their trusty wand bursting into flame in their hand as they ask it, one more time, to fetch their slippers. The sycamore's ideal owner is curious, vital, and adventurous; when paired with such an owner, it demonstrates a capacity to learn and adapt that earns it a rightful place among the world's most highly prized wand woods.
Swamp Mayhaw Native to Louisiana, wands made of this wood are generally only produced by wandmakers in that state. Those found outside America are almost always imports.
Vine These wands are less common, and their owners are nearly always those witches or wizards who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary, and who frequently astound those who think they know them best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted by personalities with hidden depths, and are more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match. Reliable sources claim that these wands can emit magical effects upon the mere entrance into their room of a suitable owner.
Walnut These wands often choose highly intelligent witches and wizards, and are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors. This wood is possessed of unusual versatility and adaptability. A note of caution: the walnut wand will, once subjugated, perform any task its owner desires, provided that the user is of sufficient brilliance. This makes for a truly lethal weapon in the hands of a witch or wizard of no conscience, for the wand and the wizard may feed from each other in a particularly unhealthy manner.
Willow An uncommon wand wood with healing power; the ideal owner for a willow wand often has some (usually unwarranted) insecurity, however well they may try and hide it. While many confident customers insist on trying a willow wand (attracted by their handsome appearance and well-founded reputation for enabling advanced, non-verbal magic), willow wands consistently select those of greatest potential, rather than those who feel they have little to learn.
Yew A rarer wand wood, its ideal matches are likewise unusual, and occasionally notorious. The wand of yew is reputed to endow its possessor with the power of life and death, retaining a particularly dark and fearsome reputation in the spheres of duelling and all curses. However, it is untrue to say that those who use yew wands are more likely to be attracted to the Dark Arts than another. The witch or wizard best suited to a yew wand might equally prove a fierce protector of others. Where wizards have been buried with wands of yew, the wand generally sprouts into a tree guarding the dead owner's grave. The yew wand never chooses either a mediocre or a timid owner.

Wand Cores

Common Cores

Wand Core Notes
Dragon Heartstring A powerful wand core with a lot of magical heft. It is not the core you want for subtlety, but for sheer power it is definitely the best. Although it is the most common core among Dark Wizards, Dark Wizards are most certainly not their most common users. Dragon heartstrings are by far the most common wand core amongst Slytherins, but their power often bonds to Gryffindors and Ravenclaws as well. However, they tend to overwhelm the archetypal Hufflepuff personality.
Phoenix Tail Feather A popular wand core due to its versatility and power. Its main strength lies in Defense Against the Dark Arts, although its adaptability can wrench it to hexes and jinxes if need be. As with the dragon heartstring core, the phoenix core is common amongst Light Wizards, but its users are not necessarily Light Wizards. This core may specifically impede Dark spells, so it is not common amongst Slytherins. However, it is by far the most common Gryffindor wand core, and is not unusual amongst Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs.
Unicorn Hair A more subtle wand, but quite compatible with Charms and Transfiguration. It is also hands-down the best core for healing, as it picks up some of the healing capabilities of unicorn blood. Unicorn hair has a reputation of picking gentler or more cerebral users, so it is common amongst Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws. More laid-back Gryffindors and subtler Slytherins may find themselves with a Unicorn hair wand.

Exotic Cores

Wand Core Notes
Acromantula Web If you're thinking about having a wand made with Acromantula web, you're probably a fan of having your wand confiscated by the authorities. Using a wand with this core has been illegal in Britain since 1782, after it was discovered that the wielder of an Acromantula web wand has a particular ability with Dark Magic, especially the Imperius curse. There are certain diplomatic exceptions, as it is a traditional core for Asian wands, but even those are temporary, and many wizard diplomats on long-term assignments find themselves compelled to procure replacement wands for their stay.
Augurey Tail Feather Augureys, or Irish phoenixes, were once associated with powerful Dark wands, as their cries were thought to signify an upcoming death. However, they were in reality never a strong Dark core, and were more accurately a powerful core for Divinations. Misunderstood students may find themselves bonded to an augurey wand, although these wands are altogether quite rare.
Basilisk Skin/Fang Basilisk wands are incredibly rare, as the beasts are rare to begin with and hard to kill. Due to the rarity, they often are passed down from generation to generation, so basilisk-core wands are either the heirloom of Slytherin-type Pureblood families or re-forged wands from family cores. The occasional new basilisk wand will almost always bond to a Parselmouth or budding Dark Wizard. Very little good comes out of wielders of basilisk wands.
Billywig Stinger Billywig stingers are not common in Britain, but are occasionally imported from Australia, the native habitat of the Billywig. Billywig wands bond almost exclusively to light-hearted pranksters, and are extremely capricious - at one moment it will produce the strongest Cheering Charm in the school, but at another time it will object to being used as a potion stirrer and siphon up hours of work. When they do bond to a witch or wizard, they tend to be of Hufflepuff or Gryffindor.
Boomslang Venom Boomslang venom, whether crystallized or in a rarer liquid core, provides a small boost to jinxes and hexes thanks to its venomous qualities. However, when a wandmaker undertakes the dangerous task of working with the raw venom, it is generally with the aim of creating a powerful Transfiguration wand. Whether or not the advantages outweigh the risks is not generally agreed upon in wandmaking circles.
Chimera Scale Fragment Although chimera scales are magically powerful, they are extremely rare in modern wandcraft. This is not out of any concern for safety, as they are generally considered no more stubborn than hippogriff feathers, and are more stable than Erumpent hide. Rather, chimera slayings are extremely rare. One such slaying occurred in Greece over two millennia ago, so what scales were harvested at that time have been degraded, broken, and dispersed. Today, they are only found as parts of heirloom cores, and even then, all such cores are a more common core (often dragon heartstring) with a tiny fragment of scale embedded. Chimera wands are most common in Greece and the Balkans, although as they were circulated through the Mediterranean and former Roman Empire they are found throughout Europe. These wands are prized for their raw power, although they are difficult to control.
Demiguise Hair Demiguise hairs were long considered not powerful enough to make a proper wand, but with the advent of multiple cores they have gained favor for their strength in Transfiguration and the subtle arts. When combined with a stronger wand core they make potent wands; however, on their own they can be rather one-dimensional and difficult to use for anything but Transfiguration. They have found favor in students of all Houses, although they may be slightly rarer among the open Hufflepuffs.
Dittany Stalk Dittany is a powerful healing herb and restorative frequently used in magical medicine. As such, it is particularly good core for healing and protective magics, and is thus popular among Healers. Those with an affinity for Herbology may also find themselves with this core. It is the only known plant to be used a a wand core. No dark wizard is known to have possessed a wand with a Dittany stalk core.
Doxy Wing Doxy wings, like the creatures they come from, can be unmanageable and mean-spirited. They are second only to basilisk wands in their abilities with the Dark Arts, and as such these rare wands are most often found in the hands of stubborn Slytherins without the familial connection to obtain a basilisk core.
Erumpent Hide There is a very good reason this is an exotic core - Erumpent hide wands are extremely dangerous, and don't take well to high levels of magic or sharp impacts. They may add a 'punch' to spells when combined with a gentler core, but most wandmakers refuse to work with it completely due to the danger it poses to maker and wielder.
Fairy Wing This core makes for a light, airy wand, and is the best for Charms. They also signify a connection to the mystic, so these wands, despite their relative rarity, are used by nearly half of known witches and wizards with the Sight. Despite their astounding strength in Charms, they are merely average in Defense Against the Dark Arts and Transfiguration, and will often fail at hexes altogether. As such, they are not commonly found in Slytherin House, but are common in Hufflepuff. Ravenclaws and Gryffindors may be drawn to this core, although they tend to react better to blends of fairy wings and unicorn hair.
Fwooper Feather Fwooper feather wands are said to be a mark of ill omen for the wizards they bond to, as, like the birds they come from, they are rumored to slowly drive their wielder mad. Despite their poor reputation, they do well with Charms and Care of Magical Creatures. However, they have a near-inability to cast Quietus. They are commonly combined with another feather core, such as the phoenix for health or the hippogriff for stability.
Griffin Claw A majestic creature of enormous strength, the griffin is considered to be king of beasts and birds; it possesses the bravery of a lion and the dexterity of an eagle. They are often known to guard vast treasures. A griffin's claw is a wise choice for one who wishes to cast powerful defensive spells, charms, or hexes.
Hippogriff Feather/Talon Hippogriffs are noble animals with a reputation for not taking a slight. These wands require constant respect, and if the wielder does not give it, they can watch its formerly stable and versatile magic backfire. It is not the strongest core, but it is one of the most adaptable. These wands are most common amongst Gryffindors, but they are rare overall.
Horned Serpent Horn This core is exceptionally powerful, sensitive to Parseltongue, and vibrates when Parseltongue is being spoken. It can also warn its owner of danger by emitting a low musical tone. It is extremely rare, and is known to have been owned by only two wizards: two of the co-founders of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Jackalope Antler More common in North America, but has long since fallen out of favour with modern wandmakers. It has not seriously been considered as a wand core since the 17th century.
Kelpie Hair Kelpie hairs are incredibly temperamental cores, explaining their rarity. They were once common in Celtic wandmaking; however, the import of demiguise hairs has resulted in them falling out of favour. They have similar qualities to demiguise hair, and are powerful Transfiguration cores when they don't backfire spectacularly.
Kneazle Whisker Wands with this core never cleave to dark wizards or witches. They are generally considered to make inferior wands in comparison with the three common cores, and are thus typically avoided by most wandmakers. These wand cores make the most sentient wands, and wands with this core are often said to have a mind of their own. They particularly excel at the spell Point Me, which makes the wand point north. This is likely due to the ability of the Kneazle to guide their owner safely home.
Peacock Feather Peacock feathers are one of the newest core to be used by wandmakers, previously overlooked due to the lack of magical disposition of the peacock. It has been found that these feathers are suited to softer magics, and they create very adaptable wands for most personalities. These wand cores also tend to produce more ornamental or frivolous magic.
Pixie Wing Pixie wings are more robust than Fairy wings, allowing them to be a more versatile core. The pixie itself is a complex and changeable creature, and the personality of the wielder will sway the wand into a certain alignment. Although rare, the pixie wing tends to trust female wielders more than male ones. When combined with a specific wood or another core, that wood or core's abilities or tendencies are heightened.
Manticore Hair The manticore is an intelligent yet ferocious creature. With the brave heart of a lion and the cunning head of a human, the manticore is not a beast to be trifled with. A manticore hair would be a wise choice for one who wishes to cast dangerous hexes or miraculous charms.
Pegasus Wing Feather The Pegasus is a powerful creature of flight. Strong and agile, the Pegasus is thought to create springs wherever its hoof touches the earth. A wing feather would be a wise choice for one who wishes to control the elements, and thus makes a core suited to Conjuring and Summoning.
Rougarou Hair The Rougarou is a folkloric, dangerous, dog-headed monster that inhabited swampy regions of Louisiana in the United States. Rougarou hair was believed to have an affinity for Dark magic, like vampires to blood, but wands of this kind are extremely rare. They are no longer made by almost all wandmakers, and thus any Rougarou Hair wands are likely to be heirlooms.
Serpent Scale The serpent is a mystical creature often misrepresented in literature. Dangerous and stealthy, the serpent was summoned to guard and defend ancient temples or places of power. They have the power to heal, poison, or to provide expanded consciousness. Serpent scale cores are particularly suited to skilled potioneers, and enhance this natural ability even further.
Snallygaster Heartstring The Snallygaster is a dragon-like creature, part-bird and part-reptile. Wands with this core often seek curious and adventurous owners. It is particularly well-suited to casting defensive and protective spells.
Thestral Tail Hair This is regarded as an unstable and one of the most difficult substances to use as a wand core, and is generally avoided by most wandmakers.
Thunderbird Tail Feather These cores, like the birds they are taken from, are able to sense danger and can cast curses on their own. However, they have been known to fire curses pre-emptively when supernatural dangers are present. This unpredictable quirk means that some wandmakers prefer to avoid them altogether.
Troll Whisker These are generally considered inferior wand cores, and have fallen out of favour with most wandmakers. They often produce forceful and heavy magic, but tend to do less well with subtler spells. They are entirely useless for divinatory magic.
Veela Hair Veela hair wands are temperamental like the creatures they come from, and are considered too volatile for a decent wand core in many circles. However, some wizards, particularly those with Veela blood, enjoy the boost it gives to magics such as Divination and Charms. The veela's inherent intelligence makes finding these wands among the non-Veela-blooded most common in Ravenclaw.
Wampus Cat Hair An extremely rare core, very little is known about its properties. Only the Cherokee are able to obtain it to use as a wand core, due to their extensive study of the Wampus Cat, and thus it is practically impossible to find at most wand shops.
Werewolf Hair/Fang A core almost specifically for transfiguration, thanks to the werewolf's uncanny ability to transform. A very violent core, werewolf hair tends to seek out users who are aggressive. It also boosts power in hexes and curses; this core is also most powerful during the night of a full moon.
White River Monster Spine These are extremely rare wands, as there is no wizard or witch alive who currently knows how to lure White River Monsters close enough for their spines to be harvested. Thus, White River Monster spines are no longer used in wandmaking, and any wand containing this core will be an heirloom. Any wands that do have this core will likely be found in America, specifically around Arkansas. These wands produced spells of force and elegance.

Wand Size and Flexibility

Size and Length

Many wandmakers simply match the wand length to the size of the witch or wizard who will use it, but this is a crude measure, and fails to take into account many other, important considerations. Longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic. Neater wands favour more elegant and refined spell-casting. However, no single aspect of wand composition should be considered in isolation of all the others, and the type of wood, the core and the flexibility may either counterbalance or enhance the attributes of the wand’s length.

Most wands will be in the range of between nine and fourteen inches. While some wands are extremely short wands (eight inches and under) and very long wands (over fifteen inches), these are exceptionally rare. In the latter case, a physical peculiarity demanded the excessive wand length. However, abnormally short wands usually select those in whose character something is lacking, rather than because they are physically undersized (many small witches and wizards are chosen by longer wands).


Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair - although, again, this factor ought not to be considered separately from the wand wood, core and length, nor from the owner's life experience and style of magic, all of which will combine to make the wand in question unique.

The scale, from speed to strength:

  • whippy (easiest to learn and cast, least powerful)
  • swishy
  • flexible
  • bendy
  • pliant
  • supple
  • yielding
  • springy
  • brittle
  • unbending
  • unyielding
  • stiff
  • rigid
  • hard
  • solid (hardest to learn and cast, most powerful)

Each of these flexibilities can be accompanied by a further descriptor:

  • slightly (less)
  • fairly
  • quite
  • surprisingly
  • very (more)