Wands

This is a list of new wand woods and cores (not generally found in the books) that player characters can use! If you want to add something to this list, give me a brief description and I'll toss it in. And, of course, anything mentioned in the books for a wand wood or wand core is fair game.

Wand Woods

Wand woods generally speak for themselves. Sporting a wielder’s personality as well as their physical traits. Some wands contain dual woods (the length of the wand and the handle), the handle is generally the wood with the driving power behind the wand.

A moderator should be consulted when choosing from rare wand woods.

Common Woods

  • Acacia - Acacia wands reputedly refuse to produce magic for anyone but their owners, and to withhold their true power from all but the most talented wizards.
  • Ash – The ash wand clings 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.
  • Aspen – Wand-quality aspen wood is white and fine-grained, and highly prized by all wand-makers for its stylish resemblance to ivory. The proper owner of the aspen wand is often an accomplished duelist, and aspen wands are often associated with strong charmswork and martial magic.
  • Beech – Beech wands prefer the wise and the richly experienced. They have a glowing reputation, and in the right hands are associated with artistry and flourish rarely seen in other materials.
  • Blackthorn - Blackthorn has the reputation of being a warrior's wand - it rarely fully bonds with a wielder before passing through great danger or conflict. It is most often found in the hands of Aurors and others who engage frequently in magical battle.
  • Camphor – Camphor wands are said to be vindictive and cruel, and in East and Southeast Asia were long associated with the Dark Arts - indeed, in Japan, Camphor carries the same sort of stigma as cherry does in the UK.
  • Cedar – Cedar wands are most typically found among wizards with strength of character and unusual loyalty.
  • Chestnut – Chestnut is a most curious wood that little character or traits of its own other than its attraction to witches and wizards who are skilled tamers of magical beasts, those who possess great gifts in herbology, and those who are natural fliers. Instead, the wand of chestnut tends to take on character of the wand core and the owner.
  • Cypress - Cypress is associated with valour. Wands of cypress find their soul mates among the brave, the bold and the self-sacrificing, and wizards matched to them were long considered certain to sacrifice their lives for others.
  • Dogwood - Dogwood wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful natures and insist upon partners who can provide them with scope for excitement and fun. They sometimes refuse to cooperate with nonverbal spellcasting…
  • Eastern Redbud – Redbud wands most commonly pick proud and talented wizards. They are mostly found among Americans, and are noted for being brittle and fragile, and betraying wizards they consider unworthy.
  • Ebony – Ebony wands prefer courageous and self-assured masters, individualists and non-conformists. It is associated with strong transfigurers.
  • Elm - Elm 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 spells.
  • English Oak - A wand for good times and bad, this is a friend as loyal as the wizard who deserves it. Wands of English oak demand partners of strength, courage and fidelity.
  • Fir - These wands demand staying power and strength of purpose in their true owners, and 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.
  • Hawthorn – Hawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses, and it has been generally observed that the hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil. 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. 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. These wands 'wilt' at the end of their master's life.
  • Hornbeam – Hornbeam selects for its life mate the talented witch or wizard with a single, pure passion, which some might call obsession - more kindly - vision, which will almost always be realised. Hornbeam wands adapt more quickly than almost any other to their owner’s style of magic, and will become so personalised, so quickly, that other people will find them extremely difficult to use even for the most simple of spells.
  • Juniper – Very similar to Birch in that its main strength lies in defensive and healing magic. The wood has long been used in rituals of summoning and creation, and as such a Juniper wielder will often find great strength in conjuration and the more subtle arts. What really sets Juniper apart, however, is that, as a member of the Cypress family, it has slight leanings towards Dark, despite what its strengths would imply.
  • 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 been known to perform powerful and sometimes lethal magic. Laurel wands are sometimes called fickle, but this is unfair; the laurel wand is unable to tolerate laziness in a possessor, and it is in such conditions that it is most easily and willingly won away.
  • Maple – Those chosen by maple wands are 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.
  • Myrtle – Myrtle wands are most often associated with diplomats and healers - they prefer to pair with peaceful, self-assured wielders, and actively dislike violence and martial magic of all sorts. The Myrtle wand is considered a sign of great honor and personal integrity in southern Europe and the Middle East.
  • 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.
  • Poplar – It is said to be 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 Birchwood – Red Birch is the heartwood of Yellow Birch, as opposed to the sapwood, and rarely actually used as a wand wood. Most Red Birch wands are at least a century old, and come from North America. As a wand wood, it is viewed to be picky and somewhat fickle.
  • Rowan – Rowan wood is a prized wand wood due to its reputation for protection. Rowan has become associated with pure-hearted wizards.
  • Spruce – 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 it becomes a superb helper, intensely loyal to their owners and capable of producing particularly flamboyant and dramatic effects.
  • Sycamore – The sycamore makes 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.
  • Walnut – Walnut wands are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; this is a handsome wood possessed of unusual versatility and adaptability. A note of caution, however: while some woods are difficult to dominate, and may resist the performance of spells that are foreign to their natures, the walnut wand will, once subjugated, perform any task its owner desires, provided that the user is of sufficient brilliance.
  • Weeping Willow – A universally popular wood. The weeping willow is a soft and delicate wood often preferred for aesthetic reasons. It looks to match with wizards and witches with an outgoing and accommodating personality.

Rare Woods

  • Alder - Whilst Alder makes for an unyielding wood, its ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate and most likeable. When an alder wand is happily placed, it becomes a magnificent, loyal helpmate. Alder is especially accommodating with nonverbal magic, hence its reputation for needing a skilled master.
  • Apple - Applewood wands are not made in great numbers. They are best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark Arts. It is said that the possessor of an apple wand will be well-loved and long-lived.
  • Black Walnut – Black walnut 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 practises any form of self-deception. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, it becomes an impressive and loyal implement.
  • Cherry - Cherry is a wand of many reputations - it is malleable but sometimes temperamental, and has been associated with many potent and dark wizards. It is especially prized in Japan, China, and Korea, where it has a much less violent reputation.
  • Holly - Holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest. Wizarding superstition holds that those with a wand made of holly are incompatible with those with a wand made of oak and should not marry.
  • Larch - Larch has a reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user, and is most-always in high demand. Notably hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, Larch wands are trickier to handle than many imagine.
  • Red Oak - An ideal master of a red oak wand is light of touch, quick-witted and adaptable, often the creator of distinctive, trademark spells, and a good man or woman to have beside one in a fight.
  • Redwood - Redwood is in short supply, yet constant demand, due to its reputation for bringing good fortune to its owner. The general populace have the truth back to front: redwood wands are not themselves lucky, but do tend to bond to wizards skilled in snatching victory from the jaws of disaster.
  • Reed - Reed wands prefer the bold, the eloquent, and the fiercely loyal and protective.
  • Silver Lime - Silver lime wands have a reputation for performing best for Seers and those skilled in Legilimency, which sometimes affords possessors of a silver lime wand considerable status.
  • Vine - Vine 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,.
  • Willow - The ideal owner for a willow wand often has some (usually unwarranted) insecurity, however well they may try and hide it. These wands are well-suited for healing magic.
  • Yew - Ideal matches are unusual, and occasionally notorious. The wand of yew is reputed to endow its possessor with the power of life and death - and it has a fearsome reputation for violent and malicious spellcasting.

Wand Cores

Cores vary from wand to wand, and have a major effect on the personality of the finished product.

A moderator should be consulted when choosing from exotic wand cores.

Common Cores

  • Dragon Heartstring – A piece of a dragon's heart, collected after the dragon's death. Heartstring is a popular core, reputed to be potent and quick-learning. It is also not known to be perfectly loyal, and has a sordid history with dark wizards.
  • Fenghuang Feather – A feather given freely from a Fenghuang - a bird that's said to reign over all others, native to East Asia. Not a rare core in China or Korea, but are said to be choosy about their wielders, benevolent, and make a peaceful and forgiving wand.
  • Griffin Feather - A feather from a griffin's wing. Griffin wands are considered to be proud, fierce, and create reliable spells. They are, however, stubborn and unyielding - making them slow to learn new magic.
  • Kitsune Tailhair – A tail hair shed from a Kitsune - a shapeshifting 'demon fox'. Kitsune wands are sometimes derided as too 'feminine' and weak, though that perception has lessened with the passing years.
  • Nekodama Whisker – A whisker shed from a Nekodama - a two-tailed 'demon cat'. Colloquially associated with betrayal and deception.
  • Petal Wing – The seasonally-shed wing from a petal, a North American sprite found in flower patches. Petal wands have a reputation for mellowness and subtlety.
  • Quetzal Pinion – A pinion feather shed from a Resplendent Quetzal. Quetzal wands are considered to be very aware and very proud, and are associated with both talent and ego.
  • Satyr Horn – A sliver of horn shed from a Satyr. Satyr wands described as manic, playful, and pathologically high-spirited. Sometimes accused of playing cruel jokes on their wielders.
  • Thunderbird feather – A feather from the tail of a Thunderbird - a large bird that creates storms, thunder, and lightning. Popular in North America. Thunderbird wands are considered to be malleable but proud.
  • Unicorn Hair – The hair shed from a unicorn's mane or tale. Unicorn wands are reliable and not prone to flights of temper or fancy, though they dislike the Dark Arts, and have been known to fade into melancholy and lose their power.

Exotic Cores

  • Coral - A living coral growth. Coral wands are most common among Australian and South American wizards, and are most noted for their profound intolerance of the Dark Arts.
  • Troll Whisker - The facial hair of a mountain troll. While not difficult to obtain, troll whisker is considered an inferior material by most wandmakers since Garrick Ollivander's heyday.
  • Phoenix Tail Feather – Among the rarest wand cores, a feather shed from a molting phoenix. Phoenix wands are versatile and extremely loyal - they are also notoriously picky, rarely bonding with any wizard.
  • Bisan Wingvein – A wingvein shed from a Bisan - a shapeshifting wasp of great size. Bisan wands are considered to be belligerent and stubborn in unworthy hands.
  • Dragon Whisker – A whisker shed from a coiled dragon. Such wands are rare, but still exist - they are usually associated with great talent and power, though there is little evidence to the claim.
  • Hippogriff Feather – A feather harvested from a juvenile hippogriff. Associated with recalcitrant and prideful wands.
  • Kelpie Mane – Hair harvested from the mane of an adult kelpie. Once an extremely popular wand core, kelpie mane began to fall out of favor after a string of high-profile backfires.
  • Veela Hair - Hair plucked from a Veela. Such wands are extremely rare, as to a Veela, losing even a single hair is a great sacrifice.
  • Kneazle Whisker – A whisker shed by a kneazle. Kneazle wands are not especially prestigious, and are reputed to be flighty and disloyal.
  • Naga Scale – A scale given freely by a Naga. Popular in India. Often considered temperamental depending on how the wand is used. It is considered to be a benevolent wand core that turns against malicious wielders, but claims have never been proven.
  • Sphinx Claw - A shed claw from a Sphinx. Spinx wands have a reputation of being volatile, but capable and are attracted to sly or intelligent wizards. They have a tendency to fail or backfire in the hands of a guileless individual.
  • Thestral Tailhair - A hair harvested from the tail of a thestral. Such wands are extremely rare due to the elusiveness of the thestral - the wands, like the creature that powers them, are only liable to choose those who have been touched by death.
  • Yukionna Hair – A hair given freely by a Yukionna - a spirit of snow and winter. Such wands are rare, but still exist - they are thought to be overly emotional and fickle by most.

Length

Most wands are between 9-14 inches long (though some have been sold as short as 8 in. long, and others 15 in.). Some wandmakers try match the wand length to the height of witch or wizard who will use it, though many more renowned artisans consider this an unreliable indicator.

Flexibility

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

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