Common

Demiguise Hair

Demiguise hairs were long considered to not have enough oomph 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.

Specialties
Transfiguration
Jinxes
Hexes

Dragon Heartstring

Dragon Heartstring is a powerful wand 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.

Specialties
Hexes
Dark Arts
Dueling
Charms

Hippogriff 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 on it. It is not the strongest core, but it is one of the most adaptable.

Specialties
Charms
Transfiguration
Dueling

Phoenix Feather

Phoenix tail feather is 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.

Specialties
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Hexes
Jinxes
Dueling
Charms

Runespore Fang

This wand is very powerful and on the border of rarity. Commonly this wand will be most likely found wielded by Dark Wizards or those who are not very pure at heart. This wand reacts poorly to healing spells as well as divination.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Dueling
Hexes
Jinxes

Unicorn Hair

Unicorn hair is a more subtle wand, but it is 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.

Specialties
Healing
Charms
Transfiguration
Defense Against the Dark Arts

 

Rare

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 particular ability with Dark magics, 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.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Dueling
Hexes
Charms

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.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Divination
Charms

Basilisk Skin

Basilisk Skin is a semi-rare core, just above being common due to the vast amount of skin retrieved from the carcass of a single Basilisk. It often bonds with wizards of a darker nature, and is commonly found being passed down through Pureblood families. The hardened properties of the skin makes for a great defensive wand, and wielders will find their proficiency in shielding spells to be greatly increased.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Hexes
Charms
Dueling

Basilisk Fang

Basilisk Fang is arguably the rarest core in existence, the fact that only two fangs can be retrieved from the carcass of each Basilisk and the extreme rarity of the creature making it nearly impossible to find on even the private market. Typically only found in ancient family heirlooms from a time when the Basilisk was in less danger of extinction, this core only bonds with wizards of the highest dark potential. Due to the properties of the deadly venom contained within the fang, it is well known to backfire lethally on anyone without the proper skill to control it, and can only be tamed by a truly powerful wizard. Wielders of wands made of Basilisk Fang will find their proficiency with the Dark Arts greatly increased, as well as an ample boost to Transfiguration, yet are utterly incapable of performing even the most basic of healing spells.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Transfiguration
Hexes
Dueling

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 another time it will object to being used as a potion stirrer and siphon up hours of work without so much as a by-your-leave.


Specialties
Charms
Jinxes
Hexes
Defense Against the Dark Arts

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.

Specialties
Transfiguration
Hexes
Jinxes
Healing

Chimera Scale

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. The fact of the matter is that there are more recorded basilisk slayings in the past fifty years than there are chimera slayings in all of recorded history. These wands are prized for their raw power, although they are difficult to control.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Dueling
Transfiguration

Doxy Wings

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.

Specialties
Dark Arts
Hexes
Dueling
Charms

Erumpent Hide

There is a very good reason this is an exotic- 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.

Specialties
Not Enough is Known

Fairy Wings

This core makes for a light, airy wand, and is the absolute 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.

Specialties
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Transfiguration

Fwooper Feathers

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.

Specialties
Charms
Care of Magical Creatures

Kelpie Hairs

Kelpie hairs are incredibly tempermental cores, explaining their rarity. They were once common in Celtic wandmaking, however, the import of demiguise hairs has resulted in them falling out of favor. They have similar qualities to demiguise hair, and are powerful Transfiguration cores when they don't backfire spectacularly.

Specialties
Transfiguration
Divination
Hexes

Veela Hairs

Veela 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 outdoorsy magics, Divinations, and Charms.

Specialties
Care of Magical Creatures
Divinations
Charms

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