Wand Woods

Alder

Alder is extremely rare, as many wand makers will refuse to take wood from an alder. The ‘bleeding’, turning from white to red, is considered to be inauspicious. The few wands made of alder are often those with strongly opposing cores (such as doxy wings and phoenix feather), as the wood imposes balance

Alligator Juniper

This wood seeks a gifted healer, as it is a medicinal wood used to cure illnesses. More uses include binding spells and protection. Excellent for Healing Magic.

Apple

Apple is a gentle, outdoorsy wood that would find favor with a student skilled in Herbology or Care of Magical Creatures. It tends to get overwhelmed easily, and is thus rarely used with powerful cores (multiple dragon heartstrings or phoenix feathers, for example).

Ash

Ash is slightly associated with the Dark Arts, as the ash tree is said to ‘strangle’ the plants around it. It does excel at Dark magic, but is also good for Transfiguration. They also tend to bond to good Diviners.

Aspen

Those with aspen wands tend to be defiant and talkative. This wand boosts power in Charms, but detracts from Healing magic.

Australian Black Wood

Australian Black Wood represents strength and determination. It is a neutral wood, indifferent to ‘Dark’ Magic and ‘Light’ Magic. It possesses both healing and destructive powers. Good for potion-making, excellent for repelling or conjuring curses.

Beech

Beech is a strong, neutral wood that has no particular strengths or weaknesses, with the exception of one small quirk- it tends to function less effectively underwater.

Birch

Although it has a reputation for weakness, in actuality birch is one of the finest Light wand woods in existence. It is associated with both driving out evil spirits (and thus will produce a strong Patronus) and with healing magic.

Black Ironwood

An African import, it is remarkable in that it will sink rather than float in water. Although its strength might imply a powerful wand wood, it is rarely used, even in African wand craft- its weight, particularly in longer wands, impedes spell casting, and it is next-to-useless underwater.

Black Laurel

Black Laurel is often ‘attracted’ to the courageous, passionate, and ‘strong’. Useful for the absorption and destruction of negative energy, and excels in the reversal of negative spells. Overall, it is excellent for repelling Dark Magic.

Black Limba

A strong wood used for defending and repelling dark magic or casting powerful hexes; neutral and indifferent to the will of its owner. Excellent for defensive spells, charms, and hexes.

Black Poison Wood

A very versatile wood that seeks a companion of strength and determination, however it is indifferent to its owner's will. Excellent for defensive spells, curses, or protective magic.

Black Walnut

A beautiful dark wood, this wand is more decorative than Dark, and is actually a strong Light wood- black walnuts produce a chemical that kills poisonous plants of the Nightshade family.

Blood Wood

A fierce companion for those of a passionate nature, it is recommended for one with experience and discipline. This is a wood of strength and energy, and it will produce potent magic out of love or anger.

Blue Spruce

Like spruce, a strong wood that excels in everything except the Dark Arts. However, a witch or wizard with a strong personality can coax more out of a blue spruce wand than a spruce one.

Bocote

Bocote seeks a creative companion, one of intelligence and imagination. This is a neutral wood, indifferent to the use of white or dark magic. It is excellent for Legilimens or Occlumens, and good for summoning magic, herb magic, and potions.

Bubinga

Bubinga seeks a companion with passion and courage, and also one with spiritual power. It is excellent for Legilimens.

Buckeye

Buckeye is a wood of medicine, healing, and meditation. It is also used for luck, and seeks a companion who is of the ‘healer’ nature. Excellent for Banishing spells.

Butternut

This wood is best for summoning and strength, and is excellent for Divination.

Canary Wood

Seeks a strong companion with the will to achieve, hope, and succeed. It is a neutral wood, preferring neither white nor dark magic. It is excellent for Charm work.

Cedar

Cedar is a rather docile wand wood with particular skill in protective spells. Cedar wand wielders often become potent Occlumens.

Cherry

A “happy”, willing wand wood, which will give consistent results at all magic save the Dark Arts. Cherry with phoenix feather is a particularly agreeable combination for a Light wizard without particularly prodigious magical talents. It may be useful for Divination.

Chestnut

Chestnut is quite good at Transfiguration, although it tends to sputter at Charms and DADA.

Cocobolo

Often seeks a companion of strength and stamina, and is excellent for defensive magic.

Coyote

It is a neutral wood that can be used for healing, summoning, and Herb Magic. It is also good for potions.

Cypress

Cypresses have long been associated with the Greek god of the underworld, Hades. This wand has subtle power, and is good at Transfiguration and Dark Arts.

Dogwood

Dogwood is extremely hard and strong, and the wands made from it will have this resilience. It was once used for making daggers, and hence has a slight violent streak.

Ebony

Ebony is the most famous of the Dark woods, although not the most powerful. However, for visual impact and power, it is amongst the best.

Elder

Although it is rumored that the most powerful wand in existence was made of elder, it is not a particularly common wand wood, if only because when elder wands backfire, they often kills the wand maker or wielder.

Elm

Elm can be used for protection or hexes, destructive spells, and defensive magic.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus trees grow quickly, so these wands channel that liveliness to be both willing and powerful. However, they are rather rare, and are most commonly Australian imports.

Fir

Fir is not a common wand wood because of its undesirable physical properties, but is occasionally seen in outdoorsy wands.

Ginkgo

This is a highly unusual wand wood, and is rarely seen in the West. For over a millennium, it competed with plum as the most popular Chinese wand wood, however, as ginkgo 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 ginkgo wands are fairly rare. This is not to say that ginkgo is not a useful wand wood: it has great staying power, and is good for calming temperamental cores.

Hawthorn

There is a unique ritual associated with the harvesting of hawthorn for wand wood- they are only cut in symbolic pruning at Beltane. It is an excellent DADA wand, as it symbolizes protection.

Hazel

Hazel is quiet and versatile, giving subtle boosts to Charms and Transfiguration. It is another wand that denotes skill in Divination.

Hemlock

Hemlock is a ‘quick’ wand wood and allows for fast reactions, and makes an excellent potion stirrer besides.

Hickory

Hickory seeks a companion with good intentions. It is useful in Divination.

Holly

The archetypal Light wand wood, Holly is renowned for its ability to repel dark spirits and demons. It may reduce your power in hexes, but the boost you get to DADA may just balance it out.

Hornbeam

Hornbeam, or ironwood, is considered to be the most stubborn of wand woods. Those who have the necessary will to master it will be rewarded with an extremely powerful wand.

Ivy

An uncommon wand wood due to the difficulty of harvesting thick enough pieces, it is often worth the trouble, as it is deceptively strong.

Kaya

A lovely yellow wand wood of Japanese origin, it is extremely rare in European wand making. However, those bonded to Kaya wands will find their abilities in logical arts, such as Potions, Astronomy, Ancient Runes, and Arithmancy, boosted.

Linden

Linden, or lime, has not been widely used in British wand making. However, German wizards have long favored it for its association with Freya, and most powerful German DADA wands are made of linden.

Madrona

A beautiful evergreen from the Pacific Northwest region of North America, it is rare in British wand making. However, its distinctive peeling bark denotes its magical powers of change- hence, a powerful wood for Transfiguration.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a good all-around wood, not particularly powerful in any one situation, but a good solid overall wood.

Maple

Maple is a good, sturdy wood, and a bit more magical than oak. It’s rather versatile, but useful, specifically, for cleansing spells.

Mesquite

A feminine wood used for nurturing and providing. Excellent for protection spells.

 

Monterillo

This is a rare wood, not often dared by wand makers because of its density and strength. Although it is used for defensive magic, there is a dangerous power to this wood that can unleash deadly curses if wielded to do so. It is, none the less, excellent for repelling hexes or conjuring Dark Magic.

Oak

Oak is a strong, reliable wand wood that helps with DADA and Transfiguration. However, its sturdiness means that it may take longer to learn new spells.

Osage Orange

Very in tune with the mind, it seeks a companion of intelligence and creativity. Used commonly by Occlumens and Legilimens, it is great for repelling and protection spells.

Pine

A quiet wood, not powerful, not weak. It is a softwood, and thus has a bit more yield, making it more inclined to a quick-learning but less powerful wand. It is, however, excellent for Divination.

Plum

Plum wood is not common in English wand making, however, it is a traditional Chinese wand wood that has gained favor in Central Europe. It seems to be much like apple wood, if slightly more inclined to Charms.

Poculi

A feminine wood; it often bonds with the romantic and harmonious. Poculi is good for healing and Binding Magic.

Poplar

Although poplar is a light wood, it is sometimes found in the wands of Dark Wizards, who find its properties of being extremely similar to human bone desirable.

Purple Heart

It seeks a wise and practiced companion of higher psychic ability. Used for protection, spirituality, success, and defense; great for Divination.

Redwood

This wood excels at all wand-based magic, but it rarely bonds to witches and wizards who do well in the non-wand-based arts. Don’t expect this one to make a good potion stirrer!

Reed

Reed is always delicate, and a difficult wand to work with. However, its wisdom and intelligence make it sought-after by some

Rosewood

Rosewood is graceful and will complement phoenix feathers, unicorn hair, veela hair, and fairy wings nicely. However, other cores end up at odds with the wood.

Rowan

Rowan gives a definite boost to Charms and Transfiguration, but is one of the most willing and reliable all-around wand woods. It was commonly used for a bow-making wood, and carries this significance into being a good dueling woo

Sequioa

An American wood, this is not commonly used in European wand making. 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.

Shedua

This is a neutral wood that works well with the mind, and is great for healing and Charms.

Spruce

Spruce is a good, reliable, standard wand wood. You can’t go wrong with it.

Sycamore

A relatively new wand wood, many of sycamore’s properties are as yet unknown. However, it excels at divining, and would help with Divination, Arithmancy, and Ancient Runes.

Vine Wood

Vine Wood is flexible, which one might think would denote a yielding wood. However, it tends to be extremely erratic, and it is a strong wizard or witch who overcomes the insecurities the wood holds to become successful with it.

Walnut

A beautiful, strong, and versatile wood. Unlike black walnut, it has no slant towards Light or Dark.

White Pine

White pine is a unique wand wood, as it radiates serenity. It cannot be exhausted too much or it will strain and become quite fragile, but it is otherwise docile and easy to work with.

Willow

Willow is known as “the tree of enchantment”, and is hence quite favored for Charms. It also enhances healing magic, and is overall a willing, feminine wand wood.

Yew

Yew is a powerful wand wood. Due to its poisonous sap, it has Dark leanings, and is particularly good at Transfiguration.

Ziricote

Used for reversal spells and dispelling dark magic. It is excellent for protection work.

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