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WANDLORE
At Hogwarts, a wand is an essential tool used to channel a witch or wizard's magical ability. While advanced wizards are capable of performing magic without the use of one, they all began here. Each witch and wizard is given a wand when they begin their magical schooling. These wands are either purchased or handed down through one's family. While some cores come from the same creature and some woods come from the same tree, no two wands are exactly alike.

The wand chooses the wizard—not the other way around—and the choice is based on the nature and personality of the owner. Using the wand of another wizard may make the caster's magic sub-par in comparison to when they use their own wand. Some cases can prove quite devastating, including backfiring spells and possible destruction of the wand. Wands, while quite durable, can be broken with spells or physical damage. While a broken wand can be repaired, it won't be as powerful. In such cases, a new wand should be purchased.

Wands are quasi-sentient. This means that, while they can't interact with their masters, wands are capable of performing some actions on their own, such as choosing their owner. In some cases, wands can activate spells without being commanded. Most wands have personalities, which show through their spellwork.

The following is a list of woods and cores you can use, along with their respective properties.

KEEP IN MIND that this list is not all–encompassing. If you want a wood or core that isn't here, that's fine—but make sure you do your research, and that the wood and core matches your character. This post is really just for reference.

Check out the currency thread for information on how to purchase a rare or heirloom wand.

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This wand guide was written by STARK using multiple references from both the Harry Potter universe and from real-life research for use on her Harry Potter themed sites. If you'd like to use it, just shoot her a friendly PM and ask. The RP world is small—chances are, we'll find out if you take it!
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CHARACTERISTICS
FLEXIBILITY
The flexibility, or rigidity, of a wand refers to the wand's "stubbornness" more than its physical springiness. This is determined by the sort of wood it's made of. In terms of a wand's loyalty, an incredibly rigid wand will work for no one except its owner unless it's won from them. However, a very flexible wand tends to be a bit more yielding in terms of who can command it. The overall power that comes from a wand is determined entirely by how well the wielder utilizes it and its personality.
LENGTH
Though the average wand is between 8 and 14 inches long, wand lengths vary from about 6 to 17 inches. There does seem to be some correlation between wizard size and wand size. A wizard or witch who will grow to be tall will have a longer wand than one who will stay short, but this is more a generalization than a rule. Wand size can also depend on personality. Longer wands tend to be drawn towards users who have bigger personalities; shorter wands may lean towards those who are quieter and have a subtler, more elegant kind of spellwork. Something to keep in mind: the longer the wand, the more difficult it will be to control.
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CORES
Wandmakers from all around the world use different cores for their wands. The following list is separated into local and exotic. Local cores are those often used by British Wandmakers. Exotic cores are those not often used in British wandmaking, or those used more in foreign wands. It is typical of 'exotic' cores to select owners who are from the country or region from which the core originates.

We differentiate between "exotic" and "rare" wand cores. Exotic cores do not have to be purchased unless they are marked as rare and / or include the shopping basket next to their name.
LOCAL CORES
BASILISK HEARTSTRING - An incredibly rare core as basilisks are rarely seen, let alone slain. It is an ancient core that is no longer used today. Basilisk heartstring cores are strictly in heirloom wands and must be handed down in the immediate family for it to work properly for the wielder. They are known to produce extremely powerful dark spells and excel at dueling and curses. The magic is very powerful, but also incredibly unstable. These cores tend to backfire if they consider their master unworthy.

BASILISK SCALE - Like the heartstring, basilisk scale cores are incredibly rare, most often found in heirloom wands. There aren't many wandmakers in England who are willing to use this core, since, like the heartstring, it is difficult to harvest and even harder to control. This wand is best suited for defensive spells. However, its dark connections make it excel at curses, as well. Like the previous core, it is incredibly picky and tends to backfire if it doesn't feel its master is worthy.

COCKATRICE FEATHER - The cockatrice is very similar to the basilisk and is, in fact, a cousin of that creature. It is commonly associated with dark magic, capable of producing powerful spells and curses, but it is much more temperamental than basilisk cores. These are typically found in heirloom wands, since they're rarely made new, nowadays.

DRAGON HEARTSTRING - A common core, taken only after the peaceful death of a dragon. Dragon heartstring cores are typically well-suited to transfiguration spells. Though this core is common among dark wizards, it is not a dark core in and of itself. It is a core that demands a strong master, as it produces very powerful magic, and is an excellent core for duelers. It tends to learn quicker than other wand cores. While the dragon heartstring wand has a strong bond with its current owner, it can be won away from its master. Of the three common cores, this wand is the most prone to accidents, as the core is known to be temperamental.

KNEAZLE WHISKER - while not as powerful as many cores used by wandmakers, a witch or wizard who owns a kneazle whisker wand is not to be trifled with. These wands are known to have a 'mind of their own', and will cast magic without the permission of its owner. Not a subtle wand, it will also shoot sparks at people it doesn't like. Owners of a Kneazle Whisker wand are known to be quick thinkers in all situations, and it is in this aspect that this core makes up for its lack of raw power.

GRIFFIN HAIR - Griffins are creatures of incredible strength, known to be quite violent at times. Because the creatures themselves are rare, as are their cores. The hair of the core comes from either the tail or the mane of this creature, and is drawn to a courageous master. Griffin hair cores are very powerful in offensive strikes and transfiguration. These wands have the capability to be inclined towards dark magic.

GRIFFIN WING FEATHER - The wings of a griffin provide a different strength entirely; where the hair gives strength in offense, the feather, its companion, aids in defense. Two wands with these cores fighting together prove to be a potentially lethal combination. Unlike their cousins, though, wands with griffin feathers are not capable of casting dark magic effectively.

HIPPOGRIFF FEATHER - Hippogriff feather wands, like the creature, demand a lot of respect. When treated with care, they prove to be very powerful and useful to their master. If disrespected, however, they become defiant and reluctant to cooperate. They work only in the hands of the one they recognize as their master, backfiring for anyone else who attempts to use it without permission.

PHOENIX FEATHER - The rarest of the three common cores. Due to its incredible magical properties, phoenix feather is a very powerful core, taken only from the feathers unneeded for flight (often the tail.) Phoenix feather cores are excellent in defensive and combative magic. Phoenix feather cores are characteristic of courageous, confident, and brave wielders, and are very adaptable cores. While not typically used for dark magic, it is not impossible to bend this core to work for the dark arts. They are hard to tame and their allegiance is hard to win. However, once you have proven yourself to it, it will be loyal.

UNICORN HAIR - Taken from the mane of the animal's tail, this core produces very strong charms and healing magic. The core is drawn to those of a gentle and peaceful nature, as unicorns are very subtle and gentle creatures, themselves. Unicorn hair wands have the most trouble learning the dark arts, and are the most faithful of all the wands, normally remaining bonded to their first owner no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, wands with this core are very delicate and the core may "die" if mistreated or mishandled, thus need replacing. They do not make the most powerful wands (though the right wood may compensate for this limitation.)
EXOTIC CORES
ABADA HAIR - An African wand core drawn to the soft spoken, patient owner. Just as the creature itself is very shy and reclusive, this wand is very subtle in its magic and not particularly well-suited for exceptionally powerful or dangerous spells. It works best in the hands of healers and potioneers, excelling at any sort of spellwork or magic that requires a great deal of patience and meticulous care.

ALICANTO FEATHER - A core made by Chilean wandmakers. The Alicanto is said to bring good luck, and it is said that owners of this wand find the same. This core is adept at finding spells, and it's particular drawn to precious metals. As a result, owners of this wand tend to have a reputation for being greedy and / or are believed to be destined for great wealth in their future. A very loyal wand to its owner -- it will not work for anyone else and brings misfortune in the hands of anyone that it does not recognize as its or as worthy of wielding it. There are two variants of the alicanto core -- gold, and silver. The silver core is more durable than the gold, and as a result can cast more powerful and aggressive spells, however the gold while not necessarily weaker, does not have as much of a kick and is better at less destructive forms of magic. Wands with this core will have a slight glow depending on the thickness of the wood and will illuminate without the use of a spell in dark places. ( NOTE - when selecting this core, specify which color! )

ARAǴANAQLTA’A SCALE - An Argentinian core that is designed specifically and exclusively for Parselmouths. The wand is drawn to intelligent wizards and works best with non-aggressive owners. It is particularly well suited for Care of Magical Creatures, and does well with water magic and any of the other natural magical sciences. This loyal wand core will not work in the hands of anyone except a Parselmouth and will backfire quite violently if people try too hard to make it work. It will work only for the original owner and cannot be won over, nor handed down.

CACTUS CAT QUILL - A core used by American wandmakers. This core is an aggressive one that lends itself best to the bold and brash. They are fantastic for offensive spells and Jinxes, but they often fail at casting charms. Due to the cactus cat's pension for getting drunk off cactus juice, these wands will sometimes drink a user's potion and backfire for hours—or sometimes days, depending on the draft. (submitted by boo)

BÁI HǓ FANG - known in English-Speaking countries as the White Tiger Fang, is a prized core among Chinese wandmakers, as they are difficult to procure and shape. The tooth is taken from a deceased mythical Bái Hu and treated with several different spells and runes before it can be used. It has no preference for light or dark magic, but performs best for a person of virtue. Rumor has it that a wand with this core will turn pure white if it is 500 years old. A notable quirk of this core is that it will move to point west when left alone. (created by jaronart)

CHERUFE ASH - An exceptionally rare core, as the only wandmaker in Chile who used it was killed by the beast fifteen years ago. The ash is not harvested directly from the creature, but collected from their dens and / or the ground they walk. As a wand core it is extraordinarily powerful -- though it is known to be drawn to those with aggressive natures and a thirst for power. It produces very strong, destructive spells. Excelling in Dark arts, has a particular gift for producing fire magic.This wand will literally burn the hands of anyone that is not its owner, and requires a very strong wood to contain it. STAFF APPROVAL REQUIRED!

CHICKCHARNEY FEATHER - a large, owl-like creature native to the Bahamas. The feather is taken from the wings not required for flight, and wands made with this core as said to bring good fortune to their owner as long as it is treated with respect. They don't make for particularly powerful wands for practical magic, however they are commonly found in magizoologists and explorers and have a particular quirk for being able to lead travelers to their destination.

CHIMERA HAIR - a core used very rarely in wandmaking due to the dangerous and violent nature of the creature from which it's pulled. The chimera hair core produces very powerful wands when matched with the right wood, though is known to combust when placed in weaker or more 'feminine' woods. If pulled from the lion's mane, the chimera hair is substantially more powerful and casts quicker in offensive magic. If pulled from the goat, it is better with defensive magic and produces a powerful patronus and shield charm. Either way, the wand excels in transfiguration and alchemy.

HORNED SERPENT HORN - An American wand core. Wands made from a horned serpent horn are exceptionally powerful wands. They are also very rare, as are the creatures themselves. To make matters harder, the horn must also be willingly given to the wandmaker in order to create it. The horned serpent horn needs to be enclosed in a powerful wood for the wand to work effectively. Otherwise, it will backfire or break during more advanced spellwork. Horned Serpent horn wands are particularly combative against Thunderbird wands. STAFF APPROVAL REQUIRED!

MANTICORE HAIR - An intelligent yet ferocious creature, manticore hair wands are often associated with dark magic. It is exceptionally powerful in producing hexes, curses, and charms, though doesn't do particularly well with defence against the dark arts. Manticore hair cores are incredibly temperamental and will backfire spontaneously, typically loyal only to their master.

MANTICORE HEARTSTRING - The heartstring is a bit more stable than the hair, taken only when the manticore has died peacefully of natural causes. The manticore heartstring, like the hair, is commonly associated with dark magic, excelling in curses and the like. However, it is also incredibly useful with transfiguration. This is a core loyal only to its master.

PEGASUS HAIR - Where the unicorn excels in healing, the pegasus hair core, taken from the mane or tail of the creature, is very strong in offensive and defensive magic. A common core for aurors.

PEGASUS WING FEATHER - The wing feather of the pegasus is taken only from the feathers that are not necessary for flight. This core, like its cousin, is powerful in offensive magic, excelling in defence against the dark arts and charms. It is also a very common core for aurors.

QILIN SCALE - A common core used by wandmakers in China, the Qilin (or Kirin) scale is particularly drawn to wizards who ae destined to be leaders. They will flourish in the hands of a generous owner with a protective nature and have a tendency to backfire if used maliciously. They are adept at charms and defensive spells, and have a particular affinity for fire magic. Many wandmakers believe that a Qilin wand will ward away bad luck. After the original owner dies, Qilin Scale core wands can no longer produce magic, and are passed down as keepsakes only

QĪNGLÓNG HORN - this Chinese wand core is made of the horn of a Qīnglóng (known in English-speaking countries as the 'Azure Dragon'), left behind after the creature sheds its old horns for the coming of spring. Known as a guardian spirit, this core excels in Defense Against the Dark Arts. This wand core is rarely found in the hands of those who practice the dark arts — however, once turned, it becomes more unstable, performing ferocious offensive spells by sacrificing its once stable defense. Spells cast from wands with this core have been said to 'snake' through the air. A notable quirk of this core is that when left alone, the wand will move to point east. (created by jaronart)

ROUGAROU HAIR - A core used by American wandmakers. The Rougarou hair is believed to have an affinity for dark magic, but that doesn't make the core inherently dark. In fact, it is excellent in offensive spells, as well as transfiguration magic. The core itself is very temperamental and known to backfire on users it deems unworthy. The hairs are very difficult to obtain, and to contain in a wood that isn't also exceptionally powerful. As a result, it's as rare for wizards to obtain this wand as it is for a wandmaker to make it. STAFF APPROVAL REQUIRED!

SERPENT SCALE - A very diverse core that is powerful in all kinds of magic. The serpent scale core is very flexible, not particularly picky about who wields it, and is easily used by people other than its master. The lack of absolute loyalty, however, is made up for with its spellcasting ability.

SPHINX HAIR - A core imported from Egypt, the sphinx hair core is taken from the tail of the beast. It works best for a wizard with a ready mind and a thirst for learning; it is very adaptable to new spells and incantations, as well as capable of creating powerful spells. The sphinx hair will not work for someone it considers to be of lower intelligence.

THUNDERBIRD TAIL FEATHER - A core used by American wandmakers. The thunderbird tail feather cores, similar to the phoenix tail feather, are incredibly powerful wands but difficult to master. However, they're very loyal once they're won. They are good for transfiguration work and are known to be exceptionally powerful in offensive spell work. Unfortunately, they do have a tendency to backfire on the user if used incorrectly and are also prone to accidents. It is the most powerful when paired with cedar and is known to be particularly combative against horned serpent wands.

VEELA HAIR - Veela core wands are very fickle, providing different results to everyone who uses one. They tend to favor those of Veela descent. Typically made from the hair of the parent, they aren't usually created for general use when it comes to wandmaking. They excel in charms and transfiguration. The hair of a Veela must be donated in order to make it into a wand.

WAMPUS CAT HAIR - A core used by American wandmakers. The wampus cat hair core is a very fickle wand and is notorious for being easier for women to tame than men. (Worth noting, though, is that men that do own the wand have a reputation for being exceptional in spellwork, with miraculous control over their magic.) The core is best suited for transfiguration work, however it is also good for defensive magic.

WHITE RIVER MONSTER SPINE - A core used by American wandmakers. Strictly an heirloom wand, as the original user of this core took the secret to catching the creature to his grave. This core is known to work well for charms and healing and requires a certain elegance in wandwork to be used effectively. It is very faithful to its master and is difficult to win over by other users as a result—unless, however, they are willingly given or handed down to said user. It is very difficult to turn wands with this core towards dark magic.

XUANWU SHELL - a Chinese wand core, these cores are created with bits of a deceased xuanwi shell (known in english-speaking countries as the 'black tortoise'). The older the shell, the stronger the core. Since the mythological black tortoise is known for its protective nature, this core is likewise known for its powerful defensive spellwork and healing capabilities. Wands with this core are unswervingly loyal, and have a penchant for protecting its owner of its own volition. Black tortoise shell, though powerful, is less admired as it has a slower casting speed, and is more harmonious with those who have a deep-rooted insecurity. A notable quirk of this core is that when left alone, it tends to move to point north. (created by jaronart)

YUMBOES HAIR - The yumboes are fairies native to Senegal. The Yumboes have three particularly distinctive features: their pearl-colored skin; their silver hair; and their extremely diminutive stature (standing about two feet tall). They are considered to be a 'sentient' being, and as such, for this wand core to work, the hair must be given by the Yumboes willingly. Cores made from an unwilling Yumboes will not function. Wands with this core are drawn to the generous and the creative, and are the most powerful in a plum wood wand. They have no preference for "light" or "dark" magic.

ZHŪ QUÈ FEATHER - Known in English-Speaking countries as the Vemillion Bird Feather, this core, given freely by a Zhū Què and plucked from the tail feathers of the creature, is a trial to pair as these wands are often temperamental and difficult to master. In the hands of those it deems unworthy, the wand will envelope itself in flames. However, wands with this core have been known to choose owners who are particular about detail and perfection. Spells cast by these wands have been said to hold a particular elegance and beauty. This core is particularly suited to spells that use fire. A notable quirk is that wands with this core will point to the south when left alone. (created by jaronart)

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While much of a wand's personality depends on the core, the wood is a major contributing factor to it, as well. The heavier and more rigid a wand is, the more difficult it will be to control by anyone other than its master, especially if it's a particularly stubborn wood. However, certain woods are more inclined to do different magic than others. You'll notice some wands are referred to as "masculine" or as "feminine." The "gender" of a wand refers to its temperament; it doesn't indicate a gender specific wood.

Be aware, the woods below are not your only options. If you would like to use a wood that is not on this list, you are permitted to. However, make sure that it suits your character's personality and that you run it by the staff, first.
WOOD
ACACIA - A wood that refuses to produce magic for anyone but its owner. Acacia wands are hard to pair with a wizard and tend to only show loyalty to the most powerful. Additionally, they tend to withhold their power unless their owner is incredibly gifted. These wands are more suited to "subtle wizards."

ALDER - A masculine wood, alder is very diverse and one of the most flexible in terms of magical diversity, but unyielding in strength. It does not have a preference towards light or dark magic, but is known to be very adept at resurrection and best used for offensive magic. It is a very powerful wand and requires a brave, strong, yet well-balanced wizard to wield it. Alder is best suited to non-verbal magic, earning its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.

ALLIGATOR JUNIPER - A wand specifically intended for light magic, the alligator juniper wood works best in the hands of healers. It is best suited to charms and medical magic and has a particular flare when it comes to protective spells as well. Alligator juniper is most powerful when paired with a unicorn hair core, and it can be very fragile when paired with offensively inclined or volatile cores.

ALMOND - A masculine wand, almond is best used for protection spells. It is suited to those of a kind and sweet nature and fails in the hands of violence. Almond wood is very common in American import wands and works best when paired with American cores.

APPLE - A feminine wood, apple is best suited for healing, love magic, and divination, and takes a particular liking to those with a creative mind and respect toward nature. While they are strongest with their healing, their ability to perform offensive magic is not great unless it's paired with something akin to a pegasus hair core. This tree is sacred to the druid, and the wood is soft, easily overwhelmed. As a result, very powerful cores are not usually matched with it. Apple wood, however, is unwavering and loyal, particularly when paired with the correct core, and will fail to function in the hands of anyone but its owner.

ASH - A strong North American wood used for healing, ash is a masculine wood that favors those with strength and purpose—courageous, but never brash or arrogant. Ash is known as the father of trees and gives birth to very powerful wands. Best known for their adeptness in charms and transfiguration, the ash wand cleaves to its one true master, especially if paired with unicorn hair.

ASPEN (COTTONWOOD) - Also known as White Poplar, aspen is a masculine wood that favors those with eloquence. It is a very popular wood due to its resemblance to ivory. The aspen wand works best in the hands of a duelist, and as a result, it's particularly suited to combat spells. Owners of aspen wands are generally strong-minded and determined: leaders, not followers. It is the most remarkable when paired with powerful cores, such as sphinx hair or horned serpent horn.

AUSTRALIAN BLACKWOOD - A very neutral wood indifferent to light or dark magic, this wood will be successful in the hands of any owner. It is excellent for repelling and conjuring. Australian blackwood prefers those with a ready mind and a hand for potions.

AVODIRE - A powerful male wood that seeks a creative companion, avodire is used for defense and protection, excelling in conjuration spells. Charms and transfiguration are best performed with this wand.

BEECH - A feminine wand which takes preference to a wielder with a gentle, romantic heart. It is excellent for binding magic and healing rituals, as well as love spells. It works best with charms and is the most powerful with a unicorn tail core.

BIRCH - A feminine wood used exclusively for light magic: banishing evil spirits, cleansing rituals, etc. It is best used for charms and healing. The birch wand prefers those of patience and calm emotion—students wise beyond their years and adults who are wealthy with wisdom. They do not work well with dark magic, nor do they react well with a narrow-minded master. While it is weak in the hands of an unworthy user, when properly matched, it is a loyal, powerful wand.

BLACK IRONWOOD - A heavy, powerful wood rarely used in wandmaking because of its weight. Black ironwood demands a very strong and competent master. The weight, particularly in larger wands, makes it difficult to use, but to those who can master it, it is very powerful in all magics.

BLACK LAUREL - A powerful wand best suited to those with courage, passion, and strength, black laurel excels with the destruction of negative energy. Those with strength in defence against the dark arts often possess this wand.

BLACK LIMBA - A neutral wood indifferent to the will of its owners, black limba is very strong and durable. It is best used in the hands of a strong owner who can keep it under control, and is excellent for defensive spells, charms, and hexes. Those with an inclination toward defence against the dark arts are most often selected to wield it.

BLACK PALM - A masculine wand that strives for an owner with a thirst for knowledge, black palm is best at transfiguration and charms. Black palm is not necessarily loyal and tends to favor owners that are smarter than their current wielder.

BLACK POISONWOOD - A wand which seeks a companion of strength and determination, black poisonwood is a very powerful, neutral wand. It takes no preference to light or dark magic, excelling in defense, curses, or protection. It is the most powerful with a core like dragon heartstring and other such cores.

BLACKTHORN - A masculine wand best suited for protection, blackthorne provides very powerful offensive attacks and defensive magic. It is often found in the wands of aurors and is a desired wood due to its power. Wands of this wood need to pass through danger or hardship with their owners to be truly bonded.

BLACK WALNUT - A neutral wood that requires a focused owner who relies on intuition, this wand is best for more personal magic. It is abnormally attuned to inner conflict and, as a result, loses power if its possessor practices any sort of self doubt. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, it is one of the most loyal and impressive wands with a particular flair in all sorts of charm work.

BLOODWOOD - A fierce wood that takes favor in those of a passionate nature, bloodwood produces the strongest spells under the influence of strong emotion. Reserved or shy individuals will suffer with the use of this particular wood. This wood is excellent in all magics as long as the wielder is passionate about its use.

BLUE SPRUCE - A strong wood that excels in all areas except the dark arts, the blue spruce favors those with strong personalities. It doesn't work for anyone but its designated owner, unless that owner's defeated. It is most powerful with American cores, particularly with a thunderbird feather.

BOCOTE - A neutral wood, excellent for legilimency or occlumency. This wand works best for those adept at herbology or potions, and is capable of producing a powerful patronus. It seeks a creative companion of intelligence and imagination.

BUBINGA - A wand excellent for legilimency, this wand seeks a companion with courage. Certain dark arts, such as the imperius curse, are strongest with this wood. Known for its ability to enhance influence, however, it tends to suffer with exceptionally powerful offensive cores.

BUCKEYE - A wood excellent for healing and meditation, buckeye seeks a companion with strong inclination toward becoming a healer. It's excellent for banishment spells. It works substantially best with unicorn hair wands and other cores inclined toward healing. However, it's known to backfire and potentially break with overly powerful cores, or in the hands of someone who mistreats or misuses it.

BUTTERNUT - A masculine wood used for summoning and strength, this wood seeks a companion with a strong inner eye. It is excellent for divination, legilimency, and occlumency. It is not as durable as other woods, but it's a beautiful wood when crafted correctly.

CANARY - A masculine wood seeking a companion with a strong will to succeed, this wood will work for either light or dark magic. It requires a master with a lot of control and a thirst to achieve, and is excellent for charm work.

CEDAR - A docile, masculine wood with a skill in protective spells, cedar seeks a good companion and fails in the hands of dark magic, though those who wield it are typically excellent at occlumency. It is a protective wood that keeps its companion safe from harm and works best in the hands of a defender or warrior. Very useful in care of magical creatures and produces a strong patronus.

CHERRY - A feminine wood used for healing and binding spells. It seeks a harmonious companion, enhancing the levelheadedness in its owner. This wood, combined with just about any core, possesses incredible, truly lethal power. It should never be paired with a wizard without exceptional self control and strength of mind, particularly with a dragon heartstring core. In lesser hands, it will backfire.

CHESTNUT - A masculine wood which is best used for transfiguration, though tends to be temperamental about charms and defense. It is very picky about its owner, taking a liking to those with a strong inclination towards herbology and beast taming.

CHINESE PISTACHE - A masculine wood best for curse breaking. This wood seeks an owner with a strong will and determination and works best with "protective" cores, such as the pegasus or griffin hair. It tends to be pretty temperamental, however, and won't work well in the hands of a timid or lesser owner. However, it is also known to be very protective of its master and will defend them without command.

COCOBOLO - A very masculine wood, cocobolo seeks a companion of strength and stamina. It is excellent for defence against the dark art and is capable of producing a powerful patronus. It is a loyal wood, working only for its owner and fails to perform in the hands of another.

COYOTE - A neutral wood, coyote takes a preference to those with a ready mind and compassionate heart. It excels at potions, herbology, and healing. It is not particularly loyal, however, so it can easily be won over by anyone it deems more competent than its current owner.

CYPRESS - A feminine wand with a very subtle power, cypress seeks a courageous owner not afraid to die for their cause. Wands of cypress find their soulmates among the brave, bold, and self-sacrificing; those unafraid to confront the shadows in their own and others' natures.

DOGWOOD - A very hard, strong wood with a bit of a temper, dogwood seeks a companion free of fear and restraints. It is most powerful when used for the dark arts and attack spells, but falters with protective and healing magic. The dogwood wand refuses to perform non-verbal spells, and tends to be noisy in its spell casting.

EBONY - A wood which produces the most powerful wand, ebony prefers a companion who is strong in mind and body—someone unafraid to use its power. It takes no preference to either light or dark magic, though it's known to fall into the hands of dark wizards due to its strength. Not a wood for the faint of heart, it grants pure, unlimited power.

ELM - A feminine wood which seeks a companion of strength, elm is excellent for all sorts of magic. It takes no preference to light or dark; it's a very diverse wand, but it will falter in the hands of the weak-hearted. It prefers owners with presence, magical dexterity, and a certain dignity. It also produces the fewest accidents and most elegant charms and spells. In the right hands, they are capable of highly advanced magic.

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. Owners of English oak wands have powerful intuition, and they'll often have 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.

EUCALYPTUS - A wood with an affinity for those who excel at potions. Eucalyptus works best for healing, herbology, and protection. It has a clear preference for light magic, though tends to fall into the hands of lazier users.

FIR - A wand which takes a preference to one with an outdoorsy nature. There is no doubt that this wood, coming from the most resilient of trees, produces wands that demand staying power and strength of purpose in their true owners, and that they are poor tools in the hands of the changeable and indecisive. Fir wands are particularly suited to transfiguration and favor owners of a focused, strong-minded and, occasionally, intimidating demeanor.

GINGKO - A rare wand due to it being sparse in the wild, gingko wood is not used very often in wand making. It works with any core, and it's compatible with any wizard. However, it's known to be a weaker wand with no loyalty.

HAWTHORN - Hawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses. They seem most at home with an owner of conflicted nature, or one passing through a period of turmoil. Hawthorn is not easy to master and should only ever be in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent. If not, the consequences of the match 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. It works best for one who understands and manages their own feelings. Owners should be careful handling a hazel wand if they've recently lost their temper or suffered a serious disappointment, because the wand will absorb such energy and discharge it unpredictably. The positive aspects of a hazel wand outweigh the minor discomforts, though. They're capable of outstanding magic in the hands of the skillful and are so devoted to their owner that they often die at the end of its master’s life. Hazel wands can also detect water underground, and will emit silvery, tear-shaped puffs of smoke if passing over concealed springs and wells.

HEMLOCK - A wand that is quick to react—sometimes without the consent of its owner—hemlock is a very protective and loyal wood that will backfire in the hands of anyone else. Excellent for defence against the dark arts and charms.

HICKORY - A sturdy, reliable wand that expands the power of its owners. Hickory seeks a companion with a thirst to push their limits and become stronger, and is known to be a very loyal wood once its allegiance is won. Owners of this wand tend to be very successful. Whether that's the wood's nature drawing out the best in them or the will of the owner themselves is still to be determined.

HOLLY - Holly is one of the rarer kinds of 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 a wood that varies most dramatically in performance depending on the wand core.

HONEY LOCUST - A very reliable wood used often in the creation of runes. The honey locust wand is particularly powerful with binding and protection spells, but tends to falter with offensive magic and curses. It's particularly drawn to those with a strong inner eye and is unshakably loyal to its first owner, backfiring in the hands of others.

HORNBEAM - Also known as "ironwood," Hornbeam is by far the most stubborn, requiring an owner of strong will and confidence. Hornbeam wands adapt more quickly than (almost) any other to their owner’s style of magic, and they'll become so personalized so quickly that others will find them extremely difficult to use, even for the simplest of spells. Hornbeam wands likewise absorb their owner’s code of honor, whatever that might be, and will refuse to perform acts—whether for good or ill—that do not tally with their master’s principles.

IPE - A wand used for healing and protection, ipe works best with those with a need to succeed. It is rumored that this wand brings good luck and success. Excellent for renewal spells with a strong inclination toward potions, herbology, and charms.

IVY - An uncommon, but very flexible wood that is very difficult to break because of its incredible flexibility. Ivy requires an owner with tolerance and patience, as it can be difficult to tame. However, once it's done, it is very loyal and powerful. Just about any core will work in this wand, and wizards and witches with a fluid spellcasting style find it easiest to master.

JUNIPER - A masculine wand with a very diverse range, juniper is used for everything from divination to hexing to protection spells. It requires a very well-balanced owner with a strong mind and confidence. Works best for curse breaking.

KAYA - A wand of Japanese origin, making it very rare in British wandmaking. Kaya prefers a logical companion, excelling in potions, astronomy, ancient runes, and various other intellectual subjects. While not the best for defense or offense, it is excellent in charms and the creation of spells.

KOU - A neutral wood which prefers neither light nor dark magic, this wand is excellent for everything from defensive spells to hexes, to destructive spells, and to curses. It has a strong inclination towards wizards of a dark nature due to its diverse power, though it simply strives for an owner of strength, confidence, and determination.

LARCH - Strong, durable and warm in color, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in its user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wood, however, is hard to please and trickier to handle than many consider. It creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describe the master who deserves it. It is often the case that a witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realize the full extent of their powers until paired with it.

LAUREL - It is said that a laurel wand can't perform a dishonorable act. Although, in the quest for glory, owners of laurel wands have been known to perform powerful and sometimes lethal magic. The laurel wand seems unable to tolerate laziness in a possessor, easily won away from one with this setback. Otherwise, it will cleave happily to its first match forever. Laurel has the unusual and engaging attribute of issuing a spontaneous lightning strike if another witch or wizard attempts to steal it.

LINDEN (LIME) - A wood not often used in British wandmaking, linden has a strong inclination toward defence against the dark arts and the dark arts alike. It works best with powerful cores and often can't find its true potential with the likes of veela hair or unicorn hair. Phoenix feather is the best match.

LEOPARD WOOD - A wood that seeks a companion of strength, this wand is best used for protection and creation. It excels in transfiguration and defence against the dark arts, producing weak destructive spells and hexes. It will backfire in the hands of a destructive user and shatter with cores that are too powerful for it.

MADRONA - Rare in British wandmaking, madrona wood is adept in transfiguration, preferring a companion who is open-minded and willing to accept change.

MAHOGANY - While not a particularly powerful wood in any one subject, mahogany is a solid, strong wood overall. Its overall power depends entirely on the strength, knowledge, and determination of its owner. It seeks a companion with willpower and intelligence and a fearlessness to do what they feel is right.

MAKORE - A powerful wood that requires a companion of strength, this wood takes no preference to light or dark magic, excelling in both. It favors those without limits, willing to step over boundaries and delve into the unknown. A common wood among dark wizards, it is easily won away.

MAPLE - These wands choose travelers and explorers, preferring ambition in their owner. Their magic grows heavy and lackluster when kept at home. Fresh challenges and regular changes of scene cause this wand to literally shine, burnishing itself as it grows in ability and status with its partner. This is a beautiful and desirable wood, and wand-quality maple has been among the most costly for centuries, making this wand an efficient mark of status.

MESQUITE - A feminine wood seeking a compassionate, nurturing owner. Mesquite wands are excellent for protection spells, also working well in herbology and defence against the dark arts. The wood is not strong enough to support exceptionally powerful cores such as the basilisk cores; it is the most powerful with unicorn, phoenix, or pegasus hair.

MONTERILLO - A very rare wood not often used by wandmakers because of its density and strength, monterillo represents strength, courage, and determination. It takes no side between light or dark magic, providing powerful defenses and deadly curses depending on the wielder. In truth, it seeks a powerful owner with strong inclinations toward offensive and defensive magic; this wand fancies combat.

MYRTLE - A wood valued for strength and endurance, wands made from this wood grant the owner these qualities. It favors those who value peace and precision. Myrtle wands are often longer than most, and work best with offensive and defensive magic.

OAK - A reliable wood that works well with defence against the dark arts and transfiguration, oak is incredibly sturdy and balanced. It seeks a companion with courage and is inherently loyal, working only in the hands of its owner and those that its owner willingly surrenders it to. Attempts of any others to use it will result in a backfire.

ORANGE - Most in tune with creativity, wands made out of orange seek intelligent, inventive masters. Often used with occlumency and legilimency, this wood is excellent for creation of spells, repelling, and protective spells.

PADUAK - Seeks a master with strength and power. Paduak is dangerous in the wrong hands. It has no preference for light or dark magic, but does not work well for the weak and is easily won over by anyone it considers stronger than its current master.

PEAR - This golden-toned wood produces wands of splendid magical powers, performing best in the hands of the warm-hearted, generous, and wise. Possessors of pear wands are usually popular and well-respected. These wands have never been found in the hands of a dark witch or wizard and are among the most resilient.

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 without protest to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect (and perform best for) owners destined for long lives. The pine wand is one of the most sensitive to non-verbal magic.

PLUM WOOD - An uncommon wood in British wandmaking, plum is said to be very much like apple with a stronger inclination to charms.

POCULI - A feminine wood which takes a liking to those with a strong willingness to love. Poculi is excellent for binding magic and protection, and it is often found among successful potioneers. Unshakably loyal with the correct core, though it will break with overly powerful cores or misuse.

POPLAR - Favors a master of integrity. Here is a wand to rely upon—of consistency, strength and uniform power. Poplar is happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision.

PURPLE HEART - A very pretty wood with a natural violet hue, purple heart wands seek a wise companion with a powerful inner eye. Purple heart is used for protection and defense. It is excellent in divination.

RED OAK - The true match for a red oak wand has unusually fast reactions, making this a perfect dueling wand. Less common than English oak, its ideal master is light of touch, quick-witted and adaptable, often the creator of distinctive, trademark spells, making them a good person to have beside you in a fight. Red oak wands are among the most handsome.

REDWOOD - Wand-quality redwood is in short supply and constant demand due to its reputation for bringing good fortune to its owner. Redwood wands are not lucky in and of themselves, but are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, and to snatch advantage from catastrophe.

REED - A delicate, difficult wand to tame, reed seeks a master of wisdom and intelligence, excelling in most subjects, aside from divination. It's very flexible and, as a result, its owner needs to have a more fluid spellcasting style.

ROSEWOOD - A feminine wood excellent for healing, love spells, and occlumency and legilimency, rosewood seeks a well-balanced companion with an open mind and compassionate heart. Not intended for dueling, it works best with gentle cores.

ROWAN - Favored for wands, rowan is reputed to be more protective than any other, rendering defensive charms especially strong and difficult to break. Rowan is most happily placed with the clear-headed and the pure-hearted, but don't scoff at its affinity for virtue. These wands are the equal of any, often the better, and frequently out-perform others in duels.

SEQUOIA - A wood which seeks a strong-willed companion in touch with nature, sequoia is very powerful and loyal to its master. It works well in all sorts of magic, having no preference for light or dark. It will not work in the hands of anyone but its owner.

SHEDUA - A neutral wood that works well with those of intellect and a thirst for learning, shedua produces wands excellent for healing and charms. Non-verbal spells are incredibly powerful with this wand. It has a bit of a quirky personality, refusing to function if a spell isn't cast correctly and, as a result, being difficult to master.

SILVER LIME - A very popular wand. Not only are these wands unusually handsome: they also have a reputation for performing best for Seers and those skilled in Legilimency, both arts mysterious in nature. Consequently, this gives the possessor of a silver lime wand a considerably high status.

SNAKEWOOD - A very feminine wood that works best with those of a quiet, intelligent nature. It is a tame wood compatible with most gentle cores, though the more powerful ones tend to unbalance it. It works best for intellectual-type magics, not intended for dueling or dark arts; they're adept in charms, transfiguration, and divination.

SPRUCE - Unskilled wandmakers call spruce a difficult wood. A particular deftness is required to work with spruce, which produces wands that are ill-matched with cautious or nervous natures, becoming dangerous in fumbling fingers. The spruce wand requires a firm hand, as it seems to have its own ideas about what magic it should cast. However, when a spruce wand meets its match—a bold spell-caster with a good sense of humor—it becomes a superb helper, intensely loyal to its owner and capable of producing flamboyant and dramatic effects.

SYCAMORE - The sycamore makes a questing wand, eager for new experiences and downtrodden if engaged in mundane activities. It is a quirk of these handsome wands that they might combust if they become "bored." The sycamore’s ideal owner is curious, vital, and adventurous; when paired with such an owner, it demonstrates a remarkable capacity to learn and adapt, which earns it a rightful place among the world's most highly-prized wand woods.

TEAK - A feminine wood used for defensive magic. Teak seeks a creative companion in touch with nature, excelling at protection spells and care of magical creatures and herbology. Not for use for offensive dueling, but very powerful in defense.

TIGER WOOD - A headstrong wood which seeks a kind and loyal companion of authority. Tiger wood is excellent for charms, defense, and sealing magic and is known to have a particular "bite" when it comes to offensive spells. In the hands of a dark magic user, the sight of this wood should scare you.

VERMELHA - A wood which requires a strong companion, vermelha is excellent for dueling. It takes allegiance in neither light nor dark magic, often considered the balance between the two. Once it is used for one of those, though, it becomes strongest in magic on that side.

VINE - Vine wands are among the less common types, and their owners are nearly always those who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary, frequently astounding those who think they know them best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted to personalities with hidden depths, more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match.

WALNUT - Highly intelligent witches and wizards should be offered a walnut wand for trial first—nine times out of ten, the two will find each other to be their ideal mate. Walnut wands are found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; this wood possesses unusual versatility and adaptability. A note of caution, however: while some woods are difficult to dominate and may resist spells that are foreign to their natures, the walnut wand will, once subjugated, perform any task its owner desires, provided 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 wizard may feed from each other in unhealthy ways.

WENGE - A wood which seeks a companion of versatility, wenge is most compatible with those in touch with nature. Excellent for defense and dispelling dark magic. It is ideal for dueling, requiring a quick mind and steady hand to properly wield it.

WHITE PINE - A unique, fragile wood that radiates serenity and prefers a companion with a steady mind, this wand works best with light magic, failing with dark. It is compatible only with gentle cores, becoming unbalanced and temperamental with more powerful cores. It is not intended for dueling, but healing. It is known to be docile and easy to work with, making it a great choice for beginners who have trouble handling their magic.

WILLOW - Willow is an uncommon wand wood equipped with healing power. The ideal owner for a willow wand often has some (usually unwarranted) insecurity, however well they try to hide it. These wands have consistently selected those of greatest potential, rather than those who feel they have little left to learn.

YELLOW HEART - A wand seeking a creative companion; excellent for the creation of spells, occlumency, and legilimency. It is often used for repelling and protection spells. It is easily won over by others.

YEW - Yew wands are among the rarest, and their ideal matches are just as unusual, occasionally becoming notorious. Yew retains a particularly dark and fearsome reputation in the spheres of dueling and curses. However, saying those who wield yew wands are more likely to be drawn to the dark arts is untrue. A prospective owner might actually prove to be a fierce protector of others; wands made from these long-lived trees have been found in the possession of heroes as often as villains. Where wizards have been buried with wands of yew, the wand generally sprouts into a tree guarding the dead owner’s grave.

ZEBRA WOOD - A wood used for healing and repelling spells, zebra wood seeks an intelligent companion. It is neutral, preferring neither dark or light magic. It is best used during defense in dueling. Excellent in charms and defence against the dark arts.

ZIRCOTE - A powerful wood that takes a liking to those who strive to protect, this wand is best with protection charms and defence against the dark arts. However, in the wrong hands, its light magic leanings can be reversed to become a very strong dark weapon.
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