One of the primary attributes of a wand is the wood that the shaft is made from. Woods that are used in wand-making have a specific meaning that contributes to the characteristics of the wand and to its choosing of their witch or wizard.
Not all trees can produce wand quality wood. According to Garrick Ollivander, it takes years of experience to tell which trees have the gift. Finding Bowtruckles nesting in the leaves is a good sign of which trees these are, as they never inhabit mundane trees.
WAND WOOD MEANINGS
Acacia – Unusual wand wood. Creates tricky wands. Often refuse to produce magic for any but their owner, and also withhold their best effects from all but those most gifted. Because of this, difficult to place. Powerful when well matched.
Alder – Unyielding wood. The ideal owner is not stubborn or obstinate, often helpful and considerate. Often seeks those with opposite character to its own. When well placed it is a loyal helpmate. Best suited to non-verbal spell work.
Applewood – Powerful and best suited to someone of high aims and ideals. Wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. Owners are said to be well-loved and long-lived. Applewood wand owners seem to have an unusual ability to converse with other magical beings in their native tongue. Gentle, outdoorsy wood. Finds favor with students skilled in Herbology or Care of Magical Creatures. Tends to get overwhelmed easily, thus is rarely used with powerful cores.
Ash – Cleaves to its one true master. Witches and wizards best suited to ash wands are not easily swayed from their beliefs or purposes. Sometimes associated with the Dark Arts. Excels at Dark magic, but is also good for Transfiguration. Often tends to bond to good diviners.
Aspen – Wand-quality aspen wood is white and fine-grained. Highly prized by wand-makers for its resemblance to ivory. Usually outstanding for Charmwork. The owner of an aspen wand is often an accomplished duelist or destined to become so. An aspen wand is particularly suited to martial magic. Aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded. Not as good with healing magic.
Beech – The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond their years, if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Perform weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant. When properly matched the beech wand is capable of a subtlety and artistry rarely seen in any other wood. Strong neutral wood with no particular strengths or weaknesses.
Birch – Has a reputation for weakness, but it is actually one of the finest Light wand woods in existence. Associated with driving out evil spirits (thus will produce a strong Patronus) and with healing magic.
Black Ironwood – This African import will sink, rather than float, in water. This wood is rarely used in wand-making as its weight impedes spell-casting and it is almost useless under water.
Blackthorn – This unusual wand wood is best suited for a warrior. They are very useful for offensive Hexes. Wands made of Blackthorn appear to need to pass through danger or hardship with their owner to truly bond.
Black Walnut – This beautiful dark wood is more decorative than Dark. Wands of this wood seek a master of good instincts and powerful insight. These wands are particularly attuned to inner conflict and react poorly to deceptive wielders. Black Walnut wands excel at Charmwork.
Cedar– Cedar wands seek those with loyalty and strength of character. The witch or wizard who is well-matched with a cedar wand has the potential to be a frightening adversary. This wand wood has particular skill in protective spells.
Cherry – This wand wood gives consistent results at all magic, save the Dark Arts. Cherry with a Phoenix Feather is a good combination for a Light wizard. When teamed with a Dragon Heartstring, it should only be wielded by one with exceptional self-control and strength of mind.
Chestnut – A most curious and multi-faceted wand wood, it tends to take on the characteristics of the wand wood and owner. Wands of this wood are attracted to those who are skilled in the taming and care of magical beasts and herbology. Chestnut wands may find their match among those who are overfond of luxury and material things when paired with Dragon Heartstring. A pairing with Unicorn Hair may tend to be suited for those concerned with justice.
Cypress – Cypress wands are associated with valor and nobility. Wands of cypress often find their soulmates among the brave, the bold, and the self-sacrificing and to those who are not afraid to confront the shadows in their own and others’ natures.
Ebony – Jet-black and impressive in appearance, ebony wands are highly suited to all forms of combative magic and transfiguration. Ebony is happiest with those who have the courage to be themselves. They are a perfect match for those who hold fast to their beliefs and won’t be easily swayed from their purpose.
Elder – This rare wood is thought to be unlucky. Wands of elder wood are trickier to master than any other wood. This wood contains powerful magic and seeks to be wielded by those who are the superior of their company. It takes a remarkable wizard to keep an elder wand. Highly unusual individuals may find their perfect match in elder. It is said on the rare occasion when such a match occurs, that witch or wizard is marked for a special destiny.
Elm – Elm wands prefer owners with presence and magical dexterity. Wands made from elm produce few accidents and foolish errors. These wands can produce the most elegant charms and spells. They are sophisticated wands and In the right hands, capable of highly advanced magic. Good for protections spells and hexes.
Fir – Fir is a most resilient wood and produce wands that demand staying power and strength of purpose in their owners. They are poor tools in the hands of those who are changeable and indecisive. Fir wands are particularly suited for Transfiguration, and favor owners of a focused and strong-minded nature.
Hawthorn – Wands of Hawthorn are said to be strange and contradictory. They are are complex and intriguing in nature, as are the owners who best suit them. Hawthorn wands are particularly well suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses. Hawthorn wands seem most at home with those of a conflicted nature, or are passing through a period of turmoil. Hawthorn is not easy to master and are best when paired those of proven talent. When badly handled, spells may backfire.
Holly – One of the more rare wand woods, Holly is used for healing and protection and is excellent for defensive magic. Works happily for those who may need help with overcoming a tendency for anger and impetuosity. They often choose owners who are engaged in dangerous spiritual quests. The performance of this wood is greatly affected by the wand core.
Hornbeam – Hornbeam seeks as a life mate a talented witch or wizard with a single, pure passion. These wands adapt very quickly to their owner’s style of magic. They become personalized to their owner so quickly that others will find it extremely difficult to use, even for simple spells. They also absorb the owner’s code of honor and will refuse to perform acts – good or evil – that do not align with their master’s principles.
Laurel – It is said that Laurel cannot perform a dishonorable act, but in the quest for glory it can perform dangerous and lethal magic. Wands of laurel wood do not tolerate laziness in an owner. When well matched this wand will bond forever. It has been known to issue a spontaneous lightning bolt if another tries to steal it.
Maple – Maple often chooses those that are natural travelers and explorers. They prefer ambitious witches or wizards. Fresh challenges and changes of scenery cause this want to shine as it grows with its partner in ability and status. Maple’s reputation as a wand of high achievers has made possession of a a maple wand a mark of status.
Oak – This loyal wand wood demands partners of strength, courage and fidelity. Oak wand owners often have powerful intuition and an affinity with magic of the natural world, creatures, and plants that are necessary to wizardkind. Excellent for protection and defensive spells.
Pear – This golden-toned wood produces wands of splendid magical powers. They perform best for those who are warm-hearted and wise. Pear wands have rarely, if ever, been seen in the hands of a dark witch or wizard. Pear wands are among the most resilient and may still present remarkably new appearance., even after years of use.
Pine – Pine wands tend to choose a master who is an independent individual, someone who may be considered to be intriguing and mysterious. Wands of pine enjoy being used creatively and easily adapt to new methods and spells. These wands perform best for those destined for long life and are one of the most sensitive to non-verbal magic.
Poplar – Poplar wands seek those with integrity and make a very reliable wand. Wands of poplar wood have consistency, strength, and uniform power. They are happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision.
Redwood – Redwood is said to bring good fortune to its owner. These wands seek those who always seem to land on their feet and make the right choices.
Rowan – Rowan is a much desired wand wood for its reputation for protection. The defensive charms cast by these wands are especially strong and difficult to break. Rowan wands are not suitable for the Dark Arts. They are happiest when placed with those of pure heart and perform will in duels.
Spruce – It requires deftness to work with spruce wood. These wands are not for the cautious, nervous, or those with fumbling fingers. Spruce wands often have their own ideas of what magic they should practice and require a firm hand. They are well suited for bold spell-casters with a good sense of humor. When well matched they are a superb helper and extremely loyal. They are capable of flamboyant and dramatic effects.
Vine – Vine wands are among the less common types. Their owners are almost always those who seek greater purpose and have a vision beyond the ordinary. Vine seems strongly attracted to personalities with hidden depths.
Walnut – Walnut wands are ideal for highly intelligent witches and wizards. They are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors. This wood possesses unusual versatility and adaptability.
Willow – Willow is an uncommon wand wood noted for its healing power. Willow wands often seek those with great potential.
Yew – Ideal matches for Yew wands are often individuals who are unusual and sometimes notorious. They are said to endow its possessor with the power of life and death. Yew wands are adept at dueling and curses. They can be found in the hands of heroes as well as villains. They are not for the timid or mediocre.