Wand lore is an ancient, complex, and mysterious branch of magical research. This includes the study of the history, actions, choices, and abilities of wands. This is time-consuming and requires constant studying.
Wand lore has been studied and documented for more than two thousand years. Ollivander’s Wand Shop opening date is 382 b.c. Magical abilities of the wand were likely explored and documented, with further comprehension as studies progressed.
One must be near completion of their magical education before studying wand lore. To become a wand-maker a witch or wizard must become the apprentice of a skilled wand-maker.
Many different factors go into crafting wands and choosing the materials to do so. The type of wood used has special meaning. Each wood used in crafting has a specific meaning that can be attributed to its choice of their witch or wizard. The wand’s core also has an influence on the characteristics of the wand.
A wand’s length may have some correlation with the physical stature of the wielder as well as the personality. A long wand could be a reflection of physical height or of a big personality or dramatic style of magic. Particularly short wands will choose wizards whose character lacks something.
The flexibility of a wand is generally a measurement of its willingness to work for its chosen witch or wizard. Those with a more flexible wand may learn spells faster, but those with a more rigid wand will have more spell strength once they master them. They type of wood can play a part in the flexibility of the wand.
Scale, from speed to strength
- Whippy (easiest to learn and cast, least powerful)
- Rigid (hardest to learn and cast, most powerful
Certain woods are used in the Celtic Tree Calendar. These woods have been known to choose a witch or wizard whose birth date corresponds with that wood’s position in the calendar.
Celtic Tree Calendar
- Birch December 24 to January 20
- Rowan January 21 to February 17
- Ash February 18 to March 17
- Alder March 18 to April 14
- Willow April 15 to May 12
- Hawthorn May 13 to June 9
- Oak June 10 to July 7
- Holly July 8 to August 4
- Hazel August 5 to September 29
- Vine September 2 to September 29
- Ivy September 30 to October 27
- Reed October 28 to November 24
- Elder November 25 to December 22
December 23rd is not ruled by any tree. It is the traditional day of the proverbial “Year and a Day” in the earliest courts of law.