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Starting work on a new spoon carving project with more than a little medieval inspiration. This Lion spoon is huge at nearly a foot and a half long and I’m carving it from English Elm.
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harry potter + wand woods
↳ part III of V » elder, elm, english oak, fir, hawthorn, hazel, holly, hornbeam

❝ Every single wand is unique and will depend for its character on the particular tree and magical creature from which it derives its materials. Moreover, each wand, from the moment it finds its ideal owner, will begin to learn from and teach its human partner. Therefore, the following must be seen as general notes on each of the wood types I like to work with best, and ought not to be taken to describe any individual wand. Only a minority of trees can produce wand quality wood (just as a minority of humans can produce magic). The following notes on various wand woods should be regarded very much as a starting point, for this is the study of a lifetime, and I continue to learn with every wand I make and match. ❞

Simplified Harry Potter Wandlore Guide

(Be warned this list includes examples from mythology and common HP fanon as well)

HP Wand Woods Sorted by Synonym

Ability—Maple

Acerbic—Reed

Accommodating—Alder

Adaptability—Birch, Red Oak, Sycamore, Walnut    

Adventurous—Alder, Sycamore  

Affectionate—Alder, Holly

Ageless—Hawthorn

Alcoholic—Grape Vine, Ivy Vine

All-encompassing usefulness—Beech

Allergic to Routine— Elder, Sycamore

Alleviates suffering—Ash

Ambitious—Apple, Birch, Elder, Maple, Snakewood  

Animal lover—Ash, Chestnut, English Oak, Ivy Vine, Rosewood   

Articulate—Willow

Artistic —Ash, Beech, Hazel, Ivy Vine, Reed, Rowan  

Astounding—Vine

Attractive—Reed, Rosewood  

Authoritative—Grape Vine

Backfiring Spells—Hawthorn

Balance—Alder

Be Yourself—Ebony

Binding—Ivy Vine

Bipolar—Grape Vine

Bold—Cypress, Spruce, Yew   

Brave—Alder, Ash, Cypress, English Oak

Caring—Elder, Ivy Vine, Reed  

Challenge—Elder (mental and physical), Hawthorn (mental), Maple, Olive    

Change—Elder, Maple  

Changeable—Reed

Charismatic—Hawthorn

Chastity—Olive

Childish—Reed

Chooses Friends Poorly—Elder

Clever—Dogwood, Hazel

Clingy—Ivy Vine

Code of Honor—Hornbeam

Colorful—Ivy Vine

Combative—Aspen, Ebony  

Conflicted—Hawthorn

Corruption—Walnut

Companionable—Strawberry vine

Compassionate—Ash 

Competitive—Elder

Composed—English Oak, Red Oak

Confidant—Larch, Spruce  

Confronts inner demons—Cypress

Considerate—Alder, Ash 

Consistency—Poplar

Contradictory—Hawthorn

Courage—Yew

Cool—Grape Vine, Hazel

Cooperative—Alder

Courageous—Alder, Ash, English Oak, Larch  

Creative —Ash, Beech, Grape Vine, Hazel, Reed, Rowan, Snakewood    

Crooked—Snakewood

Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass—Dogwood

Curiosity—Elder

Curses—Hawthorn, Yew  

Dangerous Spiritual Quest—Holly

Dark—Blackthorn, Walnut, Yew   

Death—Reed, Yew  

Decisive—Fir

Defense—Holly, Rowan (Defensive Charms)  

Dependable—English Oak, Red Oak  

Desperately Searching For a purpose in life—Birch

Depressed—Birch, Yew  

Detached—Grape Vine

Detect Water—Hazel

Determined—Aspen, Birch, English Oak, Ivy Vine, Red Oak

Difficult—Olive

Dignified—Elm

Disciplined—Spruce

Diplomatic—Alder

Doesn’t Always See Things Through—Ash 

Down To Earth—Holly

Dramatic—Spruce

Drones—Chestnut

Drunkeness—Grape Vine, Ivy Vine

Dual Nature—Ash 

Duelist—Aspen, Red-Oak, Rowan, Yew    

Durable—Larch

Easily Bored—Hawthorn

Easily Stolen (the wand is)—Elder, Reed 

Efficient—Holly

Elegant—Elm

Emo—Grape Vine, Hawthorn

Emotion—Grape Vine

 Enchanted (very much so, even muggles feel the magic)—Ash

Enduring –Alder

Enthusiastic—Alder

Ever-changing spirit—Alder

Ever-lasting life—Ivy Vine

Excitement—Dogwood

Experienced—Beech

Explorer—Maple

Extraordinary—Vine, Yew  

Extravagant—Elder

Eye For Detail—Grape Vine

Façade—Reed

Faithful—Ebony, Ivy Vine  

Faithless—Reed

Fast-learner—Sycamore

Fearsome—Yew

Fecundity—Olive

Female—Birch, Rowan, Willow   

Fewest accidents and errors—Elm

Fidelity—English Oak

Fine tuned—Hornbeam

Firm-hand—Spruce

Flamboyant—Spruce

Follower, not a leader—Holly

Fruitful—Apple

Fun—Dogwood

Generous—Pear

Gifted – Acacia

Goal Oriented—Birch

Good for Charmwork—Black walnut

Good Friend—English Oak, Red Oak, Willow  

Good Instincts—Black walnut

Good Leader—Birch, Reed  

Good Listener—Hawthorn

Good Luck—Hawthorn

Good-Natured—Ivy Vine

Good Parents—Alder, Ash, Hawthorn  (and not fooled by children), Hazel (though overindulgent), Willow   

Good Sense of Humor—Alder, English Oak, Hawthorn, Ivy Vine, Red Oak, Spruce            

Good Spouse—Holly

Good-will—Holly

Gossip—Rowan

Greater Purpose—Vine

Green thumb—Chestnut, English Oak, Ivy Vine, Rosewood  

Growth—Birch

Hard—Hornbeam

Hardship—Blackthorn

Hard-working—Birch, Laurel

Has Many Friends—Holly

Headaches if magic isn’t channeled properly—Hazel

Healing—Birch, Hawthorn, Willow  

Health—Beech

Helpful—Alder

Heroic Death—Cypress

Hidden Depths—Larch, Vine  

High Achiever—Grape Vine, Maple

High Personal Standards—Grape Vine

Hold’s fast to one’s own beliefs—Ebony

Honest—Alder , Hawthorn

Honest with one’s self—Black walnut

Honorable—Laurel

Hot-Temper—Red Oak

Humanitarian—Rowan

Humility—Aspen

Idealistic—Apple

Imaginative— Ash, Beech, Hazel, Willow  

Inception—Birch

Incompatibility—Holly and Oak wand users should never marry

Independent—Pine, Spruce  

Individual—Ebony, Ivy Vine  

Indulgent—Elder, Hazel

Influential—Holly

Ingenious—Dogwood

Innovative—Hawthorn, Snakewood, Walnut  

Initiation—Birch

Insecure—Willow

Insight—Black walnut

Integrity—Cedar, English Oak, Holly, Poplar, Red Oak, Willow   

Intelligent—Ivy Vine, Walnut

Intimidating—Fir

Intriguing—Pine

Intuition—English Oak

Inventive—Walnut, Willow  

Jealous—Reed

Joyful—Grape Vine

Joyful Celebration—Grape Vine, Hawthorn

Justice—Chestnut (when combined with unicorn hair)

Kind—Grape Vine, Rowan

Knowledge—Apple, English Oak, Grape Vine, Hazel, Ivy Vine, Red Oak  

Lady—Birch, Rowan  

Leadership—Pine

Leglimens—Silver Lime

Lethal—Cherry, Laurel, Walnut

Life—Willow

Life and Death—Hawthorn, Yew  

Light—Apple, Pear , Rowan

Likeable—Alder

Linguist—Apple

Lonely—Birch

Loner—Ebony, Pine

Long Lived—Apple, Pine

Loyal—Birch, Cedar, English Oak

Loyal to Owner (the wand is) —Acacia, Ash, Black walnut, Blackthorn, English Oak, Hazel, Hornbeam, Laurel (provided the owner doesn’t get lazy), Spruce   

Loving—Alder, Ash, Hazel, Holly, Rowan   

Lucky—Redwood

Luxury—Chestnut

Magic—Rowan

Magical Dexterity—Elm

Male and female aspects—Alder

Mama Bear or Papa Wolf—Cedar, Willow, Yew   

Marry Young—Alder, Willow  

Martial Magic—Aspen, Ebony 

Martyr—Cypress

Merit—Olive

Mischievous—Dogwood

Moans—Hazel

Money Makers—Ash, Holly   

Mood Swings—Willow

Moody—Grape Vine

Moral—English Oak, Poplar, Red Oak

Morally Bankrupt—Chestnut (when combined with dragon heartsrings)

Musically Talented—Reed

Mystery—Ivy Vine, Silver Lime

Mysterious—Pine

Mythical—Ivy Vine

Naïve—English Oak, Red Oak

Natural Flier—Chestnut, Mahogany  

Natural Leader—English Oak, Red Oak

Nemesis/Frightening adversaries—Cedar, Willow  

New Orders—Aspen, Pine

Newness—Pear

Nobility—Pine

Noisy (and refuse to perform nonverbal spellwork)—Dogwood

Non-Conformist—Ebony

Nonverbal Spellwork—Alder, Pine, Willow  

Notorious—Yew

Obsession—Hornbeam

Open—Alder

Optimistic—English Oak, Red Oak

Organized—Birch, Hazel

Outsider—Ebony

Outspoken—Elder

Overcoming anger or impulsiveness—Holly

Overindulgent—Grape Vine

Overprotective—Holly

Own Sense of Style—Ivy Vine

Paradox—Hawthorn

Paranoid—Hazel

Passion—Hornbeam

Passionate—Alder, Reed

Patience for others—Elder

Peace—Olive

Perceptive—Cedar, Hazel

Performs Well / Calm Under Pressure—Dogwood, English Oak, Red Oak

Personal Magnetism—Reed

Perspicacity—Cedar

Pessimistic—Birch

Philosophical—English Oak, Red Oak

Playful—Dogwood

Pliable—Mahogany

Popular—Pear

Potential—Willow

Powerful—Cherry, Elder, Larch, Laurel, Mahogany, Poplar     

Practical—Holly, Willow  

Pragmatic—Ash, Hazel, Holly

Procrastinator—Grape Vine

Prosperity—Olive

Presence—Elm, Reed  

Pretty—Apple, Larch, Rosewood   

Prophecy—Juniper, Silver lime  

Progressive Thinker—Rowan

Protection—Elder (from evil, lightning), Hawthorn (spiritual, psychic), Holly (physical), Ivy Vine, Rowan (weather, good for warding)

Psychic—Silver Lime

Pure-hearted—Rowan

Purification—Juniper

Questers—Aspen, Laurel, Sycamore  

Quick-draw—Red Oak

Quick-witted—Red Oak

Quirky—Dogwood

Radical—Hazel

Rational—Hazel

Rebellious—Rowan

Rebirth—Birch

Refined—Grape Vine

Remorseless—Hornbeam

Renewal—Birch

Reserved—Hazel

Resilient—Ash, Birch, Fir, Pear

Resolute—Fir

Resourceful—Willow

Respect—Elder

Responsible—English Oak, Red Oak

Restless—Alder

Revolutionary—Aspen

Robust—Ash

Romantic—Ash, Grape Vine (secret romantic)  

Ruthless—Yew

Sacred Knowledge—Grape Vine

Sadness—Yew

Scholarship—Reed

Seers—Silver Lime

Self-aware—Black walnut, Ebony

Self-controlled—Hazel

Self-Motivated—English Oak, Laurel, Red Oak 

Self-sacrificing—Cypress

Self-sufficient—Elder

Selfish—Alder

Sensitive—Ash, Grape Vine, Ivy Vine  

Sensitive to criticism—Holly

Sensuality—Grape Vine

Sentient—Hornbeam

Serenity—Hazel

Sharp Intellect—Ivy Vine

Show no weakness—Reed

Sincere—Hawthorn

Sinister—Ivy Vine

Skilled—Spruce

Social—Grape Vine

Softness—Aspen

Spell Creation—Red Oak

Spiritual—Rowan

Spontaneous—Ash, Elder, Hawthorn

Stability—Birch

Status—Silver Lime, Maple  

Staunch—English Oak, Red Oak  

Steadfast—Holly

Stern—Yew

Straight—Silver Lime

Strange—Hawthorn

Strength—English Oak, Ivy Vine, Larch, Poplar   

Strength of Character—Cedar, Reed, Willow   

Strong-minded—Fir

Strong-willed—Aspen, Willow  

Stubborn—Ash

Sturdy—Alder 

Subtle – Acacia, Beech

Supple—Willow

Supportive—Ivy Vine, Rowan

Survivor—Fir

Sympathetic—Hawthorn

Talented—Ivy Vine

Temperamental—Alder

Tempting/Temptation—Apple

Tenacious—Reed

Thief—Chestnut (when combined with Dragon heartstrings)

Thoughtful—Rowan

Travelers—Elder, Maple  

Transfiguration—Ebony, Fir, Mahogany

True—Silver Lime

True to One’s Self—Ebony

Trustworthy—Birch

Truth—English Oak, Red Oak

Turmoil—Hawthorn

Twisted—Ivy Vine

Übermensch—Ebony

Uncomplicated—Alder

Understanding—Beech

Unhappy—Birch

Unhealthy—Walnut

Unlucky—Elder

Unstopable—Holly (when combined with phoenix feather)

Unusual—Elder, Yew  

Vain—English Oak, Red Oak

Valour—Cypress

Versatile—Walnut

Victory—Olive

Vigilant—Yew

Vision—Hornbeam

Visionary—Rowan, Vine  

Vital—Sycamore

Vulnerable—Ash, Grape Vine  

Warding—English Oak (against evil) Holly (demons and enemies), Red Oak (against evil), Rowan (against evil)   

Warm-hearted—Pear

Warrior—Blackthorn

Welcoming—Strawberry Vine

Well-Loved—Apple

Well-Respected—Pear

Whispers—Reed

Wisdom/Wise—Hazel, Pear, Reed  

Wise Beyond Their Years—Beech

Witty—Hawthorn

Works behind the scenes—Holly

Yearning—Willow

Celtic Tree Calendar

Birch Dec 24-Jan 20

Rowan Jan 21-Feb 17

Ash Feb 18-March 17

Alder March 18-April 14

Willow April 15-May 12

Hawthorn May 13-Jun 9

Oak Jun 10-Jul 7

Holly Jul 8-Aug4

Hazel Aug 5-Sep 1

Vine Sep 2-Sep29

Ivy Sep 30-Oct 27

Reed Oct 28-Nov 24

Elder Nov 25-Dec 23

Wand cores

Usually something given/taken from a magical creature or plant such as…

Coral—from a marine animal

Dittany stalk—a healing herb

Dragon heartstrings—powerful, easy to learn spells

Owners: Hermione, Viktor, Bellatrix, Lucius, Pettigrew, Mcgonagall, Narcissa

Kelpie mane—easily obtainable and frequently used in the past

Kneazle whisker—not very powerful / cat / loyal

Phoenix Feather— learns most varied magic, hard to be chosen

Owners: Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Kettleburn

Thestral Hair—not easily seen. Hard to master

Owners: Peverell, Grindelwald, Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Troll whisker— can be used but it’s considered an inferior substance

Owner: Cadogan

Unicorn tail hair— consistent magic, bonds strongly to the first user.

Owners: Mary Cattermole, Cedric, Neville, Draco, Ron, Charlie Weasley

Veela hair— rarely seen. Tempermental

 Owners: Fleur

Some fanon core examples:

Basilisk Fang –dark arts / deadly

Kitsune / Kyuubi tail fur

Quetzalcoatl feather

Shinigami Talons –deadly / powerful  / dark arts

Tanuki whisker

Thunderbird feather