In Harry Potter, wands are considered important and not just in the need-for-a-foci kind of important. The wand chooses the wizard, not the other way around. Ollivander also likes to give a small description of people’s wands, and sometimes explain what they are good for.
Harry’s wand is 11 in. Holly wood and Phoenix Feather Core. Described as ‘nice and supple’.
I’ve noticed that in this event, the description and make of the wand, tend to match the personality of the magical they choose.
- Harry is both kind and of good qualities(nice), but he is also flexible and malleable(supple) in mind. He was fashioned into a martyr without his own knowledge after all, so it is kind of obvious.
- Holly is very beautiful, though the berries are toxic to humans. Harry can be beautiful but also dangerous as well.
- In some places, Holly is considered invasive and is unwanted, much like Harry was to the Dursleys.
- Many animals use Holly as shelter from predators and shield themselves with it much like many use Harry as a shield and hide behind him in hopes of being protected from the DEs and Voldemort.
- Several species of Holly are used as decoration. Harry was often put up on a pedestal and his reputation was flaunted.
- Pheonix Feather(as described by Ollivander), is rare and considered a supreme core for a wand. They also don’t give allegiance easily and are very prickly when trusting. Harry isn’t unique in terms of his attitude. He’s a boy who has problems like others, but his uniqueness comes from the situation he was forced into his whole life, making his problem just a thousand times worse than those of other kids and teens. Harry has trust issues with people in general and doesn’t open up to adults(except Sirius) at all. He can be very moody toward others he doesn’t trust.
Harry’s wand fits him rather well.
Voldemort’s wand is 13 ½ in. Yew wood and a Phoenix Feather Core. The description is ‘very powerful’.
- Voldemort is very powerful, just like his type of wand would need in a partner.
- Every part of the Yew(sans the berries) is toxic to humans and very deadly. Voldemort is also deadly.
- Yew is connected to the Elder Futhark Rune Eihwaz. The Meaning of the Rune is Yew tree, immortality, and death. In Divination, the Rune deals with Transformation, Asserting Power, and Death(among other things). Eihwaz is often said to be used to increase personal power and bring changes. Voldemort has shown to have an intense amount of interests in all of these things. An obsessive interest.
- Yew is a softwood and is considered to have high elasticity(flexibility), which is why it is used to make longbows. Voldemort is good at many branches of magic and was apparently unchallenged in school. His skills expand far and wide without issue.
- The core is so Voldemort. He never trusted anyone but himself, and it is impossible to win his allegiance.
Voldemort’s/Tom’s wand also fits him rather well.
Now we move on to why I did all of this. Harry and his wand are a good match. Voldemort and his wand are a good match. And there are similarities in their wands even beyond the whole ‘brother wand because of the cores’ situation. Holly and Yew are both considered Evergreens. Both are toxic. It’s like a deadly combo. Just like Tomarry and Harrymort.
Basically, even the wands draw them together. My shipper heart sings.