Harry Potter Wands

Throughout the Harry Potter Books a wand is the main item used by witches and wizards in order to channel their magical powers and cast spells. Solely advanced wizards can perform magic without the use of a wand, however it is extremely difficult and requires deep concentration and a lot of skill. No two wands are the same, the wand cores may come from the same creature, or the wood may come from the same tree, yet none are exactly alike. Wands are usually long, thin rods of wood (that look a bit like a small branch from a tree) that contain a magical substance embedded into their core. Some of the woods used to craft a wand include holly, rosewood, blackthorn, oak, cherry, willow, ash, mahogany, hawthorn vine,  yew, birch, and elder. The cores of the wands which are the magical substance to a wand are phoenix feather, unicorn hair, dragon heartstring, Veela hair and Thestral tail hair.

Other characteristics of a wand are its length and its rigidity, ranging from “unyielding” to “springy.” All of these factors have an effect on the overall use of the wand itself, but it is unknown what they actually do. The characteristics of a wand also seem to have some influence over which kinds of magic the wand is particularly suited for. It is well known that the wand chooses the wizard or witch. the wizard or witch does not choose the wand (As read in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, when Harry visited Ollivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley, where his wand made of pheonix feather and holly wood chose him). It is believed to be due to the unique character of each individual wand, which must match that of the wizard or witch,  as the witch or wizard may not be able to cast spells or perform magic if theirself and their wand’s characters conflict with each other, or the magic/ spells performed may not be as precise or as high quality to the magic performed with the witch or wizard’s own wand.

Wands are able to change masters, such as when a wand’s master is killed, stunned, or dissarmed, the wand will possibly accept the old master’s attacker as its new master. In Harry Potter the most well known case of this happening to a wand is the Elder Wand, according to Albus Dumbledore the Elder Wand, only respects power. Wands can be broken or damaged by spells or just by standing on them, once the wands have been damaged or broken their condition will have greatly reduced magical abilities. Even once the damaged wand has been lovingly repaired, the wand’s magic will be unlikely to improve and the wand may break again when casting spells and performing magic. The Elder Wand however is able to completely repair broken wands, although this ability may be lost if the current master of the elder wand, Harry Potter dies undefeated, as most of the wand’s power would die with him. Wands are quasi-sentient, meaning that while they cannot think or communicate like a human, they can perform certain actions through their own will. This could be how they choose their wizard/witch, and also explains how Harry’s wand was able to act on its own against Voldemort.

Harry Potter Character’s Wands

Below is a list of all the characters in Harry Potter that’s wands are known:

  • Albus Dumbledore
    Wood=Elder
    Core= Thestral Hair
  • Bellatrix Lastrange
    Wood=Walnut
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • Cedric Diggory
    Wood= Ash
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Charlie Weasley
  • Wood= Ash
  • Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Draco Malfoy
    Wood= Hawthorn
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Fleur Delacour
    Wood= Rosewood
    Core= Veela Hair
  • Ginny Weasley
  • Wood=Unknown
  • Core= Unknown
  • Harry Potter Wand 1
    Wood= Holly
    Core= Pheonix Feather
  • Harry Potter Wand 2
    Wood= Balckthorn
    Core= Unknown
  • Harry Potter Wand 3
    Wood=Hawthorn
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Harry Potter Wand 4
    Wood= Elder
    Core= Thestral Tail Hair
  • Hermione Granger Wand 1
    Wood= Vine
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • Hermione Granger Wand 2
    Wood= Walnut
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • James Potter
  • Wood= Mahogany
  • Core= Unknown
  • Lily Evan’s (Potter)
  • Wood= Willow
  • Core= Unknown
  • Lord Voldemort
    Wood= Yew
    Core= Pheonix Feather
  • Lucius Malfoy
    Wood= Elm
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • Neville Longbottom
    Wood= Cherry
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Peter Peitigrew
    Wood= Chestnut
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • Ron Weasley Wand 1
    Wood= Ash
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Ron Weasley Wand 2
    Wood= Willow
    Core= Unicorn Hair
  • Ron Weasley Wand 3
    Wood= Chestnut
    Core= Dragon Heartstring
  • Rubius Hagrid
    Wood= Oak
    Core= Unknown
  • Severus Snape
  • Wood= Unknown
  • Core= Unknown
  • Sirius Black
  • Wood= Unknown
  • Core= Unknown
  • Viktor Krum
    Wood= Hornbeam
    Core= Dragon Heartstring