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Harry Potter's Wand

Harry acquired his wand on his eleventh birthday, when he visited Diagon Alley with Hagrid.  He shopped for his wand at Ollivander's - Makers of Fine Wands Since 382 B.C.  While it took several attempts for him to find just the right wand, once he did, it was obvious that this was the wand for him.   Ollivander told him several things about his wand - several very important things!  Go back and read those quotes.  Harry is very fond of his wand, and prefers it to any other, although he actually becomes the master of two other wands - Draco Malfoy's wand and the Elder Wand.  In case you haven't gotten there yet, I won't reveal how he comes to be the master of the Elder Wand.

Holly with Phoenix Feather, 11 inches

Holly is the strongest of the protective woods, and fends off evil.  It protects against lightning, poison and evil spirits.   It helps the user to grow and adapt, even in difficult conditions.  Of all wand woods, Holly holds and stores energy best.  It lends the user strength, helps him to think logically, and strengthens his determination.  Holly promotes uprightness, purity and love, and confers longevity and wisdom.  It aids the user in dealing with loss.  Being a tolerant wood, it encourages willingness to negotiate, even willingness for gentle self-sacrifice.  Holly is the male twin to Ivy.  Its energy is androgynous.  When used by males, it is particularly lucky and protective.  Holly fosters prophetic dreams.  Because it is a strongly spiritual wood, it is bad luck to burn Holly.  Its elements are Fire and Earth.  Calendar dates for Holly: July 8 – August 4.  In common with: no one.

Phoenix feathers promote regeneration, rejuvenation, and rebirth, and, like the tears of the phoenix, promote rapid healing from grievous wounds.  Phoenix feathers enhance and respond to loyalty and devotion.  As with all other mystical contributions from this legendary bird, they aid the user in rebirth and recovery following adversity.  They promote resilient hope, a youthful and joyous outlook, a sense of humor and adventure, creativity in problem solving, and long life.  In common with: Tom Riddle, J.K. Rowling.

Wand won from Draco Malfoy:
Hawthorn with Unicorn Hair, 10 inches

One of the Fairie Triad of Oak, Ash and Thorn, Hawthorn is considered sacred to the Fairies and is associated with the owl.  It is a passionate but unlucky wood, and in the wrong hands can cause great harm.  In the hands of a skilled wielder, it aids in defensive protection, particularly against lightning or storm, and it guards against evil ghosts.  It is said to increase success in fishing.  Used over time, Hawthorn cleanses the spirit and purifies the user.  It can eliminate strife and dispel negative energy.  However, it is conflicted in love, as it enforces chastity, while at the same increasing potency and fertility.  Quite naturally, this can increase the user’s frustration or confusion.  In the hands of a mature or maturing wielder, Hawthorn can promote the growth of wisdom, patience, creativity and confidence.  When mastered, Hawthorn increases the happiness of the user.  Its element is Air.  Its calendar dates are May 13 – June 9.  In Common With:  No one.

Unicorn Hair promotes strength and virtue in the user.  Unicorn Hair fiercely guards the life of the wielder, and brings the bearer good fortune.  It aids in healing and neutralizes poisons.  Unicorn Hair functions androgynously, working equally well for male and female, and balancing masculine and feminine characteristics in the user.  A wand with Unicorn Hair core is best wielded by those who are pure of heart, and its use tends to clarify the user’s moral vision.  In Common With:  Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Cedric Diggory.

Elder with Thestral Hair - 15 inches

This wand came from a lost wizard...
who won it from a former friend...
and intended it to pass to a wizard who lived a double life...
It ended up owing it's allegiance to one who never claimed it...
and then passed through someone else's hands...
on its way to Harry. 
List, if you can, the people who were its master, or who were intended to be its master.

Elder is the oldest of the forest trees, sacred to an unnamed White Goddess.  Its bark, roots, and flowers have many therapeutic, healing properties.  Among these are the treatment of respiratory diseases and cooling of fevers.  Thus, a wand made of Elder can be expected to enhance the user’s health.  Elder trees recover from damage easily, and they confer this characteristic upon the user, fostering resilience and long life.  Connected to the Waters of Life, Elder enhances the user’s prosperity, and wards off evil and negativity.  Elder also protects against lightning and is helpful in banishment spells and in purging of evil spirits.  It helps bring about desired change, releases the user from earthly constraints, fosters imagination and strengthens the intellect.  Elder tree blossoms give off a narcotic smell, which may cause the unwary person to fall into a deep sleep from which he or she may not awaken; thus Elder is associated with death.  It improves the ability to see the unusual and the hidden.  Elder is an excellent wood for making wands as well as wind instruments.  Elder should never be burned, as doing so brings the perpetrator bad luck.  Its element is Water.  Calendar dates associated with Elder are November 25 - December 22.  In Common With:  No one, though this wand once belonged to Grindlewald.

Thestrals are fictional creatures with no pre-existing history in mythological tradition.  Thus, the characteristics of Thestral hair as the core of a wand must be inferred from similar horse-like creatures in myth and legend, and from the content of the new mythology created by their originator.  Most folk tales portray horses as extending the physical abilities of their riders, thus aiding the hero on his or her journey.  Horse-like flying creatures of legend transport the rider from earthly terrain into the internal landscape of the hero’s Self, so aiding in self-discovery, insight and transformation.   Horses that allow themselves to be ridden are commonly brave and selfless, fostering loyalty and devotion in their riders.  Horses are fertility symbols, connected with life.  Yet they commonly transport the souls of the dead to their final resting places.  Stubborn yet willing, forever wild yet willing to be tamed, sensitive yet strong, horse-like creatures are contradictions.  The best partnerships are with those humans – wizard or Muggle – who are willing to treat them as equals.  These characteristics of the horse in myth and legend are likely to be found in the tail hairs of Thestrals, and to be demonstrated in the relationship between wand with Thestral hair core and the wizard who wields it.  In Common With:  No one.