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Tom Riddle's Wand
also known as Lord Voldemort's Wand
First a word of explanation: Why is this page "Tom Riddle's Wand" and not "Voldemort's Wand"? The answer is this: to give a thing its true name is to have power over it. When the wizarding world feared to use Tom Riddle's real name - or even the name he chose as his when he rejected his mixed Muggle-wizard heritage - they turned power over to him. Fear of the name became fear of the thing itself. Only Dumbledore - Dumbledore, who was the only wizard Tom Riddle feared to face - dared give Tom his real name in every encounter. His persistence in calling Tom by his real name symbolized and expressed his courage in the face of Riddle's bullying of the wizarding world. It was this insistence on calling a thing what it really is that gave him the power that Riddle feared. That power is Truth. Tom Riddle's wand was unique. Ollivander commented on this when he told Harry about the shared, twin cores - the fact that the phoenix feather cores of both Harry's wand and Tom's came from the same phoenix... and that these two feathers were the only two that the bird had ever given. And whose "familiar" was that phoenix? Dumbledore's. Think through the implications of that relationship, if you will, as you read this description of Tom Riddle's unique wand, half-brother to Harry's own Holly and Phoenix Feather wand.
Yew with Phoenix Feather, 13 ½ inches
Yew is one of the oldest of the living trees, sacred to Hecate, connected with long life and reincarnation. All parts of the tree are poisonous except for the outer fleshy part of its berries. In magic, it is often used in destructive workings, and is considered a specter of death. Yew makes excellent bows, which the Greeks used against the Romans in ancient times, strengthening its connection to death in Roman culture. Yew is not recommended for magical tools, which raises the question of why Ollivander used it, although he never specifically acknowledges making Voldemort’s wand. Yew shields the user against direct negative energy and fosters endurance. Yew is useful in transfiguration, and may induce visions and enhance psychic ability. 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: Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling.