I’ve only been on Pottermore a few days, but I’m hooked… despite all its flaws. One of the most enjoyable parts was the wand selection. So much more fun than the House sorting. I wound up with an… interesting wand, making me wonder if the wand is the reason I ended up in Slytherin House.
Part of the reason I love Pottermore is all this extra information we’re getting, “behind the scenes” as it were, about the history of Harry Potter and his wizarding world.
There are, I think, 38 different wand woods, each with different properties. I ended up with an elder(!) wand. My thoughts on this wand wood:
The rarest wand wood of all, and reputed to be deeply unlucky, the elder wand is trickier to master than any other.
Deeply unlucky. Yup! That’s me! And trickier to master than any other. This must be why I’m having so much trouble brewing potions correctly! XD
It contains powerful magic, but scorns to remain with any owner who is not the superior of his or her company; it takes a remarkable wizard to keep the elder wand for any length of time.
Hmmm… this does not bode well for me, as I am completely unremarkable.
The old superstition, ‘wand of elder, never prosper,’ has its basis in this fear of the wand, but in fact, the superstition is baseless, and those foolish wandmakers who refuse to work with elder do so more because they doubt they will be able to sell their products than from fear of working with this wood.
I must admit, I don’t think I would have chosen elder for myself. I hope this wand knows what it’s doing with me!
The truth is that only a highly unusual person will find their perfect match in elder, and on the rare occasion when such a pairing occurs, I take it as certain that the witch or wizard in question is marked out for a special destiny.
Well, as unremarkable as I may be, I think I am unusual. I’m not social at all. I have weird hobbies and obsessions. Don’t know about this ‘special destiny’ stuff though…
An additional fact that I have unearthed during my long years of study is that the owners of elder wands almost always feel a powerful affinity with those chosen by rowan.
O RLY? Any cute anti-social types out there with a rowan wand? :D
There are only three different wand cores available: unicorn, phoenix and dragon. So there goes my delusions of grandeur that I possess THE Elder Wand, as it had a thestral core. My wand contains a dragon core.
As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.
AND YET I AM DOING POORLY IN BOTH CHARMS AND POTIONS.
The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.
I have an elder wand with a dragon core. I WILL BE THE NEXT SHE-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED. FEAR ME, MUGGLES! *ahem* Seriously, Pottermore? Do you really see me as a world dominatrix? Wait. Don’t answer that.
As for the length and flexibility, according to Mr. Garrick Ollivander, most wands are between 9 and 14 inches in length, so I’m about average. As for the flexibility…
Wand flexibility or rigidity denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair…
I’m unyielding. Well THAT is definitely me. I ABHOR change.
I’m not exactly sure how Pottermore came up with this wand combination based on the short questionnaire I answered, but, despite it’s almost dark nature, I am pleased with it. I put on this sweet and nice face for the world, but inside, sometimes, I just wish I could rule the world with an iron fist.
Pottermore, HOW DID YOU KNOW?