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Of all wand types, alder is best suited to non-verbal spell work, whence comes its reputation for being suitable only for the most advanced witches and wizards.
-- Mr. Ollivander (Pm)

Alder is a type of wand wood (Pm).

  • Ollivander states that alder is an "unyielding" wood, yet seeks a wizard who is "helpful, considerate, and most likeable" (Pm).
  • Alder wands are the best for non-verbal spell work (Pm).



Old English alor "alder"


Alder bark contains "salicin" which is almost identical to aspirin, so the plant is used as a painkiller.  Electric guitars and furniture are made from alder wood. source: Wikipedia

From the Web

"Wand Woods" on Pottermore

"Alder" on the Harry Potter Wiki


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