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The Harry Potter Canon

"... the possessor of an apple wand will be well-loved and long-lived."
-- Mr. Ollivander (Pm)

A wand wood (Pm).

  • Mr. Ollivander says apple wood wands are rather rare and "best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark magic" (Pm).
  • Often those who possess apple wands have special linguistic skills, such as wizard Dylan Marwood who wrote a book on the language and customs of Merpeople (Pm).

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Etymology

Old Welsh aball, "apple/fruit tree"

Notes

In legends of King Arthur, the sword of Excaliber was forged on the Isle of Avalon, or "Island of Apples." Some also believe this where King Arthur died, and connect the legend to graves discovered at Glastonbury Abbey, where the monks grew apple trees on high ground surrounded by wet marshland. There are many references to Avalon in pop culture, including books by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny, and TV shows such as Stargate. The group Roxy Music, had a hit song called "Avalon" in the 80s,  and the 70's song "Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin contains the lines: "I'm waiting for the angels of Avalon, waiting for the eastern glow" and  "The apples of the valley hold the seeds of happiness." source: Wikipedia

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