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"...the hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil."
-- Mr. Ollivander (Pm)


A wand wood (Pm).

  • The wandmaker Gregorovitch wrote that hawthorn had leaves and branches that heal, yet the "cut branches smell of death" (Pm)
  • Mr. Ollivander writes that hawthorn wands have healing power, but are also good for curses, and the owner often has a conflicted nature (Pm).
  • Draco Malfoy's wand was hawthorn, 10 inches, reasonably springy, with a unicorn tail hair, but was wrestled from him by Harry Potter at Malfoy Manor just before the Battle of Hogwarts (DH23, DH24). Not only did Harry get Draco's wand, but as a result of disarming him, Harry became master of the Elder Wand, since Draco had become master earlier by disarming Dumbledore.
  • Draco asked Harry to give back his wand in the Room of Requirement but it had changed allegience (DH31). So it was with Draco's hawthorn wand that Harry fought the final duel with Voldemort, disarmed him of the Elder Wand, and ended the life of the Dark Lord (DH36).



Old English haga "enclosure, fortified enclosure; hedge," plus Proto-Germanic "thurnuz" = "thorny plant"

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