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Dragon heartstring was a material from a dragon that could be used in the core of a wand. It is unknown from which varieties of dragon the heartstrings were collected, and what effect this difference made on the attributes of the wand, if any. Since the heart was a vital organ in all creatures, it can be assumed that the material was taken after the dragon had either died of natural causes or been killed. It is also unknown what quantity of heartstrings could be collected from each dragon's heart.


Dragon heartstrings produced wands with the most magical power, and which were capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tended to learn more quickly than other types. While they could change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bonded strongly with the current owner. The dragon wand tended to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it would not incline that way of its own accord. It was also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.[1]

Mr Ollivander specifically denoted the effects of a dragon heartstring core when paired with cherry and chestnut.

Usage by wandmakers

The wandmaker Garrick Ollivander was known to use dragon heartstrings as one of his three cores; the others being unicorn hairs and phoenix feathers. Gregorovitch also used dragon heartstring in his wands, such as the one he made for Viktor Krum.[2]

Known wands

The following wands had a known dragon heartstring core:

Behind the scenes

  • In medical science, "heartstrings" refer to the chordae tendineae of the heart, which connect the papillary muscles to the tricuspid and mitral valves so they can open and close as the heart pumps blood between atrial and ventricular chambers. It is possible that this is the source of a heartstring used in wand cores, although the anatomy of a dragon's heart is not known.

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