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"I was told that those chosen by English Oak wands have powerful intuition."
— An unidentified medieval wielder of an English oak wand[src]

English oak (binomial name Quercus robur) is the type species of the genus (the species by which the oak genus Quercus is defined), and a member of the white oak section Quercus.[5]


An unidentified student of Salazar Slytherin in the medieval period possessed an English oak wand, which he had been told demonstrated "powerful intuition", showing the historical significance of this wand wood.[6]

Oak trees grew in the Forbidden Forest.[1] The front doors of the Entrance Hall of Hogwarts Castle were made of oak.[7][8][9] In 1992, Rubeus Hagrid pulled Harry Potter and Hermione Granger behind a towering oak when they were serving detention, after he heard an odd noise. A bit later, after he had been paired with Draco Malfoy, Harry spotted a clearing through the tangled branches of an ancient oak.[1]

Harry Potter once saw the wing mirror of the Flying Ford Anglia snap off as they squeezed pass a large oak tree while being chased by Aragog and Mosag's children.[7]

The rooms at the Leaky Cauldron had some highly polished oak furniture.[10] Harry and Hermione hid behind a large oak while witnessing their arrival at Hagrid's Hut during their use of a Time-Turner.[11]

In 1995, Harry Potter and Viktor Krum witnessed Bartemius Crouch Senior stagger from behind a tall oak, muttering and bedraggled.[12]

The door to Albus Dumbledore's office was polished oak with a brass door knocker.[13][14][15]

The doors to the Auror Office in the British Ministry of Magic were made of oak[16], as were the walls of the "Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn Ward of St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.[15]

Madam Rosmerta had an oak-matured mead.[17]

Oak trees could be found in the Forest of Dean.[2]

St Oswald's Home for Old Witches and Wizards had oak-paneled rooms.[18]


According to Garrick Ollivander's notes on wand woods: "A wand for good times and bad, this is a friend as loyal as the wizard who deserves it." Wands of English oak demand partners of strength, courage and fidelity. Less well-known is the propensity for owners of English oak wands to have powerful intuition, and, often, an affinity with the magic of the natural world, with the creatures and plants that are necessary to wizardkind for both magic and pleasure.[3]


The oak tree was called King of the Forest from the Winter Solstice up until the Summer Solstice, and its wood should only be collected during that time (holly became King as the days began to shorten again, and so holly should only be gathered as the year wanes).[3]

The divide between holly and oak aforementioned was believed to be the origin of the old superstition, "when his wand's oak and hers is holly, then to marry would be folly", a superstition that Garrick Ollivander found to be baseless.[3]

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