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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..[3]

History

Oak trees grow in the Forbidden Forest.[1] The front doors of the Entrance Hall of Hogwarts Castle are made of oak.[4][5][6] 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.[4]

The rooms at the Leaky Cauldron had some highly polished oak furniture.[7] Harry and Hermione hid behind a large oak while witnessing their arrival at Hagrid's Hut during their use of a Time-Turner.[8]

In 1995, Harry Potter and Viktor Krum witnessed Bartemius Crouch Senior stagger from behind a tall oak, muttering and bedraggled.[9]

The door to Albus Dumbledore's office was polished oak with a brass door knocker.[10][11][12]

The doors to the Auror Office in the British Ministry of Magic were made of oak[13], as were the walls of the "Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn Ward of St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.[14]

Madam Rosmerta had an oak-matured mead.[15]

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

St Oswald's Home for Old Witches and Wizards had oak-paneled rooms.[16]

Wandlore

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.[17]

The oak tree is 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 becomes King as the days begin to shorten again, and so holly should only be gathered as the year wanes)".[17]

Folklore

The divide between holly and oak aforementioned is 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.[17]

English oak wand owners

Behind the scenes

Appearances

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 19 (The Silver Doe)
  3. English oak at Wikipedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29 (The Dream)
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3 (Will and Won't)
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Three, Scene Twenty-one
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Wand Woods" at Wizarding World
  18. Pottermore - Features: "Behind the scenes: the look of the Deathly Hallows"
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