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Firs (genus Abies) is a genus of 48–55 species of evergreen conifers in the family Pinaceae. They are found through much of North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, occurring in mountains over most of the range. Firs are most closely related to the cedars (Cedrus).
Garrick Ollivander's "august grandfather", Gerbold Octavius Ollivander, always called wands of fir "the survivor's wand", because he had sold it to three wizards who subsequently passed through mortal peril unscathed.
There is no doubt that this wood, coming as it did from the most resilient of trees, produced wands that demanded staying power and strength of purpose in their true owners, and that they were poor tools in the hands of the changeable and indecisive. Fir wands were particularly suited to Transfiguration, and favoured owners of focused, strong-minded and, occasionally, intimidating demeanour.
Behind the scenes
- In one description of the Greek tale of Caenus by Ovid, centaurs piled either pine or fir trunks and stones on Caenus, as he had been made immune to physical harm. This could partly be the basis of Fir wands being called "the survivor's wand".
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