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Hornbeam (genus Carpinus) are relatively small hardwood trees.[1]


Hornbeam selects for its life mate the talented witch or wizard with a single, pure passion, which some might call obsession - more kindly - vision, which will almost always be realised. Hornbeam wands adapt more quickly than almost any other to their owner’s style of magic, and will become so personalised, so quickly, that other people will find them extremely difficult to use even for the most simple of spells.[2]

Hornbeam wands likewise absorb their owner’s code of honour, whatever that might be, and will refuse to perform acts - whether for good or ill - that do not tally with their master’s principles. A particularly fine-tuned and sentient wand.[2]

Hornbeam wand owners

Behind the scenes

  • The choice of Jacob's sibling's first wand is determined by the player's answer to Ollivander's question of how they felt about their brother's expulsion and subsequent disappearance. If they reply they were determined to restore their family name and prove themselves as a powerful witch/wizard, Ollivander will give them a wand made of Hornbeam with a dragon heartstring core.[3]
  • There is an error in the fifth year when the player receives their second wand where Ollivander says that they first received a Hornbeam wand, regardless of their choice.


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