Mahogany refers to a group of related tree species within the family Meliaceae that all produce a hard, reddish-brown wood. The genus Swietenia comprises three species termed “genuine mahogany” found in the Americas: Swietenia macrophylla, Swietenia mahagoni, and Swietenia humilis. Other genus-species within the Meliaceae family that produce similar timber are considered “true mahogany” trees, such as the Chinaberry Tree (Melia azedarach) native to India, Asia, and the Middle East.[1]


Mahogany is capable of producing wand quality wood, and was utilised by the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander.[2] James Potter's wand was crafted from mahogany. His wand was described by Ollivander as "pliable and excellent for transfiguration," also having "a little more power" than Lily Evans's wand.[2]

The handle of the Nimbus 2000 broomstick was made of mahogany.

Mahogany wand owners

Behind the scenes

  • While Garrick Ollivander was known to use mahogany (as evidenced by the fact that he created James Potter's wand), a description of mahogany wand wood was not included in his notes on Pottermore.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 WP favicon Mahogany on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
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