Mahogany refers to a group of related tree species within the family Meliaceae that all produce a hard, reddish-brown wood.[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.[3]

The door to Dolores Umbridge's Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic office at the British Ministry of Magic was made of mahogany.[4]

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.PNG 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)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 10 (Hallowe'en)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
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