Maple (genus Acer) is a genus of trees or shrubs composed of approximately 129 species.[1]


In 1991, Garrick Ollivander had Harry Potter briefly try a wand made of maple and phoenix feather, seven inches, quite whippy, when Harry was buying his first wand.[2]


Garrick Ollivander often found that those chosen by maple wands are by nature travellers and explorers; they are not stay-at-home wands, and prefer ambition in their witch or wizard, otherwise their magic grows heavy and lacklustre. Fresh challenges and regular changes of scene cause this wand to literally shine, burnishing itself as it grows, with its partner, in ability and status.[3]

This is a beautiful and desirable wood, and wand quality maple has been among the most costly for centuries. Possession of a maple wand has long been a mark of status, because of its reputation as the wand of high achievers.[3]

Known Users


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. During the game's beta version, the response "I wanted answers" was available, to which Ollivander would give the player a maple wand with a unicorn hair core. During the same conversion, Ollivander would mention that Jacob's wand was also made of maple. This option and conversation are not available in the full release.[4]


The word Acer is derived from a Latin word meaning "sharp" (compare "acerbic"), referring to the characteristic points on maple leaves.


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