Phoenix feathers are feathers shed by phoenixes, primarily gathered and used in wandmaking. This is one of the rarest core types, with the greatest power range and whose alligence is hard won.


This is one of the rarest core types.[1] Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn hair or dragon heartstring cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.[1]

Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.[1]

Known users

In Ollivanders wand shop, the owner Garrick Ollivander, is known to use phoenix feathers as one of his three cores; the others being dragon heartstring and unicorn hair. Pheonix feather is the least used core type in his shop.

Known wands

"It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather resides in your wand gave another feather... just one other. It is curious that you should be destined for this wand when its brother... gave you that scar."
—Garrick Ollivander regarding Harry Potter's wand[src]

Harry Potter's phoenix feather wand


Lord Voldemort's phoenix feather wand

Harry Potter's and Tom Riddle's wand cores came from the same phoenix: Fawkes, who belonged to Albus Dumbledore. This similarity between the two wands means that they are brothers. Therefore, they have a certain connection and may produce unusual magical effects when forced to duel one another. This unique magical effect is a phenomenon known as Priori Incantatem or the Reverse Spell effect.

Tom Riddle, better known as Voldemort, kidnapped the wandmaker Ollivander for information on this situation and how to overcome it. Ollivander told him that a different wand may work against Harry, but Harry's wand destroyed the "borrowed" wand. In 1997 Lord Voldemort chased Harry during his escape from 4 Privet Drive and tried to murder him with Lucius Malfoy's wand, Harry's stronger wand completely ruined the borrowed one.

Before Harry acquiring his holly and phoenix feather wand in 1991, Ollivander had showed another wand of phoenix feather. This wand was made of maple and was not the right fit for Harry.

Professor Silvanus Kettleburn who taught Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, also had a wand that contained a phoenix feather core.

Known donors

The only phoenix known to have donated his feathers to make a wand was Fawkes, Albus Dumbledore's magical bird. He only gave two feathers, one to Harry Potter's wand, and one to Tom Riddle's wand.[2]

There was at least one other phoenix who donated its feather to Ollivander as shown in the maple wand Ollivander showed Harry in 1991. Who this phoenix was and how its feather was attained is unknown.

Other uses


Feather used as a writing tool by Albus Dumbledore

In the 1992-1993 school year, one feather was standing in an ink pot on Albus Dumbledore's desk, indicating that he was using it for writing.

In the 1995-1996 school year, Fawkes left his feathers behind in bursts of flame as messages and warnings for the members of the Order of the Phoenix.

Behind the scenes


See also

Notes and references

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