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Pine (genus Pinus) is a genus of trees in the family Pinaceae. They make up the monotypic subfamily Pinoideae. There are about 115 species of pine, although different authorities accept between 105 and 125 species.[2]


In late December 1994 and January 1995, the password for the Prefects' bathroom at Hogwarts was "pine fresh".[3]

Pine trees lined the path that led from Hogsmeade station to the Black Lake. Their smell was particularly strong in the rainy evening air on 1 September, 1995.[4]


The straight-grained pine wand always chose an independent, individual master who might be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoyed being used creatively, and unlike some others, would adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells.[1]

Many wandmakers insisted that pine wands were able to detect, and perform best for, owners who were destined for long lives, including Garrick Ollivander, who had never personally known the master of a pine wand to die young. The pine wand was one of those that was most sensitive to non-verbal magic.[1]


The modern English name "pine" derives from Latin pinus by way of French pin; similar names are used in other Romance languages. In the past (pre-19th century) they were often known as fir, from Old Norse fyrre, by way of Middle English firre. The Old Norse name is still used for pines in some modern north European languages, in Danish, fyr, in Norwegian fura/fure/furu, Swedish, fura/furu, and Föhre in German, but in modern English, fir is now restricted to Fir (Abies) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga).[2]


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