|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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Prickly ash was capable of producing wand-quality wood, and was unrelated to the similarly named ash tree. Not much is known about the wandlore of prickly ash, but it was used by James Steward to create Chadwick Boot's wand.