|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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Sycamore is a name applied at various times and places to several different types of trees, but with somewhat similar leaf forms. Generally, there are four genus-species that all share the name sycamore: the American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), the European Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus, actually a species of maple), the Old World Sycamore (Platanus orientalis), and the Sycamore-Fig (Ficus sycomorus, actually a species of fig).
According to Garrick Ollivander: "The sycamore makes a questing wand, eager for new experience and losing brilliance if engaged in mundane activities. It is a quirk of these handsome wands that they may combust if allowed to become ‘bored,’ and many witches and wizards, settling down into middle age, are disconcerted to find their trusty wand bursting into flame in their hand as they ask it, one more time, to fetch their slippers.
As may be deduced, the sycamore’s ideal owner is curious, vital and adventurous, and when paired with such an owner, it demonstrates a capacity to learn and adapt that earns it a rightful place among the world’s most highly-prized wand woods."
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Wizarding World