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Walnut (binomial name Juglans regia) is a large, deciduous tree species.
According to Garrick Ollivander: "Highly intelligent witches and wizards ought to be offered a walnut wand for trial first, because in nine cases out of ten, the two will find in each other their ideal mate. Walnut wands are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; this is a handsome wood possessed of unusual versatility and adaptability.
A note of caution, however: while some woods are difficult to dominate, and may resist the performance of spells that are foreign to their natures, the walnut wand will, once subjugated, perform any task its owner desires, provided that the user is of sufficient brilliance. This makes for a truly lethal weapon in the hands of a witch or wizard of no conscience, for the wand and the wizard may feed from each other in a particularly unhealthy manner."
Walnut wand owners
Behind the scenes
- Walnut wands being suited to wizards and witches of high intelligence is probably a nod to real life, as an opened walnut bears notable similarity in shape to a human brain. Additionally, walnuts are quite high in levels of DHA, which is known to help prevent cognitive decline, and increase cognitive performance.
- J. K. Rowling once expressed her fondness for walnut wood, and said that if she could pick her own wand, it would be made of walnut and phoenix feather.
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