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"The positive aspect of a hazel wand more than makes up for such minor discomforts, however, for it is capable of outstanding magic in the hands of the skilful, and is so devoted to its owner that it often 'wilts' (which is to say, it expels all its magic and refuses to perform, often necessitating the extraction of the core and its insertion into another casing, if the wand is still required) at the end of its master's life (if the core is unicorn hair, however, there is no hope; the wand will almost certainly have 'died')."
Garrick Ollivander's notes on wandlore.[src]
In wandlore, wilting (alternatively known as dying) referred to the loss of all of a wand's magic and its subsequent refusal to perform.[1]

A wand could wilt following some kind of stress in the relationship between the owner and the wand: hazel wands were prone to wilt following the death of their owner (when coupled with a unicorn hair core, it made the death of the wand a near-certainty);[1] sycamore wands would wilt if allowed to become "bored" (wilting was accompanied, in this case, by the wand bursting into flame of its own volition);[1] other wands could "die of shame", by not conforming to the use their master was giving them.[2]

If a wand was still required after wilting, the extraction of its core and its insertion into another casing could be attempted.[1] However, in the case that the core is of unicorn hair, this attempt could be fruitless, as the core itself could die (unicorn hair was particularly prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled).[3]

It should be noted, however, that not all wands were prone to wilting.

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