Wandlore For Beginners
An in-depth description of many wandwoods and cores, and what to expect from them.
Sequoia wands are not often used in wands made in Britain, as the wood is from America. The wood is usually very old, so it has had a very long time to take in the magic around it to use for its own advantage. The 'ideal' master for a wand of sequoia is strong-willed, and in touch with nature.
Silver lime wands were very popular in the 1800s. At one point, the demand was so high for this unusual and attractive wood that some wandmakers would take lesser woods and dye them in an attempt to scam their customers into thinking that their wand was made of silver limewood. But, the attractiveness of the wand is not the only thing that made wandmakers scramble to make as many as they could. These wands perform best with Seers and those skilled in the art of Legilimency, and so any who owned a wand of silver lime had a considerable status.
Spruce wands are good, reliable instruments that can't go wrong. Wandmakers who do not have much skill call spruce difficult, but spruce requires skilled fingers to make a wand from. These wands pair best with those who are not overly cautious or nervous. In fumbling fingers, they are dangerous. Spruce wands generally have their own ideas of what kind of magic they should perform. But when they meet their match (often a bold spell-caster who has a good sense of humor), they are very helpful, loyal, and can perform superbly flamboyant and dramatic spellwork.
Sycamore wands are meant for questing, and are eager to do things they have not done before. They excel in the arts of Divination, Arithmancy, and Ancient Runes, and tend to become quite bored doing mundane things day after day. These wands tend to catch on fire if their master asks them to do the same thing day in and day out. Their 'ideal' master is curious and adventurous, and when they find someone of that description, their capacity to learn and adapt places them as one of the most prized.
Vine wands are quite flexible, but, interestingly enough, are not yielding. They are insecure and erratic, needing a strong wizard to be truly successful. Vines are not really trees, per say (though druids considered anything with a stem similar to wood a tree), they are still used by Ollivander in wands. These wands are not very common, but their owners almost always seek a higher purpose, want something beyond the ordinary, and surprise the people who believe that they know them best. Wands of vinewood are normally attracted to witches or wizards who have hidden depths to their personality. They know their matches generally as soon as they enter a room, and will emit magical effects when such a thing happens.
Walnut wands are beautiful, strong, adaptable, and versatile with no real slant to Light or Dark magic (unlike its black walnut counterpart). These wands generally choose people with new ideas and methods, who are highly intelligent. Once fully mastered, wands of walnut will perform any task that their master desires, so long that their master is brilliant enough. With an owner who possesses no conscience, these wands are truly lethal, and wand and wizard may feed from each other, which is in no way healthy.
White pine wands are quite unique. They are very easy to work with, very submissive, and simply radiate peace. This would make them a very Light wood, not good at all for Dark Arts. Should too much work be put onto a wand of this wood, it will become very fragile and begin to strain. Its 'ideal' owner would be very calm and understanding, and not like to fight very much, preferring to settle things with words instead of combative magic.
Willow wands are very favorable to Charms work, non-verbal spells, and healing magic, which makes sense given that willow trees are often known as the tree of enchantment. The wands are quite willing and considered rather feminine. Willow wands prefer owners who have an insecurity of some sort, no matter how hard they attempt to hide it, and choose those with the highest potential.
Yew wands have Dark leanings (mostly due to the poisonous sap of the tree), though its power lies with Transfiguration. These wands, while fairly rare, are very powerful, like their ideal owners. These people are unusual and, occasionally, notorious. But not all who possess a wand of yew are Dark wizards. They are equally likely to be fiercely protective of others. These wands are said to give its owner the power of life and death (which could technically be said of all wands), but remain to have a very dark and terrifying reputation in terms of duelling and curses.