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Cedric Diggory's wand
History information
Manufacturer

Garrick Ollivander

Made

1988 or earlier

Master(s)

Cedric Diggory

Owner(s)

Cedric Diggory

Material information
Wood

Ash

Core

Unicorn hair

Length

12¼"

Characteristics

Pleasantly springy

Garrick Ollivander: "Ah, now, this is one of mine, isn't it? Yes, I remember it well. Containing a single hair from the tail of a particularly fine male unicorn... must have been seventeen hands; nearly gored me with his horn after I plucked his tail. Twelve and a quarter inches... ash... pleasantly springy. It's in fine condition... You treat it regularly?"
Cedric Diggory: "Polished it last night."
— Garrick Ollivander discusses this wand with its owner during the 1994 wand weighing ceremony[src]

The wand of Cedric Diggory was 12¼". It was made from ash wood, with its core being a hair from the tail of a unicorn.

History

It was made by Garrick Ollivander, who described it as "pleasantly springy" during the wand-weighing ceremony of the Triwizard Tournament. Ollivander stated that the hair in the wand was "from a particularly fine male unicorn", which was seventeen hands high and nearly gored Ollivander with its horn after he plucked the hair from its tail. Cedric looked after his wand well and polished it regularly.[1] It was last seen clutched in Cedric's hand against his chest when Harry Potter brought Cedric's body back to Hogwarts.

Behind the scenes

Cedric wand

Cedric pointing his wand at Wormtail in the graveyard just before his death.

  • Whilst it is unknown what happened to the wand after Cedric's death, it is most likely that he was buried with it. Ash wands are so devoted to their original owners that they tend to lose their power when they change hands, especially if the core is unicorn hair, like Cedric's was. He was also known to have cared greatly for it (polishing it often, as aforementioned) so it would seem fitting to bury him with it (even without the long-standing wizarding tradition of burying wand and owner).
  • J.K. Rowling based Harry's, Ron's, and Hermione's wands on the wand woods correlating to their date of birth and the Celtic tree calendar. However, as Cedric's wand is made of ash, J. K. Rowling did not choose this wand based on Cedric's [assumed] period of birth. Like Hagrid's wand wood, it could be based on a symbolic reference to Cedric's personality and character.
  • The ash tree symbolizes sacrifice, sensitivity, and higher awareness. Likewise, the wand wood should reflect Cedric's sacrifice of his life, and his sensitivity to Harry's welfare by helping Harry figure out the clue to the Second Task.
  • Ash wands are said to be best suited to wizards that are stubborn and steadfast in their beliefs. Cedric Diggory refused to claim the Triwizard Cup at the end of the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament, even though Harry Potter could not take the cup on his own due to be injured during the course of the task, as he felt Harry had played a more honourable game and deserved to win.

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