Eihwaz is a magical rune meaning "defence" which came up during the 1996 Ancient Runes O.W.L.[1] Hermione Granger confused it with ehwaz, another rune which meant "partnership", but she still achieved an Outstanding.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Eihwaz is actually the Germanic word for yew-tree, while ehwaz means horse.
  • Like Ehwaz, Eihwaz is also a rune in the Futhark alphabet, representing defence, patience, waiting and calmness.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2. Half-Blood Prince

Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin