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Geraint Ollivander

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"The great medieval wandmaker, Geraint Ollivander, wrote that he was always honoured to match a cypress wand, for he knew he was meeting a witch or wizard who would die a heroic death."
Garrick Ollivander.[src]

Geraint Ollivander was a great wandmaker who lived in the Middle Ages. Geraint came from a long line of wizards who began selling wands in London in 382 B.C.[2]


Early life

Geraint Ollivander was born in the Middle Ages, somewhere in Great Britain. He was born into the wizarding Ollivander family, who had been in the wand-making business since 382 B.C.[2]

Career as a wandmaker

Geraint took up the family business in London, studying further into wandlore and becoming an accomplished wandmaker. He considered it an honour to match a witch or wizard with a wand made from the wood of the cypress tree because it indicated he had met someone who was going to die heroically, and left that fact in his writings.[2]


  • "Geraint" is a name of unknown origin, possibly a Welsh form of the Late Roman name "Gerontius" deriving from Greek γερων (geron), meaning "old man". Geraint was the name of a figure various Welsh legends. He was also incorprorated into later Arthurian tales as one of the knights of the Round Table and the husband of Enid.[3]


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore - The Ollivander family are listed among the Sacred Twenty-Eight.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore wand wood information (transcription available here)
  3. "Geraint" and "Gerontius" on Behind the Name

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