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Geraint Ollivander
Biographical information
Born

Middle Ages

Blood status

Pure-Blood or Half-Blood

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Occupation

Wandmaker

"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.[1]

Biography

 

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.[1]

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.[1]

Etymology

  • "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.[2]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pottermore wand wood information (transcription available here)
  2. "Geraint" and "Gerontius" on Behind the Name

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