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Holly (Ilex)
Species information
Sentience

Non-sentient

Usage

Wand wood

Status

Extant

Holly (genus Ilex) is a genus of 400 to 600 species of flowering plants in the family Aquifoliaceae, and the only living genus in that family. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide.[1]

Wandlore

Holly is one of the rarer kinds of wand woods; traditionally considered protective, it works most happily for those who may need help overcoming a tendency to anger and impetuosity. At the same time, holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest.[2]

Holly
An Ollivander-made holly wand.
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Holly is one of those woods that varies most dramatically in performance depending on the wand core, and it is a notoriously difficult wood to team with phoenix feather, as the wood’s volatility conflicts strangely with the phoenix’s detachment. In the unusual event of such a pairing finding its ideal match, however, nothing and nobody should stand in their way.[2]

Wizarding superstition holds that those with a wand made of holly are incompatible with those with a wand made of oak and should not marry.[3]

Notable holly wand owners

Appearances

See also

Notes and references

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