Laurel (genus Laurus) is a genus of evergreen trees belonging to the Laurel family, Lauraceae.
It is said that a laurel wand cannot perform a dishonourable act, although in the quest for glory (a not uncommon goal for those best suited to these wands), laurel wands have been known to perform powerful and sometimes lethal magic. Laurel wands are sometimes called fickle, but this is unfair; the laurel wand is unable to tolerate laziness in a possessor, and it is in such conditions that it is most easily and willingly won away.
Otherwise, it will cleave happily to its first match forever, and indeed has the unusual and engaging attribute of issuing a spontaneous lightning strike if another witch or wizard attempts to steal it.
Behind the scenes
- It is possible that laurel's association with glory relates to how ancient Greek and Roman cultures awarded laurel wreaths for great achievements. Continuing with a Greek mythological connection, the feature of laurel wands of issuing spontaneous lightning strikes at those seeking to steal the wand might be a reference to the Greek god of lightning, Zeus (known in Roman mythology as Jupiter or Jove).
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Mentioned only) (GBC version only)