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Pine (genus Pinus) is a genus of trees in the family Pinaceae. They make up the monotypic subfamily Pinoideae. There are about 115 species of pine, although different authorities accept between 105 and 125 species.[1]

In late December 1994 and January 1995, the password for the Prefects' bathroom at Hogwarts was "pine fresh".[2]

Pine trees line the path that leads from Hogsmeade station to the Black Lake. Their smell was particularly strong in the rainy evening air on 1 September, 1995.[3]

Wandlore

The straight-grained pine wand always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt unprotestingly to new methods and spells.[4]

Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives, including Garrick Ollivander who had never personally known the master of a pine wand to die young. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.[4]

Etymology

The modern English name "pine" derives from Latin pinus by way of French pin; similar names are used in other Romance languages. In the past (pre-19th century) they were often known as fir, from Old Norse fyrre, by way of Middle English firre. The Old Norse name is still used for pines in some modern north European languages, in Danish, fyr, in Norwegian fura/fure/furu, Swedish, fura/furu, and Föhre in German, but in modern English, fir is now restricted to Fir (Abies) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga).[1]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pine at Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore

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