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Willow (genus Salix) is a genus comprising around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.[1]

Wandlore

Willow is an uncommon wand wood with healing power, and Garrick Ollivander noted that the ideal owner for a willow wand often has some (usually unwarranted) insecurity, however well they may try and hide it.[2]

While many confident customers insist on trying a willow wand at Ollivanders (attracted by their handsome appearance and well-founded reputation for enabling advanced, non-verbal magic) the willow wands there have consistently selected those of greatest potential, rather than those who feel they have little to learn. It has always been a proverb in the Ollivander family that "he who has furthest to travel will go fastest with willow."[2]

Behind the Scenes

  • The healing power of willow wood might allude to willow bark containing sacillyc acid, from which certain medicinal compounds, such as aspirin, are derived.

Willow wand owners

Appearances

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