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Yew (genus Taxus) is a genus of small coniferous trees or shrubs in the yew family Taxaceae. They are relatively slow-growing and can be very long-lived, and reach heights of 1-40 m, with trunk diameters of up to 4 m. All parts of the tree are poisonous, but the wood is highly prized for the making of longbows.[1]

A yew tree stood in the Little Hangleton graveyard.[2]

Wandlore

Yew wands are among the rarer kinds, and their ideal matches are likewise unusual, and occasionally notorious. The wand of yew is reputed to endow its possessor with the power of life and death, which might, of course, be said of all wands; and yet yew retains a particularly dark and fearsome reputation in the spheres of duelling and all curses.[3]

However, it is untrue to say (as those unlearned in wandlore often do) that those who use yew wands are more likely to be attracted to the Dark Arts than another. The witch or wizard best suited to a yew wand might equally prove a fierce protector of others.[3]

Wands hewn from these most long-lived trees have been found in the possession of heroes quite as often as of villains. Where wizards have been buried with wands of yew, the wand generally sprouts into a tree guarding the dead owner’s grave. What is certain is that the yew wand never chooses either a mediocre or a timid owner.[3]

Notable yew wands

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Taxus at Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 - (The Death Eaters)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pottermore

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