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How Will You Select Your Wand Wood and Magic Core In Pottermore?

Harry Potter enthusiasts know all about the wand woods and wand selection process that goes on at Ollivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley. What is a little unknown is how Pottermore will go about with the wand selection process as this is one of the more personal and exciting things one can anticipate as they proceed through Pottermore. How will a wood wand and magic core material be chosen for you in Pottermore or how will you chose your wand specifically? How many wand choices will there be and what are the Pottermore wand selection questions?

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Supposedly, J.K. Rowling has given a lot of thought into this process because it allows the person, you, to use your own personal traits to establish how a wand will be chosen. Traditionally, it would seem that your birthday would be an important attribute in helping assign a wand wood for you. The Celtic calendar was used in the Potter books to assign wood wands to some of its main characters like Ron and Hermione by matching birthdays with woods (Coincidentally this worked out for Harry Potter born on July 31st who received a wand made of Holly wood).



Birthday Falls on or Between 

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December 24 to January 20

Rowan January 21 to February 17
Ash February 18 to March 17
Alder March 18 to April 14
Willow April 15 to May 12
Hawthorn May 13 to June 9
Oak June 10 to July 7
Holly July 8 to August 4
Hazel August 5 to September 1
Vine September 2 to September 29
Ivy September 30 to October 27
Reed October 28 to November 24
Elder November 25 to December 22


There are also other factors involved in the wand selection process. The wood components of each wand have certain qualities or properties that have certain effects on their surroundings. For example, holly wood is suppose to repel evil while  oak is a strong wood which naturally signifies enhanced strength and being a good protector.

This is an important aspect of the wand selection because if you were to recall if one were to follow the Celtic calendar, as J.K. Rowling as pointed out, Hagrid should have had an elder wand wood.  But Hagrid’s  personal characteristics both physical and emotional align itself more closely to the oak wand wood.

How will the magic core material be chosen to go inside the wand woods in Pottermore?  And will there be exotics to choose for woods and core material in Pottermore? These are questions still unanswered at the moment. However, we do know that the magic core material matched with the type of wood has an influence on the behavior of the wand.  And, surely, this has to be considered during the Pottermore wand selection process.

At this point we do not know much about the Pottermore Wand Selection process but I did manage to snap some screenshots of 3 example questions chosen from the Pottermore wand selector.

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Screenshot #1: First of all, how would you describe yourself?

Screenshot #2: Select your eye color

Screenshot #3: Do you most fear…..

What do you think so far of some of these Pottermore Wand Selector questions? Do you like the idea of using the Celtic Calendar as the main attribute for wand wood selection? Do you think there will be exotics (wood and magic core)? Let’s get an idea of what people here think about the Wand Selector.

Also, please register at the Pottermoreforum. net. I just started it and it’s already growing nicely. We have over 250 posts already within 2 days with lots more information to share not disclosed here including more screenshots. The members are extremely knowledgeable about the Harry Potter books. The conversations and interchange between the members is of the highest quality. We would sure like your participation now, especially on the verge of Pottermore opening up.




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  • Ebelin August 13, 2011, 4:01 am

    Ohh exciting I’d be Holly too since Harry and I share the birthday :p but the magic core is the mystery I say! Wonder how many magic core options there will be…

    • Destiny April 17, 2012, 7:40 pm

      Just to let you know, it’s not based on your birthday. I was born the beginning of July and my wood is Ebony, which isn’t even listed.

    • 3fire76 May 2, 2012, 6:16 pm

      I have an Elder wand and a July birthday, so that theory is definitely wrong.

      • 3fire76 May 2, 2012, 6:18 pm

        I have Elder which Phoenix feather, 14 1/2 inches, unyielding. I am very proud of my wand.

        • phoebe November 5, 2012, 11:35 pm

          Me too!! Soooo proud!!

        • Annie June 29, 2013, 1:10 pm

          how did you get it

        • Names Have Power November 22, 2013, 11:36 am

          How did you get that wand? I want to get an elder wand since that is the wand I would get if I was going by my birthday, but I can’t seem to figure out the correct combination. It’s alright if you don’t feel comfortable answering; I get that. Honestly, I don’t feel completely comfortable cheating, either, but I REALLY want, well, pretty much the wand you described up there. 🙂

      • Marchya July 17, 2012, 11:46 am

        really? you got elder wand at pootermore? what edid you choose? please tell me, i want it so bad

        • Ingvild October 13, 2012, 2:24 pm

          Elder is a tree. so its just a type of wood. its not “the” elder wand. (:

  • harry August 15, 2011, 11:49 am

    i will be oak like hagrid wooo i like hagrid hes cool and so is the actor since im his nephew woooo hahaha

  • Anon August 16, 2011, 10:39 am

    Well, the known cores are manticore hair, veela hair, thestral tail hair, unicorn tail hair, dragon heartstring, and pheonix tail feather. There could be others, of course, but those are the ones I know of.

  • teodin September 5, 2011, 7:08 am

    I must disappoint you, the birthday isn’t the only fact. Actually I was born in February, I am a Beta-tester of Pottermore, therefore I already took the “wand-quiz” I’ve got Holly. About the wandcore. There are only three types of cores, because Olivander, as you can read in the book itself, only uses Dragonheartstring, Unicornhair or Phoenixfeather. All in all it is a nice concept so far. even the sorting hat ceremony was interesting and for me quite surprising after all. But you will see for yourself as soon as they open it for the public.

    • Lily September 10, 2011, 8:15 am

      Hi! I’ve got my wand – dragon and walnut. But what answers did u choose for holly? I’m just curious….

    • Gwen September 23, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Actually, those are the only three that ollivander uses. Fleur’s wand has veela hair from her grandmother. I’m not sure about the manticore hair and the threstral hair, but it may have been a detail i missed. And if threstral hair is used, then it is also possible that the other breeds of winged horse mentioned in Fantastic beasts and where to find them could also be used, such as the Abraxan ( the kind madam maxine owns to pull her chariot in year 4), Aethonan, and Granian.

  • Thaheera September 10, 2011, 3:50 am

    Mine’s ash… I really wanna know wat my core is… but still WAITING for my MAIL though it’s SEPT 10… Come on ERROL:)

  • RIverElm46 September 12, 2011, 7:23 am

    Yes, as Teodin stated there are only 3 types of cores and your birthdate certainly does not decide your wand wood. My birthday is 7/11 and my wand is Hornbeam, 10 3/4, Unicorn and Pliable. Just be honest with your answers. I thought for sure I would be sorted in to Ravenclaw and I ended up in Gryffindor : ) FYI there are now 315,951 Hogwarts students! I was in the first 200,000!

  • mai September 22, 2011, 10:43 pm

    when would the pottermore website open to all? is it limited to a number of people like before? hope not:p

  • Ginny September 23, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Uh… “‘The wand choses the wizzard,’ said Ollivander. ‘ that much has always been clear to those of use who have studied wandlore” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 24; The Wand Maker, Page 494, Lines 1 and 2. (There, I cited it, you can check the evidence yourself.) This test is stupid, and so is the calender. You don’t get a wand based on when you were born or a quiz, the wand choses you based on your traits, a topic which Ollivander never elaborates on, or Gregorvitch or anyone else. It is unknown exatly what each wand picks you based on. The twin of Voldemorts wand chose Harry not because he had the same personality as Voldemort, (duh, if Harry was a un-loveing, evil creep, he would just join Voldemort himself), but because he had part of Voldemort within him, and recieved some of his powers (such as Parstletonge) and traits. This part of Voldemort was able to change the mind of his wand (and the sorting hat if Harry had not said he wanted to be in Griffindor)

  • Cathryn November 19, 2011, 2:56 pm

    My wand:
    Length: 12 1/4 in
    Wood:Silver Lime
    Core:Phoenix Feather
    Flexibility:Quite Flexible

  • Lilly December 13, 2011, 10:40 am

    I was born in June and my wand wood is Redwood so that stereotype is wrong.
    Length: 10 1/4 in
    Wood: Redwood
    Core: Dragon Heartstring
    Flexibility: Hard

    Each thing represents something:
    Length: I’m short but my wand is long – showing I have a big personality.
    Wood: Redwood – “lucky”, but actually means that I have a good head on my shoulders and make good decisions.
    Core: Dragon heartstring – I’m temperamental but pick up things faster than others.
    Flexibility: My wand will probably never turn on me. (If I loose a duel my wand will probably not give it’s alliance to the winner)

  • CC January 16, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I don’t understand my birthday is on November 25th and I got English oak.. so confused.

  • Hugh April 6, 2012, 12:51 am

    I hope I don’t get Oak because I was born in June. I wouldn’t mind willow because I play cricket.

    Does anyone know what Remus’s wand is, because he was also born in June? He is based on the twin wolves that were born in June (split personality). He should have a brother.

    I think that PotterMore will be open to the public on the 10th of April I’ve been looking every day and it said that it’ll be open in early April.

    • Meshach May 5, 2012, 12:01 pm

      No no, Remus’ name is from Remus, brother of Romulus, founder of Rome. They were both raised by wolves in the myth though.

      • Aurelia November 15, 2012, 12:55 pm

        Also Remus means werewolf or were or wolf,I cant remember which one though!

    • Accalia September 1, 2013, 11:23 am

      No, no.
      Remus’s birthday is March 10th.

  • potterhead April 16, 2012, 7:57 pm

    the wood they use aren’t limited to those on the list. I got Apple with phoenix feather core.

  • BatMarauder10672 April 18, 2012, 12:37 am


    Length: 14 1/2 in
    Wood:English Oak
    Flexibility:Surprisingly Swishy
    born dec 18
    is this wand good?

  • Anna April 19, 2012, 1:53 pm

    This list is not correct. I have Elder wood and my birthday is on the 20th of march, so your type of wood is also based on characteristics.

  • Emily April 19, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Black walnut…o-o

  • Eden May 2, 2012, 7:03 pm

    Just to tell you i dont think its based on birthdate because mines the 11th of December and i got Rowan ,not Elder 😉

  • Meshach May 5, 2012, 10:50 am

    I got silver lime and I’m in October, which seems odd, but cool none the less~

  • Hermione Granger September 20, 2012, 6:35 am

    I have a Sycamore and Unicorn, Fourteen and a Half inches and sycamore is not even listed and also the length of your wand depends on your height I am taller than my age and I answered that and I got a wand which is fourteen and a half inches

  • Flynn March 29, 2013, 9:33 pm

    I have the elder wand no joke

  • AJ July 27, 2013, 4:34 am

    hey, if anyone knows the test answers for a cherry wood with dragon heartsting core i would be ever so grateful!

  • Accalia September 1, 2013, 11:20 am

    Yeah, that theory is definitely wrong.
    My birthday is March 8th and my wand is made of willow.
    Although I was originally supposed to be born on April 26, so……..