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Augurey Tail Feather
Augureys, or Irish phoenixes, were once associated with powerful Dark wands, as their cries were thought to signify an upcoming death. However, they were in reality never a strong Dark core, and were more accurately a powerful core for Divination. Misunderstood, 'outsider' students may find themselves bonded to an augury wand, although these wands are altogether quite rare. These wands emit a low, soft chime when they sense death.
The ashwinder's ash is a good core for love magic much like the eggs of an ashwinder. Ashwinder cores typically find themselves in the hands of wizards with a gift for subtlety, subterfuge, and adaptiveness. An excellent wand to use where delicacy is essential, many a potions master have possessed ashwinder cores. This core will often bond with witches and wizards who often get lost in their fantasies. Because of the ashwinder's connection to fire, this core is good at casting fire-type magic.
Billywig stingers are not common in Britain, but are occasionally imported from Australia, the native habitat of the Billywig. Billywig wands bond almost exclusively to light-hearted pranksters, and are extremely capricious - at one moment it will produce the strongest Cheering Charm in the school, but another time it will object to being used as a potion stirrer and siphon up hours of work without so much as a by-your-leave. When they do bond to a witch or wizard, they tend to be of Hufflepuff or Gryffindor.
Boomslang venom, whether crystallized or in a rarer liquid core, provides a small boost to jinxes and hexes thanks to its venomous qualities. However, when a wand maker undertakes the dangerous task of working with the raw venom, it is generally with the aim of creating a powerful Transfiguration wand. Whether or not the advantages outweigh the risks is not generally agreed upon in wand making circles.
The Ziz is a Leviathan, a large, monstrous phoenix-like creature who steals children and hides them away in his palace in the sky. Ziz feather wands favor storytellers, narrators, those imbued with a fascination for magic and an innate sense of wanderlust. They do not fare well in the hands of skeptics.
Demiguise hairs were long considered to not have enough oomph to make a proper wand, but with the advent of multiple cores they have gained favor for their strength in Transfiguration and the subtle arts. When combined with a stronger wand core they make potent wands, however, on their own they can be rather one-dimensional and difficult to use for anything but Transfiguration. They have found favor in students of all Houses, although they may be slightly rarer among the open Hufflepuffs.
Doxy wings, like the creatures they come from, can be unmanageable and mean-spirited. They are second only to basilisk wands in their abilities with the Dark Arts, and as such these rare wands are most often found in the hands of stubborn Slytherins without the familial connection to obtain a basilisk core.
Dragon Heart String
Dragon heart string is a powerful wand with a lot of magical heft. It is not the core you want for subtlety, but for sheer power it is definitely the best. Although it is the most common core among Dark Wizards, Dark Wizards are most certainly not their most common users. Dragon heartstrings are by far the most common wand core amongst Slytherins, but their power often bonds to Gryffindors and Ravenclaws as well. However, they tend to overwhelm the archetypal Hufflepuff personality.
There is a very good reason this is an exotic- Erumpent hide wands are extremely dangerous, and don't take well to high levels of magic or sharp impacts. They may add a 'punch' to spells when combined with a gentler core, but most wand makers refuse to work with it completely due to the danger it poses to maker and wielder.
This core makes for a light, airy wand, and is the absolute best for Charms. They also signify a connection to the mystic, so these wands, despite their relative rarity, are used by nearly half of known witches and wizards with the Sight. Despite their astounding strength in Charms, they are merely average in Defense Against the Dark Arts and Transfiguration, and will often fail at hexes altogether. As such, they�re not commonly found in Slytherin House, but are common in Hufflepuff. Ravenclaws and Gryffindors may be drawn to this core, although they tend to react better to blends of fairy wings and unicorn hair.
Fwooper feather wands are said to be a mark of ill omen for the wizards they bond to, as, like the birds they come from, they are rumored to slowly drive their wielder mad. Despite their poor reputation, they do well with Charms and Care of Magical Creatures. However, they have a near-inability to cast Quietus. They are commonly combined with another feather core, such as the phoenix for health.
A majestic creature of enormous strength, the griffin is consider to be king of beasts and birds; it possesses the bravery of a lion and the dexterity of an eagle. They are often known to guard vast treasures. A griffins claw is a wise choice for one who wishes to cast powerful defensive spells, charms or hexes. It would make an excellent companion to woods that draw off the elements of air and earth
Hippogriffs are noble animals with a reputation for not taking a slight. These wands require constant respect, and if the wielder does not give it, they can watch its formerly stable and versatile magic backfire on it. It is not the strongest core, but it is one of the most adaptable. These wands are most common amongst Gryffindors, but they are rare overall.
Kelpie hairs are incredibly temperamental cores, explaining their rarity. They were once common in Celtic wand making, however, the import of demiguise hairs has resulted in them falling out of favor. They have similar qualities to demiguise hair, and are powerful Transfiguration cores when they don't backfire spectacularly.
You will rarely find a non-Irish person with a leprechaun hair wand. This is due to leprechaun hair being extremely temperamental to those who don't share it's Irish heritage. Leprechauns are known for their trickery and often find home with those sorts of people. They are great charms cores, and not too bad at transfiguration, though they are lacking in protection spells or healing spells.
The manticore is an intelligent yet ferocious creature. With the brave heart of a lion and the cunning head of a human, the manticore is not a beast to be trifled with. A manticore hair would be a wise choice for one who wishes to cast dangerous hexes or miraculous charms. It would make an excellent companion to woods that draw of the element of earth, as the manticore dwells in the depths of dark forests.
The pegasus is a powerful creature of flight. Strong and agile, the pegasus is thought to create springs where ever its hoof touches the earth. A wing feather would be a wise choice for one who wishes to control the four winds or harness the power of lightning. It would make an excellent companion to woods that draw off the elements of air, lightning, and water.
Phoenix feather is a popular wand core due to its versatility and power. Its main strength lies in Defense Against the Dark Arts, although its adaptability can wrench it to hexes and jinxes if need be. As with the dragon heart string core, the phoenix core is common amongst Light Wizards, but its users are not necessarily Light Wizards. This core may specifically impede Dark spells, so it is not common amongst Slytherins. However, it is by far the most common Gryffindor wand core, and is not unusual amongst Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs.
A very popular wand core among dark wizards given it's association with the dark arts. It is a powerful core for dark magic, but also casts powerful divination spells. Because this core is often taken from the runespoor's 'critic' head, it often finds pessimistic masters most appealing. Occasionally the fang will be taken from the 'dreamer' head of the runespoor, in that case it finds a home with a lot of Ravenclaws.
The serpent is a mystical creature often misrepresented in literature. Dangerous and stealthy, the serpent was summoned to guard and defend ancient temples or places of power. They have the power to heal, poison or provide expanded consciousness, which would make a wise choice for one who wishes to brew potions or cast defensive spells. A serpent scale would make an excellent companion to woods that draw off the element of earth and water.
Unicorn hair is a more subtle wand, but it is quite compatible with Charms and Transfiguration. It is also hands-down the best core for healing, as it picks up some of the healing capabilities of unicorn blood. Unicorn hair has a reputation of picking gentler or more cerebral users, so it is common amongst Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws. More laid-back Gryffindors and subtler Slytherins may find themselves with a Unicorn hair wand.
Veela wands are temperamental like the creatures they come from, and are considered too volatile for a decent wand core in many circles. However, some wizards, particularly those with Veela blood, enjoy the boost it gives to outdoorsy magics, divination, and Charms. The veela's inherent intelligence makes finding these wands among the non-Veela blooded most common in Ravenclaw.
A core almost specifically for transfiguration thanks to the werewolf's uncanny ability to transform. A very violent core, werewolf claw tends to seek out users who are aggressive and tend to be more physical than others. Werewolf claw tends to be compatible with woods that draw on the earth element, because of the outdoorsy quality of the werewolf. It also boosts power in hexes and curses, this core is also most powerful during the night of a full moon.
The hair of the Wampus cat was used as a wand core by the American wandmaker Johannes Jonker. Jonker experimented with many other cores before settling on the hair of this creature as his preferred kind. The core was also used by Isolt Sayre and James Steward when they begun making their own wands in the 17th century. Wampus wands are quite martial, and bond eagerly to wizards with a strong sense of duty, tradition and morality.
White River Monster Spine
This wand core was used by Thiago Quintana, a revolutionary wandmaker in the United States and one of three primary wand suppliers of North America. White River Monster spines typically bond with someone forceful, loud and firmly opinionated. They are rarely shorter than 10", and cast spells with 'flair.' This is for bangs-and-smells magic, and are often owned by performers, celebrities and athletes. The saying 'go big or go home' applies to just about all who carry a White River Monster wand.
The hair of the rougarou was used as a wand core by the American wandmaker Violetta Beauvais. Rougarou hair was rumoured to have an affinity for Dark magic, like vampires to blood. The rougarou as a creature is highly familial, and as such bonds most easily to wizards for whom family is of most importance over all, or wizards who have long and proud familial lines. They are very rarely found in wizards who aren't pureblood.
Horned Serpent Horn
This wand core was used by Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry founders Isolt Sayre. The wands made from this core were exceptionally powerful. They were also sensitive to Parseltongue and warn its owner of danger by emitting a low musical tone. These wands typically favor those who are cautious and deliberate in nature, and is not prone to spontaneity.
Jackalopes are part-jackrabbit, part-antelope, and as such the antler of a jackalope cored wand is uniquely suited to people who present many faces to the world, or who are strongly able to compartmentalize different parts of themselves. This wand is favored amongst Horned Serpent or Slytherin students, as it typically responds to intellect and espionage.
Dittany cores derive their magic from the ground itself, as an earth-based core, it favors witches and wizards who are grounded and calm. An emotional individual will have a tough time taming this wand, and generally as its owners grow older, they become more tempered simply by the discipline it requires to utilize the dittany stalk's magic.
Though this wand can be very temperamental as it only likes to be held by wielders who are very knowledgeable but not greedy. If the wielder is neither than it is more likely that this wand will not be allied with them. If a wand is allied with a wielder who is neither than it will take time before the wand is strong but when it becomes close to its wielder than it will be very loyal, as well as strong. Overall the mermaid cores do well with outdoorsy elements and care of magical creatures.
Coral cores favor witches and wizards who are quirky, zany and vibrant. Coral itself is host to millions of lifeforms, and thus expects the same of its owners, to be different and embrace and accept all of the universe's offerings in full. Coral owners are rarely abrasive, as the wand does not respond well to rudeness. Coral cores are peculiar in that when they feel insulted, they'll give off a little 'bang!'
Thunderbird Tail Feather
The tail feather of the Thunderbird was used as a wand core by the American wandmaker Shikoba Wolfe. Wolfe's wands were powerful but difficult to master, and were good for transfiguration work. Wands with Thunderbird tail feather cores, like the birds the feathers are taken from, are able to sense danger and can cast curses on their own.
Rare, Or With Restrictions
If you're thinking about having a wand made with Acromantula web, you're probably a fan of having your wand confiscated by the authorities. Using a wand with this core has been illegal in Britain since 1782, after it was discovered that the wielder of an Acromantula web wand has particular ability with Dark magics, especially the Imperius curse. There are certain diplomatic exceptions, as it is a traditional core for Asian wands, but even those are temporary, and many wizard diplomats on long-term assignments find themselves compelled to procure replacement wands for their stay.
Basilisk wands are incredibly rare, as the beasts are rare to begin with and hard to kill. Due to the rarity, they often are passed down from generation to generation, so basilisk-core wands are either the heirloom of Slytherin-type pure-blood families or reforged wands from family cores. The occasional new basilisk wand will almost always bond to a Parselmouth or budding Dark Wizard. Very little good comes out of wielders of basilisk wands.
Chimaera Scale Fragment
Although chimera scales are magically powerful, they are extremely rare in modern wandcraft. The one slaying occurred in Greece over two millennia ago, so what scales were harvested at that time have been degraded, broken, and dispersed. Today, they are only found as parts of heirloom cores, and even then, all such cores are a more common core (often dragon heartstring) with a tiny fragment of scale embedded. Chimera wands are most common in Greece and the Balkans, although as they were circulated through the Mediterranean and former Roman Empire they are found throughout Europe. These wands are prized for their raw power, although they are difficult to control. The maximum amount of chimera scale fragment is a ¼ of a scale.
Vampire fang wands like the Chimera Fragment wands are very rare and mostly heirloom wands. A vampire fang core is mostly handed down from previous owners of such wands. Vampire fangs are a very versatile wand core and can be either Dark or Light. The vampire fang has no certain divinity and will choose what it’s owner chooses as it is a very loyal bond. This core works well with Charms, and Divinations. Often this wand is exceptional for potion stirring.
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Thestral Tail Hair
Thestrals are considered a dark omen, and they are tides to concepts of death. Thestral tail hair was was the core in the elder wand made by Death himself so it is implied that because of these ties to death and despair that the Thestral has, it takes a witch or wizard who has accepted or witnessed death in his or her life to have any control over a wand with this core. Naturally this core is implied to give a significant power boost to the Dark Arts and curses and jinxes.