Podcast Question of the Week – Episode 158

The wand may choose the wizard, but how do the wizards choose the wand?

During Krum’s encounter with Harry, Krum idly mentions the Eastern European belief that Gregorovitch is a superior wand maker to Ollivander, if not one of the best wand makers in the world. On Pottermore, Ollivander provides a thorough catalog of the wand woods and cores he is willing to use, and even mentions a few that he thinks are too volatile (i.e. Thestral and Veela hairs) to use in wand making, which Gregorovitch is happy to use. What wand woods and cores do you think other wand makers, like Gregorovitch, use that Ollivander does not? What about these woods and cores might make them ideal, or even dangerous?

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