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Once one of the most popular of all wand woods, Elm was ravaged by disease in the second half of the twentieth century. The demand for this wood has therefore outstripped supply. And wands hewn from Elm are rare and unusual. There exists an unsubstantiated belief that only pure-bloods can produce magic from Elm wands. Undoubtedly started by some Elm wand owner seeking to prove his own blood credentials. Consequently, I have known perfect matches of Elm wands among Muggle-borns. The truth is that Elm wands prefer owners who hold stature, presence, magical dexterity, and a certain native dignity. Of all wand woods, Elm, in my experience, produces the fewest accidents, the least foolish errors, the most stable and grounded magic, and the most elegant charms and spells; these are sophisticated wands, capable of highly advanced magic in the right hands (which, again, makes it highly desirable to those who espouse the pure-blood philosophy). This wood seems the least resistant to being passed down to new owners, as long as they match with its supercilious nature.


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