You will often hear the ignorant say that red oak is an infallible sign of its owner’s hot temper. In fact, the true match for a red oak wand is possessed of unusually fast reactions, making it a perfect duelling wand. Less common than English oak, I have found that its ideal master is light of touch, quick-witted and adaptable, often the creator of distinctive, trademark spells, and found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; and a good man or woman to have beside one in a fight. The Oak tree is called King of the Forest from the winter solstice up until the summer solstice, and its wood should only be collected during that time. Curiously, Red Oak was one of Garrick Ollivander’s favourite woods to work with.
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