Hogwartz: From the Ashes
Wands and Magic
—Excerpt from A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
A wand is a quasi-sentient magical instrument through which a witch or wizard channels her or his magical powers to centralize the effects for more complex results. Most spells are done with the aid of wands, but spells can be cast without the use of wands. Wandless magic is, however, very difficult and requires much concentration and incredible skill; only truly advanced wizards are known to perform such magic.
Wands are manufactured and sold by wandmakers, the most famous of these in Great Britain being Ollivander and Gregorovitch. Each wand consists of a specific type of wood that surrounds a core of magical substance. Although the wand cores may come from the same creature, or the wood may come from the same tree, no two existing wands are exactly alike. The study of the history and the magical properties of wands is called wandlore.
- Wands are required by Wizards, Sorcerers, Druids, and Alchemists to cast any spell, including cantrips. Without a wand the spell cannot be cast, but it is not expended either. The Wandless Magic feat allows you to cast such spells without a wand, as long as the spell does not require a material component.
- Wands count as a material component for any spell that requires one.
- For a table of wand materials and their effects, if any, click HERE.