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My Wand August 1, 2008

Posted by Me in Images, Lucius Malfoy.

Recently, I treated myself to a new wand, which I had custom made from the seller. It is a combination wand of elm, with a purpleheart handle. As some readers may not know, Lucius’ wand was made of elm, with a dragon heartstring core. (Interestingly enough, Hermione’s wand also has a dragon heartstring core).

But back to my wand. The elm, more specifically Wych Elm, is from Great Britain, and Purpleheart is from South America. My wand is fifteen inches long (the lengths mentioned for most of the wands in Harry Potter are really too short for adult witches and wizards), and has a diameter of 13/16″.

I knew I wanted elm and I could have gotten it in all elm, but I decided to include another type of wood with it, considering that I’m not Lucius, after all. I wanted something that would remind me of him, but would have elements to it to make it all my own. The wandmaker offered a wide variety of wood choices, and I did a good bit of research into the magical properties of wood, then considered how the choice I made would combine with elm, before making my choice. After I chose purpleheart to go with the elm, the seller included this description of them as a combination:

Positive and creative, Purpleheart is valuable in eliminating negative energy. Like the phoenix, Elm is associated with death and rebirth. Thought on one hand to be protection from witches, Wych Elm’s powerful positive energy only benefits those with good intentions.

Other sources on the net gave some interesting descriptions of the magical properties of each wood. The elm descriptions that seem particularly apt for Lucius, I’ve bolded:


Elm is considered a Border Tree that marks the boundaries betwen this world and others, and, because of the blight that affects it, is associated with death and rebirth. Elm can protect against danger from unknown directions and shadow the user against discovery.

Like Alder, Elm is thought to be the tree of old Family and family tradition. Elm is often associated with Mother and Earth Goddesses, but it would be completely wrong to say that it represents ‘a female spirit’. The main aspect of Elm symbolism is strength; and in that quality it leaves behind even the most powerful trees, such as Oak, Alder or Yew. (Yew, of course, was Voldemort’s wand, and Lucius having elm indicates the strength he had to leave Voldemort behind).

Elm strength is dark and heavy; it feeds on primary instincts rather than conscious decision. This tree is quite inert and rigid, and its power is not rash; but when Elm gets ready, its strike will completely smash an enemy. Despite such prominent warrior qualities, Elm is not always good in battle. The matter is that this tree has much too passion for ‘classic war activity’ and in its anger may become totally unmanageable. It personifies a mad berserker, blinded by his rage of blood, who kills everyone on his way, even if it makes no sense. Due to this ‘blindness’ Elm, though strong and active, is usually not a leader, but a follower (and a very devoted follower!).

As appears from the above, Elm is not ‘an easy’ tree. Nevertheless, it should not be seen as completely ‘evil’, and no other tree should either. Some of Elm spiritual qualities are very valuable. For example, few trees can do better than Elm in defending interests of family or close group. It stands to the last, and will continues to fight even in hopeless situation. Elm loyalty is unquestionable; and it will despise everyone, who shows a sight of weakness or hesitation.

Elm is good for any magic workings, which are involving strength; and it also has the ability to add stability and grounding to a spell. Elm does well in dark practices, especially in spells that can bring irreversible material damage. It is known to dull the senses and cause depression or darkness, and is often used in dealing with shadows.

Keywords: strength, stability, grounding, foundation, rigid structure, darkness, pressure, blind rage, devotion, loyalty to family, dark passion, fighting to the last.

Elm can bring purification and cleansing. It is excellent for re-energising the tired mind and balancing the drained or over-emotional heart. It gives the desire to move on and alleviates feelings of failure, despondency and inadequacy. (Helpful to Lucius as he starts his live over in a post-Voldemort world).

One of the tallest ancient forest trees, graceful in its chalice shape, Elm is sacred to the Great Goddess in her form as Wise Grandmother. She is the Qabbalist’s Briah, manifest in the planet Saturn. Elm is also called “Elven” for its connection to the Elves and Faerie mounds, and so to burial mounds, and to death as the doorway eternal life. In recent times, as many ancient Elms have been killed off by Dutch Elm disease, the tree has come to symbolize and embody the struggle of Nature against humanity’s destruction of the old forests through short-sightedness or the transportation of diseases from other parts of the world. Elm’s spirit is majestic and expansive, rooted and wise. Well-suited to magick of Earth and invocation of the Goddess, healing, fertility, gardening, rebirth, destiny, wisdom., passage from one life (or phase of life) to another, metamorphosis, endurance. (Lucius is a survivor)

Elm: Symbolizes the dark side of the psyche.

Feminine energy. Often referred to as the home of the fairies. It is known to for its ability to ward away lightning. Associated with the Great Goddess in crone stage. Relative to the elements of both Earth and Air.
Magical Properties: Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. Elm adds stability, grounding, and focus to spell working.

Elm (Ulmus varieties) can be used in any magic to do with love, whether romantic or any other kind. (There are three types of Elm native to Britain, Common or English Elm (Ulmus procera), Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) and the Smooth-Leafed or Cornish Elm (Ulmus carpinifolia) For magical purposes they can be used interchangeably)

ELM (English) –
Ruling planet – Saturn
Seasons – Summer, Autumn
Abilities – Purification. Love. Light. Wisdom.
Element – Earth
The elm is the tree most closely linked with the Elves. It is also a doorway between birth and another life. When contemplating Elm you may find that you are reflecting on your passage from one life to another. (This makes elm continue to be appropriate for Lucius as he moves on from being a Death Eater to rejoining the Light side).

Elm: Known for adding stability and grounding to a spell.

Elm: Hexes and Destructive Spells. The wood is very resistant to splintering.


Purpleheart denotes a will of steel, hidden behind a delicate facade, like Cinderella, or Joan Collins- or Prince Andrew. Willpower lightened with elegance, grace under pressure- an excellent wand for a prince, princess, or diplomat.

Purpleheart: Symbolizes royalty, compassion, and generosity.

Purpleheart: Hexes and Illusions. Has a rich purple colour.
Wood Origin:Central and South America
Gender Association:Feminine
Planetary Association:Venus and Mercury
Elemental Association:Spirit, Air

A spiritual wood, purpleheart is excellent for use in divination magic. It also enhances energy dealing with creativity and knowledge. One of the best woods when dealing with spiritual healing and health issues, purpleheart would be especially useful in eradicating the negative energies that create strife in the home.

Purple heart is great for divination magic and enhancement of creative energry. Superior wood for dealing with spiritual healing and health issues.

Purpleheart is another exotic tropical hardwood that is readily available in milled stock. It is a wood with very long coarse fibers and so difficult to carve without splitting. This bespeaks the wood’s sensitivity and flexibility. It is of a medium density and heaviness and can be finished to a lustrous smoothness which captures its remarkable purplish-red color. Like Ebony, Purpleheart is not a wood that has attached to it any Celtic lore, or Elvish lore that I am aware of. However, from my own work with this wood I have come to the conclusion that it is very well-suited for work with the heart chakra. This means that it is good for emotional as well as physical healing, for opening up the seat of compassion and generosity, and for any work involving the blood. Its color gives it attunement to the violet and ultraviolet frequencies of magick, which are those centered on control, especially over other magick.