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Since Elder is the name of a wand wood, why don't we see more Elder wands. I only remember the famous Elder wand created by death.

P.S. I am asking only about Ollivander since he doesn't believe in "wand of elder, never prosper".

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Given that my answer specifically addresses why Ollivander won't work with Elder, I'm struggling to understand why you've accepted the other answer which only speaks to wandmakers in general... –  Richard Apr 19 at 19:12

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Wands of elder never prosper comes from Tales of Beedle the Bard, not from Mr. Ollivander himself (I'm noting this purely for the sake of clarity. I realize you already know this, but some readers might not :) ). Here is the reason wandmakers, of which Ollivander is one, don't like to use elder wood for wands:

Whether because of the fact that Death makes the fictional wand out of elder in Beedle’s story, or because power-hungry or violent wizards have persistently claimed that their own wands are made of elder, it is not a wood that is much favoured among wandmakers.
Tales of Beedle the Bard - Bloomsbury - The Tale of the Three Brothers

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Pottermore has a bit more information about wandlore specifically relating to the creation of wands in elder wood.

According to Ollivander himself, wandmakers tend to avoid it because;

  • It's difficult to work with.
  • It's perceived to be unlucky (which means they're difficult to sell).
  • The wands are notoriously disloyal.
  • Only the most exceptional wizards will be able to master the wand.

ELDER :
The rarest wand wood of all, and reputed to be deeply unlucky, the elder wand is trickier to master than any other. It contains powerful magic, but scorns to remain with any owner who is not the superior of his or her company; it takes a remarkable wizard to keep the elder wand for any length of time. The old superstition, ‘wand of elder, never prosper,’ has its basis in this fear of the wand, but in fact, the superstition is baseless, and those foolish wandmakers who refuse to work with elder do so more because they doubt they will be able to sell their products than from fear of working with this wood. The truth is that only a highly unusual person will find their perfect match in elder, and on the rare occasion when such a pairing occurs, I take it as certain that the witch or wizard in question is marked out for a special destiny. An additional fact that I have unearthed during my long years of study is that the owners of elder wands almost always feel a powerful affinity with those chosen by rowan.

from Pottermore

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Whether because of the fact that Death makes the fictional wand out of elder in Beedle’s story, or because power-hungry or violent wizards have persistently claimed that their own wands are made of elder, it is not a wood that is much favoured among wandmakers.

From "The Tales of Beedle the Bard".

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I have already read it but Its irrelevant here –  Tom Lynd May 10 '14 at 9:41
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@TomLynd - Why is Richard's answer irrelevant? It's a canon answer ... ? –  Slytherincess May 10 '14 at 9:44
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@TomLynd - Because he can't sell them. Point 2 on my list. –  Richard May 10 '14 at 10:09
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This should be the accepted answer. +1 –  Matthew May 11 '14 at 6:48
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@human - I know, right? –  Richard May 11 '14 at 7:15

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