A recent comment exchange (here) got me thinking: are there any examples of non-wooden wand in canon? I always assumed it was the core of the wand itself that was being used in the channeling of magic, but I recall Ollivander mentioning something about the wood of the wand playing a part in how difficult a wand was to make.

Are there any examples of wands made of different materials than wood or, if not, does the wood itself play any part in the strength of the wand?

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    what other materials? rock? bone?
    – Himarm
    Jan 13, 2016 at 19:43
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    @Himarm Yes. Or plastic, or anything else, for that matter!
    – user40790
    Jan 13, 2016 at 19:44
  • Good heavens, is that inspired by my comment? Wow, I feel all special right now.
    – Megha
    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:08

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I'll say yes, they must be made of wood. Because not even all trees can produce wood that can make wands.

Only a minority of trees can produce wand quality wood (just as a minority of humans can produce magic). It takes years of experience to tell which ones have the gift, although the job is made easier if Bowtruckles are found nesting in the leaves, as they never inhabit mundane trees. The following notes on various wand woods should be regarded very much as a starting point, for this is the study of a lifetime, and I continue to learn with every wand I make and match. pottermore article on wand woods

The article gives a breakdown of all the materials used to make wands and their various quirks and there is no mention of any non wooden material.

Furthermore, the Pottermore article on wands states

Made from various kinds of wood, containing a core from substances such as dragon heartstring, unicorn hair or phoenix feather pottermore article on wands

Harry Potter Wikia has a list named wands. And they're all wooden.

Voldemort's wand (according to the above article) has a bone handle in the film.

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    The Pottermore article is from Ollivander's notes. Other wandmakers may do things differently.
    – ibid
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:04
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    He doesn't include Veela hair in his list of Wand Cores.
    – ibid
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:33
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    Exactly my point. The notes that he has on Pottermore only list the materials that he uses.
    – ibid
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:37
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    By the same logic, the forty wand woods listed may be a just a sample of the possible materials.
    – ibid
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:53
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    @ibid the wand wood article doesn't have a disclaimer saying its a sample like the wand cores. If you've not got anything constructive to add beyond "prove something doesn't exist" this discussion is over.
    – user46509
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:54

From what we know about wands they include a case of wood, which contains a magical object at its core. The wood itself seems to be slightly magical, as wand wood bearing trees attract magical creatures. but its the combination between the wood and core that makes the wand.

I would speculate that certain other organic items could work for a wand casing, for example bones, filled with a magical core could possibly work. especially bones from a magical creature, like Dragon bones. However AFAIK in cannon we never have a non-wood example of a wand.

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    There are definitely no non-wood wands in the books. In the films, Voldemort's looks like it's made of bone, but we are told in the books that it is made of yew.
    – ThruGog
    Jan 13, 2016 at 20:04

Possibly ivory

This concept art picture from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 'Conceptual Artist' Dermot Power shows a wand made of carved ivory (with a brass handle).

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This wand (along with many of the other art pieces by Power) doesn't appear to have made it beyond the concept stage.

  • Not surprised. Ivory carved that thin would be extremely brittle and likely to crack and shatter even at minor impacts. The way wizarding children (Cedric Diggory excluded) tend to treat their wands, one like this wouldn’t be likely to last more than a week at Hogwarts. Aug 26, 2018 at 15:11
  • @JanusBahsJacquet - Plus ivory is deeply controversial at the moment. I can't imagine the studio would allow it, even in a film about wizards and magic
    – Valorum
    Aug 26, 2018 at 15:18
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    There’s that too. Narwhal tusk would be more stable in this shape, but no less controversial or banned, so probably also not an ideal option. Aug 26, 2018 at 15:19

If you look at the Ilvermorny founder family, they had some wands made with bone. Just something to look up as I just woke up but I think deer bone and horned serpent were used as wands.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! This would be quite a nice answer if you can find a quote that backs this up.
    – DavidW
    Sep 3, 2019 at 14:29
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    This is a nice find, it would be a lot better though if you could edit it to include evidence that this is indeed the case. For example, if it is a book quote edit in the relevant quote(s).
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 3, 2019 at 14:30
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    I'm pretty sure you're wrong. The wands had a horn core but we're wood exteriors
    – Valorum
    Sep 3, 2019 at 15:11
  • I double checked and saw that it was the core....that being said I’ve never posted before so have no idea how to remove this. Sep 8, 2019 at 1:58

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