The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond his or her years, and if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Beech wands perform very weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant. Such wizards and witches, having obtained a beech wand without having been suitably matched (yet coveting this most desirable, richly hued and highly prized wand wood), have often presented themselves at the homes of learned wandmakers such as myself, demanding to know the reason for their handsome wand’s lack of power. When properly matched, the beech wand is capable of a subtlety and artistry rarely seen in any other wood, hence its lustrous reputation.
真正和一根山毛櫸木魔杖相配的人，如果還年輕的話，會是有著超越同年者的智慧，或者如果是成年人的話，擁有豐富的知識與經驗。山毛櫸木魔杖在思想偏執狹隘的人的手中不會有好的表現。這種巫師和女巫，如果得到了一根山毛櫸木魔杖而沒有被適當的相配 (但渴望這種最令人嚮往而富有色彩及價值的魔杖木頭)，通常會來到學有專精的魔杖製造師 (譬如我自己) 家中，質問我們為什麼他們的魔杖如此的無力。當適當的配對時，山毛櫸木魔杖有著用其他木頭所做成的魔杖所沒有或少見的敏銳度及藝術效果，因而有著如此光亮的名聲。
Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.
Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may 'die' and need replacing.
Whenever I meet one who carries a cedar wand, I find strength of character and unusual loyalty. My father, Gervaise Ollivander, used always to say, 'you will never fool the cedar carrier,' and I agree: the cedar wand finds its perfect home where there is perspicacity and perception. I would go further than my father, however, in saying that I have never yet met the owner of a cedar wand whom I would care to cross, especially if harm is done to those of whom they are fond. The witch or wizard who is well-matched with cedar carries the potential to be a frightening adversary, which often comes as a shock to those who have thoughtlessly challenged them.