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Academics Weekly Assignment — January 22nd, 2023

Welcome to the Academics weekly assignment for the week of January 22nd, 2023! These weekly assignments will give our Professors the ability to showcase some of their lesson ideas here on the website. Each assignment will be posted for a week, in which everyone will be able to read about the topic and respond to the assignment prompt. This week's assignment is "Wand Lore - Wand Woods" created by Dark (DarktheDino).

The assignment is as follows:
In ancient wizarding times, wands were non-existent and wizardkind had to channel magic through themselves. Without a safe way to channel the raw magic within them, some wizards lost control and caused many magic-induced accidents. By the 4th century BCE, the ancient Celtics successfully formulated a way to channel magic through a magical core encased in wood.

The Celtics' success soon spread like wildfire amongst all the wizarding communities in the world. Starting from Europe, the practice was soon introduced to Asia, Africa and America by the late 15th century. However, the first problem with wands soon arose, they looked too much like ordinary sticks which led to many confusions. To overcome the issue, wandmakers began carving patterns into wands and bending them into various shapes. They also started decorating them with various metal ornaments or paint for personalisation purposes.

Not all trees are able to provide wood for wands, and the ability of a tree to provide wand wood is also inherited. Out of all the trees in the world, only a sheer 0.02% of species are suitable for wand-making. Identifying wood suitable for wand-making is complex, and wandmakers determine it through properties such as the shape or composition of the tree.

Besides wood, wands can be made up of other materials such as jade or ivory. Each material is unique for its owner and denotes different personalities. Generally, oak wands denote power and survival while olive wands represent peace. Besides the material of the wood, the rigidity of the wand affects the properties of the wand as well. Bendy wands are usually for the more adaptable while unyielding wands are for those who are steadfast and bold.

All magicians are able to practice and produce magic using any wand available. However, a wand which does not belong to them might be harder to control. As the saying “the wand chooses the wizard” goes, the wood of the wand greatly influences whom the wand acknowledges as its owner. When the wand’s core and wood reach an agreement about a wizard, it will emit sparks or light to inform that it is the right one.

Being a strong magical object, a wand can last a lifetime. However, it may stop working properly if the wood is rotten or cracked. Physical damage may cause the wand core to be exposed, leading to more unstable magic. If the wand’s wood starts to rot or deteriorate, it may also be a sign that the wrong owner has been using it for too long or that the core is unstable and corrupted.

Imagine you are a first-year Hogsworth student who is getting a new wand from the wand shop in Diagonal Lane. What kind of wand did you get? Is there anything special about it or did you customise the wand to your liking?

Please make sure to write at least 5 full sentences to get AC for this assignment! Your assignment must be entirely written by you and may not be plagiarized (including copying anything from online sources, books, or movie plots) in any way. Assignments must follow all PotterworldMC rules, which can be found here; assignments that do not follow all PotterworldMC rules will be subject to punishment. If your assignment does not meet the requirements, you will be unable to redo your assignment for this week. Assignments are due at 12am PST on Sunday, January 29th, 2023. You may submit as soon as you would like, but any assignments submitted after that time will not receive grades. You may receive up to 20 ACs for your submission. House points will not be awarded to any submissions. If you have any questions, please reach out to a Jr. Professor, Sr. Professor, Academics Advisor, Academics Lead, or Head of Academics on Discord.

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