Wand Cores 魔杖的颜色

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By J.K. Rowling

来自J.K.罗琳

Originally published on 

on Aug 10th 2015

发布在potter more上于2015年8月10日

 

The following description of the powers and properties of the three main wand cores used by Mr Garrick Ollivander are taken from his own notes.

 

下面关于加里克·奥利凡德先生使用的三种主要魔杖芯的能力和属性的描述这些都来自他自己的笔记。

 

Early in my career, as I watched my wandmaker father wrestling with substandard wand core materials such as kelpie hair, I conceived the ambition to discover the finest cores and to work only with those when my time came to take over the family business. This I have done. After much experimentation and research, I concluded that only three substances produce wands of the quality to which I am happy to give the illustrious name of Ollivander: unicorn hair, dragon heartstring and phoenix feather. Each of these costly and rare materials has its own distinct properties. The following represents a short summary of my researches into each of the three Supreme Cores. Readers should bear in mind that each wand is the composite of its wood, its core and the experience and nature of its owner; that tendencies of each may counterbalance or outweigh the other; so this can only be a very general overview of an immensely complex subject.

 

在我职业生涯的早期,当我看到我做魔杖的父亲与不合格的魔杖芯材料(比如凯尔皮的头发)搏斗时,我就产生了一种抱负,那就是发现最好的魔杖芯,并在我接管家族企业的时候才与它们合作。我已经这样做了。经过大量的实验和研究,我得出的结论是,只有三种物质能产生像奥利凡德那样品质的魔杖:独角兽的毛、龙的心弦和凤凰的羽毛。每一种昂贵而稀有的材料都有其独特的特性。以下是我对这三个最高核心的研究的一个简短总结。读者应该记住,每根魔杖都是由它的木头、核心和主人的经验和天性组成的;两者的倾向可能相互抵消或压倒对方;所以这只是一个非常复杂的主题的概览。

 

Unicorn

独角兽毛

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.

 

独角兽毛通常产生最一致的魔法,并且是最不受波动和堵塞的影响。带有独角兽芯的魔杖通常是最难转化为黑魔法的。它们是所有魔杖中最忠诚的,通常对它们的第一个主人保持着强烈的依恋,不管他或她是否是一个多才多艺的巫师。独角兽毛发的缺点是它们不能制造最强大的魔杖(虽然魔杖木可以弥补),而且如果处理不当,它们容易忧郁,这意味着头发可能“死亡”,需要更换。

 

Dragon

龙的心弦

As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner.

The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.

 

一般来说,龙的心弦会产生威力最大的魔杖,能施最华丽的咒语。龙魔杖往往比其他类型的魔杖学得更快。虽然它们可以从原来的主人那里获得效忠,但它们总是与现在的主人建立强烈的联系。

龙魔杖往往是最容易转向黑魔法的,尽管它不会自己向黑魔法倾斜。它也是三个核心中最容易发生事故的,有点喜怒无常。

 

Phoenix

凤凰的羽毛

This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.

Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.

 

这是最罕见的核心类型。凤凰羽毛具有最广泛的魔法,尽管它们可能比独角兽或龙的核心需要更长的时间来揭示这一点。他们表现得最主动,有时会主动行事,这是许多男女巫师都不喜欢的品质。

当涉及到潜在的主人时,菲尼克斯的羽毛魔杖总是最挑剔的,因为从它身上得到羽毛的生物是世界上最独立和超然的生物之一。这些魔杖最难驯服,最难个性化,通常很难赢得它们的忠诚。

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