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The Harry Potter series is one of the most famous book series ever released. And if you're a Potterhead like me, then you must be familiar with the Elder Wand that was featured in the books and films.

And this theory is going to say that the path of the Elder Wand is not what the books said it was. This theory was from Jonathan Carlin of the SuperCarlinBrothers.

Here we go! **SPOILERS**

So, according to the books, Gregorovitch had possession of the wand in the early 1900s.

Then, Grindelwald got into his shop and took the wand from him. In 1945, Dumbledore and Grindelwald dueled and Dumbledore defeated him, making him master of the Elder Wand.

Then, we presume that Draco Malfoy becomes master of the Elder Wand when he disarms Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower.

Afterwards, Harry rips Draco's wand out of his hand at Malfoy Manor.

Because Harry becomes master of the Elder Wand this way, he is able to defeat Voldemort at the end of the series. But something about this does not make sense to me. I mean, do you honestly think that the allegiance of the Elder Wand would change if Harry hadn't taken that wand from him? And with force and not magic?

And do you think the Elder Wand would have somehow sensed that someone else had taken its owner's wand from miles away? And it wasn't even the Elder Wand that Harry took from him.

So, does Harry not become the master of the Elder Wand? Well, he has to be master of the Elder Wand because at the end of the Deathly Hallows, he is able to repair his old wand using the Elder Wand, which is something that cannot be done with regular wands.

This theory says that he became the master of the wand by killing Voldemort at the end of the series. Now, hear me out: so, Draco becomes master of the Elder Wand by Disarming Dumbledore before Snape kills him.

But here's the thing: Dumbledore plans to be killed by Snape so that he wouldn't really be defeated, but dies, and that would make the power of the Elder Wand die. And Dumbledore also plans to lose to Malfoy because he knows what Malfoy is planning and would allow himself to be killed by Malfoy.

SThe wand's power doesn't die however, as we know that Harry becomes master at the end of the series. So, what if Dumbledore was never master of the Elder Wand?S

Sounds crazy, right? But Dumbledore might just be a very powerful wizard. Because when Dumbledore and Voldemort duel in the fifth film, their powers are equal, despite both having a supposed equal amount of magical knowledge, but with Dumbledore at an advantage.

Because he has the wand. We know that Dumbledore presumably gets the Elder Wand from winning a duel with Grindelwald in 1945. Grindelwald was presumably master of the wand, but that brings up the question: if Grindelwald was the master of the most powerful wand in existence, why did he lose?

You can say that Dumbledore knew more magic than him, but Grindelwald was an extremely dark and powerful wizard. If anything, their powers should have been at least near equal. But Grindelwald had the better and more powerful wand.

So, maybe Grindelwald was never the owner of the wand and that's why Dumbledore could defeat him. And since Dumbledore was never master, Draco and Snape couldn't have become master. But the person who had the wand before Grindelwald was Gregorovitch.

All Grindelwald did to acquire the wand was take it from his shop. And as Rowling makes clear in the books, simply taking a wand away does not make you master.

So, Gregorovitch was the master of the Elder Wand for all of those years, but did not use it. And who killed Gregorovitch?

Exactly. Voldemort killed Gregorovitch and he became master of the Elder Wand that way. He didn't even have to kill Snape because he was already master.

But before you leave a very mean comment criticizing the theory, I know what you're going to ask: if Voldemort was master of the Elder Wand, then why wasn't he able to kill Harry in the final battle?

Well, let's take a look at Pottermore. Take a look at this quote from The Tales of Beedle the Bard:

The wand will only work for a wizard who has conquered Death. And Voldemort did not conquer Death. By the time he is dueling with Harry, he is 7/8ths dead. 7/8ths of his soul is dead and this is why the Elder Wand is not working for him.

Meanwhile, Harry had just came back from the Dead and therefore has conquered Death. Voldemort, who was 7/8ths dead, was no match for Harry, who had conquered Death. That's why Harry becomes master of the wand. By conquering Voldemort in the final duel.

And that's it!

I want to hear your thoughts!


Do you think this was the Elder Wand's true path?

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