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Elder Wand?

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:08 AM
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I need help - how did the wand choose Draco?  That didn't make any sense to me.  Please help!

by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:08 AM
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by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:41 AM
That's a good question . . . Hmmm . . . lets see.  Snape killed Dumbledore, so that would make it rightfully his, then voldemort killed snape . . .  I have no idea!  I am going to have to go back and re-read that part . . .

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by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Draco was the rightful owner of the wand because he was the one who disarmed Dumbledore on top of the tower.  Even though he didn't kill Dumbledore, by disarming him, he won the wand.  That's how Harry ended up the owner of the wand even though Voldemort had it- he disarmed Malfoy at his house when they escaped.  It is overcoming the owner of a wand that makes it yours, not necessarily killing them.

by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 3:47 PM
Right, that is what I say about it, too.  At first I didn't get it, but then when you think back about how Malfoy was supposed to kill him and the scene of the kinda comes together!
by on Jul. 26, 2007 at 5:29 PM
When we find out that Snape and Dumbledore planned that Snape would finish Dumbledore off,  that tells us that Snape never defeated Dumbledore...That's  how I read it in the book anyways.
by on Jul. 27, 2007 at 1:23 AM
inever even noticed that connection. i havent had time to reread the book!!

by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 7:40 AM
Since very few characters knew what exactly happened on top of the tower, very few knew that Draco disarmed Dumbledore, then Snape killed him. Since Draco was the one that disarmed Dumbledore, it didn't really matter that Dumbledore and Snape arranged his death, and weather or not Snape "defeated" Dumbledore. The wand had a new master already.
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 10:28 AM
From a Today sho interview with Jo Rowling:

Why was Draco the true owner of the Elder Wand?
Voldemort thinks that he becomes the true owner of the Elder Wand by stealing it from Dumbledore’s grave, but in the end we learn that the true owner was really Draco Malfoy, that is until Harry defeated him and allegiance transferred to Harry. How did Draco become the true owner of the Elder Wand?

“To truly own the Elder Wand, which means to receive the full benefits, double-edged though it is, of all its power, you have to have conquered the previous owner,” explained Rowling.

At the end of Book 6, “Half-Blood Prince,” Draco disarmed Dumbledore before Snape killed Dumbledore. 

“And that meant he conquered him, even though Dumbledore was very weak at the time, he was very ill. He was on the point of collapse when it happened,” Rowling said. “Dumbledore didn’t want to lose his wand at that point and Draco disarmed him. So that meant that the wand gave Draco its allegiance, even though Draco never knew it, even though Draco never touched it. 

“From that moment on, that wand gave its allegiance to Draco, and it wouldn’t work as well for anyone but Draco.”

When Harry wrestles Draco’s “everyday” wand out of his hand at the Malfoy’s mansion, he conquers Draco, and therefore the Elder Wand — hidden in Dumbledore’s tomb at the time — transfers its allegiance to Harry.

Rowling said her American editor suggested the moment when Harry conquers Draco should be more dramatic.

“But, no, I really wanted, very consciously, for the history of the wizarding world to hinge on this moment where two teenage boys have a physical [fight]. They don’t even do it by magic,” Rowling said. 

“That sort of puts all of Voldemort’s and Dumbledore’s grandiose plans in their place, doesn’t it? You just can’t plan that well, that something can go wrong and it went wrong … It went wrong because Harry managed to pull this wand out of Draco’s grip.

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