We all know Harry gave the elder wand to Dumbledore's corpse. But later communicated with his portrait about where he was keeping the wand and why.

"I'm putting the Elder Wand back where it came from. It can stay there. If I die a natural death like Ignotus, its power will be broken, won't it? The previous master will never have been defeated. That'll be the end of it."

—Harry's decision to give up the Elder Wand

So, why didn't Dumbledore explain everything to him in the first place if he could communicate ? If he had done so, Harry need not peek into Snape's memory and it would have been far more easier psychologically for him isn't it?

  • Strictly speaking Harry gave the Elder wand to Dumbledore's corpse, not his portrait Oct 14, 2015 at 15:54
  • could you pls quote some lines...i dont remember it correctly..@JasonBaker
    – Shubham
    Oct 14, 2015 at 15:56
  • I don't have the book in front of me, but DavRob60 covers it here. Even so, I don't fully understand your question; what should Dumbledore have told Harry? Oct 14, 2015 at 15:57
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    possible dupe, but i'm not sure because your question is unclear: Why didn't Dumbledore tell Harry that Snape was going to kill him?
    – phantom42
    Oct 14, 2015 at 16:01
  • @JasonBaker - I'm not sure the edit matches original intent? Hard to get the latter though Oct 14, 2015 at 16:33

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  • If you are asking why Dumbledore didn't communicate to Harry specifically about Death Stick:

    • His plan was for the Elder Wand to stay with his tomb and thus be irrelevant to Harry/Voldemort later struggle as an object

    • Telling Harry about Elder Wand would get Harry to know about Hallows "prematurely", according to Dumbledore's judgement. He later admitted that he was wrong in that timing assessment in *King's Cross" chapter.

  • If you are asking why Dumbledore didn't communicate to Harry the whole thing he got out of Snape's memory"

    same reason: he didn't consider Harry to be ready to hear the truth at the time he was still alive. And harry had no way to speak to Dumbledore's portrait till after Snape's death.

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