It is common practice for a wand to be destroyed by burning after the owner of the wand dies according to this answer: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/120731/35012

What happens when you burn a wand? Would burning the wand create an explosion, or would the power in the wand fizzle out?

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    There isn't any canonical answer for this, but there's no reason anything spectacular would happen. – Emma Vega Mar 1 '16 at 2:41
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    I see this coming up in the close review as "opinion based". This is not opinion based. Either there's canon information about it, or there isn't (yet) and then that is the answer. – SQB Mar 1 '16 at 8:39
  • @Mithrandir indeed. – SQB Mar 1 '16 at 10:22
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    Interesting question. It may depend on what the core is made from. I can imagine a unicorn hair having a different reaction to burning than a phoenix tail feather. – mikeazo Mar 1 '16 at 12:38

We don't know.

Literally the only thing that we know about wands being burned is what you already said: They get burned with their owner.

My assumption, however, would be that they just... burn. They're wood, after all. Why would the fact that it was used to channel magic affect that?

  • I think you would get a small effect similar to in @Richard's answer, but I certainly doubt that it would be spectacular. When Lucius Malfoy's wand is destroyed we also see a sort of sparking and smoking I think. – ThruGog Mar 1 '16 at 20:01

When (in the film Deathly Hallows, Part II) Harry snaps the Elder Wand, there is a slight flash and some sparks along with a small puff of smoke.

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Since we know that wands contain residual magic, it's reasonable to assume that much the same would happen if one was destroyed by burning.

  • There is a similar effect when Lucius Malfoy's wand is destroyed. – ThruGog Mar 1 '16 at 20:01

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