Harry and Ollivander have this conversation in Deathly Hallows after Malfoy Manor detainment.

‘Walnut and dragon heartstring,’ he said. ‘Twelve and three-quarter inches. Unyielding. This wand belonged to Bellatrix Lestrange.’

‘And this one?’

Ollivander performed the same examination. ‘Hawthorn and unicorn hair. Ten inches precisely. Reasonably springy. This was the wand of Draco Malfoy.’

The words "belonged" and "was" are in the past tense. Is Ron Weasley the master of Bellatrix Lestrange's first wand?


The concept of “master of a wand“ is only used in context with the Elder Wand.

It is true, that wands work better for their real owner as they chose them and are a good fit. And they build a bond between owner and wand the longer they are used.

But the problems of working with another person’s wand are mainly “incompatibility“ and not “being the master of the wand“. So you can easily do better magic with a borrowed wand (as Harry does with Hermione’s) that “fits“ than with a wand that was won in duel that does not fit.

And why Ollivander uses past tense: the wands are clearly not in the possession of their former owners, otherwise they would not be there... it has nothing to do with mastering he wands...

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    Actually, that's not true. All wands have allegiances and loyalties, not only the Elder Wand. – Roberto Jul 29 at 9:19
  • As @Roberto says, all wands have allegiances - but some are implied to be "more loyal" than others (i.e. even if you are disarmed, it might still stay with you). The Elder Wand is just known to be especially fickle – Chronocidal Jul 29 at 12:00

As pointed out, Ollivander says the wand belonged to Bellatrix. Therefore the wand isn't hers, So it's either Harry's or Ron's. If we trace the path of the wand:

Bellatrix looked around, shocked; she turned her wand to face Ron instead. "Expelliarmus!" he roared, pointing Wormtail's wand at Bellatrix,

So Ron is currently the master. However-

"All right!" he shouted, and he dropped Bellatrix's wand onto the floor at his feet,

So the allegiance now goes to Draco Malfoy:

Draco hurried back to her with the wands.

And Harry moments later wins the wands:

Harry took the chance: He leapt over an armchair and wrested the three wands from Draco's grip

So now Wormtail's, Bellatrix's and Draco's wands are Harry's.

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