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We know that Voldemort had the exact same wand in book 4 that he had from his beginning into Hogwarts. Problem is, it seems like his wand is unaccounted for after the Potter's death until the end of book 4. What happened to the wand?

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    It is a great question but I do not think that there is a definitive answer for this. I can not ever recall any part of the book detailing how he got it though he definately had it when he was reborn in the cemetary. I would presume it was entombed with his other possessions. – Chad Jul 11 '11 at 15:57
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    Accio Accio Accio! – Möoz May 9 '14 at 3:01
  • Strictly speaking, it seems to me that Voldemort was in possession of his wand (or, at least. a wand, and whose else but his own would it have been?) by the beginning of book 4: «… Frank … opened his mouth and let out a scream.  He was screaming so loudly that he never heard the words the thing in the chair spoke as it raised a wand.  There was a flash of green light, a rushing sound, and Frank Bryce crumpled.  He was dead before he hit the floor.»  – Goblet of Fire, Chapter 1 (The Riddle House)  [emphasis added] – Peregrine Rook Aug 1 '15 at 21:19
  • @PeregrineRook We know it was already his wand since Frank appears just before Harry's parents during the Priori Incatatem in the graveyard : "an old man Harry had seen only in a dream was now pushing himself out of the end of the wand just as Cedric had done... and his ghost, or his shadow, or whatever it was, fell next to Cedric’s, and surveyed Harry and Voldemort, and the golden web, and the connected wands, with mild surprise, leaning on his walking stick... "He was a real wizard, then?" the old man said, his eyes on Voldemort. "Killed me, that one did... You fight him, boy..."" – Cartolin Nov 30 '16 at 9:04
  • @Cartolin: I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. I guess that you are supporting my comment, and affirming that the wand Voldemort had at the beginning of book 4 is the same one he had at the end of book 4. Right? – Peregrine Rook Dec 1 '16 at 7:50

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As per J. K. Rowling,

Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!

Source : Rowling's web chat transcript

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Presumably it was recovered by one of his supporters, likely Malfoy - he had a few of Voldemort's other personal possessions, after all.

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    i remeber the only two followers he had at that time where wormtail and bartie jr. both would have had a hard time having the wand for that long. all the other death eaters where unaware from his new rise to power. – Andy Jul 11 '11 at 14:00
  • It couldn't have been Malfoy, unless Wormtail stole it... Maybe Barty kept it at his home as a reminder? – PearsonArtPhoto Jul 11 '11 at 14:13
  • @Pearsonartphoto Barty did live with his father, under the impirio(sp?) curse. it is possible that he and belatrix acquired the wand after the potters death, and hid it at some place before being sent to azkaban. the book and movie don't agree on barty his release but the book never states what wand Voldemort uses before liberating barty. – Andy Jul 11 '11 at 15:04
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    Of course, there's always the chance that Voldy had retrieved his wand and stashed it somewhere before book 4. He DID possess Quirrel for quite a while. One of the things he did then could have been finding and stashing the wand. – Jeff Jul 11 '11 at 15:07
  • @Jeff: But you think the ministry wouldn't leave an unprotected want laying around. Hmmm... – PearsonArtPhoto Jul 11 '11 at 15:13
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I think it is implied as one of the things Wormtail does for Voldemort after they are re-united between the third and fourth books, because Voldemort definitely has the wand at the beginning of the fourth book (known from the dream).

  • Why did this get a random down-vote this past week? @whoever did that can you please comment why? – Sydenam Aug 8 '17 at 19:30
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Basically, Voldemort's wand was last seen at Godric's Hollow at the time that he died. Voldemort got his wand back in the summer of 1994 when Peter Pettigrew brought the wand with him after retrieving it from Godric's Hollow in order to gain his favor in exchange for protection.

Below I have expanded on the reasoning I have behind this point of view as well as providing the material I based my answer off of. I also provided a couple of reasons why I believe Voldemort's wand stayed at Godric's Hollow until it was found years later after Peter left to find Voldemort.

The following is a timeline of important events related to Peter bringing the wand to Voldemort. It also shows when the different deaths occurred using Voldemort's wand.

  • 6 June 1994: Peter escaped from Hogwarts (Prisoner of Azkaban Page 452)
  • Circa June 1994: Peter found Voldemort's wand at Godric's Hollow J.K. Rowling's Bloomsbury Live Chat Interview
  • Circa Late June 1994: Peter brought the wand to Voldemort
  • Circa July 1994: Peter found Bertha, bringing her to Voldemort. She had her mind searched and was killed afterward (Goblet of Fire Page 9)
  • 19 August 1994: Frank Bryce died (Goblet of Fire Pages 11, 13-14)

The largest piece of evidence for when Voldemort possessed his wand is the spirit shadows that emerged out of his wand in the order that they were killed in as a result of the Priori Incantatem effect. Thus we know the order these people were killed was: Cedric Diggory, Frank Bryce, Bertha Jorkins, Lily Potter and James Potter (Goblet of Fire Pages 429-432).

The spirit shadows that appear from Voldemort's wand tells the reader that Voldemort had to have had his wand at the time the Potter's were killed and that the next time he had his wand was when Bertha Jorkins was killed. This means that Voldemort had to have had his wand as far back as July 1994. I don't believe that Voldemort had his wand before that since his defeat in 1981 reduced to "mere shadow and vapor". Voldemort told Harry that he has a form only when he shares another being's body (Sorcerer's Stone Page 236).

All of this leads me to believe that Voldemort was given his wand by Peter after he escaped Hogwarts and located Voldemort in Albania. One reason I don't believe Voldemort had the wand before this point is that he did not appear to use it when we saw him possessing Querril.


This leads to the question of how Voldemort got his wand back and where Peter got it from. The idea I believe is most likely is that Peter went to Godric's Hollow to get the wand in the summer of 1994.

When Wormtail escaped at the end of The Prisoners of Azkaban we see that he is extremely frightened that Sirus and Remus would kill him. I think this is the reason Peter chooses to return to Voldemort instead of hiding again. However, Peter knows that Voldemort would not be pleased that he hid away while doing nothing for so many years. This makes me believe that Peter would want to bring something that his master would value. In this case Voldemort's wand.

There are many possible places where Peter could have located the wand. However, the places I find to be the most likely are in the Ministry storage, in a place that Peter hid the wand, or it could have been left at Godric's Hollow.

To me, the Ministry of Magic feels like it would be too secure and possibly also hard to locate the exact place the wand could have been secured. As for the second possibility of Peter hiding Voldemort's wand; the main reason I doubt Peter hid Voldemort's wand before trying to run is that he was probably too scared of being caught by Sirus to consider that Voldemort's wand might be useful later.

So, this leaves Godric's Hollow as the last place I considered that Voldemort's wand would be found. Ordinarily, I would not consider this as a logical place to find Voldemort's wand since I would have thought the Ministry would have located it.

The reason I believe this to be the place Peter got the wand from is because of a quote made by J.K. Rowling in a live chat interview on Bloomsbury.com. As you can see below, J.K. Rowling states that Peter "salvaged [the wand] from the place it had fallen and carried it to [Voldemort]." This makes it sound very much like the wand was left at Godric's Hollow after Voldemort was defeated and never found until Peter came looking for it 13 years later.

Christiana: How did Voldemort get his wand back after he was in was exile?

J.K. Rowling: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!

accio-quote, J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST).

  • Welcome to SFF! This is a very nice first answer, of course if all of the information you have in here is relevant to the question it would be best to provide evidence for that too. – TheLethalCarrot Jun 22 '18 at 8:12
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This is just speculation based on the events of the book: The last time he had a wand between books 1 and 4 was at the Potters'. Someone removed it from their house that night. I have a feeling Dumbledore would have wanted it, he would not have let the Ministry get their hands on it. He just needed someone to get it for him. My guess is Hagrid (as we already know he was there to get Harry) or possibly even Snape (If JKR intended him to be there like he was in the movie, she might have made them place him there for those scenes). They both would have given it to Dumbledore, who would have kept it hidden in plain sight at Hogwarts so on Voldemort's return he would have been able to get it. (He especially would have wanted Voldemort to get the exact same phoenix wand after Harry bought its brother) So I think that Wormtail, while he was wandering through Hogwarts during Ron and his brothers' school years, found it and hid it somewhere, realizing he could use it to get back Voldemort's protection. Then when he broke free from the Ron he took it to Voldemort.

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Many people say that Wormtail could have had it the 14 years, or may have gotten it later... sometime in the middle...

I agree that somebody had the wand, and the possibilities were Wormtail and Barty Jr... (since the rest of them didn't even know Voldemort was alive) But I think you were forgetting a very important "character" helping Voldemort at the beginning of book 4....

What if after Hagrid took Harry from the house, Nagini came in and kept the wand until it re-encounter his master... by the time Voldemort attacked harry for the first time, Voldemort had all the horrocruxes finished.

  • Voldemort came across Nagini in Albania. She wasn't hanging around in the UK, picking up random wands. – The Dark Lord Mar 3 '17 at 10:05
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Well remember, Wormtail was the Potter's secret keeper, he was the one to tell Voldemort where they were hiding so he was probably at the scene, maybe not in the house, but nearby. He probably heard what happened and went inside to check it out. I'm guessing he took it then and stashed it somewhere before Sirious Black caught up to him.

  • Do you have any evidence to support this? – Edlothiad Nov 2 '17 at 14:43
  • What does this answer add that others have not already covered? – amflare Nov 2 '17 at 14:55
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Wormtail gave it back to Voldemort after Voldemort was reborn. Upon getting his wand back, his first order of business was summoning his followers through the dark mark tattoo. Later he gave Wormtail a new hand. Source: From memory of the book.

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    Sure that's who gave it back to him. But you don't seem to give any answer to this: "Problem is, it seems like his wand is unaccounted for after the Potter's death until the end of book 4. What happened to the wand?" – Dason Jan 26 '12 at 19:08
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I absolutely agree with @dason's comment; what happens to the wand after Voldemort codswallops is still a mystery.
We can guess that Wormtail, Hagrid or Snape may have taken the wands. But Wormtail was busy running away from the scene, he created a fiasco and made Sirius go to Azkaban so I do not think he might have taken the wand then.
Hagrid and Snape both were in dilemma after the Potters were killed, so they might have not thought about Voldemort's wand either. And even if they would've picked his wand then there should've been some mentioning about it in the Chapter 'The boy who lived' from book 1, where Hagrid and Dumbledore meet for the first time after the attack.
Or if Snape had taken the wand then something should've been mentioned in Chapter 'The prince's memory' from book 7, where in the pensieve in Snapes memory, there's a scene when Snape comes running to see Dumbledore after Lily is killed. However, in both the cases nothing like that is mentioned.

The only possibility then left is that, Voldemort still possessed certain powers to retrieve his wand. Because it was also mentioned that he was possessing the body of other animals in the forest of Albania. If this required some kind of magic then it would mean that he still had the wand with him when he was in the forest of Albania.

  • This answer isn't really backed up by any facts from either the canon or JK Rowling. While this may be okay when no other evidence exists, there is already an answer (see post by ykombinator) which has a quote from JK Rowling that answers the question. If you have any evidence you can cite as to why Wormtail was not the one to remove the wand from the scene I would suggest editing your post to include that. Otherwise your logic is contradicted by what JK Rowling said. – witch'sFISTS Mar 3 '17 at 3:09
  • Are you using 'codswallop' as a verb?!? Almost tempted to +1 for this alone!!! Gandalf'sFISTS is right, though. The accepted answer has a JKR quote which contradicts this answer. – The Dark Lord Mar 3 '17 at 10:08
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Hagrid took the wand. Peter petigrew then found the wand in hagrid's hut whilst hiding from Sirius and returned it to Voldemort. This is the only explanation that matches the facts as given in the books.

Then the question is... is Hagrid a supporter of Voldemort?

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    This doesn't make much sense, and is probably not the most logical explanation. In addition, if you're saying Pettigrew stole the Dark Lord's wand from Hagrid, why would that mean Hagrid might support Lord Voldemort? – Bellatrix Jul 29 '17 at 4:44
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    Do you have any source for this? Or is it just speculation? – amflare Jul 29 '17 at 4:48
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    I'm loving the image of Hagrid trooping through the wreckage of the Potter residence with the collapsing masonry, assorted corpses and abandoned children, picking up the most evil wand ever and thinking, "This will look GREAT on my mantelpiece...". – The Dark Lord Jul 29 '17 at 7:53
  • What doesn't make sense? Who else could have retrieved the wand from the potter's house? Surely he ministry would have been on the scene shortly after Hagrid and Sirius... The murder weapon would then have been found and taken by the Ministry if not picked up earlier. Then ask yourself...why would Wormtail hide out in Hagrid's hut... – Sean Aug 4 '17 at 21:17

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