I've read the question Here and learnt that even Stealing the Elder wand makes a person owner of it.

Then why didn't Voldemort become the owner of elder wand even though he stole it from the tomb of Dumbledore, I know that Harry Potter was the owner of elder wand at the time Voldemort broke into Dumbledores tomb. Even though stealing is stealing.

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    You have to steal it from the person who owns it. – Valorum Aug 14 '15 at 22:47
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    Stealing is stealing, but Voldemort didn't defeat or steal it from the owner. – phantom42 Aug 14 '15 at 22:47
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    Because magic. Plot and magic. – SQB Aug 14 '15 at 23:10

“That wand still isn’t working properly for you because you murdered the wrong person. Severus Snape was never the true master of the Elder Wand. He never defeated Dumbledore.”

Voldemort didn't know who was the real owner of the wand. Dumbledore had convinced Snape to kill him. Since this was arranged death, the loyalty of the wand would remain with Dumbledore. Voldemort thought killing Snape would transfer wand's loyalty to himself.

“Aren’t you listening? Snape never beat Dumbledore! Dumbledore’s death was planned between them! Dumbledore intended to die undefeated, the wand’s last true master! If all had gone as planned, the wand’s power would have died with him, because it had never been won from him!”

The new owner of the wand, did not know he had won the loyalty of the elder wand by disarming Dumbledore.

“You still don’t get it, Riddle, do you? Possessing the wand isn’t enough! Holding it, using it, doesn’t make it really yours. Didn’t you listen to Ollivander? The wand chooses the wizard. The Elder Wand recognized a new master before Dumbledore died, someone who never even laid a hand on it. The new master removed the wand from Dumbledore against his will, never realizing exactly what he had done, or that the world’s most dangerous wand had given him its allegiance

So the new owner is/was

“The true master of the Elder Wand was Draco Malfoy.”

But the new owner was disarmed (physically or without magic) by another wizard. Elder wand is power wand. It realized a changed of ownership.

“But you’re too late,” said Harry. “You’ve missed your chance. I got there first. I overpowered Draco weeks ago. I took this wand from him.”

So the new/current owner of the elder wand is:

“So it all comes down to this, doesn’t it?” whispered Harry. “Does the wand in your hand know its last master was Disarmed? Because if it does . . . I am the true master of the Elder Wand.”

The elder wand has no loyalty, it always associates itself with the more powerful wizard.

Quoting J.K. Rowling here

The Elder Wand knows no loyalty except to strength. So it's completely unsentimental. It will only go where the power is. So if you win, then you've won the wand. So you don't need to kill with it. But, as is pointed out in the books, not least by Dumbledore because it is a wand of such immense power, almost inevitably, it attracts wizards who are prepared to kill and who will kill. And also it attracts wizards like Voldemort who confuse being prepared to murder with strength.

Referred from PotterCast Interviews J.K. Rowling, part two.

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    Very well written! – Rajan Aug 18 '15 at 19:26
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    Your answer is right, no contest there. But you claim Snape didn't become the Elder Wand's master because Dumbledore's was pre-arranged between them. This isn't true. The real reason is because when Snape killed Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy had already disarmed Dumbledore, and thus had already gained the Elder Wand's allegiance. We could argue about whether Snape would have become the Wand's master by killing Dumbledore, but it doesn't matter. The wand already had a new master. – Martin Carney Nov 6 '15 at 17:13
  • I tired to write it with Voldemort's perspective. But if you read the second paragraph "The new owner of the wand, did not know he had won the loyalty of the elder wand by disarming Dumbledore." we are both saying the same thing. – Vishvesh Nov 6 '15 at 23:57


Dumbledore was the master, then Snape used the curse 'Avada Kedavra' and subsequently killed Dumbledore. That should make him the master of the wand, no? So when Voldemort killed Snape he would be the master of the wand.

Only problem, was it doesn't work like that. Dumbledore and Snape planned his death together so that the wand would have NO more masters for Dumbledore would have gone unbeaten and died a normal death... But before he died, Malfoy disarmed him. Malfoy became the master of the wand and when Harry stole Malfoy's wand at the Malfoy mansion in book 7, Harry became master of the wand. Being the only Wizard to ever be master of all 3 deathly hallows. This is also why he won the final battle. The Elder wand would not go against it's master and instead rebounded the curse onto Voldemort.. DUN DUN DUN

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