“Hello plot hole, we meet again!” Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Everything will be fine... I think.

Once upon a time, I stumbled across a major typo in a first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and ever since I may sometimes spend more time than is normal trawling through Potter plot lines whenever I read the novels or watch the films. As I stated last week, I’ve been rewatching the entire Harry Potter series of films recently and last night Paul and I finally rewatched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.

But there’s a plot hole, at least I think there’s one.

If you don’t want any spoilers, I suggest you stop reading now.

Anyway. The film focuses heavily on Voldemort’s search for the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows, the novel not so much, but it is still very important. The film places heavy emphasis on how wand lore works, particularly who owns a wand and indicates that a wizard or witch must best another wizard or witch (magically) in order to change a wand’s allegiance.

So, you’ve got Harry taking Draco’s wand for he bests Draco. And then there’s Voldemort, once he finally has the Elder Wand, disposing of Snape as he believes Snape was its previous owner after taking it from Dumbledore, when in fact it was Draco who got the wand from Dumbledore who got it from Grindelwald. Confused? Don’t think there’s an issue? Well, here’s for me where the plot hole lies:

Grindelwald didn’t best Gregorovitch in any form of magical combat, which is what the emphasis is placed on in terms of wands switching allegiances in both the novel and the films. Grindelwald stole the wand. This means that all owners – following the story’s logic – since Gregorovitch didn’t fully own the Elder Wand and thus it had never reached its maximum power potential. This means that even Harry was never its true owner or Draco or Dumbledore or Grindelwald.

Don’t worry, I haven’t spent too much time dwelling on this since last night.


A lovely man on Google+ has pointed out that in the first edition of the novel, on page 230, a Stunning Spell is mentioned. And so it is just David Yates trying to confuse us.


6 thoughts on ““Hello plot hole, we meet again!” Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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  2. Here, let me explain.

    Voldemort thought that the only way for him to be the true master of the Elder Wand, was to kill the previous owner. He thought the ‘true’ owner was Snape because Snape killed Dumbledore, [Who had got the wand from Grindelwald in his duel.]

    But the true wand owner was Malfoy because he had disarmed Dumbledore, then Harry disarmed Malfoy. Grindlewald got it from Gregorovitch by stealing it, and the wand turned it’s allegiances.

    • That doesn’t work with the kind of lore the film put forward, which was acts of aggression causing wands to switch allegiances, thus Grindlewald stealing it is not an act of aggression. Only the novel properly explains it via Gregorovitch being stunned by Grindlewald.

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