Which ‘Deathly Hallows’ Ending Did You Prefer?

Which ‘Deathly Hallows’ Ending Did You Prefer?

At the end of Deathly Hallows, Harry is faced with what to do with the three Hallows. The stone, he discards in the forest. The cloak, he keeps as an inheritance. But the wand finds two different endings. In the book, Harry decided to put the Elder Wand back in Dumbledore’s tomb in the hopes he would live out his life undefeated and break the Elder Wand’s power. In the movie, much to Ron’s dismay, Harry snaps the Elder Wand like a stubborn twig and tosses it over the Hogwarts bridge.

Whenever I watch that scene in the movie or read that scene in the book, I can’t help thinking about the other and wonder: Why was it changed? Which do I prefer? Which fits the story best?

I go back and forth with this, sometimes preferring the movie ending and sometimes the book ending. (Which I will explain in the comments below). I would love to hear what you all have to say on the subject. Please give us your reasons/thoughts behind your choice. And just for fun, what would you have done with the three Hallows?

  • R Scrimgeour

    My biggest issue with the “break the wand” ending wasn’t the discarding of the Elder Wand, but that Harry didn’t repair his personal wand first. This was the key to the book – Harry got his connection to his own wand repaired, and after that he could discard the Elder Wand however he wished. I would have liked to see him repair his wand, then break and discard the Elder Wand.

  • Cadd

    I actually prefer a combination, like R Scrimgeour writes – he should have repaired his own Pheonix-feather wand first, _then_ broken the elder wand. I find the “put it back” plan from the book to be a ridiculously large and unnecessary risk.

  • Dan

    The book ending is more emotional – putting the wand back with its last rightful owner & all but I guess I look at things logically more sometimes than I’d like to believe. I’m the same person who will scream at a kid’s movie that what is happening would NEVER be possible…

    Anyways – snapping the wand & discarding it over the Hogwarts bridge makes the most sense & FOR ME is the better ending. I’d be second guessing & arguing about putting the wand back into the tomb leaves another chance for some wizard to come & grave rob it from Dumbledore if that were the end to the Elder Wand; that if Harry really wanted to stop the power of the Elder Wand he’d have to keep it & stash it away forever not telling a soul OR….duh duh duh duuuuh….break the wand!

    See….I just 2 minutes of your time with just ranting about it right here

  • http://www.mugglenet.com/ Kat

    Two of my favorite parts of the end of Deathly Hallows is the part where Harry repairs his wand, and when he tells James Sirius that the Sorting Hat took his choice in consideration.

    I see it as a major fail on both counts that they changed it. It’s really small changes like this that bother me. Why was it so hard to do it the way Jo wrote it?

  • patronusflight

    I love the book ending, but what annoyed me the most about the movie ending was not the fact that Harry broke the wand, but that he did not first fix his own wand. In the book, he fixes his broken wand and returns the wand to Dumbledore’s grave. In the film, he just straight up breaks it and throws it away, leaving himself wandless. So sure, movie-goers are just supposed to assume he just had another wand made for him, but there was so much emphasis on how special his wand was (granted, that was mostly due to the twin cores), and I think that was kind of a big deal to JKR. She chose the book ending because she knew that Harry would want his wand.
    I never did like the outcome of where the Stone ended up. Just lost in the forest is very anti-climatic, although I understand the reasoning for getting rid of it. It isn’t likely that it will be found again, and it shouldn’t be, but I can’t help but feel that there could have been a more creative resolution for it.
    As for the cloak, who wouldn’t keep that one? :)

    • Jeremy

      I agree with you, but bear in mind it is not only thw twin cores that has power. The pheonix is a motif written through the whole series. Honestly i think it would have been fantastic if fawkes chose Harry as his next owner because of how much Harry cared for Dumbledore.

      Harry and voldmort are the two who have pheonix tail feathers in the book that is mentioned and also the only two who conquer death at some point in their lives. I think this is a very powerful idea that is shown in book 1.

      As for the elder wand and the stone, Harrys true

      • Patricia Maslar

        Thank you! It’s not only me then! I like 7 part 1 but the end to the DH (book) is the best “movie” ending ever written! I couldn’t wait to stand up and cheer when he hits the ground flat. I couldn’t believe they took the whole fantastic amazing energetic all works coming together ending away for an eerie-music lonely weird awkward ending. I’ll never get over it.

        • Jeremy

          I know! And it wasnt only the energy they lost. What about all the deaths i cried myself to sleep over. The entire movie missed so many emotions… plus that awful snake chase scene. I so wish they kept that. Neville was such a strong character… and they killed it.

          • Patricia Maslar

            The Neville thing I will never forgive. JK said on the day of the first reading of the script she looked over and saw a new guy sitting there, then later realized it was Matt (Neville). He was hot! He was thin and tall and awesome! They had it right there – that’s exactly what happens to Neville. He becomes The Fonz, the new heartthrob! They blew it. Why did they work so hard to keep him goofy? And that pivotal moment when everything happens together, the slash of the sword, Harry jumping back to life, the new Army of parents and Hogsmeade residents arriving, etc etc you know what I mean. And his speech, they give Neville a speech but it’s like it was chewed up and spit out then they handed him the script. When in movie history do they choose to make a hot book character dumpy? It’s usually the other way around. It’s nice to have a place to unleash this. The muggles just don’t get it.

  • Martin Chaloux

    I find that the movie painted itself in a corner. I know this is a very big IF, but if ever JK decides to continue the Potter series and that the wand comes back in her story, what ill they do to bring back that wand

    • Drewster

      Say that it mended itself b/c it was so powerful as it was falling from being thrown over the bridge. Simple…its a magic would, anything’s possible

    • Godish

      Kinda like the ring in LOTR?… Maybe someone finds it under the bridge and discover a way to repair it?

  • Seyma

    Movie end was absolutely silly. Harry’s character was not match the movie end. Jkr chose the best one in my opinion. Dumbledore didn’t brake it, because it was folly..

    • BrianRommel

      No I don’t think Dumbledore had it in him to do it. The fact that he takes the wand for himself,when likely his old wand would have done fine, instead of hiding it away like harry did, says volumes,

      The Hallows had always enthralled him. He throws common sense out the window when finding the stone because he couldn’t help himself. Your adolescence shapes who you are. A Part of Dumbledore is still that like that. He says it himself that he didn’t trust himself to be Minister of magic.
      Dumbledore even said that Harry mastered each Hallow in ways he never could. i don’t like that Harry didn’t repair his old wand but Him snapping the elder wand fits as he’s the only one who would have done it.

  • http://www.mugglenet.com/ Kat

    Two of my favorite parts of the end of Deathly Hallows is the part where Harry repairs his wand, and when he tells Albus Severus that the Sorting Hat took his choice in consideration.

    I see it as a major fail on both counts that they changed it. It’s really small changes like this that bother me. Why was it so hard to do it the way Jo wrote it?

    • Chloe Deacon

      the part where Harry tells his son about the sorting hat letting him choose is still in the movie :) just a little cheesier than it was in my head haha

      • Patricia Maslar

        But he doesn’t say “it did for me” which was important because Harry had never revealed that before but he did it for his son, an example of the small sacrifices parents make.

  • Irishgirl

    I hated the ending in the movie. I feel it was absurd to alter it. I didn’t like that his wand wasn’t repaired, but my biggest issue was that he just snapped the most powerful wand in the world like a twig. This wand is so strong it repairs other wands. It’s survived not being broken for thousands of years, and Harry snaps it like a pencil. I just found that to be absurd.

  • Silverdoe25

    The ending in the movie was just one of many changes I hated in DH Pt 2. There was something so wonderful and fulfilling about Harry repairing his own wand at the end of the book. Not to mention, I would have loved him going up to Dumbledore’s office and having all the portraits applaud Harry. God knows in the film version that everyone in the Great Hall basically ignored him…

  • Chloe Deacon

    I love the concept that all of these items of myth and mystery (the stone, the elder wand and the cloak) were all thrown aside like they were worth nothing in the end becuase it’s so poetic and true to life. They were discarded becuase they were no longer needed in this world, they had served their purpose and now they must move on like the rest of the characters. I love the book ending and i wish he could have repaired his wand but i think putting it with Dumbledore was a little risky as anyone could go ahead and take it and use it for the wrong reasons and carry on it’s bloody history. Plus, that wand was a reflection of everything Dumbledore hated about his past and all the mistakes he had ever made, leaving it with his body forever… it’s a pretty cruel reminder and a relic with negative emotions attached. Always, HP ;)

  • Saundra

    I think people are forgetting that not many people knew about the deathly hallows or believed they existed. So I think the wand would have “probably” been safe back with Dumbledore fortified with some extra protections. Like some, I prefer the book’s ending but would have accepted the movie’s ending if only Harry had repaired his own wand before breaking the Elder Wand in two. As for that, I think Harry is the only one who could have broken that wand. I would have kept the cloak, maybe gone back and tried to find the stone in order to bury it (but I doubt that I would have found it) and I would have put that killing stick back with Dumbledore or locked it away someplace else. That wand attracts trouble and Harry had had enough and would I.

    • BrianRommel

      Theres probably a few hundred people who didn’t know about the elder wand before do after the battle in the book at least. However in the movie not so.
      I’ll have to agree with you about the phoenix feather wand. I do like the movie ending. One would think that the elder wand wouldn’t be that easy to destroy but who would destroy it. This fits with the whole person who the wand is best suited for is the one who doesn’t want nor seek it out. Harry’s the master of death because he is able to face it head which is how one masters them. So in the act of mastering the hallows one masters death. It makes it a bit odd so Harry snapping the wand fits very well with the nature of the hallows. It also goes back to the Philosophers stone Harry manages to get the stone because he doesn’t want to use it.

  • Patricia Maslar

    This is tough for me to answer because I always choose the books over the movies, except here. I felt relief when he broke it, and I sort of love the fact that he ends up with Draco’s wand for his own. It was now Harry’s. (Finders keepers!) Plus even though it is nice when he repairs his Phoenix wand in the book and you get the same feeling as book one in Olivander’s shop, truthfully he doesn’t need it anymore. The one it was destined to beat is beaten. And we learn people do upgrade their wands as they grow. “I remember when she was here buying her first wand.” But I do agree with another poster that how could the elder wand be so easily broken. I didn’t like in the movie that it cracked like a dried out twig when V overworked it. But the book ending makes me nervous. Even if Harry dies of natural causes I don’t see how the wands power would break. It is used to moving through people. What would I do? Wait until Xeno Lovegood is on his deathbed then tell him a story to remember!

    • Nicole L Rivera

      Lol. I love what you say about Harry not needing the old wand and especially telling Lovegood the story on his death bead. Priceless. That would be amazing! … Just make sure he doesn’t have one last burst of energy to put an article out on his printing press ;)

  • Emily

    I enjoyed both endings for different reasons. I was initially sad that the movie ended it differently, but I understood it more from a cinematic point of view. It was the best way to show what idea was conveyed in the book, which was that Harry doesn’t want to be “all powerful,” he just wants to be himself. Movies need to show, not tell, and that’s why I liked the ending for the book itself because it gave the details of his choice that you want as a reader. It would have been out of place to have him talk to the portraits in the movie because they had already cut that interaction out of that movie and the previous ones. You don’t pay attention to them in the movies like you do when reading. I did miss him not repairing his wand, but other than that I was fine with the ending.

  • Godish

    Well… Personally I hate that most of the movies missed the point of the book, and that the details that REALLY matter in the book are overseen in the movies (I know it’s hard to fit a whole book in a 1.5-2 h movie, but still…). It’s nice that they tried to portray the story, but if I had written HP I certainly wouldn’t have let them rip the story so badly, I don’t know how JKR did it….
    I think the ending was changed so the movie-goers could be satisfied with the story, but this is what I choose:
    The Stone I would have kept it and hid it (maybe even bury it)…
    The Cloak I obviously would have kept it….
    And the wand…. well I agree with Saundra, the wand would’ve been safe with Dumbledore because there weren’t many ‘believers’… So I would have returned it to Dumbledore….
    This is just my POV, I don’t want to insult anyone with my comments.
    P.S. Love the site and the Alohomora podcasts! Cheers guys!

  • moonstoneash

    i like the books ending as it gives the story a cyclical nature to it, with the chance of this happening and and the fact that teddy also ended up as an orphan. it seems much more realistic than the stereotypical happy ever after that the movie portrays.

  • Michael Scarola

    Books and movies are two very different mediums. The satisfaction you get from the book is because J.K. Rowling has explained to you why Harry did what he did. For the movie people need a visual so here is why I think it was done differently. Harry snaps the wand in two and discards both pieces–it shows the audience that in no uncertain terms that the evil he and his friends were fighting against was finally over. But it conveys even more…it confirms that Harry really is “good” and has been the true moral upstanding person that could be relied on to return the world to peace. But what I like even better is the reaction shot David Yates gets out of Hermione–she looks at Harry and can see the stregnth in his character is bigger than even she imagined. Being the smartest in the class was not as important as being the most virtuous.

  • Nicole L Rivera

    Wow! These are some very well thought out comments. I love it!
    Here is the reason I go back and forth between the book ending and the movie ending: they are both really good in their own right (my opinion).
    In the book, Harry is respectfully returning to Dumbledore’s grave what Voldemort took. He is “giving” the wand away rather than having it taken from him. In my opinion, that act of selflessness should have broken the wand’s power, not necessarily Harry going undefeated. It would have mirrored the protection he provided his friends when he gave up his life for them. I’ll be interested to read what or if Rowling adds anything to Pottermore on the subject when the final book is ready.
    In the movie, Harry destroys the wand. “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” He destroyed Voldemort (the wielder of death) and then he destroyed death’s most powerful weapons–the stone to recall those already gone and the stick to send many to death. The only hallow he keeps is the only one that protects from death–the cloak.
    I’m not sure why the ending was changed. Harry snapping the wand had a dramatic effect, but so would the visual of Harry laying the wand back in Dumbledore’s hand. It would have mirrored the ending of the seventh movie where Voldemort removes the wand. Again, I’ll be interested to see if Rowling comes out with any of this information in the future.
    As for me, I would like to say that I would have done exactly what Harry did in either the book or movie. Both are very virtuous, but I don’t know if I’m nearly as virtuous as Harry yet. I would also like to say I would have walked to my own death to save the others. I hope I would, but there is no way to know for sure except to be in that situation.
    My preference at the moment lies with the book ending–if I am guessing correct and Harry really does break the Elder Wand’s power by giving it away (Harry may not have known this act broke the wands power, which is why I am interested to see what Rowling will post on this subject). In essence, giving it back to “death” and saying enough is enough, your power won’t corrupt me.
    Thank you all for your comments. They have made very interesting reading :)

  • rowlingwithit

    I think that the movie ending was not the best choice. Rowling wrote it best. It is a Deathly Hallow, & Harry was able to snap it so easily ? What about future Dark Lords to come, what about future battles between good & evil ? They should have something to hope for too, a wand that can help them defeat something evil… even if it is just a myth to most. It was too much of a ‘nice wrap’ for viewing, for the unfortunate souls out there who have not read the ending yet.

  • http://gryffindorbish.tumblr.com Amy Mcgee

    i was abit said that we didnt see the scene where harry uses the elder wand to fix his wand that was broken

  • http://www.google.net/ Kenny

    So I just read all 7 Harry Potter books for the first time, it took about 2 weeks and I must say I much prefer the way Harry handles the Elder Wand at the end of the movies. Even though I enjoy the books so.. so much more. WTF I know. Let me explain.

    Harry putting the Elder Wand back in Dumbledore’s tomb is asking for any emerging dark wizard to try and obtain it, likely killing many people in the attempt or success, even a partial success (obtaining but not being recognized by the wand. Then going on a victorious campaign). It is widely know that the Elder Wand is real as Harry and Voldemort tell all about it when they duel in front of hundreds of people including death eaters. Not to mention that it is revealed to the same witnesses that old Voldy took it from Dumbledore’s tomb. Anyone who would care to know would realize that the tomb is likely to be the resting place of the wand if Harry didn’t hold onto it. And what aspiring dark lord wouldn’t seek out the Death Stick and try to overcome the most powerful wizard now in an attempt to plunge the world into darkness yet again, under their rule. That target would be Harry, his friends and family and Hogwarts don’t forget (Dumbledore’s tomb. It’s inevitable that someone will desecrate it again; let the guy RIP already).

    Snapping the Elder Wand fixes all of this and is a real show of Harry’s character. Consider Dumbledore telling Harry why he turned down the Minister for Magic position so many times. Dumbledore really feared that so much power would corrupt him as it so tempted him in the past. He was occasionally weak too. Just like how he could not resist the Resurrection Stone as he was overcome by guilt. Dumbledore was too covetous of his Elder Wand to break it. He had incredible passion for the Deathly Hallows.
    Harry forgoes all future temptation and any possibility of suffering via the legend by destroying this ultimate power. The wand of all wands. Harry sacrifices immense strength to keep people safe. Something he’s always wanted. As Dumbledore’s man through and through, I believe Harry would have though, “This is what Dumbledore would do.” Which is probably true, had Dumbledore actually been as noble as Harry. It was the truth when Dumbledore told Harry that he was the better man.

    Even if we assume that Harry’s plan is to have the wand pass between so many owners without actually acquiring it that the real master becomes unknown, someone will either be too arrogant or too ignorant of the way this all works. Resulting in an attempt to obtain it for their own power.

    If you are going to argue that it can’t be broken by quoting Beedle the Bard, just remember that Beedle’s rendition is embellished. He might not have believed it true at all, but it made for a good fairy tail and probably a nice sack of gold. The wand wasn’t made by death. It was made by Antioch Peverell and the other Peverell brothers. It should follow that if the Resurrection Stone which was also made by the Peverells can be tampered with (turned into an Horcrux or in fact CRACKED LIKE IT WAS!), then the Elder Wand should be breakable.

    I know people also complain about Harry not fixing his phoenix feather wand in the movie, but this is a glossing over point. It would have been nice to have a scene showing this but really, Harry could have grown attached to the wand that he got from Draco. It did just help him destroy The Dark Lord and save the whole freaking world. “Thanks wand!” (Chuck!)

    FINALLY, try asking Alastor Moody what should be done with it. The man who thinks like dark wizards do. I guarantee that he would say as long as the Elder Wand exists, there will be some evil looking to wield it. And that if, for instance, he himself wanted it, the Wand of Destiny could be found. Easily found actually, and potentially mastered..

    WOW! I did not mean to write that much, but it needed to be laid out properly.

    Snap the Death Stick Harry!

  • http://www.google.net/ Kenny

    So I just read all 7 Harry Potter books for the first time, it took about 2 weeks and I must say I much prefer the way Harry handles the Elder Wand at the end of the movies. Even though I enjoy the books so.. so much more. All my arguments will be from the books. I haven’t seen the movies since they came out years ago, well except for the last 2 scenes for comparison (I loved seeing Ron having gotten a little fat after 19 years in the movie).

    So let’s start.

    Harry putting the Elder Wand back in Dumbledore’s tomb is asking for any emerging dark wizard to try and obtain it, likely killing many people in the attempt or success, even a partial success (obtaining but not being recognized by the wand. Then going on a victorious campaign). It is widely know that the Elder Wand is real as Harry and Voldemort tell all about it when they duel in front of hundreds of people including death eaters. Not to mention that it is revealed to the same witnesses that old Voldy took it from Dumbledore’s tomb. Anyone who would care to know would realize that the tomb is likely to be the resting place of the wand if Harry didn’t hold onto it. And what aspiring dark lord wouldn’t seek out the Death Stick and try to overcome the most powerful wizard now in an attempt to plunge the world into darkness yet again, under their rule. That target would be Harry, his friends and family and Hogwarts don’t forget (Dumbledore’s tomb. It’s inevitable that someone will desecrate it again; let the guy RIP already).

    Snapping the Elder Wand fixes all of this and is a real show of Harry’s character. Consider Dumbledore telling Harry why he turned down the Minister for Magic position so many times. Dumbledore really feared that so much power would corrupt him as it so tempted him in the past. He messed up too. And as he was so clever, his mistakes were much more awesome. Dumbledore was too covetous of his Elder Wand to break it. He couldn’t resist the Resurrection Stone either. He had incredible passion for the Deathly Hallows.

    Harry forgoes all future temptation and any possibility of suffering via the legend by destroying this ultimate power. The wand of all wands. Harry sacrifices immense strength to keep the people he loves safe. Something he’s always wanted more than power. As Dumbledore’s man through and through, I believe Harry would have though, “This is what Dumbledore would do.” Which is probably true, had Dumbledore actually been as noble as Harry. It was the truth when Dumbledore told Harry that he was the better man.

    This next bit is still important: The Elder Wand is suppose to lose it’s “blood power” if the last owner dies of natural causes and the wand never makes allegiance to someone else. But this wand might even have a much greater ability to scrutinize it’s master than normal wands. And it may be more inclined to switch hands for unconventional reasons. So there is no telling if it will deem someone worthy again or continue to have no master, as it’s existence alone is unprecedented. Even if this works, there will be those who are covetous trying to bring all the Deathly Hallows together! Or some uninformed scoundrel may think just owning it will give extreme strength or riches. Eventually it will be grave robbed.

    Let’s say Harry’s plan is to have the wand pass between so many owners without actually acquiring it that the real master becomes unknown, someone will either be too arrogant or too ignorant of the way this all works. Resulting in an attempt to obtain it for their own power. No matter what is true, the Elder Wand will always create danger.

    If you are going to argue that it can’t be broken by quoting Beedle the Bard, just remember that Beedle’s rendition is embellished. He might not have believed it true at all, but it made for a good fairy tail and probably a nice sack of gold. The wand wasn’t made by death. It was made by Antioch Peverell and the other Peverell brothers. It should follow that if the Resurrection Stone which was also made by the Peverells can be tampered with (turned into a Horcrux or in fact cracked like it was!), then the Elder Wand should be breakable.

    Oh, and the Resurrection Stone could have been telling Harry the destroy the wand. The Crack went right down the wand in the symbol.The wand wasn’t visible anymore, but you could still see the cloak and the stone. This is just some curious speculation though.

    I know people also complain about Harry not fixing his phoenix feather wand in the movie, but this is a glossing over point and didn’t bother me too much (but everything else did). It would have been nice to have a scene showing this, and wouldn’t take long at all. But Harry could have grown attached to the wand that he won from Draco. He did just get it from his childhood rival and it help him destroy The Dark Lord and save the whole freaking world. “Thanks wand!” (Chuck!)

    Finally, try asking Alastor Moody what should be done with it. The man who thinks like dark wizards do. I guarantee that he would say as long as the Elder Wand exists, there will be some evil looking to wield it. And that if, for instance, he himself wanted it, the Wand of Destiny could be found. Easily found actually, and potentially mastered..

    WOW! I did not mean to write that much, but it needed to be laid out properly.

    Snap it Harry!

  • chuwabasewubabells

    So I just read all 7 Harry Potter books for the first time, it took about 2 weeks and I must say I much prefer the way Harry handles the Elder Wand at the end of the movies. Even though I enjoy the books so.. so much more. All my arguments will be from the books. I haven’t seen the movies since they came out years ago, well except for the last 2 scenes for comparison (I loved seeing Ron having gotten a little fat after 19 years in the movie).

    So let’s start.

    Harry putting the Elder Wand back in Dumbledore’s tomb is asking for any emerging dark wizard to try and obtain it, likely killing many people in the attempt or success, even a partial success (obtaining but not being recognized by the wand. Then going on a victorious campaign). It is widely know that the Elder Wand is real as Harry and Voldemort tell all about it when they duel in front of hundreds of people including death eaters. Not to mention that it is revealed to the same witnesses that old Voldy took it from Dumbledore’s tomb. Anyone who would care to know would realize that the tomb is likely to be the resting place of the wand if Harry didn’t hold onto it. And what aspiring dark lord wouldn’t seek out the Death Stick and try to overcome the most powerful wizard now in an attempt to plunge the world into darkness yet again, under their rule. That target would be Harry, his friends and family and Hogwarts don’t forget (Dumbledore’s tomb. It’s inevitable that someone will desecrate it again; let the guy RIP already).

    Snapping the Elder Wand fixes all of this and is a real show of Harry’s character. Consider Dumbledore telling Harry why he turned down the Minister for Magic position so many times. Dumbledore really feared that so much power would corrupt him as it so tempted him in the past. He messed up too. And as he was so clever, his mistakes were much more awesome. Dumbledore was too covetous of his Elder Wand to break it. He couldn’t resist the Resurrection Stone either. He had incredible passion for the Deathly Hallows.

    Harry forgoes all future temptation and any possibility of suffering via the legend by destroying this ultimate power. The wand of all wands. Harry sacrifices immense strength to keep the people he loves safe. Something he’s always wanted more than power. As Dumbledore’s man through and through, I believe Harry would have though, “This is what Dumbledore would do.” Which is probably true, had Dumbledore actually been as noble as Harry. It was the truth when Dumbledore told Harry that he was the better man.

    This next bit is still important: The Elder Wand is suppose to lose it’s “blood power” if the last owner dies of natural causes and the wand never makes allegiance to someone else. But this wand might even have a much greater ability to scrutinize it’s master than normal wands. And it may be more inclined to switch hands for unconventional reasons. So there is no telling if it will deem someone worthy again or continue to have no master, as it’s existence alone is unprecedented. Even if this works, there will be those who are covetous trying to bring all the Deathly Hallows together! Or some uninformed scoundrel may think just owning it will give extreme strength or riches. Eventually it will be grave robbed.

    Let’s say Harry’s plan is to have the wand pass between so many owners without actually acquiring it that the real master becomes unknown, someone will either be too arrogant or too ignorant of the way this all works. Resulting in an attempt to obtain it for their own power. No matter what is true, the Elder Wand will always create danger.

    If you are going to argue that it can’t be broken by quoting Beedle the Bard, just remember that Beedle’s rendition is embellished. He might not have believed it true at all, but it made for a good fairy tail and probably a nice sack of gold. The wand wasn’t made by death. It was made by Antioch Peverell and the other Peverell brothers. It should follow that if the Resurrection Stone which was also made by the Peverells can be tampered with (turned into a Horcrux or in fact cracked like it was!), then the Elder Wand should be breakable.

    Oh, and the Resurrection Stone could have been telling Harry the destroy the wand. The Crack went right down the wand in the symbol.The wand wasn’t visible anymore, but you could still see the cloak and the stone. This is just some curious speculation though.

    I know people also complain about Harry not fixing his phoenix feather wand in the movie, but this is a glossing over point and didn’t bother me too much (but everything else did). It would have been nice to have a scene showing this, and wouldn’t take long at all. But Harry could have grown attached to the wand that he won from Draco. He did just get it from his childhood rival and it help him destroy The Dark Lord and save the whole freaking world. “Thanks wand!” (Chuck!)

    Finally, try asking Alastor Moody what should be done with it. The man who thinks like dark wizards do. I guarantee that he would say as long as the Elder Wand exists, there will be some evil looking to wield it. And that if, for instance, he himself wanted it, the Wand of Destiny could be found. Easily found actually, and potentially mastered..

    WOW! I did not mean to write that much, but it needed to be laid out properly.

    Snap it Harry!