In the Harry Potter universe, there’s a saying that a wand is only as good as the wizard using it. Due to this, it’s mainly the most powerful witches and wizards you will find here. However, that’s not always the case as we’ve seen some wizards who aren’t so powerful, yet their wands rank quite high.
Wandlore is an art form in the Harry Potter universe and the individual wands of wizards more or less define who they are as people. You’ll find some surprises in this list as some wands are far more powerful than another despite the wizard’s reputation.
11 Lucius Malfoy's Wand
Lucius might not have shown his powers onscreen or in the books, but he was a formidable enough wizard that Voldemort made him the leader of the Death Eaters over Bellatrix or Dolohov. His wand was also significant enough for Voldemort to choose it to try and take out Harry in Deathly Hallows.
There’s also the fact that the wand just looks pretty darn cool with the serpent head inserted at the end of it for a makeshift handle. Maybe a greater wizard like Voldemort would’ve done wonders with it; we’ll never know for sure.
10 Madam Bones' Wand
Everything we ever heard about Madam Bones was from other characters. The only time we saw her was in court in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. However, what we know of her is that she was supremely powerful.
Madam Bones was so powerful, in fact, that she put up a big fight against Voldemort himself. There’s no way she could’ve kept up with Voldemort had she had a subpar wand. This means her wand must have been made of something special for her to have garnered her reputation. It’s a pity we never actually got to see her do anything.
9 Professor Flitwick's Wand
Every time we saw Professor Flitwick, he was doing some kind of Charms related magic that left the students in awe. Not only was the professor adept at Charms, but he was also said to be a champion of dueling in his time.
This wasn’t just an informed ability as we saw him in the Battle of Hogwarts where we went undefeated, only losing to Voldemort. His wand must contain powerful tendencies toward Charms for Professor Flitwick to use it, so it must also be particularly powerful for the professor to defeat opponents with it.
8 Professor McGonagall's Wand
Professor McGonagall could be called the refined version of Madam Bones. We saw her do all those extraordinary levels of magic and always make them look as awesome as ever. Professor McGonagall was without a doubt only a notch lower than Snape amongst the Hogwarts staff and much of her powers are attributed to her wand.
Her wand enabled her to do transfiguration of the highest order and she used this to win her duels as well. From what we saw of the wand’s dueling capabilities, it was powerful enough to fight Voldemort and hold up pretty well at that too.
7 Severus Snape's Wand
There was a lot of magical ability innate to Snape, which is why his wand is ranked lower than some others. Snape could brew potions like no other, fly without a wand, and do Occlumensy without Voldemort finding out. So, his wand can’t be attributed to those successes.
However, his wand was still powerful enough to cast original spells like Levicorpus or Sectumsempra, and all these were done with precise accuracy. Snape never lost any of his duels either, unless it was James Potter cornering him with his gang and the wand must have been devastating to anyone who faced its aggression.
6 Gellert Grindelwald's Wand
From what we can gather, Gellert Grindelwald spent all of his days in power with the possession of the Elder Wand, which meant his original wasn’t as powerful. However, let’s not forget Grindelwald was a prodigy who had committed such horrific magic that he’d gotten expelled from Durmstrang.
It was most likely Grindelwald’s spell that took the life of Arianna as well, along with causing Aberforth immeasurable pain due to Grindelwald using the Cruciatus curse on him. He wouldn’t have defeated the highest-ranking wizards with his original wand, but Grindelwald would most definitely beat all the supreme level wizards for sure.
5 Bellatrix Lestrange's Wand
Bellatrix wasn’t more powerful than Snape, Grindelwald or McGonagall, but her wand sure was stronger than all those people’s. It was specifically called “unyielding” by Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for its brutal capabilities.
The wand also felt sinister to Harry when it was in his hands, a notion also shared by Hermione. It was used by Bellatrix to drive the Longbottoms to madness and had taken lives numerous times. The wands most adept feature seemed to be causing pain as the Cruciatus curse was Bellatrix’s signature spell. Ollivander even looked at the wand with significant fear.
4 Harry Potter's Wand
When you’ve got a wand whose core is only of two ever created, and a wand whose twin is that of Voldemorts; throw in the fact that the phoenix whose feather was used for the wand core was none other than Dumbeldore’s own Fawkes, then you can bet the wand was powerful as heck.
Harry’s wand played hero to him most of the times as it saved him in the graveyard in Goblet of Fire, then repeated the feat against a flying Voldemort in Deathly Hallows. It was strong enough to conjure patronuses for a 13-year-old and Harry outpaced everyone else in Defense against the Dark arts because of it.
3 Lord Voldemort's Wand
Although this wand was said to be the twin of Harry’s wand; let be fair, it was far more powerful than Harry’s. The wielder of the wand was none other than the most powerful dark wizard who ever lived, so it had to be powerful enough to keep up with Voldemort’s magic.
This wand’s supreme feature was the Avada Kedavra curse as it was Voldemort’s signature spell. It was also capable of unimaginable levels of dark magic such as conjuring a fire serpent and making Horcruxes.
2 Professor Dumbledore's Original Wand
People keep glossing over the fact that Professor Dumbledore didn’t always have the Elder Wand as his own. He had used his original wand at the time when he was still called the greatest wizard to have ever lived. More significantly, Dumbledore used this wand to defeat Grindelwald – did we mention Grindelwald had the Elder Wand at the time?
This wand got Professor Dumbledore and you could say it represented the benevolent side of the professor as it didn’t carry the bloody history the Elder Wand did. It was this wand that brought the transfiguration skills out of Dumbledore and the rest is history.
1 The Elder Wand
Of course, while Professor Dumbledore’s original wand beat the Elder Wand, there’s no denying the latter wand is still the most powerful ever made. Only a couple wizards ever lost when they had the wand in their possession and the wand is known as being unbeatable for a reason.
There’s no use naming achievements the wand made as its reputation precedes it. No one knows how it was made, but everyone knows very easily that no wand can ever beat the Elder Wand. Had Dumbledore been evil, no one on Earth could’ve stopped him with the Elder Wand in his possession.