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"This is the wand that tortured Neville's mum and dad, and who knows how many other people? This is the wand that killed Sirius! I miss my wand."
Hermione Granger[src]

The wand of Bellatrix Lestrange was 12 ¾" long, made of Walnut, and had a dragon heartstring core. The wand was constructed by Garrick Ollivander, who described it as being "unyielding".[1] The wand also has a slight bend in it, making it appear somewhat like a bird's talon.

History

"He looked down at the wand and was visited by a brutal urge to snap it, to slice it in half with Gryffindor's sword [...] "
—Harry Potter's thoughts on the wand upon securing it[src]
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Bellatrix duelling Sirius with her wand before she murders him

As Hermione Granger identified this wand as being the one that tortured Alice and Frank Longbottom[2], it is likely that Bellatrix Lestrange used this wand both before and after her imprisonment in Azkaban, possibly since the age of eleven. She recovered it after escaping from prison in 1996, fighting with it during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and killing her cousin Sirius Black with it.

Bellatrix used this wand until the spring of 1998, when Ron Weasley disarmed her in Malfoy Manor after she had tortured Hermione. She held a knife to an unconscious Hermione's throat and ordered Harry and Ron to drop their wands, and for Draco Malfoy to collect hers. However when Dobby dropped a chandelier he was unable to collect it. Bellatrix threw the knife at them and it hit Dobby in an attempt to stop them leaving. This was unsuccessful and the house-elf and the trio escaped with Bellatrix's wand.[3]

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Hermione Granger with Bellatrix's Wand

Bellatrix reported that her wand had been stolen to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, as she feared Harry, Hermione, and Ron would try to break into her vault, which contained an item important to Lord Voldemort. Within weeks, this is precisely what they did. Hermione wielded the wand in her impersonation of Bellatrix, but found wielding it to be distasteful, as not only did she not win its allegiance, but of the criminal activities associated with it. Harry, who thought at first Hermione was being picky for a wand she had not an affinity with, turned to a brutal hatred for the wand when the latter reason was mentioned, desiring to destroy it in revenge for its victims.[2]

Bellatrix's wand was used by Hermione at least until the Battle of Hogwarts, during which Hermione duelled Bellatrix with her own wand, along with Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood. It is unknown if Hermione kept the wand after Bellatrix's death and the end of the Second Wizarding War, but it is very likely she discarded it, having expressed hatred of the wand and its original owner.

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