When held in prison, Grindelwald seems unable to speak and Seraphina Picquery explains that they have taken out his tongue.

Later when in transit to be tried in Europe, Grindelwald's escort taunts him with the words:

Spielman: No more silver tongue, eh?

Later still, Grindelwald seems to have a forked tongue(!) and speaks without difficulty.

What did I miss - how did Grindelwald get his tongue back?


Grindelwald's tongue was never removed

Yes Picquery says that they have removed his tongue due to him being very persuasive.

PICQUERY It was necessary. He’s extremely powerful. We’ve had to change his guard three times—he’s very... persuasive. So we removed his tongue.

Fantasitc Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 3

However, as we find out during the escape Grindelwald had already traded places with Abernathy and they have both used Polyjuice Potion to look like each other.



SPIELMAN No more silver tongue, eh?

But GRINDELWALD is transforming...



ABERNATHY adjusts his grip underneath the carriage. His face too is changing. His hair is turning blond and lengthening... he is GRINDELWALD. He raises the Elder Wand.



GRINDELWALD’S rapid transformation into a tongueless ABERNATHY is almost complete.

SPIELMAN (shocked) Oh!

Fantasitc Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

Once the escape is all but complete Grindelwald then casts a spell to create a new tongue for Abernathy.



GRINDELWALD appears at the door and nods to ABERNATHY. He throws the door open so the water pours out—along with the two remaining AURORS. GRINDELWALD clambers inside and retrieves the vial from ABERNATHY’S mouth by the chain, casting a spell that grants ABERNATHY a new forked tongue.

Fantasitc Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

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  • +1 Expert-level answer, with evidence. Well done and many thanks. – EleventhDoctor Nov 23 '18 at 8:39
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    If a tongue was that easy to recreate, what was the point of removing it? – Quasi_Stomach Dec 5 '18 at 22:10
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    @Quasi_Stomach cos he had no way of recreating it whilst in the cell. – TheLethalCarrot Dec 5 '18 at 22:15
  • So, Grindelwald was impersonating Abernathy a long time ago, right? – Matemáticos Chibchas Jul 13 '19 at 20:57

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