Why though? In The Goblet of Fire Voldemort sends Harry and Cedric (though he didn't know Cedric would be there) to the Little Hangelton graveyard to die, and in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Grindelwald hosts a rally at the Lestrange Mausoleum in the Père-Lachaise cemetery.

Grindelwald stands centre stage with crowds of his followers sat down around him in the banked seating

Why does this rally point exist in the middle of a cemetery?

Okay, we know that Voldemort choose the graveyard because it was close to his mom and dad's house, but why revive in a cemetery? Why not, on a field nearby or someplace?

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    Convenient landmarks in a traditionally untrafficked location? Lots of cover to hide behind just in case someone does come by; for a clandestine meeting, what's not to like?
    – DavidW
    Jun 2, 2021 at 15:03
  • But that still doesn't explain why there is a rally point in the middle of a cemetery. Jun 2, 2021 at 15:04
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    Voldemort needed a bone from his father's remains to revive
    – Lykanion
    Jun 2, 2021 at 15:31
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    Have you seen how expensive it is to book the O2 Arena?
    – Valorum
    Jun 2, 2021 at 16:18
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    Grindlewald (and later Voldemort) are total edgelords who think performing in graveyards makes them look more badass. Think of them as proto-Goths without the eyeshadow, lipstick, or fashion sense. Jun 2, 2021 at 20:10

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Voldemort needed a bone from his father’s grave to return to a body, and summoned the Death Eaters once he had a proper body.

Voldemort was restored to a body in the Little Hangleton graveyard because he needed his father’s bone for the potion that would create him a proper body. By making the potion in the graveyard, Wormtail was able to take the bone from the grave and put it directly in the cauldron.

“Wormtail was speaking. His voice shook, he seemed frightened beyond his wits. He raised his wand, closed his eyes, and spoke to the night. ‘Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son!’

The surface of the grave at Harry’s feet cracked. Horrified, Harry watched as a fine trickle of dust rose into the air at Wormtail’s command, and fell softly into the cauldron.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 32 (Blood and Bone)

Voldemort summoned the Death Eaters to him as soon as he was restored to a body, using Wormtail’s Dark Mark to call them to his location - which happened to be the graveyard since it was the site of his resurrection.

“Voldemort bent down, and pulled out Wormtail’s left arm; he forced the sleeve of Wormtail’s robes up past his elbow, and Harry saw something upon the skin there, something like a vivid red tattoo – a skull, with a snake protruding from its mouth – the same image that had appeared in the sky at the Quidditch World Cup: the Dark Mark. Voldemort examined it carefully, ignoring Wormtail’s uncontrollable weeping.

‘It is back,’ he said softly, ‘they will all have noticed it … and now, we shall see … now we shall know …’ He pressed his long, white forefinger to the brand on Wormtail’s arm.

The scar on Harry’s forehead seared with a sharp pain again, and Wormtail let out a fresh howl: Voldemort removed his fingers from Wormtail’s Mark, and Harry saw that it had turned jet black.

A look of cruel satisfaction on his face, Voldemort straightened up, threw back his head, and stared around at the dark graveyard. ‘How many will be brave enough to return when they feel it?’ he whispered, his gleaming red eyes fixed upon the stars. ‘And how many will be foolish enough to stay away?”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)

He even tells the Death Eaters that the reason he had to go to the graveyard was because he needed his father’s bone for the potion.

“I knew that to achieve this – it is an old piece of Dark Magic, the potion that revived me tonight – I would need three powerful ingredients. Well, one of them was already at hand, was it not, Wormtail? Flesh given by a servant …

‘My father’s bone, naturally, meant that we would have to come here, where he was buried.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)

So, Voldemort called the Death Eaters to the graveyard because he was restored to a body there and he summoned them as soon as it had been restored.

Grindelwald’s rally was under the mausoleum.

Grindelwald’s rally was not actually held in the Lestrange mausoleum. It was held underground in an amphitheater that was accessible through the Lestrange mausoleum.

An opening suddenly appears in the wall of the mausoleum. All stare at the steps leading down into the earth. The sound of a gigantic crowd rumbles beneath them.


Before anyone can stop him, he runs down the steps. NEWT and TINA dash after him. LETA looks at KAMA, then follows NEWT. KAMA hurries after her.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The rally took place in an underground amphitheater, so Grindelwald did not actually hold his rally in a mausoleum.


JACOB steps out of the narrow staircase into an underground amphitheater and is confronted by a terrifying sight.

Thousands of witches and wizards mill around, some already seated on stone benches. The atmosphere is edgy. Some are nervous but curious. Others excited, still others ready for a fight. Masked ACOLYTES steward the crowd.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Therefore, he did not have a rally in a graveyard akin to Voldemort’s.

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    Remind me to install a massive amphitheatre directly under my grave when I go.
    – Valorum
    Jun 2, 2021 at 16:19
  • Wait where did you get the text? I thought the crimes of grindlewald was a movie. Jun 2, 2021 at 16:39
  • @dcunduss The screenplay was also published as a book, that’s where I got it! :)
    – Obsidia
    Jun 2, 2021 at 16:49
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    Oh, thanks for answering my query! Jun 2, 2021 at 17:04
  • @dcunduss You’re very welcome, I’m happy to help you! :)
    – Obsidia
    Jun 3, 2021 at 2:44

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