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Being more powerful does not make you more skilful. If the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was strictly about wand versus wand then you would be correct in that Grindelwald should have won. But the duel was also man versus man, and Dumbledore was more skilled, as he says in Deathly Hallows (Chapter 35): I knew that we were evenly matched, perhaps ...


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She was killed by a rebounding spell, but nobody knows whose. In Aberforth's words (emphasis mine): “And there was an argument… and I pulled my wand, and he pulled out his, and I had the Cruciatus Curse used on me by my brother’s best friend – and Albus was trying to stop him, and then all three of us were dueling, and the flashing lights and the bangs ...


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Good question. I had a few notes on this for an answer to another question some months ago, but never wrote the answer and I threw away the notes. Here's what I remember. In an interview in 2005, JKR hinted that the two were indeed linked: Owen Jones: Are you implying that Dumbledore had a hand in ending the Second World War [JKR laughs] by his defeat of ...


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The skull hookah Grindelwald has lets others see his visions. In a podcast, the director of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, David Yates, explains what the skull hookah does - it allows him to show his visions to others, like the people following him. He still has the ability to See even without the skull, the skull is just a method for him to ...


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It's difficult to find out anything about Grindelwald, as there is very little information about Gellert Grindelwald's past. However, by some evidence, it can well be concluded that he was in-fact a pure blood. Let me put forth some of the theories based on existing information. The only mention about Grindelwald's family member (is in the HP:Deathly ...


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He probably didn’t reciprocate Dumbledore’s feelings. In another interview after saying Dumbledore was gay, JKR seems to state that Grindelwald didn't feel the same way, but would have likely used Dumbledore's feelings to manipulate him. JKR: I think he was a user and a narcissist and I think someone like that would use it, would use the infatuation. I ...


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Assuming you're already broadly familiar with the Harry Potter films and Wizarding World in general, these are the things that you'll need to know prior to seeing FB2 in order for the film to make sense (since these plot-points aren't directly addressed in dialogue). Obviously everything below this line is a massive spoiler for the first Fantastic Beasts ...


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He was credited Rita Skeeter's biography of Newt credited him with capturing Grindelwald (among other things). I am not yet in a position to tell the full story of my activities during the two decades that Gellert Grindelwald terrorised the wizarding world. As more documents become declassified over the coming years, I will be freer to speak openly ...


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No. There were no Dementors in Nurmengard. It should be noted that the Dementors only resided in Azkaban because it was a natural breeding ground, even before the site became used as a prison. Those who entered to investigate refused afterwards to talk of what they had found inside, but the least frightening part of it was that the place was infested ...


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Most likely, "First Wizarding War" is a British term. Grindelwald's war wasn't in Britain, and thus not named as a generic war (for a somewhat different but related analogy, WW2 in USSR is called "Great Patriotic War" - the WW1 wasn't since it wasn't a war for Russia's existance).


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It’s implied in interviews it’s mainly skill. Though it’s unclear in the movie itself whether Grindelwald’s ability to convince people to join him is magical or just his own skill, it’s implied in the interviews where those involved in making the movie discuss it that it’s his own ability to persuade people. The reason Queenie joined him was because he ...


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The Elder Wand was indeed powerful but, despite the legend that sprang up around it, it did not make its owner unbeatable. Dumbledore was clearly the most powerful wizard in existence, and probably of all time. Quite simply, he was powerful (and clever) enough to defeat Grindelwald even with the Elder wand on Grindelwald's side. I wouldn't be surprised if ...


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No, it is never said they had a relationship. It is only said that Dumbledore had (probably) unrequited feelings for Grindelwald. The best we get from the books is the following quote: It can now be revealed that Grindelwald chose to visit his great aunt in Godric’s Hollow, and that there, intensely shocking though it will be for many to hear it, he ...


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The journey ahead will involve sacrifice SnitchSeeker asked this question to director David Yates and Eddie Redmayne. What did Grindelwald mean at the end when he told Newt, “Will we die, just a little?” just before he’s taken away? David Yates: You know, ultimately, I think that’s what he’s saying there is he’s saying, “We’re gonna be on this ...


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I think your confusing the "five years of turmoil, fatalities, and disappearances," with five years since Grindelwald fled Godric's Hollow after the death of Arianna Dumbledore. I think these five years are supposed to be the five years where he was at the peak of his power, five years where there was most pressure on Albus to act. But I don't think Gellert ...


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No canon answer I'm aware of, but 4 likely possibilities: Generally, in Muggle prisons, prisoners aren't refused newspapers and such. Even Sirius got a newspaper from Fudge in Azkaban: Black put one of his claw-like hands inside his robes and took out a crumpled piece of paper, which he smoothed flat, and held out to show the others. It was the ...


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I place Grindelwald over Voldemort for two reasons: 1) Voldemort wasn't able to penetrate Gellert's mind in Nurmengard when he was at his weakest. 2)Voldemort never knew about Hallows whereas Gellert sought to find those in his youth.


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It may have happened that Dumbledore disarmed Grindelwald(or moved his wand against his will) when Aberforth, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were dueling. Then he may have been the owner of the Elder wand since then. Thats how he owned it since the wand won't work properly against its master.


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According to the Potter Wikia, Gellert Grindlewald was a leading architect of the "Global Wizarding War" that was taking place alongside the Second World War in the Muggle world. Grindelwald and his followers had the intentions of toppling the 'European Ministries of Magic', replacing them with a Wizarding Empire that would control the entire wizarding ...


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No in-universe reason is given as of yet for Grindelwald’s eyes. Though it’s possible that there will be an in-universe explanation given for Grindelwald’s different eye colors in information released later on, currently there’s no known in-universe reason. As noted in the question, it’s a choice on the part of Johnny Depp, the actor playing him. When asked ...


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It’s possible - J.K. Rowling hinted the two wars ‘fed each other’. In an interview, J.K. Rowling says that the wizarding war with Grindelwald and World War II were times to be parallel, and she thinks there’d be a wizarding war at the same time. She doesn’t say whether Grindelwald was directly involved in World War II, and she avoids saying much more. ES:...


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The Dark Lord wouldn’t join Grindelwald and be just one follower. The Dark Lord would have never wanted to join Grindelwald, since he wanted to be alone, separate, and different. Even when he was young, he didn’t want to be tied to other people, which he would have been if he’d been one of many people following Grindelwald. “Firstly, I hope you noticed ...


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Dumbledore's love was unrequited (and unsaid in the books). There's nothing in the books that explicitly say that Dumbledore had any sort of romantic feelings towards Grindelwald, the way other relationships or feelings are confirmed explicitly in the text itself. The first time Dumbledore being gay is explicitly mentioned is in this interview with JKR. ...


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After much researching I haven't found an exact figure related to how many people Grindelwald killed or even imprisoned in Nurmengard. However, there was a line from wikia - Gellert Grindelwald He had absolutely no complaints about the murder of hundreds of innocent people who, from his perspective, were lesser than he This, however, doesn't confirm ...


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Very little (in fact practically nothing) is known about Grindlewald's parents. We can surmise that one or both of his parents were pure-bloods since he was described as having been educated at Durmstrang, which obviously doesn't permit muggle-borns to attend. Educated at Durmstrang, a school famous even then for its unfortunate tolerance of the Dark ...


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The Elder Wand isn’t truly ‘unbeatable’ - it’s been defeated before. Though the Elder Wand is a very powerful wand, it isn’t truly unbeatable. Dumbledore confirms this in his notes for “The Tale of the Three Brothers” - the Elder Wand’s history shows its owners have been defeated in duels many times and having it is no guarantee of winning every duel. “...


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Dumbledore ended Grindelwald’s reign - Newt’s capture didn’t. In Elphias Doge’s biography of Dumbledore, he explains the significance of this duel to wizarding society. While he is a friend of Dumbledore’s, and may as such have a tendency to overstate things, this seems to be fairly close to the attitude of the wizarding world in general. “They say, ...


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Don't know. “— and I think she wanted to help, but she didn’t really know what she was doing, and I don’t know which of us did it, it could have been any of us — and she was dead.” It never says in the seven books or TCC who actually killed her. It could have been Grindelwald, Albus, or Aberforth. I would guess GG, since he's probably the only one who ...


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It's been quite a while since this question was asked but after the release of the movie "Fantastic Beasts and where to find them" I read an article in which J.K Rowling confirms that Grindelwald was a Seer. So that could be a reason as to how he already knew Voldemort. It would also explain his short and cryptic conversation with Voldemort slightly ...


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Grindelwald's realm of influence never extended to Britain. As usual, the Harry Potter series magical Britain does its best to ignore global events. As Grindelwald never extended his campaign of terror to Britain, however, the details of his rise to power are not widely known here. --Rita Skeeter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18)


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