Gellert Grindelwald is one character that every Potterhead is looking forward to seeing more of in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ movies. Before flocking to the theaters to see ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them,’ here’s everything you need to know to get up to speed on all things Grindelwald.
1. Grindelwald is one of the strongest Dark Wizards ever.
Gellert Grindelwald, who will be played by Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts movies, is known as one of the most dangerous Dark Wizards to have ever lived. In addition to his quest to find the Deathly Hallows, he also led a deadly revolution to end the International Statute of Secrecy.
2. Grindelwald and Dumbledore have a complicated history.
Grindelwald and Dumbledore became friends after meeting in 1898. They both had similar goals to find the Deathly Hallows and get rid of the Statute of Secrecy. Their friendship completely fell apart after three-way duel with Aberforth Dumbledore ended with Ariana Dumbledore’s tragic death. Grindelwald and Dumbledore fought in a famous duel in 1945 that resulted in Dumbledore becoming the new owner of the Elder Wand.
3. Dumbledore had romantic feelings for Grindelwald.
J.K. Rowling revealed on a 2007 book tour that Dumbledore was gay. She called Dumbledore’s love for Grindelwald his “great tragedy.” Dumbledore will be a part of the future Fantastic Beasts movies, and J.K. said at a recent press conference that “there’s lots to unpack in that relationship.”
4. He has a thing for the Deathly Hallows.
Grindelwald has always been obsessed with the Deathly Hallows — the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility. He journeys to Godric’s Hollow to find out more information about the Hallows after he’s expelled from the Durmstrang Institute.
5. He’s killed by Voldemort.
After Dumbledore becomes the new owner of the Elder Wand, Grindelwald is imprisoned in Nurmengard. He’s there for 53 years before Voldemort comes looking for the Elder Wand and ends up killing Grindelwald in 1998.
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