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"We only want freedom. The freedom to be ourselves."
— Grindelwald's seemingly noble mission statement, to mask his true sinister agenda[src]

The Alliance[1] was an association of seditious witches and wizards who followed the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the early twentieth century. Fanatics dedicated to Grindelwald's ideology of wizarding supremacy referred to themselves as his "acolytes". Their main goal was to expose the world wizarding community and provoke a war with Non-magic people, with the intent overturning the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy and eventually forcing the non-magical population into slavery under their motto: "For the Greater Good". While many of the acolytes were fervent believers in Grindelwald’s mantra of magical supremacy at any cost, most were simply idealistic young witches and wizards who were taken in by the dark wizard's charisma and manipulation. They were not of the same status as Grindelwald's acolytes, as they accompanied him everywhere, mosty Vinda Rosier, and they seemed to live with him in Nurmengard.



"When we've won they'll flee cities in their millions. They've had their time."
— Vinda Rosier[src]

Between about 1900, when Grindelwald fled Britain, and 1945, the year of his downfall, Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald formed an army of witches and wizards. Grindelwald intended to unite the Deathly Hallows, which he believed would make him and his followers invincible. The Deathly Hallows' symbol became the symbol of the Alliance. They used Nurmengard Castle as a base, but only the acolytes permanently inhabited Nurmengard. According to Grindelwald, Aurors ruthlessly fought against his acolytes "simply for believing".[2]

Global wizarding war

"Your policies of violence and suppression are driving supporters into his arms"
— Albus Dumbledore to Torquil Travers[src]

A pamphlet advertising Grindelwald's rally in Paris

In 1927, Grindelwald acquired the support of Queenie Goldstein, Gunnar Grimmson, and Abernathy. He switched places with Abernathy to escape Rudolph Spielman, and his attempted extradition of Grindelwald to European authorities. Later, all of his followers attended a meeting in the Lestrange Mausoleum. There, he gave a rousing speech, in which he shared his idealist perspective of non-magic people and told of the Second World War, implying it would come to pass if the army lost to the wizarding governments. Grindelwald, openly recognising the battalion of Aurors that had infiltrated the rally, told his followers to remain calm as he revealed their presence and invited them into the circle. They killed a young witch, making Grindelwald's followers furious. After making a martyr of the girl, Grindelwald commanded his followers to disapparate from the scene while he faced off against the Aurors.[2]

After a number of years terrorising Europe, Grindelwald was defeated by Albus Dumbledore in 1945.[3]


After Grindelwald lost the duel, while this group's status at this time is unknown, it can be assumed that the remaining members were hunted down and arrested by wizarding authorities, killed for resisting, or possibly had dissolved into hiding.

Known members

Name Notes Current status
Gellert Grindelwald Founder of the Alliance who sought to conquer both the Wizard and Muggle worlds. Defeated by Albus Dumbledore in 1945 and imprisoned in Nurmengard Castle before being killed by Lord Voldemort. Deceased
Vinda Rosier Grindelwald’s second in command. Accompanied him to all places he was in, like driving with him in the streets of Berlin, except his travel to the United States. She has also seen him experience numerous visions, such as Yusuf Kama coming to Nurmengard, Dumbledore going to Bhutan, and Jacob Kowalski pulling out a snakewood and coreless wand to threaten him in Berlin.
Abernathy Former member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America who helped Grindelwald escape imprisonment. He later accompanied him to several events, mainly the Parisian ones in 1927.
Krall An acolyte whose wavering loyalty to Grindelwald caused him to be killed by the Protego Diabolica. Deceased
Acolyte thug
Unidentified Acolyte
Credence Barebone Defected after finally discovering the truth of who he was.
Queenie Goldstein Joined to change the laws that prevented her from marrying Jacob Kowalski. Later defected after witnessing Grindelwald torturing Jacob.
Cassius Bell Former British Auror.
Helmut Corrupt German Auror.


Name Notes Current status
Gunnar Grimmson Worked for the British Ministry of Magic, but took up missions assigned by Gellert Grindelwald, such as assassinating Irma Dugard to get Grindelwald emotionally closer to Credence Barebone. Deceased
Anton Vogel Corrupt and former Supreme Mugwump. Allowed and witnessed Grindelwald cheat the 1932 International Confederation of Wizards' Supreme Mugwump election.
Henrietta Fischer A German Ministry of Magic personal attaché who stole Newton Scamander's suitcase, which she thought contained the living Qilin.


Notes and references

The Alliance
Leader Gellert Grindelwald
Alliance insignia.png
Acolytes Abernathy | Credence Barebone (defected) | Carrow | Queenie Goldstein (defected) | Krafft | Krall (deceased) | MacDuff | Nagel | Vinda Rosier | Zabini
Followers Cassius Bell | Gunnar Grimmson | Helmut | Karl | Anton Vogel | Henrietta Fischer
Headquarters Unidentified home | Nurmengard