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Grindelwald looks at his supporters

Gellert Grindelwald's acolytes were a devoted group of followers comprising the inner-circle members of the army gathered by the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald.[1] Unlike the general members of the Alliance, they lived with Grindelwald in Nurmengard Castle, and accompanied him to most places he went, like Paris (1927), Berlin and Bhutan (both 1932).


Building his army and rise to power

After causing mass havoc and attacking many places across Europe, by 2 December 1926, he had begun to build up followers to use during his rise to power.[2]


Grindelwald with his acolytes, Vinda Rosier and Abernathy

These Dark Wizards accompanied Grindelwald to Paris to assist with his plans in recruiting Credence Barebone. They killed the unknown couple and their small child in order to take over their apartment as a temporary headquarters. When Grindelwald, during a rally in the Lestrange family Mausoleum, conjured a circle of protective fire around himself, and added an enchantment designed to test the loyalty of his followers: those who entered with complete fidelity and believed in his cause would survive; those who did not, would be engulfed and perish. Krafft, Nagel, MacDuff, Carrow, Abernathy, Vinda Rosier, Credence Barebone, Queenie Goldstein and several Aurors who had initially been under the command of Theseus Scamander passed through unharmed, but Krall, who had had second thoughts, died in fire.[3]


While Gellert was recruiting more people to this army, Grindelwald and his followers came into conflict with Albus Dumbledore's own army, who opposed Grindelwald and sought to prevent him gaining power in the wizarding world.[4]

Known members


Notes and references

The Alliance
Leader Gellert Grindelwald
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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