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"Gellert —
Your point about wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD — this, I think, is the crucial point. Yes, we have been given power and, yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled. We must stress this point, it will be the foundation stone upon which we build. Where we are opposed, as we surely will be, this must be the basis of all our counter-arguments. We seize control FOR THE GREATER GOOD.
Albus Dumbledore's letter expressing his support of the revolution when he was young[src]

The Global Wizarding War[2] was a large-scale wizarding conflict, which was mainly fought in continental Europe but also took place in other parts of the globe such as the United States of America, coinciding with the Muggle Second World War, and finally ending in 1945. This war was initiated by the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and his acolytes, who had the intention of abolishing the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Grindelwald was eventually defeated in a duel with Albus Dumbledore and imprisoned in Nurmengard Castle.


Background information (1899)[]

"You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Harry, inflamed me. Muggles forced into subservience. We wizards triumphant. Grindelwald and I, the glorious young leaders of the revolution."
Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter[src]
Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald

Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore in 1899

In the village of Godric's Hollow, in the English West Country, during the summer of 1899, Albus Dumbledore met Gellert Grindelwald, the great-nephew of the family's neighbour Bathilda Bagshot; who was also one of the most famous witches and magical historians of the modern age. The two boys instantly took a huge liking each other at once, and immediately fostered a deep friendship; as they were both incredibly powerful-gifted sorcerers and equally brilliant and talented young men. Grindelwald then began telling Dumbledore about his honest viewpoint about wizardkind: he secretly believed firmly that the wizarding world should not need to hide from the Muggle world.

Grindelwald told Albus he greatly disliked the International Statue of Secrecy; claiming it was only a means of the international magical authorities imposing corrupt and unethical methods to make witches and wizards abide by laws that were pathetic and unnecessary. Grindelwald strongly had the idealism that magic was something that was granted by not only nature, but by a higher power as a gift for only "rare" individuals. Gellert immediately found that Dumbledore was in agreement — whether this was due to true belief on Dumbledore's part or out of something else is totally unclear. They also believed that wizards have been gifted with their magical powers for a reason, so that they might rule the non-magical population.

It was these many shared beliefs that led to both Dumbledore and Grindelwald making a Blood pact: a magical unity requiring two blood samples that seals the two creators' in a strong bond of unity and also forbids them from causing any harm or death to each other under any circumstances. However, Grindelwald was forced to leave Godric's Hollow after he had a duel with Dumbledore and his younger siblings, Aberforth Dumbledore and Ariana Dumbledore, in which Ariana tragically died. The duel was born from a heated arguement between Albus, Aberforth, and Gellert; caused by Aberforth berating Albus for his neglect of Ariana to carry out his plans of a peaceful revolution with Grindelwald. Some time after leaving Godric's Hollow, Grindelwald learned of the Deathly Hallows. Though he considered the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak meaningless; he desired the Elder Wand; and sometime after 1899; he secretly stole it from Mykew Gregorovitch, a famous wandmaker who had the wand in his possession.

It would later be revealed that Grindelwald fled Great Britain, because he secretly knew that Dumbledore was the most powerful and skilled out of the two of them. Plus, Grindelwald also had stolen the Blood Pact's pendant, despite the fact that his and Dumbledore's friendship was now ruined. Even so, Grindelwald still maintained deep respect and a strong love for Dumbledore in secret. Over the next couple of years, Grindelwald had settled in Austria, and began with the revolution he had intended to carry out with Dumbledore. Thus, he became an extremely powerful and skilled Dark wizard, using the phrase: "For The Greater Good" as his motto. Gellert then proceeded on with his dark revolution alone.

Grindelwald Attacks (19101926)[]

Rise of Grindelwald's army[]


Newspaper of a Grindelwald-related attack in Europe published in The New York Ghost in 1926

Over the coming years, Grindelwald began his campaign of violence, and his power quickly grew throughout Europe, but Great Britain was left totally unscathed, due to the Blood Pact making Grindelwald unable to return there. At this point in time, Grindelwald also constructed Nurmengard Castle, a fortress in rural Austria, which served as his Headquarters as well as a prison for his opponents. He also quickly gathered a group of followers, an army of wizards and witches following him and his quest, the Alliance.

Due to his obsession with the Deathly Hallows, Grindelwald adopted the symbol of the Hallows (the crest of the medieval Peverell family) as his own.

His attacks and risks of exposure he caused spread fear worldwide among wizards, and he and his "fanatics" became widely feared, even in places where they weren't active. The threat that Grindelwald brought the attention of international authorities, such as the International Confederation of Wizards. A worldwide wizardhunt began for Grindelwald, and it intensified as the attacks he caused began to expose the wizarding world; at one point, he was nearly caught in Switzerland, but Grindelwald "slipped through [their] fingers" according to MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery.

Attack on New York City[]

Obscurus New York

Credence Barebone's Obscurus unleashed on New York

In 1926, Albus Dumbledore's reputation skyrocketed; when an article was published by the Daily Prophet, in which the latter had discovered 12 uses of blood samples from various species of dragons alongside celebrated alchemist Nicholas Flamel. Flamel entrusted Dumbledore with several powerful magical objects that could deeply aid in further reinforcing Great Britain from any possible threats made by Grindelwald.

At the same time, Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America [MACUSA]; authorised many top secret negotiation with the British Ministry of Magic, in an attempt to strengthen any possible weak and exposed countrylands that could fall under instant attack by the Acolytes. Unknown to anyone, Grindelwald had ventured to New York City, New York and secretly disguised himself as Percival Graves: the Head of the Department Of Magical Law Enforcement of the MACUSA using Polyjuice Potion. Grindelwald was searching for an Obscurial: an incredibly powerful and deadly magical-dark creature; who the dark wizard had heard rumours of it lurking in the underground subway tunnels of the city.

While Grindelwald was able to identify Credence Barebone, an equally powerful but highly unstable young wizard, as the Obscurial, he was unable to harness the destructive power of Credence's Obscurus form, which Grindelwald secretly desired to get Dumbledore killed in the event that his former best friend try to stop his revolution. Grindelwald was ultimately captured through the combined efforts of several MACUSA Aurors, Newt Scamander, and Tina Goldstein. This marked the very first time that Grindelwald was ever bested and captured by the authorities he had managed to cleverly evade for almost 9 years. Grindelwald was then subsequently imprisoned deep within the American Ministry of Magic by President Picquery, and had his tongue cut out so he could not attempt to manipulate any of his guards. However, by that point, Grindelwald had managed to sway formerly loyal MACUSA employee Abernathy to his side, and planned an elaborate escape with Abernathy's help. The plan worked, and Grindelwald escaped only almost 6 months after his capture and fled America, eventually making his way to Paris, France.

Prelude to war (1927)[]

Revolt over MACUSA[]

Grindelwald carriage

Grindelwald successfully escapes the MACUSA patrol

On 30 May, 1927, Gellert Grindelwald was to be moved to Europe by the International Confederation of Wizards in order for him to be put on trial for his crimes. The prisoner thought to be Grindelwald, being sent to Europe on an enchanted carriage was discovered as being MACUSA employee Abernathy using Polyjuice Potion and the carriage was attacked by the real Grindelwald. Swiftly, Grindelwald defeated all of the Aurors guarding it, killing most of them using both the Lightning Bolts curse and Transfiguration; before he personally cast Rudolph Spielman, an ICW representative who was part of the group transporting the dark wizard out; from the carriage.[3] Spielman survived however, and soon returned to London to warn the ICW Division at the British Ministry of Magic about Grindelwald's escape.

Murder of Irma Dugard[]

After his escape, Gellert Grindelwald next re-grouped with Abernathy and several other members of the Acolytes in Paris, France; where he ordered his followers to assassinate a wealthy Muggle couple, in order to use their mansion as a temporary base. He also silently ordered Amelia Carrow to dispose of the couple's toddler son, though Gellert chose not to witness this act and it even caused him some degree of emotional pain. Afterwards, Grindelwald ordered Gunnar Grimmson, a bounty hunter on the payroll of the British Ministry of Magic; who was also a mole for Grindelwald, to kill Irma Dugard; the nanny and guardian of Barebone, after Grindelwald discovered that Credence was alive and was hiding in Paris; as part of his plot to get Credence on his side.

The plot worked, and Credence began to turn on Grindelwald's enemies. In addition, despite not being able to act personally; Grindelwald used Grimmson to monitor the actions of the Ministry, mainly those of Torquil Travers, the Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Through Grimmson, Grindelwald learned of Dumbledore's location and the fact that Dumbledore had created a very powerful and influential secret network of equally famous and prominent wizards/witches dedicated to stopping Grindelwald at any cost. Though angered at this revelation, Grindelwald still refused to attack Great Britain, as it was too well protected and the fact that Dumbledore was the only wizard who Grindelwald greatly feared and who outmatched and outclassed him in every way.

Infiltration of the French Ministry of Magic[]

Shortly after Dugard's murder, Tina, having failed to find Credence first, met up with Newt, whom she secretly loved and who had been seeking her in return. Together, they infiltrated the French Ministry of Magic in disguises, where they were forced to evade numerous creatures and learned that Grindelwald was planning a secret rally in Paris, as the dark wizard had already spread his terror to France as well.

Battle in the Lestrange Family Mausoleum[]

Meanwhile, a delegation of Ministry Officials arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland. Among the delegation were Travers, Theseus Scamander (Newt's older brother and a Head Auror), and Leta Lestrange (Theseus's fiancee, Newt's childhood friend, and an assistant to Travers) The delegation interrupted one of Dumbledore's classes, and Travers claimed that they had come to try to recruit Dumbledore personally to find and apprehend Grindelwald; as his actions could be ignored no more and were greatly risking the exposure of the wizarding world. It was instantly clear that almost every single one of the members of the delegation were past students at Hogwarts; and that most of them, including Theseus and Leta, had been taught by Dumbledore himself. This was evidenced by their extreme and clear respect to Dumbledore, which annoyed Travers, who didn't think highly of Dumbledore; but admitted that he was the only one with the skills and resources to help turn the tide of the war.

However, Dumbledore refused Travers's offer, claiming that there was a reasons why he couldn't confront Grindelwald, but that he wasn't at liberty to talk about it with anyone. Furious, Travers called Dumbledore a coward and decreed that Dumbledore would no longer teach Defence Against the Dark Arts. Despite this, Armando Dippet, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, would almost immediately hire Dumbledore as the new Transfiguration teacher; and also made him Deputy Headmaster. Dumbledore would also have a heart-to-heart conversation with Leta, telling her she was better than the majority of her family: a pure-blood lineage with supremacist beliefs. He also entrusted Theseus with keeping a secret eye on Travers and his movements.

Back in Paris, at the Lestrange Family Mausoleum in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, Grindelwald held his secret rally; attended by thousands of witches and wizards who shared his idealism for subjugating muggles into the service of the wizarding world. There, he gave a rousing speech, in which he shared his idealist perspective of Muggles, as well as his vision of the future, which he revealed holds another great and terrible war. Grindelwald then suddenly divulged that an unknown number of Aurors had secretly infiltrated the rally with the intention to apprehend him. Openly recognising the battalion of Aurors, Grindelwald instead invited them into his inner circle. Grindelwald then pointed out that what the international authorities deemed as his "crimes"; he deemed them as "necessary actions" needed to create a better future for wizardkind. Grindelwald then commanded his followers to Disapparate from the scene, before he personally confronted the horde of Aurors alone.

When Theseus, who was leading the Aurors, set his men to engage Grindelwald, the latter instantly conjured a circle of protective black fire around himself using the Elder Wand; 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. Vinda Rosier, Queenie Goldstein, Credence Barebone, Abernathy, Krafft, Nagel, MacDuff, Carrow, and some of Theseus' Aurors, all joined Grindelwald into the circle and proceeded to Dispparate. Krall was not truly loyal to Grindelwald, and thus he died crossing the fire.


Grindelwald unleashes Protego Diabolica in the Lestrange Mausoleum

He would not be the first. Many Aurors died either fleeing or fighting when Grindelwald manipulated the fire to work as a weapon as well, sending it forward to annihilate them almost immediately. Grindelwald then proceeded to mock Newt; having discovered that he was secretly working for Dumbledore in scouting and monitoring Grindelwald's movements around Europe; and also asked Newt whether he thought Dumbledore would truly mourn for him. Grindelwald next battled him and Theseus, easily overpowering them both; although he did admit that he was impressed by their magical skill, as they were both very young wizards.

When he saw Leta, who demanded that he stop trying to harm her fiancee and best friend he offered her to join his ranks; reciting how he knew all about the Lestrange family and their storied history as wizarding supremacists. She refused, however, and instantly tried to attack him, only for Grindelwald to easily deflect her formidable Stunning Spell, and ultimately to be killed by the dark wizard when he flicked his wand, causing the blue fire to engulf and disintegrate Leta. Furious at the loss of such a promising recruit, Grindelwald unleashed the deadly blue fire at full force, letting it run rampant intending to burn down all of Paris, as he claimed that he secretly despised the city. As Grindelwald Disapparated, the remaining heroes united with Nicolas Flamel himself to save the city. Their efforts worked, and a short while later; they ventured to Hogwarts, so that Newt could speak directly with Dumbledore.

Newt and Theseus both tragically lost their beloved Leta, which finally compelled Newt to openly join the war. The heroes travelled to Hogwarts to meet with Dumbledore; where Newt emotionally begged him to please help them. There, Scamander presented the vial his niffler Teddy had discovered and secretly taken from Grindelwald during the rally (which was Dumbledore's and Grindelwald's Blood Pact), surmising that it was the secret sole reason Dumbledore could not face Grindelwald himself. Now that it was in Dumbledore's possession, the latter told Newt that there may be a way to destroy it; and finally, Dumbledore agreed to join the resistance movement against his former best friend. Almost immediately, Dumbledore took full leadership of the resistance against Grindelwald, working with the Ministry to pass several new legislation that greatly started to turn the tide of the war.

Armies (1927–1930s)[]

At his headquarters, Nurmengard Castle, in the Alps, Grindelwald presented Credence with a wand of his own and finally revealed to Credence his alleged true identity: Aurelius Dumbledore; Albus Dumbledore's estranged younger brother. Grindelwald claimed that Dumbledore was out to "murder" Aurelius, and that only together did they stand a chance against him and his allies.

Grindelwald's run for political office[]

"With or without you, I'll burn down their world."
Gellert Grindelwald to Albus Dumbledore[src]

As Supreme Mugwump Anton Vogel's term came to an end in 1932, an election was called to replace him. Grindelwald wanted to campaign for the position, running against the likes of Liu Tao and Vicência Santos. During elections, Qilin, a Chinese creature, was bowing to the future Mugwump. Grindelwald ordered his acolytes: Credence Barebone, Vinda Rosier and Carrow to get a Qilin in China. By then, Grindelwald had appeared on a wanted poster for "serious and vicious crimes against the wizarding world".

As the election date approached, and fears began to grow that Grindelwald might attempt to contest the election motivated by his energetic base, the International Confederation of Wizards was due to conclude its investigation into Grindelwald's activities, and announce what new charges would be brought against him. Vogel would announce the results at a gathering at the German Ministry of Magic in Berlin. Both candidates, and their followers, travelled to the Ministry for the announcement. To the horror, disgust, and disbelief of most wizards present in the gathering, Grindelwald was absolved due to insufficient evidence existing to prosecute him

Dumbledore's first army[]

"This is the team that's gonna take down the most dangerous wizard we've faced in a century? A magizoologist, his indispensable assistant, a school teacher, a wizard decended from a very old French family and...a Muggle...baker...with a fake wand."
Theseus Scamander[src]

Albus Dumbledore entrusted Newton Scamander to start his own army with intrepid witches and wizards to fight against Grindelwald, his Alliance, and his followers. Dumbledore, on the sidelines, could not fight as he still had the blood pact he had to destroy. Newt put together a team, consisting of Theseus Scamander, Eulalie Hicks, Yusuf Kama, Jacob Kowalski and Bunty Broadacre, to move against the Dark wizard. Once they formed, they travelled to Hogwarts Castle to meet with Albus Dumbledore. Once there, they met with him and and Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Great Hall.

Later, Dumbledore waited with Bunty for Newt, Theseus, Jacob and Lally in the Room of Requirement. There were five identical suitcases waiting for them, in one of them was hidden Qilin. Dumbledore asked Newt if he knew which of the suitcases was real, to which Newt replied that he did not know. Dumbledore replied that it was good, because if he had known, the plan would not work. Dumbledore had successfully planned an escape plan in case Grindelwald's men would attack. The three suitcases contained enchanted books, Quaffle, Bludgers, and Jacob's pastries that would attack the Grindelwald's acolytes in case of trouble. Everyone, apart from Albus, took one suitcase and they all used a Qilin Ceremony Portkey to the Magisterial Chamber of Ancient Wizardry in Bhutan. Dumbledore and Jacob go first, the rest follow.

Duel between Albus and Credence[]

As Dumbledore walked down a street on a snowy day, he realised that Credence was following him, his wand up his sleeve and ready to attack. He crossed the street and stopped in front of a shop window, using the reflection to see his pursuer. Dumbledore used his magic on a falling snowflake, blowing it through the window, above the cars crossing the streets, and touching Credence on the forehead before dissolving into vapour. The older wizard turned to face him, and Credence asked whether he knew what it felt like to always be alone. While Dumbledore guessed the origin of the messages he had seen on his brother's mirror, Credence let loose his frustration that his family hadn't tried to protect him, or even find him.

As his phoenix flew past, Credence used his Obscurus powers to shatter and levitate the street cobbles around him. He then attacked using his wand, casting a spell that Dumbledore easily deflected. The young man rushed his uncle, drawing more and more rumble from the buildings around him. Dumbledore Disapparated and reappeared further down the street, where Credence tried to collapse an entire building onto him. This move was once again easily dismissed by the older wizard. Credence reached Dumbledore, and pushed him away with his hand, windows and the road shattering as he went. Dumbledore Disapparated again, and Credence following onto a tram where he slip it and once again tried to throw at his uncle. Dumbledore disappeared yet again. But, when Credence tried to follow him again, he couldn't find him. As he turned to try and find him, Dumbledore reappeared behind him, pointing his wand at the back of his neck.

Dumbledore told Credence that things were not what they appeared, and demonstrated his point using his Deluminator to reveal that they had been fighting in a mirror dimension from the start, a place shrouded in shadow and which showed the street they had been on below their feet. Angered, Credence tried to fight Dumbledore again, but his uncle disappeared and reappeared constantly, never allowing any of his spells to hit him. He calmly exposed Grindewald's lies, and finally appeared completely, allowing Credence to attack him full on with a spell that he easily deflected before delicately repelling his nephew. Credence fell back above a reflection of Berlin, as his phoenix flew above him. Dumbledore knelt beside his nephew and told him that Grindelwald had lied to him about his family, but not about who he was: he was a Dumbledore. Threads of Credence's Obscurus coalesced once more, and returned to his body. Dumbledore placed his hand on Credence's chest, and apologised for the pain he had to endure.

Using the Deluminator once again, Dumbledore returned them both to the Berlin street they had been in, where Credence was lying in a pool of melted snow. His uncle helped him up, before silently departing.

The walk of the Qilin[]

"Our war with the Muggles begins... TODAY!"
— Grindelwald's declaration of his war against Muggles[src]

Due to the "dark whispers" surrounding his motives, Vogel announced that the usual election process would be waived in favour of the ancient and once time-honoured tradition of selecting the Supreme Mugwump by way of the walk of the Qilin in order to dispel any doubt of who the worthy candidate was; a decision made under Grindelwald's orders in order for him to become Vogel's successor through underhanded fraudulence.

Grindelwald tried to cheat the ceremony by controlling a reanimated Qilin he had killed days earlier and revived the beast using Necromancy. It bowed to him and after being elected, standing with Liu Tao and Vicência Santos, Gellert Grindelwald he then tortured Jacob Kowalski with the Cruciatus Curse as punishment for falling in love with Queenie Goldstein, a witch and seconds later he declared that his war on the non-magic world started that day, Credence Barebone soon arrived and exposed Grindelwald for cheating.

Without knowing what Albus exactly told Newt, Bunty Broadacre securely delivered the second Qilin to Newt, quoting what she had said before, that no one can know everything and Dumbledore's scheme worked showing that Bunty had the case with the Qilin the whole time, with no one except Albus knowing. The ceremony went on and the second Qilin truthfully selected the next leader. While Vogel claimed the first Qilin was the real one, it died again in his arms. The second Qilin was then recognised as the real one. Despite not being a candidate, it bowed to Albus Dumbledore who declined to accept the position. It then selected a second candidate, Vicência Santos. Grindelwald then tried to kill Credence in anger, causing Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore to intervene.

As a result, the blood pact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was broken, later suggested by Dumbledore to be because he cast to protect while Grindelwald cast to kill. Instantly, the two wizards duelled, ending in a stalemate. With everyone gathered turning on him, Grindelwald declared that he hadn't been and still wasn't their enemy, before jumping off a ledge outside the Eyrie and Disapparating.

Open war (1938–1945)[]

Despite Grindelwald narrowly missing the post of Supreme Mugwump, he only continued to rise to power across Europe in the years that followed. Open war between him and his followers and his enemies began around the same time as the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.

Ousting of Fawley[]

Fearing that the world alliances, particularly the ones from America, France, and Germany, were losing the war, the wizarding community desperately sought serious aid. Twelve years after the rally, British Minister for Magic Hector Fawley, was ousted from his office in 1939, for not taking proper adequate measures to form security in Great Britain. He was then replaced by the more proactive Leonard Spencer-Moon who proved himself a sound Minister in the context of international turmoil, but even so, Grindelwald's power was already too large to handle by one sole Ministry by that point.[4]

Grindelwald's terrorising of Europe went on for many years, during the Muggles' Second World War, which he had previously foreseen and attempted to prevent for his own personal ends.

Fall of Grindelwald[]

"...while I busied myself with the training of young wizards, Grindelwald was raising an army. They say he feared me, and perhaps he did, but less, I think, than I feared him... It was the truth I feared. You see, I never knew which of us, in that last, horrific fight, had actually cast the curse that killed my sister... I think he knew it, I think he knew what frightened me. I delayed meeting him until finally, it would have been too shameful to resist any longer. People were dying and he seemed unstoppable, and I had to do what I could."
— Description of Grindelwald's reign[src]
Dumbledore Grindelwald Duel

A depiction of the legendary duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in 1945

However, Albus Dumbledore had formed a formidable reputation as the most powerful wizard of the modern era; which was heavily supported by millions throughout the entire international wizarding community. In 1941, practically all of the international magical authorities and political establishments begged and pleaded for Dumbledore to intervene; they held the belief that he was the only wizard who not only equaled and surpassed Grindelwald in power, but was also the only person Grindelwald feared. Dumbledore knew he had to fight his former best friend but kept pushing the moment until "only when it would have been too shameful for him to delay taking action any longer", as Dumbledore said himself. All the while, the Acolytes continued their reign of terror, committing more and more atrocities and murders; now directly upon innocent Muggles.

Though unknown to anyone at the time, Albus had delayed in fighting his former best friend; due to the fear that Grindelwald knew who had truly cast the curse that had murdered Ariana Dumbledore in 1899. Dumbledore dreaded beyond all possible imagination that it was him who accidentally killed her, and feared that Grindelwald would expose and exploit this against him. However, Albus could ignore Grindelwald's anarchy no longer. The actions that Grindelwald and his organisation had committed across not only Central Europe, but in America too; had plunged the wizarding world into such panic and terror, that almost everyone in it feared Grindelwald would destroy it completely in his lust for power. Thus, Dumbledore tracked down Grindelwald; finally confronting him in the summer of 1945. The exact location as to where they re-encountered each other after almost forty seven years apart was unclear.

This resulted in a legendary duel between the two greatest wizards of the modern century, which ultimately saw and brought Grindelwald to total defeat. Those who witnessed the duel described it as one of the greatest duels in history. Dumbledore triumphed over Grindelwald, due to being; in Dumbledore's own words: "a shade more skilful". As a result of his victory, Dumbledore also won and claimed the Elder Wand.

Gellert Grindelwald, who had terrorised the magical world for many years, was captured and detained in the top-most cell of Nurmengard, the castle/prison that he himself had constructed to hold his own enemies. Grindelwald was condemned to remain there for the rest of his life, and all the former inmates were released on his behest. The surviving Acolytes were disbanded, and either sent to trial and convicted properly or completely disappeared without a trace, never to be seen or heard from again.

At long last, the wizarding world could live in peace. Albus Dumbledore's fame only skyrocketed; and he would then return to Hogwarts, where he replaced Armando Dippet as Headmaster; a position he would hold until 1997. While the world wanted Dumbledore to take the position of Minister of Magic, he refused, never trusting himself with wielding power again after he contributed to his sister’s death. However, Dumbledore was sworn in as Supreme Mugwamp of the International Confederation Of Wizards and the Chief Warlock of the Wizenagamot. He was also awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class for his defeat of Grindelwald. Thus, the Global Wizarding War had ended.

Aftermath (19451998)[]

With Gellert Grindelwald defeated and his Acolytes doomed, Albus Dumbledore returned to his place in Hogwarts, and eventually became Headmaster until his death in 1997. His victory in this battle would be published on his Chocolate Frog Card.

Many years later, the most powerful Dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort, would infiltrate Nurmengard and interrogate Grindelwald inside his cell before murdering him as part of his Mission for the Elder Wand.

List of events[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • J. K. Rowling was asked by a fan if it was a coincidence that Grindelwald was defeated in 1945, to which she replied it was not. She stated "It amuses me to make allusions to things that were happening in the Muggle world, so my feeling would be that while there's a global Muggle war going on, there's also a global wizarding war going on." Rowling also remarked that she feels that Muggle and wizarding wars feed each other.[5]
  • As was first pointed out by a user named Pjayswitch, there are no sources to confirm that the war has officially began as of 1927 and the events of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as Rowling implied that the war happened during the Second World War. Grindelwald's activities in the first two films were comparable to the Brownshirts in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, consisting of things such as rallies, attacks, building support and intimidating opposition.


Notes and references[]

Battles and conflicts of the Global Wizarding War
1899–1926: Duel at Godric's Hollow · Theft of the Elder Wand · Gellert Grindelwald's attacks in Europe · Obscurial attack on New York
1927: Gellert Grindelwald's escape · Search for Credence Barebone · Escape from Circus Arcanus · Attack on Irma Dugard · Infiltration of the French Ministry of Magic · Battle at the Mausoleum of the Lestrange
1930s: Attack in the Tianzi Mountains · Duel between Albus Dumbledore and Aurelius Dumbledore · Duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald
1945: Duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald