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Grim Marshall Fawley (born c. 1985) was a British wizard and a researcher for the British Ministry of Magic, where he spent several years as a research assistant in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement before becoming an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries. He was married to Penelope Padgett and had at least two children, Addison and Melody. In 2015, his wife and three of their co-workers went mysteriously missing in London along with a reporter from the Daily Prophet. Following the Ministry's decision to close the investigation into their disappearance, he resolved to do whatever he could to find his wife. He eventually fell under suspicion for having caused the Calamity.
Grim Fawley was born somewhere in the British Isles into the wizarding Fawley family during the mid-1980s. Raised in the predominantly magical household of one of the oldest, "truest" pure-blooded families in Britain, he was taught how to read, write and do simple math by his parents, who also impressed on him the importance of not flaunting his magic. Although his parents were loving and took well care of him, the years leading up to the beginning of Grim's magical education was nevertheless marked by the same troubles that marred the lives of the rest of the wizarding community at the time, ranging from the escape of convicted mass-murderers, terrifying calamities, controversy and catastrophe. At the age of eleven, Grim received a letter offering him a place at the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At some point before he boarded the Hogwarts Express, he travelled to Diagon Alley to buy school supplies; the memory of which he was able to recall vivid detail even as an adult, suggesting he thought it a very good day.
Searched upon his arrival at Hogwarts Castle and subsequently cautioned by then headmaster Albus Dumbledore about informing a member of the faculty should they notice anything out of the ordinary, Grim's sorting into Hufflepuff House coincided with the recent outbreak of the Second Wizarding War, and his first term as a student was, along with the rest of the student body, greatly coloured by the vast number of attacks, deaths and disappearances taking place outside the school, with several of his peers losing friends and family at the hands of Lord Voldemort and his followers. Over the course of Grim's First Year, it also became increasingly clear that not even the students themselves were entirely out of harm's way, with certain dark events even taking place inside the school itself and claiming victims from the student population, finally culminating in a very personal lesson in the horrors of war for all occupants when a group of Death Eaters found a way around the castle's defences, successfully infiltrated the school and the murdered the headmaster.
While it is unknown if he attended the subsequent funeral that took place on the school grounds like most of his peers did, any decision made by his custodians about whether or not Grim would be returning for his Second Year in light of the recent tragedy were ultimately rendered inconsequential after the Ministry of Magic fell into the hands of Lord Voldemort, at which point it was announced that attendance at Hogwarts had become mandatory. Placed under the stewardship of Grim's Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher from the previous term, Severus Snape, the students were left largely at the mercy of his new deputies, two Death Eaters by the name of Amycus and Alecto Carrow, who during the 1997–1998 school year taught Dark Arts and Muggle Studies respectively. The new instructors took great pleasure in finding any excuse to mistreat their charges, even torturing students that stepped out of line by means of the by means of the Cruciatus Curse. Although their other teachers did what they could to keep the students out of harm's way, the only real resistance to the Carrows and their reign of terror was made by a group of students calling themselves for Dumbledore's Army, though even their defiance was eventually quelled by the increasingly harsh punishments for disorder. Though the situation had been dire throughout the 1997–1998 school year, their plight ended, however, when Grim and the rest of his housemates were woken up one night by their Head of House, Professor Pomona Sprout, and escorted to the Great Hall.
Joined by the rest of the student body, there, Grim's Transfiguration professor, Minerva McGonagall, informed them of their new headmaster's unceremonious departure from the school, and the fact that the castle was about to come under siege by Lord Voldemort and his forces, and that only those students who were of age were permitted to stay and fight if they wished to help defend the school. Far too young to partake in such a battle, Grim was hurried off up to a seventh-floor corridor through which he and hundreds of his fellow students would be evacuated through a secret passage in the Room of Requirement, though not before joining his housemates in symbolically pledging their allegiance to Harry Potter alongside their peers in Gryffindor and Ravenclaw by placing themselves between him and those of Slytherin House after one of their members wanted to comply with the demand of handing the Chosen One over to the enemy. Whisked away to the safety of the nearby village of Hogsmeade, accompanying them were Grim's Potions Master, Horace Slughorn, mustered up reinforcements for the Hogwartians. Although what would one day become known as the legendary Battle of Hogwarts ended in victory and marked the end of the Second Wizarding War following the death of Lord Voldemort at the hands of Harry Potter, its aftermath nevertheless marked the beginning of a long stretch of loneliness and unhappiness for Grim; having lost both of his parents to the Death Eaters.
Devastated by their untimely demise, Grim rarely spoke about his childhood in later years, and rather than burying his parents, they were cremated; their ashes being placed a porcelain urn that he held onto until adulthood. Following this tragedy, Grim spent the rest of his childhood in various orphanages, taken in neither by his living relatives or fostered by another family. With the conclusion of the war, the damages done to Hogwarts was repaired, and Grim returned for the 1997–1998 school year to complete his education. In spite of everything that had happened, Grim remained the outstanding student he had always been, with his new headmistress remarking that Grim embodied all of the qualities that marked a true Hufflepuff, such as hard work, dedication and loyalty. With no family to go home to, however, would often stay at the school over the Christmas holidays, and spent many a bittersweet yule-day in Hogwarts Castle with just the portraits and ghosts for company. Even so, he still visibly retained some of the Christmas spirit, and always made sure a present was waiting under the tree for the often neglected caretaker, Argus Filch, and his cat Mrs Norris. By the end of his seventh and last year, Grim left school in 2003 with an impressive academic record, earning five Outstanding and one Exceeds Expectations on his six N.E.W.T.s, and a "glowing recommendation" from Headmistress McGonagall herself.
Working for Ministry
An accomplished wizard, Grim Fawley joined the Ministry of Magic following his graduation from Hogwarts, having been hired by the Ministry's research wing, he was assigned to the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Landing a desk job as a research assistant at the Auror Office, Grim was tasked with compiling and fact-checking evidence for the Investigation Department; a difficult job, but nevertheless one at which he was rather good. While generally quiet and shy around many of his new peers to begin with, Grim was soon recognised for having both "a wit about him", as well as for displaying "a wicked sense oh humour" around those he was friendly with, A gifted employee, Grim would go on to work alongside many notable Aurors over the course of his career, such as Battle of Hogwarts veteran Ronald Weasley, with whom he was partnered for some time when he first joined the department, and Mordecai Berrycloth. In time, Grim would go on to get along very well with most of his co-workers, earning the respect and gaining the friendship of many of his fellow Ministry officials.
Ultimately recognised for having played an important role in the apprehension and capture of a number of dangerous, Dark Wizards, he was eventually promoted to Head research assistant. It was in this capacity that Grim found himself in frequent contact with was his future wife, Penelope Padgett. A highly gifted witch and an efficient employee, she had accomplished much in her work at the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, which ultimately led no less a person than Harry Potter himself, the Head of the Auror Office, to offer her a job in his department, which she accepted. As the daughter of two staunch followers of Lord Voldemort, there were those, such as Gethsemane Prickle, that remained suspicious of her, and thought that she might have had ulterior motives for agreeing to the transfer. Nevertheless judged to be fully qualified for the job, she impressed her new colleagues by qualifying as a fully-fledged Auror a full year earlier than most of her new colleagues had. Subsequently deemed by Harry Potter to be one of the best and brightest Aurors in the Ministry's employ, she was eventually put in charge of one of their ongoing investigations, and it was during this instance that Grim and Penelope first began working together.
More open-minded than many of his associates, however, Grim did not judge Penelope based on the chosen allegiance of her parents; and instead dutifully accepted the task of helping her to work a case she had been put in charge of. Over the course of the investigation, the two of them eventually grew close, with the pair eventually falling in love while solving crimes together. Worried that their superiors would find their newfound infatuation inappropriate and transfer him to another department, however, the couple was very private about their relationship to begin with; until finally Grim admitted the truth during a Christmas party to a friend and co-worker by the name of Constance Pickering. While the revelation of their workplace romance was later described as "a bit scandalous", rather than taking an issue with two colleagues dating, however, the reactions they received from their associates turned out to be one of surprise, as many of them thought the couple to be an odd fit. Now free to continue seeing each other openly, however, Grim and Penelope eventually married one another, their wedding taking place in in West Bromwich in June of 2006. At some point not too long after, the had a pair of fraternal twins, naming them Melody and Addison.
Having long grown weary of always being sidelined and having to look in on the adventures of those around him, not to mention with being stuck with a job that was, whilst described by among others Harry Potter as being very difficult, still far below his level of ability and thus left him increasingly unsatisfied. And despite his own initial beliefs to the contrary, it did not take long for his wife to finally convince him that he was indeed cut out for bigger things. Around the same time, Grim got hold of an ancient tome; the content of which no one thus far had been up to the task of elucidating. Not only did Grim succeeded where others had failed, however, but he even made it seem easy; and left several handwritten notes detailing his process tucked into the book. Upon learning this, Sage Bragnam, the Head Curator of the Department of Magical Artefacts, tried to have him transferred to his department, only to learn that Grim's wife had already successfully persuaded him to try his hand as an Unspeakable in the Department of Mysteries. Although Gareth Greengrass, a high-ranking researcher of said department whom his wife were friendly with, was initially dumbfounded at the prospect of having Grim as a colleague when Penelope first told him that he was considering to apply for a job there, he quickly warmed up to to the idea when it occurred to him that the man was not only fully qualified, but also undeniably a very accomplished wizard, to the point where Greengrass himself would later remark that Grim had "more magical talent in his little finger than most of us do in our whole bodies."
And so, when Grim finally applied for the job, Mr. Greengrass was completely on board with it. His colleague, on the other hand, Albert Sallow, was against the appointment; judging him to be too young, too inexperienced, and that he lacked the passion necessary to be an asset to the team. In the end, it took a letter of recommendation from Greengrass himself, co-signed by the well-respected Auror Mordecai Berrycloth, to get Grim approved accepted for a trial period within the department. While there were some rumours going around that Gareth Greengrass were showing favouritism to Grim because of his friendship with Grim's wife, the effort it took to prove his salt, which included an excellent aptitude for secrecy and considerable amount of magical acumen, Grim's achievement alone. and within a year, even Mr. Sallow had to admit, despite of his previous doubts about his commitment to the role, that Grim has surpassed all expectations during his trial period; which ultimately lead Greengrass to dispatch a interdepartmental memo announcing Grim's promotion. Following this, Grim Fawley received a new Ministry Identification Card, featuring a photograph and credentials listing as an Unspeakable, with clearance for the Department of Mysteries, and a key to access it.
Around the same time, the department would have a “breakthrough”, though whether the breakthrough was responsible for his promotion is unknown.
The "London Five" incident
Some time later, Grim was horrified to learn that his wife was counted among a group of five people who gone mysteriously missing in London, along with Riya Patel, Timothy Hale, Kit Gerrard, and Genevieve Bladt - a case that would be referred to as “The London Five”. Soon after, Gareth Greengrass, a high-ranking official in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, assured Grim that he would “do everything in [his] power" and "save no expense" to find his wife. Considering one of the missing individuals were one of his own subordinates, Harry Potter, was in charge of the investigation. Despite their best efforts, however, the Aurors met a dead end in the London Five investigation, and thus, the council on which Gareth Greengrass and his colleagues presided over the investigation decided to close the case, leaving the families of the missing distraught. Worse still, part of the reason given for the decision was that the costs of the investigation exceeded the amount that the Aurors could afford to spend.
Soon thereafter, Grim sent a memo to Greengrass, pleading with him to convince the council to re-open the investigation. To make matters worse, not only had Greengrass deemed it to dismiss it as a bad job, he also implied that he was convinced that Penelope was most likely dead, throwing Grim further into a state of despair. Although Greengrass advised him to take time off work "to grieve and look after his children", having gone so far as to even admit that he had already gone over Grim's head and proposed it to Grim’s superiors behind his back, Mr Fawely refused to take the alleged demise of his beloved Nel on face value and resolved to take matters into his own hands. Not long afterwards, he turned to Harry Potter instead, imploring him to 'bend the rules', and continue the search off the records, for Penelope's sake. Soon thereafter, he tried to retrieve his wife's file in order to learn exactly what she had been doing at the time of her disappearance, only to be denied access to it due to the confidentiality of much of its information. This lead him to write an angry message to Mr Potter, insisting that he had a right to access to it, accusing him of showing blatant disregard for his own subordinates and tried to make him change his mind by claiming that he was actively "barring a grieving husband from the closure he deserves", implying he was pretending to have accepted Greengrass's conclusion as a way of appealing to Harry's emotion to try and convince him, once more, to bend the rules.
At some point later, he stole investigation files regarding the investigation into the disappearance of the London Five, where he discovered that the cited reason given for closing the case, namely the strain of the budget, did not correlate with the actual costs of the investigation, prompting him to issue a complaint to the Ministry's Accounting Department and demand an explanation for the inaccuracy in their financial records. Around the same time, Mr Fawley received a letter from a witch by the name of Amorette Deneuve, in which she expressed the belief that Love was "the greatest and most dangerous magic in the world", describing it something that "imbues itself into our very bones, our very souls." This lead Grim Fawely to believe that the power of love might just be the key to find his wife. At a later date, during the investigation into the Calamity, of which Grim was eventually strongly suspected of having caused and whose whereabouts became unknown to the Ministry around the same time, it was revealed by the log documenting the time of her entry and exit of the Love Chamber that Grim had been coming and going at odd times.
Around the time shortly prior to outbreak of the aforementioned threat to the International Confederation of Wizards' Statute of Secrecy, Grim was known have begun acting rather suspiciously. This was shown when the British Ministry suddenly received an unexpected, written objection complaint from their Japanese counterpart, asking for an explanation as to why one of their employees had written to them and requested classified documents from their archives without going through the proper channels, demanding that they have Grim provide them with a "detailed and polite explanation".At some point later on, a wizarding library in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic reported that several ancient spell books had gone missing, with its librarian suspecting a recent visitor of being the culprit. This was presumably tied to Fawley's search for his wife.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Date of birth calculated based on the fact that Grim Fawley is said to have been a second-year student at the time of the Battle of Hogwarts (see here)
- The Fawley family were a part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight and if he was part of that branch of the family, he was likely to be pure-blood. Furthermore, he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1997-1998 school year, following the Fall of the Ministry of Magic.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Darkness Rising"
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Dumbledore’s Army"
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (see video)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Wizarding World
- What education do the children of wizards have before going to Hogwarts?
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Chapter 2: Grim Fawley - background - Fawley Urn)
- Grim Fawley was about eight years old during the events of the third book.
- Grim Fawley was about nine years old during the events of the fourth book.
- Grim Fawley was about ten years old during the events of the fifth book.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Brilliant Event: One Year Later)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Chapter 2: Grim Fawley - background - Grim's School Record)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 (After the Burial)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, Chapter 3 (Horace Slughorn)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Chapter 2: Grim Fawley - background - Grim's suitcase)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Brilliant Event: Hogwarts for the Holidays)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, (Mysteries Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley: Grim's Work - Shard 1)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, (Mysteries Chapter 1 - Grim Fawley - Motives - Grim's Grief)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, (Mysteries Chapter 1 - Grim Fawley - Motives - Ministry Memos - Shard 1)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, (Mysteries Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley: Grim's Work - Shard 3)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, (Mysteries Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley: Grim's Work - Shard 5)
- An Internal Ministry Memo, written by Harry Potter, revealing her promotion.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: (Mysteries Chapter 3 - Penelope Fawley - Background - Penelope's Prefect Badge)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mysteries Chapter 3 - Penelope Fawley - Background - Gethsemane's Warning)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: (Mysteries Chapter 1 - Grim Fawley - Motives - Penelope's Wand)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Mysteries Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley
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- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Mysteries Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Chapter 2 - Ministry Record - Grim Fawley
- A note from Grim to his wife: “I’m going to apply to be an Unspeakable. You’ve got me convinced. I am bloody qualified.”
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mysteries - Chapter 2. - Grim Fawley - Ministry Record
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mysteries, Chapter 2. Grim Fawley - Background)
- An Issue of the Quibbler, its headline reading “The Unspeakables Expand in Secret! What are they hiding?” The issue is dated around the time Grim Fawley was promoted.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - Redacted Report: "A thorough reading of the report shows that Grim Fawley appears to have come to the rescue of Ministry Watchwizard Eric Munch in the Department of Mysteries' Brain Room."
- An issue of the Daily Prophet. The headline reads: “FIVE GO MISSING IN LONDON – INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY.
- Daily Prophet clipping informing readers of the closure of the case.
- Part of Grim’s journal, stating that he was “going to bring you home, Nel. [... our kids will not grow up like I did”] implies that he, like his children, lost his mother at a young age.
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (see video)
- Pottermore - Quidditch World Cup 2014: Daily Prophet reports: ":We do not comment on the top secret work of the Auror department,"
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