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Krall: "You really think that he can kill the great — can kill Albus Dumbledore?"
Grindelwald: "I know he can. But will you be with us when that happens, Krall? Will you?"
Gellert Grindelwald detects Krall's loyalty falter[src]

Krall was an acolyte of Gellert Grindelwald in the 1920s. He was described as "sulky" and "ambitious."[1] In 1927, he accompanied his master to Paris, but was killed there for his wavering loyalty to Grindelwald's cause.[2]

Biography

Krall became a supporter of Gellert Grindelwald at some point prior to 1927 and became one of his acolytes. He travelled to Paris to help further Grindelwald's plans, where he expressed doubt that Credence Barebone was a match for Albus Dumbledore. Grindelwald bluntly asked him if he would stand by his side, and while Krall hastily confirmed he would, Grindelwald looked unconvinced of his honesty.

Krall's death

Krall dies in the flames

Krall attended Grindelwald's rally at the Lestrange family Mausoleum in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. He was indirectly killed by his own master in 1927 when he failed to cross enchanted fire that tested one's loyalty. As he watched his former servant scream in mortal pain, Grindelwald closed his eyes and allowed him a moment of silence for Krall's demise, acknowledging the necessity of it to his devices but taking no pleasure in losing him.[2]

Personality and traits

Krall was described as being "sulky" and "ambitious".[1] Despite siding with Grindelwald when he rose to power throughout the wizarding world, Krall was conflicted and disillusioned with his decision, to an extent. His moral struggle did not go unnoticed by his master. When push came to shove, Krall's morals outweighed his lust for power, leading to his death in Grindelwald's fire.

Relationships

Gellert Grindelwald

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Gellert Grindelwald, his master and inadvertent killer

Krall was initially loyal to Gellert Grindelwald, who once trusted him enough to include him among one of his acolytes. However, at some point, his loyalty had began to waver. Sensing this, Grindelwald had no qualms confronting him over it, bluntly asking whether he would stand by him as he collected Credence to use against Albus Dumbledore and not looking convinced when Krall tried to assure him. Ultimately, Krall died when crossing Grindelwald's Protego Diabolica due to his inadequate loyalty. However, Grindelwald, while not deeply shocked, didn't look happy at all upon getting rid of the only Acolyte who was not fully loyal to him and somberly closed his eyes, showing that while he didn't like Krall, he took no joy over the death of his former subordinate.

Etymology

  • In a few Slavic languages, kral means "king", derived from the given name "Karl" (itself derived from Old Norse karl, "free man"), i. e. Charlemagne.
    • In Westrobothnian, it means "insects" or "that which crawls"
  • Kraal is an Afrikaans and Dutch word for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock surrounded by a fence of thorn-bush branches, a palisade, mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form. It stems from the Portuguese curral, found in English as corral
  • "Kralle" is German and means "claw" or "talon", possibly alluding to Krall's role as a henchman. 

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

Gellert Grindelwald's army
Leader Gellert Grindelwald
Grindelwald’s mark
Acolytes Carrow | MacDuff | Nagel | Krafft | Krall (deceased) | Abernathy | Vinda Rosier
Followers Aurelius Dumbledore​​ | Queenie Goldstein | Gunnar Grimmson
Headquarters Unidentified home | Nurmengard
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