Mykew Gregorovitch (d. 2 September, 1997) was a wizard, famous wandmaker and the proprietor of Gregorovitch Zauberstäbe in Europe. His wands were also sold at Wands by Gregorovitch at Carkitt Market in London, in competition with Ollivander's.
Next to nothing is known about Gregorovitch's childhood, but given his accent it is likely he was raised in Europe. During the course of his career as a wandmaker, Gregorovitch became an expert in wandlore and supplied many witches and wizards in European countries with reliable wands. Ollivander, however, was not fond of Gregorovitch's work.
Elder Wand master
At some point in his life, Gregorovitch came into the possession of the Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hallows and the most powerful wand in existence, and upon realising its true nature, he began experimenting to try and duplicate its powers. Gregorovitch, somewhat foolish by nature and hoping it would improve business, or perhaps trying to outsource some fresh outside talent that could assist him in his grander endeavours, started a rumour about him possessing a powerful wand and his efforts to replicate its properties. The result occurred one night when Gregorovitch heard someone break into his workshop. He quickly ran inside and saw a blonde-haired young man had taken the wand. The man shot a Stunning Spell at Gregorovitch, before leaping out the window. The man was in fact Gellert Grindelwald, although Gregorovitch never lived long enough to find out who stole the wand.
- Voldemort: "Give it to me, Gregorovitch."
- Gregorovitch: "I have it not, I have it no more! It was, many years ago, stolen from me!"
- Voldemort: "Do not lie to Lord Voldemort, Gregorovitch. He knows. . . . He always knows."
- — Voldemort and Gregorovitch[src]
Lord Voldemort, who sought a way to bypass the unique nature of his and Harry Potter's wands, interrogated and tortured Ollivander (who had been a prisoner of the Death Eaters for some time) for information. Eventually, Ollivander revealed he had heard of the rumour of Gregorovitch possessing the wand. Intrigued, Voldemort resolved to track the wand down and gain possession of it, not only to use it to defeat Harry, but also to possess the most powerful wand in the world. Harry himself saw this vision through his unique bond with Voldemort, and under his best friend Ron Weasley's suggestion, he might have been thinking about Dragomir Gorgovitch.
Over the course of the next few months, Voldemort hunted Gregorovitch down, murdering a family that lived in his former residence. Voldemort inevitably found Gregorovitch, keeping him from escaping by using the Levicorpus jinx. Voldemort demanded he give him the wand, but Gregorovitch said it had been stolen from him many years ago. Enraged to have exhausted months of effort to find Gregorovitch and to find out he was not any closer to the wand, Voldemort believed he was lying, and as such performed Legilimency to confirm it. During his search through Gregorovitch's memories, Voldemort found the memory of the incident when he lost the wand. Finishing his search of Gregorovitch's mind, Voldemort immediately demanded to know who the thief was, but when Gregorovitch admitted he never found out, Voldemort, recognising he had all the information he required, ignored Gregorovitch's pleas for mercy and cast the Killing Curse on him. Gregorovitch's death was witnessed by Harry Potter through his unique link to Voldemort's mind.
It later turned out that the thief was, in fact, Albus Dumbledore's one-time close friend and infamous dark wizard: a young Gellert Grindelwald. However, Gregorovitch never lived to find out about this.
By the time of his death, Gregorovitch was described as having pure-white hair and a thick, bushy beard.
Personality and traits
Although Gregorovitch's backstory and education are not fully known, his reputation rivalling that of Ollivander indicates he was very intelligent. His boasting about owning the Elder Wand suggests naivety and/or greed while he also displayed carelessness in making it so easy for Grindelwald to steal. Since the Elder Wand is supposedly loyal only to powerful wizards who kill its previous owner, Gregorovitch may have had little to no quarrels about murder. Although, how he came to possess the wand is unknown.
Gregorovitch claimed to never have identified the Elder Wand's thief, meaning he may have remained in hiding during Grindelwald's reign or payed little attention to news or history. It is unknown if he was aware of Voldemort before the latter attacked and killed him, but he seemed genuinely terrified upon facing the Dark Lord in person.
Magical abilities and skills
- Wandmaking/Wandlore: Gregorovitch owned and operated a wand shop to highly successful standards, being at least on par with the very brilliant Ollivander and, according to some, was more skilful than even him.
- Dark Arts and/or Duelling: (possibly): It was never disclosed, but Gregorovitch might have been highly accomplished in martial magic or capable of killing as he was able to gain possession of the Elder Wand.
- Charms: Gregorovitch was capable of conjuring at least a non-corporeal Patronus, a highly advanced piece of magic and a mark of superior magical skill, given the immense difficulty of casting the said spell.
- Gregorovitch Zauberstäbe: Being a proflific Wandmaker, Gregorovitch owned and operated his own wand shop, located somewhere in Europe.
- First wand: Gregorovitch owned a wand of unknown length, wood and core before gaining ownership and mastery of the Elder Wand.
- Elder Wand: Gregorovitch gained ownership and mastery of this legendary and extremely powerful wand and also one of the Deathly Hallows. It is unknown however under what circumstances he managed to come into ownership of the Elder Wand.
Gregorovitch is derived from the given name Gregor (that would be Gregory in English), originally of Greek origin meaning "to watch, be alert". Грегорович or Gregorović (that can be Anglicised as Gregorovitch) is a rather common Slavic surname: Gregorović, as most surnames in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia etc., was originally a patronym, meaning "son of Gregor": eventually it became a surname in the same way the Scottish "McGregor" (also meaning "son of Gregor") did.
Behind the scenes
- Actor Rade Šerbedžija portrays Gregorovitch in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film adaptations.
- The book states that Gregorovitch has a big, bushy beard. However, photos of him for the film show him with a regular, short beard.
- The Gregorovitch wands shown in the film series all have a rugged, natural appearance and don't have separate handles but the handle is made and is part of the wand itself, as opposed to the ornately carved wands made by other Wandmakers, such as Ollivander.
- In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Harry's visions of Voldemort searching for the Elder Wand is omitted and it only shows him finding the wand in Dumbledore's tomb. However, despite this, Gregorovitch is a playable character in all the versions of the game.
- Gregorovitch is the only known Elder Wand master that was not killed or disarmed by the wand's new master.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (First appearance) (Appears in vision(s))
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Appears in vision(s))
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (mentioned on wand permit application)
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image) - Gregorovitch was a known wandmaker by 1926, so in order to be of age at this time, he must have been born in 1909 or before
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief) - "He had pure-white hair and a thick, bushy beard"
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Mykew Gregorovitch™ Picture Montage at HarryPotterWallArt.com
- (see this image)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Wand Woods" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 17 (Bathilda's Secret)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)