HARRY POTTER HISTORY MEME: three historical wizards [2/3] → Gellert Grindelwald

Gellert Grindelwald (c. 1882-1998) was considered one of the most powerful Dark Wizards of all time, second only to Tom Marvolo Riddle. He was educated at the Durmstrang Institute, a school famous for its tolerance of the Dark Arts. In 1945, at the height of his powers, he was confronted by his old friend, Albus Dumbledore, and defeated in a legendary duel. He was incarcerated at Nurmengard Prison until his death at the hands of Lord Voldemort fifty-three years later.


Educated at Durmstrang, a school famous even then for its unfortunate tolerance of the Dark Arts, Grindelwald showed himself quite as precociously brilliant as Dumbledore. Rather than channel his abilities into the attainment of awards and prizes, however, Gellert Grindelwald devoted himself to other pursuits. At sixteen years old, even Durmstrang felt it could no longer turn a blind eye to the twisted experiments of Gellert Grindelwald and he was expelled.