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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.

Grindelvald killed many people, my grandfather, for instance… this is his symbol, I recognized it at vunce: Grindelvald carved it into a vall at Durmstrang ven he vos a pupil there. Some idiots copied it into their books and clothes, thinking to shock, make themselves impressive - until those of us who had lost family members to Grindelvald taught them better.
—  I don’t think we talk about Viktor enough. To Viktor, the Deathly Hallows symbol was like a swastika. And it was carved into a wall at Durmstrang. He had to walk past that symbol of fear and hate every day for years in the place he lived and studied. Other students even mocked him and adopted the symbol, but he kicked their asses. I just think Viktor is really great.
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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.

  • McGonagall:Albus, you're going to have to tell Harry someday about what he will do
  • Dumbledore:
  • Dumbledore:Minerva, who defeated Grindelwald, again?
  • McGonagall:That's beside the point
  • Dumbledore:And who is headmaster of this school? I think I know what I'm doing
  • Dumbledore:(thinking) I have no idea what I'm doing. Oh well I'm sure Harry will be fine
  • Dumbledore:*causes Harry 18 years of stress*
  • Dumbledore, in heaven:Oops
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“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. Hitherto, all that has been known of Grindelwald’s next movements is that he “traveled abroad for some months.” It can now be revealed that Grindelwald chose to visit his great-aunt in Godric’s Hollow, and that there, intensely shocking though it will be for many to hear it, he struck up a close friendship with none other than Albus Dumbledore. […] Barely two months into their great new friendship. Dumbledore and Grindelwald parted, never to see each other again until they met for their legendary dual. What caused this abrupt rupture? Had Dumbledore come to his senses? Had he told Grindelwald he wanted no more part in his plans? Alas, no.”