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24th Nov '16 2:15:48 PM DustSnitch
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp, [[spoiler:Colin Farrell]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' | Unnamed ''[[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]]'' sequels | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"For the Greater Good."''

A dark wizard defeated by Dumbledore years before the events of the series. In the final book of the series, it is revealed that he and Dumbledore had previously been working together to find the Deathly Hallows, become masters over death, and put Muggles under the domination of Wizards. Their friendship ended when Grindelwald attacked Dumbledore's brother Aberforth and the fight that ensued killed their sister Ariana.

Appears as the main antagonist of the [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]] series. [[spoiler:In the first film, he impersonates the Head Auror of MACUSA as he attempts to find a powerful force called an Obscurus, and seems to take an interest in Newt Scamander.]]

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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp, [[spoiler:Colin Farrell]]
See Characters/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem.
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[[folder:Merope Gaunt]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' | Unnamed ''[[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]]'' sequels | ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''

->''"For the Greater Good."''

A dark wizard defeated
''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''

The teenaged girl, abused
by Dumbledore years before the events of the series. In the final book of the series, it is revealed that he her father and Dumbledore had previously been working together to find the Deathly Hallows, become masters over death, and put Muggles under the domination of Wizards. Their friendship ended when Grindelwald attacked Dumbledore's brother Aberforth (due to them thinking she was a Squib), who [[SlippingAMickey drugged Tom Riddle Sr. with a potion]], marrying him when he was too infatuated with the potion to consent. When she became pregnant, she stopped giving him the drug, apparently believing he had fallen in love with her. He quickly left, and the fight that ensued killed their sister Ariana.

Appears as the main antagonist of the [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]] series. [[spoiler:In the first film, he impersonates the Head Auror of MACUSA as he attempts
Merope, at 19, gave birth to find a powerful force called an Obscurus, and seems to take an interest in Newt Scamander.]]Voldemort.



* AdaptationalVillainy: In the books, Grindelwald goes to his death keeping the secret of who has the Elder Wand despite being tortured by Voldemort. In the movies, he gleefully and willingly tells the Dark Lord where to find the Wand.
* AlliterativeName: '''G'''ellert '''G'''rindelwald.
* TheAtoner: Implied. He refuses to give the location of the Elder Wand to Voldemort, claiming he never had it. This only applies in the book, as in the film, he freely tells Voldemort where it is. In their [[spoiler:afterlife conversation]], Dumbledore tells Harry that he had heard from his minders that Grindelwald came to regret his actions in his imprisonment. Harry wonders if Grindelwald's defiance had to do with wanting to prevent Voldemort from desecrating his old friend's grave.
* BigBad: Shaping up to be this in the prequel films.
* ChekhovsGunman: Mentioned on Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card in the first book, then never mentioned or referenced again until the final book, where he plays a major role in the {{backstory}}. His role is expanded even further as the BigBad of the prequels.
* ClosetKey: To Dumbledore. He's implied in-text and by Rowling to have been the first and last person Dumbledore ever fell in love with.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: When compared to Voldemort. Voldemort had black hair, Grindelwald had blond hair. Voldemort goes by an alias, while Grindelwald uses his real name. Voldemort was a model student at Hogwarts, and hid his true nature from most people, while Grindelwald was known as a trouble maker and expelled from Drumstrang. Dark Arts twisted Voldemort's appearance into something inhuman, while Grindelwald looks like Creator/JohnnyDepp. Voldemort kept his reign of terror focused on Britain, [[spoiler: while Grindelwald expanded all across Europe, and into America]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler: What initially brought him to America and into contact with Credence was a vision of a creature with immense power.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: To Dumbledore.
* EvilIsPetty: While [[spoiler: impersonating Graves, he demoted Tina from active Auror to Wand Registration for encoutering the Second Salemers during one of the rallies. However, it may have been a [[DisproportionateRetribution deliberate overreaction]] on his part (as there are teams of Obliviators on standby for such dustups between Wizards and No-Majs) because she only intervened to rescue Credence from being beaten by his mother - Grindelwald wanted Credence there for his own reasons and wanted nothing to jeopardize his situation.]]
* EvilMentor: [[spoiler:To Credence.]]
* EvilSorcerer: Well past his prime by his appearance in Deathly Hallows, in the past, he was considered the second darkest wizard in history behind Voldemort and his duel with Dumbledore was etched in wizarding history as the greatest duel of all time. Even Dumbledore acknowledges that if anything else, he (Dumbledore) was just a shade more skillful. [[spoiler: His skills in Fantastic Beasts more than prove that in his prime, Gellert Grindelwald was at least the second or third most powerful wizard in the series, just behind Dumbledore and possibly Voldemort.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Is visibly upset with MACUSA when it appears to kill Credence.]] Later in life, he shows nothing but contempt for Voldemort and his goals, telling him that there's so much he doesn't understand.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: How his death in the books is presented.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being imprisoned in Nurmengard for decades. [[spoiler:When Voldemort is about to kill him, Grindelwald tells him that he welcomes death.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Also LaserGuidedKarma: He was eventually imprisoned in the same prison he built to hold his enemies.
* IronicEcho: His slogan, "For The Greater Good," becomes this when he's locked away in the prison he built for his enemies - where "For The Greater Good" is carved above the gate.
* KnightTemplar: Truly believed Muggles would be best to be subservient to Wizards.
* MasterActor: [[spoiler:Managed to disguise himself as the top Auror in MACUSA with no one (including a room of foreign dignitaries directly discussing him) catching onto his real identity until the very end.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: His face-off with Voldemort, right down to him noting "I welcome death", echoes the "The Tale of the Three Brothers" story, which, considering Grindelwald's interest in the hallows, was likely an invoked trope on his part.
* ManipulativeBastard: Explicitly described by WordOfGod as a "user" who played Dumbledore's attraction to him and his feelings of wasting away as Ariana's caretaker to make him TheDragon. In a final confrontation with Aberforth Dumbledore, he subjected him to a Cruciatus curse, forcing Albus' HeelRealization.
** [[spoiler:He also takes this role in the first Fantastic Beasts movie, when he manipulates Credence in order to harness his power.]]
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Begins his gathering power in the 1920's, much like the Nazi party [[spoiler:and ends up briefly imprisoned, much like Hitler]]. He was also defeated in 1945, of all years, and holed up in a prison called Nurmengard (which sounds like Nuremberg, and has the very "Arbeit macht frei"-like slogan, "For the Greater Good", carved over the gate). Also, the last inmate of an incredibly guarded prison? That sounds like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Hess Rudolf Hess.]]
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:As is probably to be expected from a wizard on par with Dumbledore in power. At the climax of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, he took on multiple aurors at once without seeming to break too much of a sweat, and is only subdued thanks to a very carefully timed Swooping Evil.]]
* PoisonousFriend: To Dumbledore. He unleashed all of young Dumbledore's worst impulses and caused him to neglect his younger siblings in favour of their plan to subjugate the Muggles.
* PredecessorVillain: To Voldemort. Though Voldemort's rise is unrelated to Grindelwald.
* RedRightHand: In his prime, Grindelwald [[spoiler: suffers from Heterochromia of the eyes. It is currently unknown what caused the condition, as he did not have it in his youth.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Voldemort just teleports away as opposed to killing him in the movie.
* TeenGenius: An extraordinary mind even in his youth, a fact that helped bring him and Dumbledore together.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: His slogan, after all, is "For The Greater Good."
* VisionaryVillain: His goal was to overthrow the International Statue of Secrecy and subjugate Muggles, ostensibly for the "greater good".
* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to discuss his role in the plot of ''Fantastic Beasts'' without giving major story elements away, most notable of which that [[spoiler:he's been impersonating Auror Percival Graves throughout the entire movie]].
* WhiteMansBurden: His plan to conquer {{Muggles}}.
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[[folder:Merope Gaunt]]
-->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]''

The teenaged girl, abused by her father and brother (due to them thinking she was a Squib), who [[SlippingAMickey drugged Tom Riddle Sr. with a potion]], marrying him when he was too infatuated with the potion to consent. When she became pregnant, she stopped giving him the drug, apparently believing he had fallen in love with her. He quickly left, and Merope, at 19, gave birth to Voldemort.
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24th Nov '16 1:01:12 PM DustSnitch
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp, [[spoiler:Creator/ColinFarrell]]

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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp, [[spoiler:Creator/ColinFarrell]][[spoiler:Colin Farrell]]



* [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist Contrasting Prequel Antagonist]]: When compared to Voldemort. Voldemort had black hair, Grindelwald had blond hair. Voldemort goes by an alias, while Grindelwald uses his real name. Voldemort was a model student at Hogwarts, and hid his true nature from most people, while Grindelwald was known as a trouble maker and expelled from Drumstrang. Dark Arts twisted Voldemort's appearance into something inhuman, [[spoiler: while Grindelwald looks like Creator/JohnnyDepp]]. Voldemort kept his reign of terror focused on Britain, [[spoiler: while Grindelwald expanded all across Europe, and into America]].

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* [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist Contrasting Prequel Antagonist]]: ContrastingSequelAntagonist: When compared to Voldemort. Voldemort had black hair, Grindelwald had blond hair. Voldemort goes by an alias, while Grindelwald uses his real name. Voldemort was a model student at Hogwarts, and hid his true nature from most people, while Grindelwald was known as a trouble maker and expelled from Drumstrang. Dark Arts twisted Voldemort's appearance into something inhuman, [[spoiler: while Grindelwald looks like Creator/JohnnyDepp]].Creator/JohnnyDepp. Voldemort kept his reign of terror focused on Britain, [[spoiler: while Grindelwald expanded all across Europe, and into America]].
19th Nov '16 11:44:40 PM Caswin
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** The movie downplays this a little, where he acts appropriately disconcerted and hesitant, while the book version seems to barely remember the "terrible" part as an afterthought.
19th Nov '16 7:22:32 PM kalanvl
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->''"Shall we die just a little?"''

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->''"Shall we die just a little?"''
->''"For the Greater Good."''
19th Nov '16 7:34:31 AM theenglishman
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[[spoiler:Appears as the main antagonist of the [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]] series. In the first film, he impersonates the Head Auror of MACUSA as he attempts to find a powerful force called an Obscurus, and seems to take an interest in Newt Scamander.]]

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[[spoiler:Appears Appears as the main antagonist of the [[Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem Fantastic Beasts]] series. In [[spoiler:In the first film, he impersonates the Head Auror of MACUSA as he attempts to find a powerful force called an Obscurus, and seems to take an interest in Newt Scamander.]]
18th Nov '16 2:48:32 PM KingClark
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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp[[spoiler:/ Creator/ColinFarrell]]

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-->'''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JamieCampbellBower, Michael Byrne, Creator/JohnnyDepp[[spoiler:/ Creator/ColinFarrell]]Creator/JohnnyDepp, [[spoiler:Creator/ColinFarrell]]
18th Nov '16 12:00:55 PM Mujaki
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* EvilIsPetty: While [[spoiler: impersonating Graves, he demoted Tina from active Auror to Wand Registration for encoutering the Second Salemers during one of the rallies. However, it may have been a [[DisproportionateRetribution deliberate overreaction]] on his part (as there are teams of Obliviators on standby for such dustups between Wizards and No-Majs) because she only intervened to rescue Credence from being beaten by his mother - Grindelwald wanted Credence there for his own reasons and wanted nothing to jeopardize his situation.]]


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* RedRightHand: In his prime, Grindelwald [[spoiler: suffers from Heterochromia of the eyes. It is currently unknown what caused the condition, as he did not have it in his youth.]]
18th Nov '16 11:23:07 AM SorPepita
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Is visibly upset with MACUSA when it appears to kill Credence.]] Later in life, he shows nothing but contempt for Voldemort and his goals, telling him that there's so much he doesn't understand.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: How his death in the books is presented.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Is visibly upset with MACUSA appears to kill Credence.]] Later in life, shows nothing but contempt for Voldemort and his goals, telling him that there's so much he doesn't understand.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: How his death in the books is presented.



* ManipulativeBastard: Explicitly described by WordOfGod as a "user" who played Dumbledore's attraction to him and his feelings of wasting away as Ariana's caretaker to make him TheDragon. In a final confrontation with Aberforth Dumbledore, he subjected him to a cruciatus curse, forcing Albus' HeelRealization.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Explicitly described by WordOfGod as a "user" who played Dumbledore's attraction to him and his feelings of wasting away as Ariana's caretaker to make him TheDragon. In a final confrontation with Aberforth Dumbledore, he subjected him to a cruciatus Cruciatus curse, forcing Albus' HeelRealization.



* PoisonousFriend: To Dumbledore. He unleashed all of young Dumbeldore's worst impulses and caused him to neglect his younger siblings in favour of their plan to subjugate the Muggles.

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* PoisonousFriend: To Dumbledore. He unleashed all of young Dumbeldore's Dumbledore's worst impulses and caused him to neglect his younger siblings in favour of their plan to subjugate the Muggles.



* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to discuss his role in the plot of ''Fantastic Beasts'' without giving major story elements away, most notably of which that [[spoiler:he's been impersonating Auror Percival Graves throughout the entire movie]].

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* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to discuss his role in the plot of ''Fantastic Beasts'' without giving major story elements away, most notably notable of which that [[spoiler:he's been impersonating Auror Percival Graves throughout the entire movie]].
18th Nov '16 11:15:28 AM silverman2020
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*GiveGeeksAChance:Although he is very popular,and could get a lot of other women if he wanted,he goes after the not-so-popular and slightly nerdy Hermione.



* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:As is probably to be expected from a wizard on par with Dumbledore in power. At the climax of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, he on multiple aurors at once without seeming to break too much of a sweat, and is only subdued thanks to a very carefully timed Swooping Evil.]]

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* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:As is probably to be expected from a wizard on par with Dumbledore in power. At the climax of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, he took on multiple aurors at once without seeming to break too much of a sweat, and is only subdued thanks to a very carefully timed Swooping Evil.]]
17th Nov '16 9:16:00 PM kalanvl
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* ChekhovsGunman: Mentioned on Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card in the first book, then never mentioned or referenced again until the final book, where he plays a major role in the {{backstory}}.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Mentioned on Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card in the first book, then never mentioned or referenced again until the final book, where he plays a major role in the {{backstory}}. His role is expanded even further as the BigBad of the prequels.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler: What initially brought him to America and into contact with Credence was a vision of a creature with immense power.]]



* EvilSorcerer: well past his prime by his appearance in Deathly Hallows, in the past, he was considered the second darkest wizard in history behind Voldemort and his duel with Dumbledore was etched in wizarding history as the greatest duel of all time. Even Dumbledore acknowledges that if anything else, he (Dumbledore) was just a shade more skillful. At his prime, one could easily declare that Gellert Grindelwald was at least the third most powerful wizard in the series, just behind Dumbledore and possibly Voldemort.

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* EvilSorcerer: well Well past his prime by his appearance in Deathly Hallows, in the past, he was considered the second darkest wizard in history behind Voldemort and his duel with Dumbledore was etched in wizarding history as the greatest duel of all time. Even Dumbledore acknowledges that if anything else, he (Dumbledore) was just a shade more skillful. At [[spoiler: His skills in Fantastic Beasts more than prove that in his prime, one could easily declare that Gellert Grindelwald was at least the second or third most powerful wizard in the series, just behind Dumbledore and possibly Voldemort. Voldemort.]]
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