Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Gellert Grindelwald Character Analysis

An evil Eastern European wizard. He and Dumbledore met as young men, when Grindelwald visited Bathilda Bagshot in Godric's Hollow at the same time as Dumbledore was living there to care for Ariana. A brilliant wizard, he and Dumbledore became great friends and began to plot—though Grindelwald held troubling beliefs about the necessity of subjugating Muggles, which Dumbledore went along with. The men's friendship ended during a duel with Aberforth, when one of their spells hit Ariana and killed her. Grindelwald returned to his home country where he began his own reign of terror, which Dumbledore put a stop to with a famous duel in the 1940s. Later, Harry discovers that Grindelwald stole the Elder Wand from the wandmaker Gregorovitch, which is how the wand passed into Dumbledore's possession.

Gellert Grindelwald Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Gellert Grindelwald or refer to Gellert Grindelwald. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Eighteen Quotes

Dumbledore had left them to grope in the darkness, to wrestle with unknown and undreamed-of terrors, alone and unaided: nothing was explained, nothing was given freely, they had no sword, and now, Harry had no wand. And he had dropped the photograph of the thief, and it would surely be easy now for Voldemort to find out who he was...Voldemort had all the information now...

Page Number: 351
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Gellert Grindelwald Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Gellert Grindelwald appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...well as "nastiness" concerning Kendra and Ariana, and the revelation that Dumbledore's famed defeat of Grindelwald wasn't spectacular. Skeeter mentions a chapter about Harry and questions whether or not Harry's belief... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...drags Hermione to dance. Krum growls at Harry that Xenophilius is wearing the evil wizard Grindelwald's sign. Harry is perplexed; he's sure that Xenophilius doesn't support the Dark Arts. He does... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...of Beedle the Bard that someone wrote in. Harry looks at it and says it's Grindelwald's mark. Hermione is flabbergasted, especially since she hasn't read anywhere that Grindelwald had a mark.... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...in the book and both he and Hermione gasp at the caption: the man is Grindelwald, Dumbledore's "friend." They find the corresponding chapter and read about how Dumbledore returned home after... (full context)
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Two months later, Ariana died, Grindelwald decided to go home, and Aberforth blamed Dumbledore for Ariana's death. There was a fight... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...briefly discuss Rita Skeeter's biography of Dumbledore and Ron attempts to defend Dumbledore's friendship with Grindelwald. Harry spits that Dumbledore was their age, as he practices enlarging a spider with his... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...Hermione out to the garden, still resisting the connection with Voldemort. He tells them that Grindelwald stole the wand from Gregorovitch, and Dumbledore won the wand in their famous duel. Ron... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...fourteen, and Dumbledore returned home to care for her. He began to neglect Ariana when Grindelwald arrived and, finally, Aberforth put his foot down and refused to let Dumbledore take Ariana... (full context)
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Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Aberforth says that Grindelwald left and Dumbledore was then free of his burdens. Harry says that Dumbledore wasn't free:... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
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Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...suggests that he, like Voldemort, wanted to be the master of death. He says that Grindelwald came to Godric's Hollow pursuing the Hallows, as Ignotus Peverell's grave is there. Harry asks... (full context)
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Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Dumbledore says that, in the years after, Grindelwald acquired the Elder Wand and Dumbledore refused to be Minister of Magic—he fears he would've... (full context)