Gellert Grindelwald (c. 1883 – March, 1998) was considered one of the most dangerous Dark Wizards of all time, second only to Lord Voldemort. A student at Durmstrang Institute, Grindelwald was expelled for conducting twisted, dark experiments. He later fostered a friendship with a young Albus Dumbledore, making plans to find the Deathly Hallows and lead a Wizarding revolution to end the International Statute of Secrecy, creating a benevolent global hierarchical order led by wise and powerful witches and wizards that dominated Muggles. Their partnership fell apart after the two were involved in a three-way duel with Aberforth Dumbledore that resulted in the death of Ariana Dumbledore. Grindelwald left Britain and later stole the Elder Wand from Mykew Gregorovitch, proceeding alone with the revolution he and Dumbledore had planned. Grindelwald in 1998
As a young man, Grindelwald had golden blond hair and a “merry, wild” face. Harry Potterthought he had “a Fred and George-ish air of triumphant trickery about him”.
While he was middle aged, Grindelwald’s hair was blond and he was blue-eyed.He also had a thin white moustache.
Near the end of his life, when Voldemort found him at the top of Nurmengard, Grindelwald was severely emaciated – a frail skeletal figure with a skull-like face, great sunken eyes, wrinkled cheeks, and most of his teeth was gone.
Magical abilities and skills
- “In a list of Most Dangerous Dark Wizards of All Time, he’d miss out on the top spot only because You-Know-Who arrived, a generation later, to steal his crown.“
- —The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore on Gellert’s reputation and power
Grindelwald was outstandingly talented even while still a Durmstrang student, being one of the most brilliant students ever to have attended the school. His skills in magic are comparable with those of Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort. He was regarded to be the most powerful and dangerous Dark wizard of all time until Lord Voldemort arrived a generation later to take his throne. As a former master of the Elder Wand, Grindelwald’s already extremely formidable magic was further enhanced by the artefact’s legendary powers, allowing him to perform extraordinarily powerful spells. Even while utilising Percival Graves’s wand to maintain a disguise (with it being unclear whether or not he had properly won said wand) and suppressing his abilities enough to not arouse suspicion, Grindelwald was still extremely powerful and dangerous.
- Magical Mastery: Grindelwald was noted to be extremely talented and prodigiously skilled while still a student of Durmstrang Institute, and his skills, mastery, and understanding of magic, were considered to be on par with those of Albus Dumbledore, which induced the two young men to befriend one another. Grindelwald terrorised much of wizarding Europe, only being defeated by his former friend Dumbledore in a duel of legendary proportions. While Grindelwald ultimately lost the duel and mastery over the Elder Wand, it should be noted that he had been able to fight off Dumbledore at the height of the latter’s power for three long hours, and Dumbledore himself would later admit that he had been only “a shade more skillful” than Grindelwald. Furthermore, Grindelwald had an immense knowledge and understanding of magic, seeking to understand any information within reach, which gave him enough confidence to openly mock Lord Voldemort himself moments before the Dark Lord killed him, with Grindelwald openly holding the latter in complete contempt, considering Voldemort a powerful idiot who understood nothing of importance. In addition, Grindelwald had managed to successfully master and wield the Elder Wand, and only lost it only in a prolonged duel with an equal, which hints that Grindelwald had a better understanding of how the wand worked than Voldemort did, as the latter had never succeeded it attaining mastery over it.
- Intellectual genius: Grindelwald was not only a great wizard, but also possessed an incredible intellect, as he was considered to be equally brilliant to Albus Dumbledore, who was himself considered the most brilliant student at Hogwarts up until that point when both of them were of the same age. Indeed, Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s intellects were so complementary to one another, that, according to Bathilda Bagshot, even after spending an entire day in intellectually stimulating discussions with Grindelwald, Dumbledore would still unexpectedly send Grindelwald messages by owl right after sudden ideas struck him, with him having to let Grindelwald know of them immediately.As an adult, aside from his ability to create complex and carefully-woven plans to achieve his goals, such as subtly apprehending President Picquery’s right-hand man Percival Graves and infiltrating the MACUSA by assuming his identity, Grindelwald was able to perfectly mimic the personality and American accent of Percival Graves, and convincingly carry out his many duties as an Auror, the Head of MACUSA’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and the Director of Magical Security, while also gradually managing to locate the rampaging Obscurial, all without arousing suspicion.
- Dark Arts: Grindelwald had an exceptional talent and passion for the Dark Arts from a young age. In his school days at Durmstrang, he experimented with Dark Arts, including near-fatal attacks on his fellow students and was expelled for his experiments had become too dangerous despite the school’s tolerant outlook on the Dark Arts.Even while still seventeen, Grindelwald was already adept at casting the extremely powerful Cruciatus Curse, notably using it against Aberforth Dumbledore.Later, while impersonating Percival Graves, Grindelwald tortured Newt Scamander with lightning curses.
- Duelling: Grindelwald was a duellist of tremendous, almost unrivalled skill: Thoroughly and extensively trained in “duelling and all forms of martial magic” during his schooling at Durmstrang, enabling the dark wizard to hone his skills to match his extraordinary high potential, becoming a confident, focused, disciplined and versatile master of combative sorcery, his reactions “marvelous, astounding”. Though quite capable of performing magic of immense and destructive power as seen in how he made short work of the five European Aurors who tried to infiltrate the fortress of Nurmengard, he generally seems to prefer to engage his adversaries in a more traditional and formal manner and defeat his foes in a more “fair fight”, deflecting their efforts to magically best him with ease while advancing on them with confidence and steely determination before in order to take in their awe at the immensity of his power before retaliating. His proficiency is evident and seen many times. He quickly and efficiently stunnedGregorovitch in order to master the Elder Wand, held his own against Albus and Aberforth Dumbledoresimultaneously during their three-way duel when they were in their late teens, defeated and killed many witches and wizards during his reign of terror in wizarding Europe, won every single one-on-one duel while in his Percival Graves disguise, easily besting and torturing Newt Scamander and even former Auror Tina Goldstein, and even came close to best about twenty-four highly trained Aurors from the MACUSA with relative ease. Ultimately, Grindelwald was even able to fight against Albus Dumbledore when the latter was at the height of his power: indeed their legendary duel has entered history as the greatest duel ever fought between two wizards. However, Grindelwald was ultimately unable to defeat Albus Dumbledore in a duel.
- Charms: Grindelwald was extremely skilled in charms. Albus Dumbledore claimed that Grindelwald could render himself invisible without the use of an invisibility cloak. To achieve such a state, Grindelwald would have used an extremely powerful Disillusionment Charm, which is a tremendous feat, especially considering that Grindelwald was able to achieve it when he was only seventeen. As such, the Cloak of Invisibility would be the Hallow that Grindelwald was least interested in, and continued his search for it only because the Cloak completed the trio of legendary artefacts. Grindelwald’s shield charms were also incredibly powerful, protecting him from a barrage of spells fired at him by around twenty-four Aurors simultaneously with little effort.
- Healing magic: Grindelwald had an understanding of healing charms, being able to heal the cuts on Credence Barebone’s hands by simply touching them.
- Transfiguration: Grindelwald was exceptionally proficient in transfiguration, including Human Transfiguration, being able to transform himself to assume the identity of Percival Graves for an extended period of time without raising suspicions. He was also presumably proficient at applying it into his martial magic, seen as how he duelled Albus Dumbledore on equal terms for a long time in 1945, a man known to use Transfiguration in his technique.
- Apparition: Like most adult wizards, Grindelwald was able to Apparate.
- Occlumency: Grindelwald was an incredibly accomplished Occlumens, being able to fully conceal his true thoughts from exceptionally talented Legilimens Queenie Goldstein while in his Percival Graves disguise. Even Lord Voldemort himself, who was reputed to be the most accomplished Legilimens alive, was unable to penetrate Grindelwald’s mind to gain information in his search of the Elder Wand.
- History of Magic: Grindelwald had good knowledge of magical history and lore, especially the portions of it that pertained to powerful magical artefacts such as the Deathly Hallows and wandlore. For example, he knew that Ignotus Peverell, owner of the Cloak of Invisibility, had been laid to rest in Godric’s Hollow.
- Divination: Grindelwald had some aptitude for divination, as he had a vision about the existence of a powerful Obscurial linked to Credence Barebone. However, he is not an expert in this magical field, as Grindelwald initially misinterpreted the vision, believing that Credence would lead him to a child while in fact, Credence was the Obscurial himself. It should be noted, however, that Credence is the only known Obscurial ever to have lived past the age of 10, so Grindelwald could not have possibly anticipated this.
- Wandless and Nonverbal magic: Grindelwald was incredibly skilled in both wandless and nonverbal magic, either of which is advanced and often difficult to perform even individually, making Grindelwald’s prowess all the more impressive, as he usually performed both simultaneously. He generated forceful shockwaves to move and otherwise exert force on people and objects, and using only silent hand gestures. He was able to break apart the ground by sending a shockwave rippling through it, notably performing this on the train tracks Newt Scamander was standing on to knock him down, as well as send an automobile flying across a street at Tina Goldstein with a silent wave of his hand. Grindelwald summoned suitcase over to him and then Newton Scamander’s wand into his hand, both times with a silent wave of his hand. In the same instance, Grindelwald also wandlessly lifted Newt Scamander from the ground from across the room and then slam him, Tina Goldstein and Jacob Kowalskisimultaneously to their knees with their arms locked behind against their backs. When interrogating Newt, he summoned the protective orb containing an Obscurus to his side by silently gesturing it forth, and Grindelwald even fended off around twenty Aurors simultaneously without speaking a single incantation. Grindelwald also caused the cuts on Credence Barebone’s hands to vanish by silently putting his hand over them.
- Knowledge of Wandlore: Grindelwald was well-versed in wandlore, having a superior understanding of the Elder Wand to Lord Voldemort, since unlike Voldemort, Grindelwald actually succeeded in attaining its mastery, as he was aware that to take control of the Elder Wand, he needed to not just steal the wand, but also to defeat the previous owner.
- Leadership skills: Under Grindelwald’s leadership, his army terrorised much of wizarding Europe in the Global Wizarding War for years, in their attempt to overthrow the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
- Charisma: As a young man, Grindelwald displayed a talent for the manipulation of others, being able to charm and manipulate his best friend Albus Dumbledore into accompanying him on his intended grand wizarding revolution and quest for the Deathly Hallows, with only the timely intervention of Aberforth stopping Albus, much to Grindelwald’s fury. Years later, Theseus Scamander, Newt’s brother and Auror assigned to stop Grindelwald, still described him in a letter as a “charismatic blighter”.Grindelwald displayed his superb manipulation skills again, this time with Credence Barebone, while himself being disguised as Percival Graves, in order to gain the young wizard’s trust, and use him in his own search for the Obscurial. He successfully played the role of a friendly and supportive mentor figure towards Credence, being able to console the latter in moments of depression, through feigned support and affection. Grindelwald also seemed confident in his ability to talk down Credence when the latter was in a phenomenally dangerous Obscurial form, and was therefore beside himself with fury when President Picquery and her other Aurors seemingly destroyed Credence. Grindelwald was also successful in inspiring loyalty in a sufficient number of witches and wizards to rise an army of fanatical followers who, under Grindelwald’s leadership, terrorised much of Europe in the Global Wizarding War for years in their attempt to overthrow the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
- Improvisational acting: Grindelwald also proved to be a superb actor, evidenced by him successfully hiding his true nature and infiltrating the MACUSA by assuming the identity of President Picquery’s right-hand man Percival Graves, perfectly imitating Percival’s personality traits and being able to convincingly carry out Percival’s many duties (as an Auror, the Head of MACUSA’s Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and the Director of Magical Security), as well as suppressing his own tremendous abilities just enough to not arouse suspicion.
Grindelwald gains possession of the Elder Wand by stealing it from wandmaker Mykew Gregorovitch
Grindelwald (disguised as Percival Graves) unleashes his suppressed power against the MACUSAGrindelwald adopted the identity of Percival Graves in order to track down the Obscurus that was laying waste to New YorkGrindelwald evades captureVoldemort kills Grindelwald
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, . (c. Summer, 1881– 30 June, 1997) was the Transfiguration Professor, and later Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Professor Dumbledore also served as Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards (?–1995) and Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot (?-1995; 1996-1997). He was a half-blood, Muggle-supporting wizard, the son of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore, and the elder brother of Aberforth and Ariana. His father died in Azkaban when Dumbledore was young, while his mother and sister were later accidentally killed. His early losses greatly affected him early on, even at his death, but in turn made him a better person. Albus Dumbledore was considered to be the most powerful wizard of his time. He was most famous for his defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, and his work on alchemy with Nicolas Flamel.It was through Dumbledore that resistance to the rise of Lord Voldemort was formed, as it was he who founded and led both the first and second Order of the Phoenix. Due to the fact that he had a keen mind and legendary power, Dumbledore became the only wizard that Voldemort ever feared. He was the wielder and the master of the Elder Wand from 1945 until 1997 and considered by many as the greatest Headmaster to ever grace Hogwarts. As he was about to die by a cursed ring, he planned his own death with Severus Snape. He was killed by Snape during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.Though he was no longer alive at the time, it was through Dumbledore’s manipulations that Voldemort was ultimately defeated and peace restored to the wizarding world. He is the only Headmaster that was laid to rest at Hogwarts. Albus Dumbledore’s portrait still remains at Hogwarts. Harry Potter later named his second son Albus Severus Potter after him.
Albus Dumbledore in 1981, at age 100, during the trial of Igor Karkaroff
Dumbledore during his duel with Tom Riddlein the Ministry Atrium
Dumbledore trying on Marvolo Gaunt’s ring activating a nasty curse
Snape’s skills manage to trap the curse on the ring in Dumbledore’s hand
Dumbledore casting a very powerful Mending Charm
Harry Potter, his favourite student
Harry Kneeling over Dumbledore’s Body
Magical abilities and skills
- Severus Snape: “Your sister doubts me. Over the years I’ve played my part well, so well I’ve deceived one of the greatest wizards of all time.“
- Bellatrix Lestrange: “Huh!“
- Severus Snape: “Dumbledore is a great wizard. Only a fool would question it.“
- — Snape regarding Dumbledore’s magical skill
Dumbledore was considered by many to be the most powerful wizard of his time, and his incredible powers were admired and feared by even others of outstanding magical talent. Even the Dark Lord Voldemort, who thought himself as the greatest and strongest wizard of them all, had acknowledged that Dumbledore was a very great wizard and secretly feared him. However, it was later confirmed that old age had somewhat diminished Dumbledore’s abilities since his legendary defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, though they were still indeed admirably high and comparable with those of Voldemort.
- Magical mastery: Albus Dumbledore was considered to be one of, if not, the most powerful wizard of his time, and he lived up to this title on many occasions. After his first year at Hogwarts, he was already known to be prodigiously talented in the magical arts, and considered nothing more or less than the most gifted student the school would ever see. He returned to the school later to serve as the Professor of Transfiguration, a complex and difficult field of magic. He was capable of defeating the Dark Wizard Grindelwald, despite Grindelwald being one of the, if not the most powerful Dark Wizard of all time, although the legendary duel was said to have taken three hours. He was also the only wizard to ever be feared by one of the most dangerous Dark Wizards of all time, Lord Voldemort, whom he forced to retreat during their only known duel. This act was aided by Dumbledore’s wielding of the Elder Wand, unknown to Voldemort at the time, although Voldemort noted that Dumbledore was not fighting to kill during the duel. Dumbeldore was also conversationally blatant about his confidence to escape from Azkaban when his arrest was attempted.
- Intellectual genius: Dumbledore was not only a great wizard, but also possessed an incredible intellect, capable of devising an elaborate master plan to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Lord Voldemort and was also particularly brilliant at guessing, hypothesising, and predicting. This was seen quite predominantly during the events surrounding the Second Wizarding War, when Dumbledore, through various strategical plans and an almost Machiavellian manipulation of key persons (such as Severus Snape and Harry Potter) before his death, is able to set the path for Harry Potter to locate Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes. His intellect, or at least his strategic thinking, is one of his key talents. His genius was mainly noticeable even after his death through his will. He bequeathed Ron Weasley his Deluminator, understanding that even though Ron would initially walk out on the Horcrux hunt, he would be just as likely to return to it. He knew that Hermione Granger’s thirst for knowledge would lead her to investigate the symbol that he had drawn in the copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard that he left her. This ultimately brought Harry to not only learning of the Deathly Hallows, but of how to obtain the Resurrection Stonethrough the Golden Snitch Dumbledore had left him, giving Harry the emotional support he needed to sacrifice himself to the Dark Lord. This indicates an incredible degree of foresight.
- Duelling: Dumbledore was an exceptionally skilful duellist, capable of capturing several Death Eaters at once effortlessly and out-dueling Lord Voldemort during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, though Voldemort managed to flee the duel. That being said, Voldemort possibly fled from the duel because he realised, for the very first time, that Dumbledore was far too powerful or skilled to defeat in a man-to-man duel, and did not want to be seen as the defeated party. He also easily defeated Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and John Dawlish when they attempted to arrest him (though Kingsley was secretly on Dumbledore’s side). He did all these things even though he was very old and not quite as strong as he once was. However, it should be noted that he was wielding the Elder Wand on these occasions and that he did not want to kill any of his opponents. Arguably, the most impressive display of his duelling skills was shown when he defeated Gellert Grindelwald, despite the fact that Grindelwald was the master of the Elder Wand. Eyewitnesses claimed it was the greatest wizard duel ever fought. Albus described himself as being equal in power to Grindelwald, though he added that he may have been slightly more skilful. Dumbledore’s duelling style often involved employing the element of fire, though he used water during his duel with Voldemort.
- Invisibility: Albus had the ability to render himself invisible without the use of an Invisibility cloak. To achieve such a state, Dumbledore merely used an extremely powerful Disillusionment Charm.He was also capable of using the Human-presence-revealing spell, wandlessly and non-verballyo detect the presence of people who were invisible, even if they were under an Invisibility Cloak. .
- Occlumency and Legilimency: Dumbledore was also accomplished in both Occlumency and Legilimency. Many people, particularly Harry Potter, often noted that Dumbledore sometimes seemed to see right into their mind and correctly decipher what they were thinking. However, some of Lord Voldemort’s followers, such as Barty Crouch Jr, proved to be excellent Occlumens capable of effectively hiding their thoughts from him.
- Master of the Deathly Hallows:Albus Dumbledore should be noted as the only person besides Harry Potter to possess all three Deathly Hallows, although like Harry Potter he did not possess all three Deathly Hallows at the same time. He first obtained the Elder Wand after he defeated the infamous Grindelwald. He had possession of the Cloak of Invisibility after he borrowed the it from James Potter, and after the deaths of James and Lily Potter he kept it safe until he returned the Cloak to Harry Potter on Christmas in his first year at Hogwarts. Finally he obtained the Resurrection Stone after locating and destroying the fragment of Voldemort’s soul contained within the ring when it served as a Horcrux.
- Wandless and non-verbal magic: Albus could cast magic without the use of a wand, and was highly skilled at non-verbal magic. While some people, such as Antonin Dolohov, as seen during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries,seemed to produce lesser magic when using it non-verbally, Dumbledore was capable of extraordinary feats such as conjuring hundreds of squishy purple sleeping bags to accommodate the students of Hogwarts, without saying a word.While in The Cave, Dumbledore proved capable of foiling the defences set up by Lord Voldemort, using wandless magic. He also performed the Arresto Momentum spell, without a wand, to save Harry from falling to his death at the hands of the Dementors. He could also light and put out candles, both with the wave of his hand.
- Magical Detection: Dumbledore was able to recognise and identify the traces left behind by magic, seen as how he was able to detect the distinct magical energies of his surroundings to determine the nature of the defensive measures with which Lord Voldemort safeguarded his locket Horcrux, including successfully deducing that blood was needed for them to progress into the main chamber of the cave and uncovering the hidden boat chain.
- Spell creation: Dumbledore was known for having created unique magical spells and devices. His deluminatorwas considered to be unique, and was of his own invention. Furthermore, after it had been bequeathed to Ron Weasley, he discovered that he could sometimes hear Harry and Hermione’s voices through it, and that it also allowed him to Apparate to their location. He also developed a method to communicate using Patronus Charms, which he taught to the members of the Order of the Phoenix.
- Fire magic affinity: Albus’ weapon of choice appeared to be fire, and he was incredibly talented at utilising it. In his duel against Voldemort he used a fiery rope; when he displayed his wizarding powers to young Tom Riddle, he did so by setting Riddle’s wardrobe on fire, without actually burning anything; he once used a vast amount of fire to hold off a throng of Inferi. He is known to be able to conjure Gubraithian Fire. His magical pet, Fawkes, is a phoenix, which dies and is reborn from the ashes. Although Dumbledore favoured fire, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries he used water to encase Voldemort; that was possibly because he did not want to harm Voldemort, but only protect Harry.
- Magical multilingualist: Dumbledore could also speak Mermishand Gobbledegook. He can recognise Parseltongue, the language of snakes, as he demonstrated while he and Harry were inside Bob Ogden’s stored memory; he was able to quote verbatim a Parseltongue phrase uttered by Morfin Gaunt in a later stored memory.
- Potioneer: Dumbledore was also proficient at Potions, as, according to the obituary written by Elphias Doge, his papers were published in The Practical Potioneer. This was likely instrumental in his discovery of the Twelve Uses Of Dragon’s Blood.
- Charms: Albus was known to be a master in Charms, as his papers were published in Achievements in Charming. He could cast a corporeal Patronus charm (in the form of a phoenix) and created new parameters for said charm, allowing it to be used as a form of communication (with the caster speaking with their own voice through the Patronus). He was also capable of performing the extremely complex Fidelius Charm.
- Transfiguration: Before becoming headmaster, Albus was the Hogwarts Transfiguration teacher, showing that he had a high level of skill in that area. During his battle with Voldemortin the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Dumbledore was even able to cast a glass to sand shield that immediately transfigured the thousands of glass shards that were directed at him and Harry by Voldemort into mere sand en route. He was also able to transfigure the Slytherin banners in the Great Hall to that of Gryffindor’s simply by clapping his hands.
- Apparition: Dumbledore could transport himself from one place to another with pinpoint precision, even when locked in combat. He used this ability to avoid some of Voldemort’s spells during their duel before counter-attacking. He could also apparate silently which only a master of Apparition could do. He could apparate within the Hogwarts Grounds.
- Flying: Dumbledore was a skilled broomstick flyer. Shortly before his death, he flew to the Hogwarts Astronomy tower, despite being weakened by a potion. He also was able to cast jinxes during flight.
- Leadership skills: Dumbledore was considered by many to be the greatest Headmaster in Hogwarts’ history. He founded and lead the Order of the Phoenix against Voldemort and his Death Eaters in both the first and second Wizarding Wars. He was also offered the position of Minister for Magic several times, but declined as he felt he could not be trusted with that sort of power. Following his death, he noted that he considered himself an inferior leader compared to Harry Potter, as he deliberately sought power where Harry led others only after he was elevated to the position of leadership by outside circumstances.
- Physical aptitudes: Despite his great age and rather skinny demeanour, Dumbledore seemed to possess the stamina of a young, fit athlete. He demonstrated strength and swimming abilities that should be far beyond his capabilities and was very agile as shown during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
Gellert Grindelwald with his friend Albus Dumbledore in 1899
Friendship with Dumbledore
- “He didn’t like that. Grindelwald didn’t like that at all. He got angry. He told me what a stupid little boy I was, trying to stand in the way of him and my brilliant brother… Didn’t I understand, my poor sister wouldn’t have to be hidden once they’d changed the world, and led the wizards out of hiding, and taught the Muggles their place? And there was an argument… and I pulled my wand, and he pulled out his….“
- —Aberforth Dumbledore reminiscing to the trio about his brother’s past
After graduating from Hogwarts in June 1899, Dumbledore planned to take the traditional “Grand Tour” of the world with his friend Doge. However tragedy ensued on the eve of the departure when Kendra Dumbledore was killed by an outburst of Ariana’s uncontrollable magic, leaving Albus the head of his own broken family.Albus returned to Godric’s Hollow full of bitter resentment at his situation, feeling trapped and wasted. Fortune finally shone on Dumbledore in the form of Gellert Grindelwald, who was in Godric’s Hollow to research the Deathly Hallows. Grindelwald was as talented and brilliant as Albus was. Dumbledore quickly became fascinated by Grindelwald’s ideas of wizarding domination, obviously considering Grindelwald an unexpected new chance to show his own brilliance and come out of the local misery. Albus also harboured romantic feelings for the other boy, but regretted his relationship with Grindelwald later in lifeHowever, after two months, Albus’s brother Aberforth confronted him over his neglect of Arianaover the past few weeks, telling him he couldn’t carry out his plans with Grindelwald, as he would have to take her with him. Grindelwald then used the Cruciatus Curse on him. A violent duel erupted between the three teenage boys. Ariana herself tried to intervene in the fight, but couldn’t due to her erratic abilities, and in the ensuing chaos was hit by a stray curse and died. No one knew whose curse it was that killed her, but Grindelwald fled immediately, as he already had a bad record back home, leaving the devastated Albus behind.
When Ariana was fourteen years old, she had an episode in which her emotions and her magic spun out of control. Her favourite brother Aberforth was not at home to calm her down, and she caused an explosion that caused the death of her mother.
Albus Dumbledore, who had been preparing to go abroad with his friend, Elphias Doge, stayed in England in order to attend his mother’s funeral and to take over the position of taking care of Ariana. Aberforth wanted to be the one to take care of his sister, but he had not yet finished his education, and his older brother insisted upon him graduating from Hogwarts.
At some point after Albus became Ariana’s guardian, Gellert Grindelwald came to Godric’s Hollow to stay with his aunt, Bathilda Bagshot, having been kicked out of Durmstrang Institutefor his extreme experiments with the Dark Arts. Grindelwald also had a history of violence which Albus chose to ignore. Albus and Gellert quickly became friends, as they were both extraordinarily talented and very ambitious. The two formed a plan to take over the wizarding world and make Muggles subservient “for the greater good”.
Aberforth confronted them over these plans, pointing out that Ariana was in no state to be dragged along with them as they pursued their dreams. Grindelwald became furious, insisting that once they subdued the Muggles, there would be no need for Ariana to be hidden. A three-way duel broke out between him, Albus, and Aberforth. Ariana, aged about 14 at the time and unable to control her magic, tried to stop it, and was inadvertently killed; it was never known which of the three wizards was directly responsible for her death.
Immediately after Ariana’s death, Grindelwald fled the scene, fearing retribution from the authorities and losing his friendship with Albus permanently, though it seems they retained some affection towards one another.At Ariana’s funeral, Aberforth broke Albus’s nose and blamed him for their sister’s death.Aberforth never forgave his brother for his part in her death, nor was Albus ever able to forgive himself. Ariana was buried in the same location as her mother in Godric’s Hollow, and they shared a gravestone bearing the epitaph, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” selected by Albus.
In the Mirror of Erised, Albus would forever see his family whole and intact with Ariana alive and using magic, although, when questioned, he claimed to see himself holding only a pair of socks. Rita Skeeter wrote a scathing biography of Albus Dumbledore after his death in 1997, and included humiliating false statements about Ariana being a Squib whom the family mistreated
What is Mirror of Erised ?
The Mirror of Erised is a mirror, which, according to Albus Dumbledore, shows the “deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” The name “Erised” is “desire” spelled backwards, as if reflected in a mirror. The happiest person in the world would look in the mirror and see a reflection of them, exactly as they were.The writing engraved on the frame of the mirror is supposedly in a foreign and probably dead language, but if you look closely it says “I show not your face but your heart’s desire” backwards, with the spaces rearranged. Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi.
“I resented it, Harry. I was gifted, I was brilliant. I wanted to escape. I wanted to shine. I wanted glory. Do not misunderstand me. I loved them… but I was selfish… So that, when my mother died, and I was left the responsibility of a damaged sister and a wayward brother, I returned to my village in anger and bitterness. Trapped and wasted, I thought! And then of course, he came […] “—Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter while they are in limbo
Who is Ariana Dumbledore?
- “It destroyed her, what they did: She was never right again. She wouldn’t use magic, but she couldn’t get rid of it; it turned inward and drove her mad, it exploded out of her when she couldn’t control it, and at times she was strange and dangerous. But mostly she was sweet and scared and harmless.“
- —Aberforth Dumbledore on his younger sister Ariana
Ariana Dumbledore (c. 1885 – late summer 1899) was a half-blood witch and the youngest child and only daughter of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore. She was the younger sister of Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore. At the age of six, Ariana was attacked by Muggle boys who saw her practising magic, which left her traumatised to the point of rendering her magical abilities uncontrollable. Some may say that she was an Obscurial. This prompted her father to attack the boys and be imprisoned in Azkaban, while her mother moved the family from Mould-On-The-Wold to Godric’s Hollow and kept Ariana hidden away from the general population. Because of this, the few people who saw Ariana got the impression that she was being imprisoned.
During a fit when she was fourteen years old, Ariana caused a magical explosion that killed her mother. Her older brother Albus then became her guardian, a role that he resented.Ariana died when she was accidentally struck by a curse in a three-way duel between her older brothers and Gellert Grindelwald, the soon-to-be infamous Dark Wizard revolutionary. This event would have a profound impact on both her brothers’ lives. Afterwards, her eldest brother Albus would become a Transfiguration professor and then the longest and most noted Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, while her favourite brother Aberforth became the owner and barman of the Hog’s Head Inn in Hogsmeade.
Ariana at age fourteen