“A law that has scuttling like rats in the gutter. A law that demands that we conceal our true nature. A law that directs those under its dominion to cower in fear, lest we risk discovery. I ask you, Madam President, I ask all of you – who does this law protect? Us or them? I refuse to bow down any longer.” -Gellert Grindelwald

Gellert Grindelwald is a familiar name if you’re a huge Harry Potter fan. Or maybe if you even aren’t. If you’ve read the books, you’d notice that the name has come up in conversations a lot of times and he’s been mentioned in books used in the Harry Potter universe. Wherever it is you’ve read about him, there’s only one thing that’s clear: he’s a dark wizard.

Grindelwald was, in fact, a dark wizard. He has his reasons but he’s also just really vindictive and mischievous. Surprisingly, he did not hail from Hogwarts but in Durmstrang Institute instead. He was later on expelled for a lot of reasons including performing dangerous experiments in the campus and attacking his fellow students that would result in near-death experiences. After all the ruckus he’s caused, he formed a solidified friendship with the one and only Albus Dumbledore who supported his cause to put an end to the ‘International Statute of Secrecy’, a law back in 1692 to hide the presence of magic from non-magical people. They apparently also planned this little rendezvous to find the Deathly Hollows.

The friendship didn’t last long despite all the things they’ve gone through together. It all ended when him and Dumbledore got themselves involved in a three-way duel with Albus Dumbledore’s brother, Aberforth. This altercation resulted in the death of Albus and Aberforth’s sister, Ariana. After the incident, Grindelwald left Britain and proceeded to steal the elder wand. With this, he then led the revolution without Dumbledore.

Gellert Grindelwald was an important figure back in the days, not because of good stuff but because of the bad. He was feared by many but also reveled by some, especially those that supported his cause. He rose to power at some point, where he and his followers committed a lot of crimes here and there. His activities went on and on until Dumbledore defeated him in a legendary duel. He then was imprisoned in his very own fortress for years. It was also there that he got killed by none other than Lord Voldemort. Voldemort was after the elder wand at that time but when Grindelwald refused to tell him the wand’s whereabouts, Voldemort took Grendelwald’s life. It was 1998 when that happened.

Grindelwald was a bright student but his love for the dark arts took a wrong turn. He reveled in the twisted forms of magic and did not fear experimenting on other people. He was someone who gets what he wants but he also worked very hard for it. When he wanted things, he gets it – using any means possible.

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