Did Grindelwald meet Voldemort?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

In the Harry Potter series, there is no direct mention or depiction of Grindelwald meeting Voldemort. However, there are some similarities and connections between the two dark wizards that can be explored.

Grindelwald, known as Gellert Grindelwald, was a powerful dark wizard who rose to prominence in the wizarding world before Voldemort. He was a former friend and ally of Albus Dumbledore, and the two had a complex relationship. Grindelwald’s reign of terror ended when he was defeated by Dumbledore in a legendary duel.

Voldemort, also known as Tom Riddle, emerged later in the series as the primary antagonist. He sought power and immortality, using dark magic and creating a reign of terror of his own. Voldemort’s ultimate goal was to rid the wizarding world of Muggle-borns and establish pure-blood supremacy.

While there is no direct meeting between Grindelwald and Voldemort depicted in the books, their stories do intersect in several ways. Both Grindelwald and Voldemort were obsessed with power and sought to dominate the wizarding world. They both believed in the superiority of pure-blood wizards and sought to eliminate those they deemed unworthy.

Additionally, Grindelwald and Voldemort both possessed the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows, at different points in time. Grindelwald acquired the wand from the wandmaker Gregorovitch, and Voldemort took possession of it after killing Grindelwald in his prison at Nurmengard.

It is worth noting that in the Deathly Hallows book, Harry’s mind was still connected to Voldemort’s due to the piece of Voldemort’s soul within him. This connection allowed Harry to see glimpses of Voldemort’s thoughts and experiences. During one of these episodes, Harry sees Grindelwald in Nurmengard prison, where he was held captive for his crimes.

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this scene is depicted differently. Instead of Harry witnessing Grindelwald through Voldemort’s eyes, the film shows a direct encounter between Voldemort and Grindelwald. Voldemort seeks information from Grindelwald about the Elder Wand, and the scene helps to establish the significance of the wand in the story.

While there is no explicit meeting between Grindelwald and Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, their stories and ideologies intersect in various ways. Both dark wizards sought power and purity, and both possessed the Elder Wand at different points. The film adaptation of the Deathly Hallows depicts a direct encounter between Voldemort and Grindelwald, although this differs from the book’s portrayal.