J.K. Rowling confirmed a couple new facts about Gellert Grindelwald via her Twitter account earlier this week. Answering a question from a Harry Potter fan about a plot-point in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Rowling confirmed something specific about Grindelwald that may have flew by many of us, but makes the Dark Wizard more dangerous than originally thought.
Be warned now that **SPOILERS** for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them are from here on out.
In his disguise as Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), Gellert Grindelwald corners the impressionable Credence (Ezra Miller) and tells him of a vision he has of “a child with immense power.” Both the movie and Graves convince the viewer into thinking that child is Credence’s creepy younger sister — but the Obscurus turns out to be Credence himself. The natural assumption from Fantastic Beasts was that Grindelwald misinterpreted his own vision, choosing to believe the child was Credence’s sister just as Voldemort chose to believe the prophecy referred to Harry instead of Neville.
The first relates to what Grindelwald (as Percival Graves) says about having a vision of a child with great power. Is Grindelwald a seer, or was he just lying when he started talking about having visions? From what J.K. Rowling says, it’s most likely both:
@jk_rowling what did Graves-Grindelwald mean when he said: ”My vision showed only the child's immense power”? Is he a Seer or was he lying?
— Cheylianie ‡ (@ParselmouthLord) December 19, 2016
He is a Seer AND he was lying. https://t.co/qUAXwHtpJt
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2016
According to the Potterverse, we know that Seers are a rare phenomenon in the wizard world, with Harry Potter Wiki describing them as such:
“A Seer is a gifted wizard or witch who has the ability to see into the future with their Inner Eye. Seers predict prophecies, which are then recorded and stored in the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic’s Department of Mysteries. […] Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter that seeing into the future is incredibly difficult because of the complexity of every single action and their consequences.”
Rowling also stated that Grindelwald apparently didn’t use polyjuice potion to pose as Percival Graves during the events of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. As per a series of questions Rowling answered on her updated website, she related to how Newt was able to expose Percival Graces as Gellert Grindelwald:
“Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
It didn’t. Grindelwald’s Transfiguration surpasses that of most wizards, so he used a spell, not a potion, to take on the appearance of Percival Graves.”
Since casting Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a lot of the character over the next four films. We’ve known for a while that Grindelwald was an infamous Dark Wizard, but never learned the extent of his abilities, only that Dumbledore was finally able to defeat him. Until Rowling or the films tell us otherwise this is the best we have to go on for now.
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