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Fantastic Beasts: The 10 Most Evil Grindelwald Quotes

The Wizarding World has given birth to many dangerous magical individuals, but undoubtedly one of the most menacing is Gellert Grindelwald. First seen in the Harry Potter series, the dark wizard has mostly featured in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Over the course of the spin-off’s first two movies, he proves a tricky opponent for Newt Scamander and his allies, truly pushing them to their limits.

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Possessing a terrifyingly strong magical skillset, Dumbledore’s former lover is easily one of the most feared beings in this universe. Grindelwald holds a powerful grip over much of the Wizarding folk, with his deviously evil quotes managing to turn a number of witches and wizards to his side.



“Your anger, your desire for revenge, is natural.”

Goldsteins Queenie Joined Grindelwald

Vengeance is a common theme across fantasy stories, with characters losing loved ones to malignant forces. The Crimes Of Grindelwald demonstrates Grindelwald’s ability to use this understandable human reaction for his own gain. The wizard’s comments come as he spots a nervous young witch among the aurors who have gatecrashed his rally.

Grindelwald notices that this woman is in clear distress, and he uses this to his advantage, to recruit her to his side. He chooses his words carefully, to fuel this witch’s anger towards her fellow aurors and use her as a weapon. It’s an especially devious quote from one of the franchise’s most evil wizards.

Dumbledore’s Mourning

“Mr Scamander! Do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?”

Grindelwald and Dumbledore have a strong personal connection, having previously been romantic partners. Unfortunately, Gellert’s extreme views on wizarding supremacy saw the couple drift apart, with Albus strongly opposing his partner’s ideas. The Crimes Of Grindelwald reveals a bitter attitude displayed by the wizard towards his former lover, as he goads Newt over his friendship with Dumbledore.

Grindelwald’s harsh words are designed to drive a wedge between Newt – who shares many identical traits with Harry Potter – and Albus, by making the magizoologist believe that his former teacher cares little for his wellbeing.  He draws upon knowledge of his ex-boyfriend’s tendency to use people in order to seed doubt in Newt’s mind, toying with Scamander’s emotions in an especially heartless manner.


“Their arrogance is the key to our victory!”

Grindelwald presents his plans for wizard supremacy to his audience at the Paris rally.

A cocksure attitude is common across many villains, and Grindelwald demonstrates this undesirable personality trait throughout the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The Crimes Of Grindelwald features one of his most impudent scenes yet, with the magical individual attempting to rally the wizarding population against the No-Majs.

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This quote perfectly conveys Grindelwald’s views on non-magical folk. He sees the No-Majs as inferior due to their lack of spellcasting ability, and believes their “victory” will be easy. Grindelwald thinks very little of these people, as he ironically dismisses them as “arrogant” in a line that’s wickedly dismissive.

Working With Me

“I wish you were working with me now. Towards a world where we wizards are free to live openly, and to love freely,”

Grindelwald is posing in front of a very dark blue background whilst Queenie brandishes her wand.

Grindelwald is easily one of Harry Potter’s most overpowered characters, and one of the key factors behind his extreme power levels is his way with words. The Crimes Of Grindelwald shows Grindelwald’s manipulative methods during the Paris rally sequence, which sees the wizarding dictator successfully lure Queenie to his side.

Grindelwald’s words demonstrate how easily he is able to get inside someone’s mind. The dark wizard plays on Queenie’s love for Jacob, to convince her that his tyrannical aims will allow her to romance the No-Maj baker more easily. He uses her strong feelings for Jacob as a means to manipulate her against Newt, in a quote that reflects his scheming ways.

Us Or Them?

“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?”

Grindelwald’s disguise proved particularly effective during the events of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which involves him masquerading as Percival Graves. In the movie’s final scene, Grindelwald criticizes Madam Picquery for her decision to have Credence killed.

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Grindelwald uses Credence’s apparent death as a means to influence the magical folk against the No-Majs, painting him as a tragic figure in light of the community’s strict laws against muggle interference. Grindelwald’s aim here is to spark a revolution against non-magical individuals, with the hope that it ends with wizards ruling supreme, making this an especially evil quote.

Pledge Allegiance Or Die

“Aurors, join me in this circle, pledge to me your eternal allegiance, or die. Only here shall you know freedom, only here shall you know yourself,”

Any evil wizard requires a team of loyal followers, and Grindelwald is no different. In The Crimes Of Grindelwald, the wizarding dictator launches a rally in Paris as a means of recruiting new magical folk to his cause. Upon discovering that aurors have arrived at his event, he invites them to join him in his fight to establish a new world order.

This harsh line showcases how far Grindelwald is prepared to go in order to achieve his prime objective. It’s a callous piece of dialogue that represents the wizard’s deranged mindset, as his obsession with ruling over No-Majs leads to his murderous threats. Grindelwald demands loyalty to his cause and expresses his intent to kill those who stand in his way, resulting in one of his most wicked quotes yet.

Despised Leta Lestrange

“Leta Lestrange. Despised entirely amongst wizards, unloved, mistreated, yet brave. So very brave,”

Grindelwald offers his hand to Leta Lestrange.

Leta Lestrange is a key character throughout The Crimes Of Grindelwald, with many fans believing Newt should have ended up romantically involved with her instead of Tina.  Newt’s old school crush has had a rough upbringing, which Grindelwald exploits during his Paris rally to encourage her to join his movement.

Grindelwald’s cruel words reflect his uncaring nature. The wizarding dictator delivers a cutting reference to Leta’s past, as he tries to make the witch believe that she has no friends. Grindelwald emotionally abuses poor Leta Lestrange in what proves to be one of his most evil remarks yet.


“The disapproval of cowards is praise to the brave. Your name will be written in glory when wizards rule the world,”

Grindelwald is staring straight ahead next to bounty hunter Grimmson.

Throughout the first two Fantastic Beasts movies, Grindelwald has demonstrated commitment to his cause. The Crimes Of Grindelwald acts as the perfect example of the wizard’s determination, with his plans starting to form. During an early attempt to capture Credence, Grindelwald shows his appreciation for bounty hunter Grimmson’s allegiance to his cause.

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Grindelwald believes in establishing a hierarchy where magical folk rule over the world’s muggle population and labels those who oppose these wrongful ideals as “cowards.” The element that makes this quote truly malevolent, however, is his glorification of world domination, as he declares how Grimmon’s devotion to such a vile objective will see his name “written in glory.”

Credence’s Reward

“You’re unteachable, Credence. Your mother’s dead, that’s your reward. I’m done with you,”

Colin Farrell as Percival Graves and Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts

Grindelwald’s obsession with Credence is a major narrative focus throughout Fantastic Beasts, with the second film revealing that Credence is related to Dumbledore (although many fans believe this may not be true). The first movie sees Grindelwald acting as a mentor figure to the troubled young man, whilst masquerading as Percival Graves, before he cruelly turns on him for supposedly lacking magical ability.

Grindelwald appears somewhat unsympathetic towards Credence. Not only does he refer to the struggling young adult as “unteachable,” but he also proceeds to call his mother’s death a “reward.” This piece of dialogue presents audiences with Grindelwald’s lack of empathy towards those he views as useless, making this one of his most despicable lines.

The Enemy

“That is what we are fighting! That is the enemy: their arrogance, their power lust, their barbarity. How long will it take before they turn their weapons on us?”

Grindelwald’s powers know no bounds, with the wizard able to draw upon all kinds of magical capabilities. One of his most impressive skills is seen in The Crimes Of Grindelwald, when he uses his skull-hookah to project a vision of the future. This scene occurs during Grindelwald’s Paris rally, as he conjures images of the Second World War.

Grindelwald’s words which accompany this vision deliver a negative slant towards the No-Majs. The wizard uses the horrific imagery of the upcoming conflict to manipulate the wizarding community against them, presenting muggles as a threat to their society, in a quote driven by evil intent.

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