How old Gellert Grindelwald is in Warner Bros.’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Harry Potter series is a key facet of the franchise. First introduced at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Albums Dumbledore’s (Richard Harris, Michael Gambon, Jude Law) chocolate frog card, Grindelwald didn’t get his appearance in the Harry Potter universe until the first film of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But later, he became the main antagonist of the Fantastic Beasts films as a much younger version of the character, highlighting how Gellert Grindelwald’s fluctuating age became crucial to the saga’s story.
Grindelwald was portrayed by a variety of actors throughout both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Among them, Jamie Campbell Bower and Michael Byrne played the character at his youngest and oldest in Harry Potter, while Johnny Depp and Mads Mikkelsen played Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts during his prime of villainy in the 19th century. Between them, the four actors portrayed the dangerous wizard from his younger years as a recently-expelled student of Durmstrang Institute through his rise to power based on anti-muggle ideology and his intimate relationship with Dumbledore. As such, establishing how old Gellert Grindelwald is throughout the series is less straightforward than it might seem.
How Old Grindelwald & Dumbledore Are When They Meet
Although it is never shown in either Fantastic Beasts or Harry Potter, Grindelwald was originally born sometime between 1882 and 1883. He was expelled from Durmstrang Institute before he could complete his studies, instead landing at Godric’s Hollow in his pursuit of the Deathly Hallows. It was there that Grindelwald met Dumbledore for the first time in 1899, spending two feverish months in his company when he was between 16 and 17 years old.
How Old Grindelwald Is Across The Fantastic Beasts Movies
After Grindelwald broke with Dumbledore in 1899, he doesn’t appear again until the Fantastic Beasts movies once he’s taken possession of the Elder Wand. By this time, both he and Dumbledore are powerful wizards and have matured considerably as both the muggle and wizarding worlds move into a time of turbulence. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in 1926, making Grindelwald 44 to 45 years old as he attempts to capture an obscurial to use against Dumbledore. His later capture and escape take the film series into 1927 in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, making the dark wizard 45 or 46 years old. Finally, the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore timeline skips several years, this time showing Dumbledore and Grindelwald in 1932 and on the doorsteps of another world war, making Grindelwald 50 or 51 during his bid to be Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards. Although it is unknown if viewers will be able to see more of the Fantastic Beasts movies after the divisive reviews of the first three films, Grindelwald later has his famous duel with Dumbledore in 1945, leading to his defeat at age 63 or 64.
How Old Grindelwald Is When He Dies In Harry Potter
By the time audiences see Grindelwald again (chronologically speaking), it is several decades past the Fantastic Beasts movies, and he is an old man. Once Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows revisits Grindelwald’s fate, it is 1998, making the wizard over a century old at the age of 116 or 117. But his great age seems to do little to dull Grindelwald’s wit and intelligence, as he trades one final barb with the Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) before the latter kills him.
Presumably, Grindelwald’s magical blood lengthened his lifespan so that he could participate in both Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter. While this is helpful in a narrative sense, it also makes for a fascinating character study for how Grindelwald changes in Fantastic Beasts and across a long and storied life. From his fanatical youth to his rise to power and eventual defeat, culminating in, perhaps, some sense of repentance or defiance in refusing to bow to the next dark wizard in Britain, it is clear that, no matter how old Grindelwald is, he used his years to the fullest.