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Harry Potter: Who Was Worse, Voldemort or Grindelwald?

Generally, being worse at something means being poorer in performance, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to Voldemort and Grindelwald, it actually means being better…  at being evil. These two wizards are the only ones we know from the Harry Potter universe to be bona fide warlords, and their reputations for being such are immense.

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With the second Fantastic Beasts film adding more flesh to the bone that was Grindelwald’s characterization, this new information that’s come to light is worth comparing to Voldemort. So, if you were wondering which wizard was worse for the wizarding world during their period of power, here’s an in-depth look at who takes the title.

10 Reign of Power: Grindelwald

Voldemort’s reign at the top of the wizarding world really only lasted a year or so. He was making his move on the world before baby Harry thwarted him, but he was really on top –for a time– during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Grindelwald, meanwhile, not only took over the wizarding world, but did it for about two decades. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald showed the antagonist was already well on his way to beginning his conquest, and it only went up from there until 1945.  Voldemort’s time is dwarfed by Grindelwald’s; the heir of Slytherin really didn’t last very long in comparison.

9 Academic Level: Voldemort

Don’t think we’re counting being an academic as something that’s evil here. What we mean is that Voldemort made full use of his studies in his evil actions. If you haven’t noticed Voldemort’s style of combat, then go back and watch the magic he uses.

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Voldemort used Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and even History of Magic to further his quest for power. His excellence as a student meant he exploited everything he learned from books as part of his arsenal. Grindelwald wasn’t even close to this level, as he was expelled before he could even complete his education. Voldemort, on the other hand, used his academics to make himself stronger and plan his moves.

8 Lives Taken: Grindelwald

Whenever we saw Voldemort in the present-day timeline of Harry Potter, the guy would be throwing around the Avada Kedavra curse like it was going out of fashion. He loved to take lives, but Voldemort still lags behind Grindelwald in the body count.

Grindelwald was seemingly active across the globe, not just in the United Kingdom. As a result, his victims were so wide-ranging that Viktor Krum’s grandfather in Bulgaria met his end at the hands of Grindelwald. There were many other families who experienced the same loss as Krum, but Grindelwald was acknowledged as always avoiding Britain. On the other hand, Voldemort never really took his operations outside of Britain, so his casualty count couldn’t tally more than Grindelwald.

7 Knowledge Of The Dark Arts: Voldemort

There shouldn’t be a long discussion over this. The argument should be, “Horcuxes. Nuff said”. However, we’ll still elaborate by pointing out that nobody took learning the Dark Arts further than Voldemort.

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The guy opened up the Chamber of Secrets when he was just sixteen, for crying out loud. He went as far as making seven horcruxes. The cave’s cursed goblet and Inferi were a magic even Dumbledore didn’t really know how to best, and the cursed ring was what led to his demise. Grindelwald has never shown any particular proficiency in Dark Arts knowledge, other than the experimentations with them which led to his expulsion. Other than that, we don’t know if he knew much more.

6 Leadership: Grindelwald

This should go without saying if you’ve watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Voldemort was devious, cunning, and an opportunist, but he could never be a proven leader. Several of his Death Eaters were Grade-A cowards, who only joined out of fear and never truly followed him.

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Grindelwald’s leadership was such that every follower he had genuinely believed in his mission. He could have them jumping into the enchanted fire – as seen at the end of the previous movie – with nary a care for their lives. His “Greater Good” message was such that remnants of it still remained by Harry’s time. Grindelwald’s leadership was a combination of smarts and charm, and he had the ability to command.

5 Skill Level: Voldemort

Although Voldemort always avoided fighting Dumbledore, there’s no denying he more than held his own during their duel. While Grindelwald lost to Dumbledore despite owning the Elder Wand, Voldemort almost beat Dumbledore multiple times during their own duel (while the headmaster was the owner of the Elder Wand).

In combat, Voldemort used transfiguration and charms to such levels that it was impossible to understand how he conjured them. Dumbledore himself admitted that Voldemort had the ability to beat him, while modestly telling Harry that he, Dumbledore, was more skilled than Grindelwald.

Grindelwald also wasn’t as resourceful as Voldemort, in and of himself.

4 Followers: Grindelwald

Of course, Grindelwald might not have been so well off on his own because he had so many followers. We’ve mentioned his leadership skills, but this point focuses on the number of people he had clinging to his word.

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By all accounts, it appears Grindelwald’s follower level was enormous; he had people holding to his beliefs all over the world. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald showed he had people stationed in several locations, and the people following him at the end of the film were only a sliver of the number he was in charge of. Voldemort just can’t claim to boast such a number. Let’s not forget his Death Eaters’ unfortunate tendency to run away when the time came for them to fight, either.

3 Magical Power Level: Voldemort

Voldemort is the first – and only, until he taught Snape – wizard or witch to show the ability to fly. The two men were also among the only ones shown to have the ability to actually control fiendfyre (or something close to it at the very least), unleashing a vast, fiery serpent at opponents during duels. With an Elder Wand that was denying him, Voldemort blew apart the entire protection over Hogwarts, formidable protective spells cast by established wizards like McGonagall and Slughorn.

Yes, the movies take certain liberties with spells that may or may not be fiendfyre (Bellatrix Lestrange’s destruction of the Burrow being another example), so that one’s a little shaky, but let’s not forget: Voldemort  beat McGonagall, Slughorn and Flitwick all at the same time without any problems.

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Grindelwald also had very potent magical powers of his own (the opening and closing scenes of Crimes of Grindelwald can attest to that), but they clearly weren’t on the enormous scale that Voldemort achieved.

2 Feared Legacy: Voldemort

Voldemort didn’t really take his operations outside of Britain, and yet people worldwide still were terrified of uttering his name. That’s quite a legacy of fear: people were afraid to merely say the name of a person who had been gone for over a decade.

Grindelwald’s legacy consisted of being the person Dumbledore defeated in a legendary duel, but hardly anyone knew he was still alive or where he was imprisoned. By the 1990s, few even knew about Grindelwald’s “Greater Good” philosophy, while children who hadn’t even been born when Voldemort had been in power cowered in fright at the mention of his name. When Krum and the rest of the overseas students came to Hogwarts, they were all aware of Harry and his role in vanquishing the feared Dark Lord.

1 Winner: Voldemort

Since Voldemort wins most of these points, he takes home the title of being the worse warlord of the wizarding world. He was more cunning, naturally talented, feared, and above all powerful, compared to Grindelwald.

Grindelwald’s reign of terror did see worldwide recognition, but as it wasn’t scary enough to be remembered years down the line, he just can’t be considered on the level of Voldemort. There’s also the matter of Grindelwald owning the Elder Wand and still losing, while if Voldemort had true possession of it, he would’ve beaten even Dumbledore and most certainly Harry (the latter required dumb luck on every occasion to best Voldemort).

All in all, if you’re going to be stuck tangling with either of these two dark wizards, the better option would be Grindelwald: Voldemort will spell your doom.

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2019-04-22 07:04:25

Saim Cheeda

J.K. Rowling Confirms Dumbledore & Grindelwald’s Sexual Relationship

JK Rowling has confirmed Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s sexual relationship. The renowned best-selling author has made a variety of declarations over the years, regarding both the wizarding world, as well as the characters she developed while writing all seven Harry Potter books.

At times, Rowling’s statements have caused controversy – such as her use of a Native American legend to aid in illustrating the history of magic in North America, or even her revealing that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is her favorite character from the Harry Potter series. Fortunately for her, Rowling’s status as one of the most successful authors in history is firmly in place and any controversies regarding her continued exploration of Harry Potter’s world are typically short-lived, with the fearless author always offering well thought out and considered insight into the announcements that she makes.

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In keeping with her desire to expand on the worlds she’s created, Rowling has once again put a spotlight on her favorite wizarding character. Complex reports that while recording material for the special features on the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray, Rowling spoke about a “sexual dimension” between Dumbledore and the infamous dark wizard, Grindelwald. Calling their relationship “incredibly intense,” Rowling said:

“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship. But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows really what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe you know. So I’m less interested in the sexual side – though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship – than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationship.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time that Rowling has spoken about Dumbledore’s sexual orientation. Back in 2007, the author first revealed that Dumbledore was gay, prompting anger among some, but eliciting an overwhelmingly positive response from the majority of fans worldwide. In fact, many fans were upset when it was later revealed that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – the second film in Rowling’s spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – would not contain any open references to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Though Dumbledore did state that he and Grindelwald were closer than brothers, it was indeed a tiny insight into the private life of a great character who still manages to intrigue fans after all this time.

Rowling’s desire to continue to expand on and delve into the wizarding world is an essential component in making everything feel new and fresh, regardless of the passage of time. The Harry Potter franchise has grown so much since the first novel in the series was published, and one can’t help but feel as though Harry Potter’s world is still as far ranging and uncharted as ever, despite occasional reveals from Rowling. The intensity of Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald may not be essential information for all, but even this small detail aids in the ongoing development of such a wonderful, magical, fascinating world.

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Source: Complex


2019-03-17 02:03:09

Mike Jones

Fantastic Beasts’ Grindelwald Is A Better Villain Than Voldemort

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has taken a beating from fans and critics alike, but despite its flaws it does have one major advantage over the original Harry Potter saga: its villain. Lord Voldemort was a pretty one-dimensional villain, primarily concerned with selfish pursuits of power and immortality, and controlling his followers through fear. By contrast, Grindelwald has a grander vision for the world, and knows that it can’t be achieved through sheer brute force alone. Instead, he engages in a chess game with the magical authorities and, by the end of The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s a game that he’s winning.

The strength of Grindelwald as a character will be key to the success of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which still has three more movies in the pipeline. Although Newt Scamander is the protagonist of the story, Fantastic Beasts is really the chronicle of Grindelwald’s rise to power and his eventual defeat by Albus Dumbledore. Given that the story will come to a close in 1945, the movies will also inevitably end up incorporating the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, which have already come into play via Grindelwald’s vision of the future.

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If Grindelwald is to serve as the wizarding world’s version of Adolf Hitler in this story, then he can’t simply be an evil man with great power searching for magical relics with the help of a small handful of followers. The Fantastic Beasts movies also need to explore how Grindelwald managed to bring a significant portion of the wizarding community over to his side. In The Crimes of Grindelwald, we got a chilling glimpse of how he achieves that.

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Voldemort Is Openly Evil & Controls Through Fear

First of all, it should be noted that Voldemort being a rather one-dimensional villain isn’t necessarily a great black mark against the original Harry Potter series. In those books and films, the emphasis was on the heroes and their relationships, struggles, and triumphs, and Voldemort primarily existed as a force for them to work against. In many of the books he either popped up only at the end, or only in some oblique form (Chamber of Secrets), or even not at all (Prisoner of Azkaban). We did eventually learn Voldemort’s backstory – that he was the son of an exiled witch from a fallen pure-blood family, and that his father was a haughty muggle who was tricked into marriage through use of a love potion. However, by all accounts it seemed as though Tom Riddle was “evil” from a very early age, frightening and tormenting his fellow orphans in the orphanage where he was raised.

Voldemort was never really shown to be a particularly skilled manipulator of people, instead choosing to exert control through fear – to the point that wizards and witches were terrified to even speak his name (which literally translates as “Flight of Death”). He never offered any pretense of having a noble cause or having the wizarding world’s wellbeing in his best interests. His followers were made up of pure-blood witches and wizards who feared him almost as much as everyone else, and during his second rise to power most of them returned to his side out of fear rather than loyalty.

Voldemort’s brute-force approach to power is also reflected in the fact that his strategizing left a lot to be desired. He created his own worst enemy, in Harry Potter, by attempting to kill him as a baby – thereby crippling himself and leaving Harry with an extra layer of protection. His most complex plan was executed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when he planted Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise at Hogwarts and manipulated the entirety of the Triwizard Tournament all so that Harry would grab the Triwizard Cup, which had been turned into a portkey, and be transported to the graveyard where Tom Riddle Sr. was buried. Of course, as many fans have pointed out over the years, this plan was laughably over-complicated, especially since the only thing Voldemort actually needed for the ritual was a few drops of Harry’s blood – which Crouch could have gotten at any time.

Basically, Voldemort is shown to be a powerful but rather stupid villain, who is hamstrung over and over again by his own arrogance. His followers joined him out of fear or power-lust, but few were truly loyal to him. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, all it takes is for the Death Eaters to see that Harry has survived Voldemort’s Killing Curse a second time, and many of them Disapparate on the spot. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that dismantling Grindelwald’s support will be so easy.

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Grindelwald Is A Silver-Tongued Manipulator

For most of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Grindelwald was hidden in plain sight, disguised as the Auror Percival Graves. However, even in that film it was apparent that Grindelwald was a different breed of bad guy than Voldemort – favoring manipulation over force. He reached out to the emotionally-crippled Credence Barebone and offered him interest and affection in exchange for helping to find New York City’s Obscurial, but when it seemed that Credence was of no further use to him, Grindelwald callously showed his true colors – telling Credence that he is an unteachable Squib and dismissing him with a declaration of, “I’m done with you.” This triggers the Obscurial to lash out and wreak destruction on New York, setting a key precedent: that Grindelwald does the most damage through words rather than magic.

When we’re reunited with the villainous wizard at the start of The Crimes of Grindelwald, the first thing we learn about him is that he’s a master of manipulation – to the point that MACUSA kept having to change his guard, and eventually cut out his tongue in order to shut him up (or so they thought). The movie’s opening sequence effectively reiterates what we learned about Grindelwald from the last movie: that he manipulates people in order to achieve his goals, treats them sweetly while they are still useful to him, and discards them as soon as they have outlived their use. In this case, it’s a magical lizard that Grindelwald holds with faux-affection in the hijacked carriage, and then casually throws out of the door – mocking it for being “so needy.”

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Unlike Voldemort, however, Grindelwald takes active measures to hide his own evil nature and motivations. After slaughtering a muggle family in order to take over their house, Grindelwald scolds his follower, Rosier, for casually spouting anti-muggle rhetoric. “We don’t say such things out loud,” he reminds her. It’s a clear sign that Grindelwald cares about moderating his public persona – something that Voldemort never did. Grindelwald eschews open hatred in favor of professing himself to be a champion of “truth,” “freedom,” and “the greater good,” and couches his bigotry in softer language – telling those who attend his rally that muggles are not lesser, but other, and that they can continue to exist and serve a purpose in his planned new world order. This sly approach allows him to win over Queenie Goldstein, who is frustrated by the magical laws that prevent her from marrying Jacob.

Perhaps Grindelwald’s greatest and most unsettling strength as a villain is the fact that there is some merit to his arguments – even if they are simply a cover for darker intentions. He taps into the wizarding world’s frustration at being forced to stay “in the closet” for the benefit of muggles, despite muggles being weaker than them. He also provokes the Ministry of Magic into a harsh and heavy-handed response, pushing them to crack down on any support of his ideas and, in turn, generating greater resentment against the current establishment. Theseus Scamander, seeing the trap that Grindelwald has laid for them, warns his Aurors not to use excessive force against those who attend Grindelwald’s rally in Père Lachaise. Ultimately, however, this caution fails when Grindelwald subtly goads one of his new recruits into attacking an Auror, causing them to retaliate with the Killing Curse. The rally attendees then depart, taking with them a story of Grindelwald promising liberation and the Ministry of Magic murdering someone merely for listening to that promise.

By the end of the movie, Grindelwald has won over both Queenie and Credence to his side by promising to fulfil their deepest desires, and successfully spread the terror of the imminent Second World War among the wizarding community – compounding the animosity towards muggles. He also conjures a massive fire dragon that almost destroys Père Lachaise and the rest of Paris, but by that point the worst damage has already been done.

In conclusion, it’s hard to deny that Grindelwald is not only more compelling, but also infinitely more dangerous than Voldemort. That being said, Fantastic Beasts has also delivered the perfect heroic foil for Grindelwald – and we’re not talking about Dumbledore. The Crimes of Grindelwald makes a strong case for why Newt Scamander, not Dumbledore, is the protagonist of this series; as Dumbledore points out, Newt has no desire for power, so there’s little that Grindelwald could offer him to sway his allegiance. And while Grindelwald may have vast schemes and intricate knowledge of magic on his side, the simpler things in life are a blind spot for him – which is why he’s ultimately outwitted by a Niffler.

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2018-12-05 06:12:05

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

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Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

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Source: EW



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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!



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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Following his official debut in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJohnny Depp confirms that he’ll reprise his role as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. With 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Warner Bros. launched a Harry Potter prequel spinoff series starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who anchors the overall narrative. Since the saga is set decades before the main continuity, it also features some familiar key players like Nicholas Flamel and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) linking both timelines in the franchise together.

Backlash about Depp’s involvement began immediately after his reveal in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, given controversies hounding the actor. Despite calls for a recast, Warner Bros. stood its ground with both director David Yates and J.K. Rowling defending their casting choice. However, following the actor’s disastrous San Diego Comic-Con appearance, it’s as if Warner Bros. has been trying to minimize his presence in The Crimes of Grindelwald‘s marketing – an odd move considering that he plays the headlining character in the film. While many took this as a sign that the studio is finally hearing people’s pleas, it turns out that it really isn’t the case with Depp already set for the franchise’s third film.

Related: Fantastic Beasts Is Stretching Harry Potter Continuity To Breaking Point

Speaking with Collider, Depp talked about his experience being part of the Wizarding World and confirmed that he will continue to be involved in it, at least until the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series wraps up.

“I loved it yeah. I loved it because that’s really an arena where you can fly around and try different things and approach a character with a lot more…um…to take someone who is teetering on being a fascist, yeah he’s a fascist, he’s one of those, but to play him as a sensitive, concerned yet manipulative and powerful wizard. The possibilities in that world are wide open, so you can really try anything. So it was a gas and I look forward to the next installment, which I think we start the middle of next year.”

It remains to be seen how The Crimes of Grindelwald will perform at the box office, with people already knowing that Depp will play a central figure in the film. Its predecessor made $814 million against a $180 million production budget, but the actor’s involvement wasn’t revealed until the very end of the movie. If the sequel’s haul turns out to be significantly lower than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and if there’s substantial proof that it’s linked to the backlash from Depp’s appearance, it’s still possible that Rowling and Warner Bros. might reconsider sticking with him throughout the next installment. Since the first movie established that Grindelwald can effectively disguise himself, perhaps they can bring Colin Farrell back to play the role permanently or any other actor that doesn’t pose a PR nightmare.

In the meantime, Depp is expected to be front and center in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which hits theaters in a little over a month. The sequel follows the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, with Grindelwald successfully escaping and continuing his villainous schemes. Young Dumbledore teams up with Newt to take down Grindelwald once and for all, and it’ll also present a brand new threat to the underground Wizarding World.

More: New Fantastic Beasts 2 Poster Puts Grindelwald Front & Center

Source: Collider



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2018-10-10 05:10:12 – Ana Dumaraog