Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Grindelwald is a strategist and opportunist of the highest order, who kills people, assumes their identities, and works within the Ministry to get what he wants, including breaking himself out of prison by ‘charming’ someone to trade places with him. But when he brings together his followers, it’s with a specific end in mind – he has seen what the future contains (a world war) and wants to stop it, and tells them the only way to prevent this human destruction on a mass level is to fall behind him in support, and join his cause. Since he cannot kill Dumbledore, having formed a blood pact with him, Grindelwald seeks a child whose uncontrollable power could do it for him, and plants a seed in Credence’s mind that he owes his present unhappiness to his abandonment by the Dumbledore family. He is charming and forceful, but also callous – he sees those who help him as cannon fodder. The lizard who helped him escape from prison gets thrown out a window a thousand feet up for being ‘too needy,’ Credence gets summarily dismissed at first ‘because I thought you were worthless,’ and a Muggle family is killed without remorse so he can squat in their house with his followers, including their toddler son. Grindelwald lives his entire life and makes all his decision based upon his self-built ideology, that if Purebloods dominate the Muggles, the world will be a better place – much like Hitler, he over-simplifies and “condenses” (seeking a single personal “truth”) global problems by finding a single root cause / people group to blame for all the evils he perceives in the world around him (which does not include himself). He uses this perception to create an ideology and dogma, which he sells to his followers; speaking of his “vision” for the future, and trying to escape the inevitable war. He sets events in motion in advance; his recruitment of Credence has been a “long game” to get the boy to kill Dumbledore, with his final reveal intended to turn him against the Hogwarts Professor. He laid down groundwork for all his schemes long before he took action, from his recruitment of a wizard in the Ministry to aid his escape from the aurors, to bringing all the main characters together at the end to make a choice between his twisted ideology and their principles. He’s easily able to figure out what might appeal to others and use it against them; the Ministry removed Grindelwald’s tongue because he is easily able to recruit others and plant poison in their mind, manipulating and twisting them to his will; he manipulates Credence, appeals to Queenie through knowing what she craves (to be with Jacob) and twisting his message (which is actually one of anti-Muggle sentiment and forcing them to become slaves) to appeal to her. He hides his true intentions through a message of inclusiveness, asking wizards to band together and form a strong “group.” He cares very much about how others see “them” (his followers), he makes them feel included in his plans, and urges them to use no violence, to create a false image of their “goodness” compared with the Ministry’s “evil.” Grindelwalde displays other uses of power for their own ends, in his complicated history with Dumbeldore—their joint search for the Elder wand causing them to almost destroy each other. He appears to care genuinely for no one and nothing.
Enneagram: 8w7 so/sp
Grindelwald loves to apply pressure to people, and create an “us vs them” dynamic in how he attracts people to him. He wants power for its own sake, because of his ruthless self-confidence, and isn’t afraid to crush others in his pursuit of it. Though he can pretend to be nice for a time, to win others (like Credence) over to his cause, he inevitably shows his true colors whenever he ruthlessly crushes them under his feet (telling Credence he’s stupid and pathetic and worthless, when Credence doesn’t get him what he wants, under his identity as Graves). He goes ‘through’ people a great deal of the time, which is what partly turned Dumbledore against him—his unhealthy and ruthless all or none mentality, which caused him to ill-use people. Grindelwald is unapologetic in his actions, but also sees nothing wrong with them; he arrogantly thinks wizards are the superior race, and should be in charge.