MBTI Type: INFJ
Sociopath INFJs turn out a lot like Hitler – determined to force the word to conform to their ultimate vision, by using emotional appeals to gather mass support. Gellert Grindelwald is one such villain. Initially, he appealed to Dumbledore because of their shared desire to change the world together – but where Dumbledore saw his path as wrong and immoral, Gellert has clung to it, determined to make it a reality by uniting everyone into a “one world order” to eradicate Muggles, whom he sees as inferior. 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 also sees the faun-like creature as a way to achieve ultimate power, through kidnapping it, killing it, reanimating it, and using it to convince the masses to believe in him—and when that fails, he has no other plan but to attack Credence for exposing the truth about him, inadvertently destroying the charm that prevents Dumbledore from coming after him. Gellert uses emotional tactics almost all the time—he manipulates Credence and makes him think that he’s useful and wanted, then turns him against Dumbledore. He recruits Queenie by lying to her about creating a world in which she can love whomever she chooses (even though he intends to destroy all Muggles), and then enslaves her by making her feel that she would be rejected if she went back to her loved ones (she’s tarnished goods now). He used emotional manipulation on Dumbledore as young men, and even now as older men (asking him, “Who will love you now?”). He uses fear against the masses to recruit them for his ultimate gain, knowing it will motivate them to join his side (the threat of the second world war). But he is also a remorseless sociopath 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. 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. 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: 3w4 so/sx
Gellert is all about amassing power through deceit and manipulating other people’s emotions to get it, but his ultimate bid is to be in a position where others must listen to and obey him. He thinks himself the only person capable of ruling the wizarding world and bringing about order from chaos (through destroying Muggles and launching a war against them). To some extent, he shape-shifts and conforms to what others expect from him, while being detached from his emotions. He doesn’t even seem sure of his feelings for Dumbledore when they meet again – neither wants to kill the other, even though it would be tactical for him to do so. Gellert is an elitist to the highest degree, with a superiority complex; believing himself morally superior to everyone around him, and of much higher taste. That’s how his 4 wing shows, in his hatred for anything or anyone ordinary, him feeling convinced of his superior intellect and taste, and having scorn for anything “human.”