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- "Mass slaughter for the greater good? I'm not one of Grindelwald's fanatics"
- —Newt Scamander[src]
Gellert Grindelwald's army was an order of wizards and witches that followed the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the early twentieth century. They were fanatics dedicated to Grindelwald's ideology and they sought to expose the magical community and provoke a war with Muggles, overturning the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy and eventually forcing the non-magical population into slavery under their motto: "For the Greater Good". While many of the Acolytes were fervent believers in Grindelwald’s mantra of magical supremacy at any cost, most were simply idealistic young witches and wizards who were taken in by the dark wizard's charisma.
Between about 1900, when Grindelwald fled Britain, and 1945, the year of his downfall, Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald formed an army of witches and wizards. Grindelwald intended to unite the Deathly Hallows, which he believed would make him and his followers invincible. The Deathly Hallows' symbol became the symbol of the army.
After a number of years terrorising Europe, Grindelwald was defeated by Albus Dumbledore. While the army's status at this time is unknown, it can be assumed that the remaining members were hunted down and arrested by wizarding authorities, killed for resisting, or possibly had dissolved into hiding.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald