The Incarceration Carriage was a black, hearse-like, high-security carriage drawn by six Thestrals used by the International Confederation of Wizards in 1927, as a means to transport MACUSA prisoner Gellert Grindelwald to Europe.[1]


The carriage was black in colour, hearse-like in resemblance. It had four brass lamps, a driver's seat for two, a footplate, and a single door with the gold coloured insignia of the International Confederation of Wizards below its window. The door also had an elaborate sequence of brass mechanical magical locks on both sides.[2]


In 1927, the Carriage was flown by six thestrals on a stormy night to an expansive platform high atop the MACUSA Headquarters in New York City as part of the International Confederation of Wizards and MACUSA's attempt to extradite the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald to Europe. Two cloaked and goggled MACUSA Auror-drivers sat at the driver's seat. Gellert Grindelwald was to be restrained inside guarded by an additional two MACUSA Aurors and the ICW Head of Incarceration Rudolph Spielman. Four more cloaked and goggled MACUSA Aurors were to escort the carriage from behind via broomstick.[1]

After Grindelwald was loaded inside with his guards, Abernathy's last minute return of a silver vial and a box supposed to be containing Grindelwald's wand, and President Picquery's caution to Spielman, the transport flew off the platform back towards Europe.[3]

Unbeknownst to the guards and the MACUSA President, Grindelwald and Abernathy had managed to switch places, disguised as each other. Grindelwald still disguised as Abernathy, disapparated from the MACUSA platform and apparated underneath the carriage, using his Elder Wand.[4] Mid-flight, Abernathy's disguise was revealed inside the carriage but it was too late. Grindelwald then apparates to the driver's seat and attacks the Auror-drivers, throwing them off the carriage. The two drivers both hit and knock off two other Aurors from their broomsticks in the process.[5] Grindelwald with his wand casts a spell through the carriage inside causing the wand of Spielman to turn to dust, and the wands of the two Aurors to instead point at themselves instead of Abernathy. Spielman, panicking opens the box containing Grindelwald's wand only to have Antonio, Grindelwald's Chupacabra, attack and bite him.[6]

Taking control of the reigns, Grindelwald then drives the carriage down to the Hudson River, the wheels grazing the water. Using his wand, Grindelwald causes the carriage to become filled inside with water, he then once more lifts the carriage from the river and into the clouds.[6] Still pursued by the two remaining Aurors, Grindelwald causes lightning to strike the two Aurors with his wand. The two Aurors are knocked from the sky.[7]

After which, Grindelwald forces the carriage door open with his wand, causing the river water to burst out along with the two Aurors inside to fly out. Grindelwald climbs inside and then proceeds to ruthlessly throw out his Chupacabra. Grindelwald then finally blasts Spielman from the carriage through the gaping space left by the door, however tossing a wand after him.[8] Spielman as he fell through the sky managed to take hold of the falling wand and use a Slowing Charm to stop his fall. He safely falls into the sea and witnesses the carriage disappear into the night.[9]

Behind the scenes

  • Stuart Craig states, "Different versions of the carriage were made in Poland by a team of specialists, in the classical, eighteenth-century coach design that give a touch of European antiquity to the gleaming metropolis [New York]." He adds, "Inside the carriage, Pierre Bohanna's special props department provided a set of decorative lamps, as well as an elaborate set of mechanical locks."[2]


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