The rules really only state that fanon is discouraged from this site. As the War brought about by Gellert Grindelwald is such a vague article, I thought a speculation section would both make it more interesting, and more meaningful. I could be wrong though, the only thing one can really speculate about it is its connection to World War II. It's not fan-based information so I thought it was alright.
Imperial Misanthrope 11:46pm, 21st April 2009
- It isn't information at all, which is surely just as bad as fan-based information. Speculation should be restricted to there being most of the required information in place, and then the editors of this wiki filling in the gaps. Not simply saying "X happened at the same time as Y, therefore they are related" which doesn't hold. Azraphon 08:28, July 18, 2010 (UTC)
when was this mentioned in the first book22:24, July 4, 2010 (UTC)22:24, July 4, 2010 (UTC)22:24, July 4, 2010 (UTC)~
- On the Chocolate Frog Card when it mentions the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. --JKoch(Owl Me!) 22:41, July 4, 2010 (UTC)
If it's not canon, we CANNOT be sure. We must be sure of the information we present. NimH 05:06, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
Agreement with above. All that world war two stuff is irrelevant, and in spite of the great effort gone to in linking 'for the greater good' with 'arbeit macht frei', the two aren't related, they aren't hinted at being related. There's a difference between talking about something which Rowling hints at, and simply going "1945? WORLD WAR TWO OMFG!!!!!!!11!!!!" and saying that anything that happened in the 30s or 40s must have been to do with the second world war. You might as well say that Voldemort had a hand in the Cold War. Azraphon 07:28, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
- I've added a BTS section with only those statements made by Rowling herself, sans the fanon speculation. 18.104.22.168 08:15, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
- Excellent stuff. Azraphon 08:19, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
Where was it mentioned that Grindelwald's "revolution" was global? We know that it occurred in Europe, but I don't recall it ever having been mentioned as a "global" conflict. -- SaXon 18:41, February 12, 2012 (UTC)
- Pardon me, I just saw the BTS section and now I know. -- SaXon 18:51, February 12, 2012 (UTC)
Edit Conflict: :The phrase "global wizarding war" did, actually, come out of Rowling's mouth during this interview.
- Emerson Spartz: "You don't have to answer but can you give us some backstory on him?"
- J.K. Rowling: "I'm going to tell you as much as I told someone earlier who asked me. You know Owen who won the competition to interview me? He asked about Grindelwald. He said, "Is it coincidence that he died in 1945," and I said no. It amuses me to make allusions to things that were happening in the Muggle world, so my feeling would be that while there's a global Muggle war going on, there's also a global wizarding war going on."
- — "The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Three," The Leaky Cauldron, 16 July 2005
--18:57, February 12, 2012 (UTC)
Once they're available, I think it'd be prudent to add the newspaper articles appearing on the beginning of the FBAWTFT movie here and mention how the Swiss came close to capturing him. Ninclow (talk) 10:44, November 19, 2016 (UTC)