Gellert Grindelwald was one of the most feared Dark Wizards of the early half of the 20th century. His motto, "For the Greater Good" meant a lot of sorrow and devastation for a lot of people.
We don't know a lot about his childhood, but I always saw him as a little boy, in the late 1800s, who loved and admired his father greatly. His father would be in the military (though he was a wizard) and likely would have planted the seed for that belief...he might have told his son that a man could not be selfish, that a man had to think of his comrades, his friends and family...and do what was best for everyone. Gellert, who idolized his father, would have taken these words to heart.
It is a good philosophy, but one that could be easily corrupted....
So this is my visual contribution to the "Childhood Memories" contest...a fan art contest that asks us to delve into a character's background. I chose Gellert Grindelwald, from the Harry Potter universe.
In preparation for this picture, I had to do some research on children's attire from around the 1890s, when Gellert would be a little guy. It wasn't easy, because apparently there's not a lof of visual information about what German children wore around that time period.
There's a cool website I often go to for period kids' clothing, but even that site didn't have a lot of info, LOL Still, there was some, and I finally settled on this sort of outfit, called a tunic suit.
I also had to figure out what the German military looked like then, and based his father's uniform on the Prussian army of the time. From what I could figure out, the Germans wore the same sort of uniform...and besides...it looked cool.
So here's little Grindelwald, standing with what he hopes is military precision as his father passes. C:
#27 on my Harry Potter 100 Themes challenge found here: [link]