While we didn’t officially meet Gellert Grindelwald until the final moments of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, we had heard many rumors throughout the eventful first film. And each time someone referred to the dark wizard, they always pronounced his name exactly as it was spelled: Grind-el-wald. But come the sequel, things get a little confusing.
While all of the characters from the first film still refer to him as Grindelwald in the sequel, The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Albus Dumbledore, played by the incredible and charismatic Jude Law, pronounces the name Grind-el-vald. And we have to be honest, we kind of love this pronunciation! It’s what many fans have taken to, as well! But still, we can’t help but wonder, what is the actual, proper pronunciation of the dark wizard’s name?
The short answer is that no one knows for sure. The Queen herself, and by that, we of course mean J.K Rowling, hasn’t spoken up about the multiple pronunciations, nor has she confirmed the correct one. But it turns out we have none other than Jude Law himself to thank for the confusion.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Law confesses that as soon as he read the script, he pronounced it Grind-el-vald. It seemed natural. In fact, it wasn’t until halfway through shooting The Crimes Of Grindelwald that Eddie Redmayne pointed out nobody else pronounced it that way! Whoops! But Law actually has a theory explaining the reasoning for the different pronunciations, and it makes a lot of sense!
As we all know, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were extremely close when they were younger. They were, in Dumbledore’s words, closer than brothers. It’s implied that they were lovers, once, before Dumbledore realized Grindelwald’s dark heart. Dumbledore knew the dark wizard best, and so Law theorizes that at some point Gellert simply asked him, “Can you please call me Grindelvald?” That’s the story he’s sticking to, and honestly, we’re on board with that. Jude Law, you keep doing you.
Watch the full interview with Jude Law down below.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Is In Theaters Now.