Grindelwald’s Skull Explained | Harry Potter Theory

  • Published on Apr 9, 2019
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    Today J dives into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to try and explain one a most unusual artifact, introduced to us in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Grindelwalds Skull.

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  • SuperCarlinBrothers
    SuperCarlinBrothers  9 months ago +1201

    No one:
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    • Wyatt Guilliams
      Wyatt Guilliams Month ago

      The Brazen Skull

    • Wyatt Guilliams
      Wyatt Guilliams Month ago

      I think this is possible but maybe unlikely
      There's a myth of a talking skull that predicts the future which is what I thought it was when I first saw it

    • Dean
      Dean 3 months ago

      Can an Animagus become a magical creature, or just muggle creatures?

    • Tera Edwards
      Tera Edwards 3 months ago

      @Drace90 how does more information destroy your love of the world?
      P.S., I really need Harry Potter nerds/friends to geek with... Probably on my 27 re-read of the whole series...

  • TinyBlueCat
    TinyBlueCat 3 days ago

    the issue with the date is easily solved. He could be just quoting someone (probably someone important to him) when they said it in 1898

    HELLOSAYTIN Beats 3 days ago

    How do we know that the words and date were written in the year it happens to say? It could have been done later.

  • Omar
    Omar 6 days ago

    Why does he say ben at the start of the video

  • Just Boom
    Just Boom 14 days ago

    it is just skull

  • Aerrae
    Aerrae 15 days ago

    If he can see the future... then how didn't he see his downfall? He can't be that great a seer if he sees a future that never comes to pass and WOULD likely never have come to pass if he didn't escalate violence during his crime spree but he can't see the future that does come to pass.

  • Aerrae
    Aerrae 15 days ago

    If he can see the future... then how didn't he see his downfall? He can't be that great a seer if he sees a future that never comes to pass and WOULD likely never have come to pass if he didn't escalate violence during his crime spree.

  • charlie hovey
    charlie hovey 16 days ago

    you still never awnserd whos skull it was???????????????

  • Tracy Rowe
    Tracy Rowe 23 days ago

    wait....Dumbledore was over 100 years old when he died?

  • Jayna Nieves
    Jayna Nieves 23 days ago

    J: I think Grindelwald would be a great wedding planner. Take that Voldemort we all know Grindelwald is better and yes pronounce that k in the word know

  • Saadrusha AR
    Saadrusha AR 24 days ago

    but whose scull was it though

  • Agent O5O7
    Agent O5O7 26 days ago +1

    Do u think in one of the fantastic beasts movies we will se Ariana die please think about this 😀😵

  • LeRoy Francis
    LeRoy Francis 29 days ago

    I see the skull and I think of Bob from The Dresden Files anyone else

  • LollyHolly
    LollyHolly Month ago

    I feel like the skull was just an unthought out attempt at fan service

  • John Cox
    John Cox Month ago

    Could he not have added the phrase and date at a later date? The date he first got his idea of world domination (before he met Albus), and the phrase that brings it to be? What proof do we have that this was actually inscribed in 1898?

  • Onizuma13
    Onizuma13 Month ago

    This is rather most intriguing insight. The idea that Grindelwald had a vision basically confirming his ideals and giving him the means to take down his main opponent. Just by seducing and using Dumbledores friendship merely so that he could get the blood pact knowing that Albus was the only other Wizard to stand in his way. Its so evil. That means he more than likely knew that Ariana would die. As for the skull. It could very well be Ariana's. All that's for mostly certain it was most likely kept (who ever it belonged to) after he got the vision and he wrote that on its head as a reminder.

  • Wyatt Guilliams
    Wyatt Guilliams Month ago

    I thought it was one of those Brazen skull things that could predict the future

  • that_ruby_boy
    that_ruby_boy Month ago +2

    i could imagine this beeing true to some degree but we cant forget grindelwald and dumbledore where in a genuen romantic relationship

  • Anik Samiur Rahman
    Anik Samiur Rahman Month ago

    This comment was made in 1898. Or else how the date 1898 came here? The fact that I won't be born for another 91 years doesn't count.

  • Tuathal the True
    Tuathal the True 2 months ago +1

    Pity they went this way. Would have been cool if the skull was that of a time traveller who travelled back and died/was killed in 1898. The images would be projections of the knowledge of the skulls owner when they lived.

  • HK 25
    HK 25 2 months ago

    Fight das groesser wohl.
    That capital “b” letter in the middle of “Grober” is called an esset. It’s sort of like a German shorthand for writing two s’s in a row by writing one letter instead of two.
    The word actually reads and is pronounced with an sss or ssh type sound.
    It’s actually pronounced more “grusser”. The accent on the o is also called an umlaut. Above an o the umlaut indicates the o has an e attached to it. Making it sound like an uu or an oe sound.
    Hopefully that helps you in future German reading.

    • HK 25
      HK 25 2 months ago

      Also German is a second language for me so there are probably some other nuances I wouldn’t be able to accurately explain like accent and dialect and regional nativity since it isn’t my native language

    • HK 25
      HK 25 2 months ago

      *fuhr dass groesser wohl*

  • Jen Lawrence
    Jen Lawrence 2 months ago

    I feel like a lot of the issues have to do with JK Rowlings inability to not keep her own lore straight. There are characters who shouldn't be in the story, like McGonical, and Dumbledor did not teach DADA he tought transfiguration. Trying to make it all fit just causes more issues. I just can't watch those movies. The 7 books are cannon. These movies are a mess.

  • technically it’s a ferret

    what happened to your hair

  • Mia Mortensen
    Mia Mortensen 2 months ago

    But if the scull doesn't belong to Arinana, who owns it?

  • Michele Fields
    Michele Fields 2 months ago +1

    I miss you say "these socks are amazing!" We need a "this coffee is amazing!" At the end now.

  • Simon opdebeeck
    Simon opdebeeck 2 months ago

    that was the main question i had after viewing the film. i mean, Aurelius Dumbledore? probably just a lie. who did Leta love? dont know, dont care. what are we gonna do about that bloofpact? we’ll see. will Queeny be good again? probably. but whats up with that skull???

  • Mila Cruz
    Mila Cruz 2 months ago

    Wait, wasn't there a wall or something in Durmstrang with that frase on it? Which Grindelwald wrote himself? No?

  • Darth Stigater
    Darth Stigater 2 months ago

    Saying that Dumbledore "invented" the phrase "FOR THE GREATER GOOD" is a bit of a stretch.

  • bennettjames100
    bennettjames100 2 months ago

    cuz no one ever said for the greater good before 1899

  • Bobby Avitia
    Bobby Avitia 2 months ago

    Whose skull is it?

  • vargen1414
    vargen1414 2 months ago +1

    The Hand Of Glory Is A Real Artifact Which Supposedly Has The Power To Unlock Any Lock

  • Alexia Styixe
    Alexia Styixe 2 months ago

    Oh you did not pronounce the "ß" as a "b"😂😂😂... It's actually pronounced like an "s".

  • Morgan Hampton Hampton
    Morgan Hampton Hampton 2 months ago

    Time turners it makes a lot of sense

  • Gifty Ewusi Anokye
    Gifty Ewusi Anokye 2 months ago


  • Ms_Pringles
    Ms_Pringles 2 months ago

    So was the skulls ariana's or not? You went on a rant before fully explaining it

  • Paul Specht
    Paul Specht 2 months ago +1

    If it ever comes up again, ß in German is pronounced as a double S sound

  • Charlotte Stringer
    Charlotte Stringer 3 months ago

    The skull is decorated cuz of Dia De Los Muertos.

  • Charlotte Stringer
    Charlotte Stringer 3 months ago

    J: No offense, large crowd-actually, a little offense.

  • Dennis Youngblood
    Dennis Youngblood 3 months ago

    That can't be what's going on. They were both young men, like fresh out of Hogwarts and being expelled from Durmstrang young, when they first met. They just jacked up the timeline in these movies

  • Doge productions -Roblox, fortnite and much more

    I’m still wondering is that lady who holds the skull like grindelwald’s most trusted or something

  • Ben McDonough
    Ben McDonough 3 months ago

    What’s a seer

  • Fishing Creek Metal Detecting

    Plot twist its Ariana's skull

  • Eryvac *00
    Eryvac *00 3 months ago

    Grindelwald didn't have to write 'for the greater good 1898' in 1898. He could have written it any other year

  • Opalescent artist
    Opalescent artist 3 months ago +1

    The letter 7:08 is so weird to me. It is so freakishly uncanny. It reminds me so much of something, but I couldn't place my finger on it, until I remembered a true crime case I had listened to a podcast on a while ago. It was a case on Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker. They were two very close friends (often speculated to be lovers) who first became very fast close friends due to their past traumas and shared love for writing, and then started making their own religion, which eventually led them to killing Pauline Parker's mother, Honorah Reaper, for the greater good of their future. The way the letter from Dumbledore was written reminds me VERY much of how Juliet would write to Pauline, and how at first Juliet was the more dominant one in the relationship and then Pauline took over. I really feel like JK Rowling took inspiration from that case, the way that letter is written is so close to the way they would write letters, and it isn't the way JK regularly writes, as well as their relationship is so much like Pauline and Juliet's its just.. uncanny.
    Edit: obviously Pauline didn't have future vision, though in some letters the girls talked about believing they have future vision, so that's something. It's just odd how many similarities there are. If You guys can't find content on the case (or even see, and if you do see, take the time to READ, my comment) I suggest Stephanie Harlowe's three videos on the case, "Moider Most Foul: The Story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker" a podcast on the case. I listened to the podcast first and that led me to look for more information. You can also find their letters online :) I can't wait to see if you make a video on this!

  • Collin Wood
    Collin Wood 3 months ago

    Grindelwald being a prodigious seer adds SUCH a cool aspect to this war...

  • 08marliesm96
    08marliesm96 3 months ago

    Couldn't he incraved the skull later on? Like someone dies on that year but he got hold of it later and then put it on it?

  • Janina Ve
    Janina Ve 3 months ago

    No one gonna talk about the fact that a highly known celebrity wizard is called *waffling*?

  • Ian Jordan
    Ian Jordan 3 months ago +1

    What if they just used expelliarmus on each other to exchange the wand?
    5head thoughts

  • Jon A.
    Jon A. 3 months ago

    Good theory, i like it for the most part, instead though i would suggest that the skull belongs to grindelwalds father or mother.
    I mean a year before he met dumbledore, right?? Thats presumably when he first had the vision AND presumably when his mum/dad died since one year later hed be expelled and sent to live with his aunt.... ???? Why live with his aunt at all unless his parents had recently died??... or he'd just become 'the fresh prince of bel-air'...
    Also, the bones of a dead parent were also used by voldemort to bring himself back to power and call out his followers, different spell/purpose and whatnot, but similar scenario plus nothing says 'dark wizard' like using the bones of a relative for spellcasting....

    • Fred Weasley
      Fred Weasley 3 months ago

      Jon A. The reason why he went to godrics hallow was to examine the death place of the third brother.

  • Collin Wood
    Collin Wood 3 months ago

    I'm so high, when they got to dumbledores sister, I saw the picture and thought to myself Ariana grande....whoops

  • Kyle Rector
    Kyle Rector 3 months ago

    Trelawney is a descendant of Cassandra, the girl who was cursed with visions but also to never be believed.

  • Koto S
    Koto S 3 months ago

    is it possible that Rita skeeters autobiography wasn't completely accurate dumbledore may have been referencing a time that Grindelwald said it out loud and either throwing it back at him for effect or that dumbledore has found out that this is his motto from drumstrang. showing Grindelwald that he did a basic background check and found out about his motto and his past and throwing it back to show that his past is irrelevant because he loves him

  • JmeXT
    JmeXT 3 months ago +1

    Did it never occur to you that dumbledore could’ve written 1898 on Arianas skull in 1899

  • Dean
    Dean 3 months ago

    Skip the first 2 mins of every SCB vids. Its all ads.

  • Why so serious
    Why so serious 3 months ago +1


  • Gina Vicentijevic
    Gina Vicentijevic 3 months ago +12

    "The two become fast friends and start planning world domination... as you do."
    I'm crying.

  • Lea Pop
    Lea Pop 3 months ago

    "the two become fast friends and immediately began plotting world domination. As you do."
    Also the skull was tied to his powers even more so- when Leta starts attacking, she knocks the skull out of the other witch's hands and then the fire spins out of control.

  • Mathias The cheese grater

    The ß is not b its S in German. So its grohser not grober.

  • James Gryffindor
    James Gryffindor 3 months ago

    Pls speak more german
    It's kinda funny

  • casey shea dinkin
    casey shea dinkin 3 months ago

    Whose scull is it tho