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How did Dumbledore defeat Grindlewald?

Hi everyone! Nice to see the numbers growing.

This is sort of a follow on question/ conundrum concerning Dumbledore and Grindlewald.

How did Dumbledore defeat Grindlewald (who had the elder wand which supposedly makes you unbeatable in a duel) and take the Elder Wand without actually killing Grindlewald? Does this make sense? Was this a slip up of JKR's or simply evidence that Dumbledore was super-intelligent (as well as kickass and super-cool :D)? Or is there another story behind Grindlewald's defeat that we haven't been told?

Happy debating!

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ashleyylauren
Aug. 11th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Probably Expelliarmus. That's how Draco became the owner of it. I think I read/heard somewhere that defeating someone doesn't necessarily mean killing them.
dis_netis
Aug. 12th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, but if its an unbeatable wand, its not very unbeatable if expelliarmus can defeat it, is it? You're right, Draco does win it but maybe this is because Dumbledore allowed him to? I can't figure out how its meant to be unbeatable and yet expelliarmus works on it!
gububba
Aug. 16th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
This is the one thing that has been bugging me since I read the books. My only thoughts is that maybe he who is in control of the wand now if they willingly allow it to be taken like how DD knew what was asked of Draco And maybe if Grindlewald willingly let DD beat him? Its a long shot but maybe that is what happend.
dis_netis
Aug. 17th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Hmm nice thought. And that begs the question: if this is true why on earth did Grindlewald (a dark wizard) let DD win? Did he have an attack of conscience? I just can't figure this out.
caedesdeo
Oct. 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm firmly of the opinion that Dumbledore got Grindelwald completely and utterly wasted then punched his lights out. It makes perfect sense!
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