What Did The Niffler Take from Grindelwald?

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As convoluted and as confusing as the events of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald may have been, what we do know is that the events of that film favored Grindelwald and allowed him to gain some traction in his quest to pit the magical world against the non-magical world. Nevertheless, we did see Newt’s niffler take something valuable from Grindelwald, and that proved to be a good sign for the good guys. But what did the niffler take from Grindelwald?

Newt’s niffler took the blood pact pendant from Grindelwald because they are drawn to shiny objects. This pendant is important because the blood pact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald is the only thing preventing them from dueling. And Dumbledore’s the only one powerful enough to stop Grindelwald.

Throughout the second film of Fantastic Beasts, Dumbledore was adamant in saying that he couldn’t fight Grindelwald, and it was the blood pact between them that prevented him from doing so. As such, this blood pact is an essential part of stopping Grindelwald, as the niffler was able to contribute to their cause without even doing it on purpose. And as seen in The Secrets of Dumbledore, this proved to be a game-changer against the dark wizard.

What Is A Niffler In Fantastic Beasts?

The world of Fantastic Beasts is all about the different beasts that New Scamander encountered during his entire lifetime, as he was the one who also wrote the famous book that was often referred to in the Harry Potter movies. That said, it only follows that the Fantastic Beasts movies are full of different magical creatures that are quite fantastic in their own unique way.


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Nifflers are some of the most fantastic beasts in the wizarding world, not because of their appearances but because of their habits. These are creatures that aren’t too different from your regular platypus in terms of its appearance, except for the fact that nifflers have black fur. However, the niffler is an expert thief.

At the beginning of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, one of the things we saw was that Newt Scamander was chasing around a niffler that he keeps in his briefcase but often finds a way to escape. The reason why he needed to quickly capture this creature was the fact that nifflers are known to take anything that’s shiny.


For some reason, nifflers are drawn to shiny things, and that is what makes them incredible thieves, as they are able to move around nimbly and often undetected to steal anything that attracts them.

Nifflers also have pouches that are seemingly boundless. Despite the small size of this creature, a niffler’s pouch can carry more than what seems to be possible, as we saw Newt emptying the creature’s pouch to reveal a lot of different things that it stole.

But while Newt ran into some trouble with the niffler that he had with him because it always found a way to escape, the creature’s penchant for pilfering shiny things did indeed prove to be useful when it was able to steal something valuable from Grindelwald in the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald.

What Did The Niffler Take From Grindelwald?

Throughout a good portion of the entire Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie, we saw that Gellert Grindelwald was amassing his forces and was working his way in terms of influence by convincing other wizards to join his cause, which was to wage war against the non-magic world.

During the climax, Grindelwald was able to kill a lot of aurors and was able to convince plenty of wizards and mages to join his cause. And throughout the entire movie, one of the things that were noticeable was the fact that he was wearing a pendant around his neck, and that pendant was still present during the highest point of the movie.


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Nevertheless, what we did see was that Newt’s niffler was on the loose during these events. While Grindelwald was too busy explaining his political ideals and convincing people to join his cause, he didn’t sense that the niffler had stolen the pendant on his neck. So, what is this pendant that the niffler took from Grindelwald?

This pendant that the niffler took from Grindelwald is actually a blood pact pendant. This is a very important object for Grindelwald, as seen from the fact that he wears it around his neck so that he wouldn’t lose it. And the events of The Secrets of Dumbledore proved just how important this blood pact pendant was.

What Does A Blood Pact Pendant Do?

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Now that you know that the niffler took a blood pact pendant from Grindelwald, what does this even do? Well, for starters, let’s take a look at the long history between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.

Throughout the entire Harry Potter books and movies, we understand that Dumbledore and Grindelwald used to be close friends. Meanwhile, the Fantastic Beasts movies hinted at the possibility that they were not only close friends but were actually lovers that had a falling out phase due to a difference in their ideals.

Nevertheless, both Dumbledore and Grindelwald were two of the strongest wizards of their time and were arguably the greatest back then. No wizard could match either of them, as only Dumbledore could match the magical prowess of Grindelwald. 

However, during the events of The Crimes of Grindelwald, Dumbledore was vocal about how he couldn’t fight Grindelwald. At first, we thought that this was a personal decision on his part, but it was later revealed that he literally couldn’t fight him because of this blood pact.

That said, before their falling out phase, it was shown that the younger versions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald made a blood pact that prevented them from fighting one another for any reason. This meant that neither Dumbledore nor Grindelwald could literally do anything against one another as long as the blood pact was effective.

The reason why Grindelwald held this blood pact pendant close to him was that he didn’t want it to break because that would mean that the only wizard that was powerful enough to stop him was now able to fight him freely.

However, during the events of The Secrets of Dumbledore, the act of Albus protecting Credence was strong enough for the blood pact pendant to break. That meant that he was now free to duel his former friend, as the fight between Dumbledore and Grindelwald ended in a stalemate due to the magical prowess of these wizards.

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