28 Magical Facts about Dumbledore You Probably Haven’t Heard Before
He received an Order of Merlin for defeating Grindelwald
In 1945, the final year of World War II, Dumbledore and Grindelwald dueled yet again, but this time after Grindelwald spent decades trying to take over the wizarding world. He needed to be stopped, and despite loving his friend, Dumbledore had to be the one to do it. He succeeded, and Grindelwald was locked up in an Austrian wizarding prison. Order of Merlin First Class is awarded to wizards “for acts of outstanding bravery or distinction,” by the Wizengamot, an organization even older than the Ministry of Magic. Dumbledore received this high honor for defeating Grindelwald.