How did Grindelwald know about Second World War and nuclear bombings?
Grindelwald delivers a speech in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
The Crimes of Grindelwald take place in 1927.
- But Gellert Grindelwald revealed a vision of the future Second World War in his speech in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
- The vision was included with nuclear holocaust.
How did Grindelwald know about the Second World War and nuclear bombings?
Quite simply because, he is a seer.
A seer is a gifted wizard or witch who has the ability to see into the future with their Inner Eye. Seers predict prophecies, which are then recorded and stored in the Hall of Prophecy in the Ministry of Magic's Department of Mysteries. According to Minerva McGonagall, true Seers are extremely rare, and she had doubt that Sybill Trelawney can be considered as one despite her sporadically accurate predictions. Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter that seeing into the future is incredibly difficult because of the complexity of every single action and their consequences.
Divination: Grindelwald was a Seer. He had a vision about the existence of a powerful Obscurial linked to Credence Barebone. However, Grindelwald is seemingly not an expert in this magical field, as he initially misinterpreted his vision, believing that Credence would lead him to the Obscurial child while in fact, Credence was the Obscurial himself. It should be noted, however, that Credence is the only known Obscurial ever to have survived past the age of ten, so Grindelwald could possibly not have anticipated this. Indeed, while possibly not an expert in Divination, Grindelwald's raw Seer power was phenomenal, to the point that twelve years prior to the Muggles starting the Second World War, Grindelwald predicted it in detail, and was able to use his skull-hookah to project fearsome images of the future Blitzkrieg, Holocaust, and atomic bombings for attendees of his rally to see. At the end of his life, Grindelwald claimed that he knew that Lord Voldemort would come to him in Nurmengard, which might be another instance of Grindelwald's Seer foresight.
The concept of Seers and Divianation were introduced in the Harry Potter films & novels. Professor Trelawney (played by Emma Thompson) does seem to have the gift, despite that Hermione Granger or Professor McGonagall may lack some understanding of how it may work for some, as Trelawney seemed to act more as medium of information, as opposed to seeing visions the way Grindelwald appears to.