Top 10 Most Powerful Witches and Wizards from Harry Potter

The Top Ten
1 Albus Dumbledore Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Not only is he a great wizard, but we must look at one important fact: Some time after Dumbledore's sister died, he stopped looking for power. He knew that power was his weakness. If he had continued to gain more power, along with the Elder Wand, he would have been without a doubt the most powerful wizard in history.

He never used magic to hurt people after his sister's death. Instead, he became a teacher and was able to become the wizard he is and always will be. Voldemort, at full power, could only bring Dumbledore to a stalemate. Dumbledore never tried to defeat him because he knew that it was Harry who must defeat him. Otherwise, our beloved headmaster was kind, loving, yes flawed, great, powerful, wise, and always supreme to all other wizards of his time.

2 Lord Voldemort Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the central main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997.

Voldemort is possibly the most powerful wizard ever. Dumbledore, on the other hand, is the more versatile, well-rounded, and intelligent wizard. He knows magic that Voldemort cannot fathom due to relative inexperience and character flaws. Knowledge, experience, versatility, and intelligence are great advantages, but they are not the same as power. Voldemort's advantage in raw power is the only reason Dumbledore, with his many advantages including the Elder Wand, could not outright defeat Voldemort in the duel in the Ministry Atrium.

3 Gellert Grindelwald

Probably not more powerful than Dumbledore, though what really happened in their duel in 1945 is still unclear. Definitely more powerful than Voldemort. His reign lasted for about 20+ years, whereas Voldemort was only at the height of his power for about 10 to 14 years. He knew more magic than Tom, had a better understanding of magic, and even lived longer than Voldemort. He mastered the Elder Wand, didn't harm his soul once, never underestimated the power of love, and, last but not least, was defeated by the greatest wizard of the age, not a seventeen-year-old who hadn't even finished school.

4 Severus Snape Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish.

Exceptional potion master. He easily occluded Voldemort and perhaps Dumbledore too. Skilled Dark Art magician. Great healer. When he was 11 years old, he knew more hexes and jinxes than adults. He is the only Death Eater who can cast a Patronus. Unfortunately, we never saw him fight with his full power, although he can easily deal with three other professors when leaving school. But he did not want to hurt anybody. Great reputation among Death Eaters. Great reputation among the Order of Phoenix. Voldemort's favorite. Dumbledore's favorite. Can move without a broomstick (as Voldemort, Dumbledore cannot). Can LOVE (rather selfishly, but can, Voldemort can't). So, he is the most universal and most skilled wizard.

5 Minerva McGonagall

Minerva is the most powerful after Dumbledore and Voldemort. Madam Pomfrey said even four Aurors wouldn't stand a chance against Minerva. J.K. Rowling herself stated that she would have defeated Snape, although it would have been close. She was second in command after Dumbledore, and no one was ever stupid enough to attack her. She survived every battle without any injury.

She has loads of experience and knows very much about all kinds of magic and spells, including dark magic. After Minerva, I'd put Snape in a very strong fourth place, and Bellatrix in fifth. Bellatrix was super powerful. She won all of her battles except when she underestimated Molly and didn't fight with her own wand. Moody is very powerful too. It's up for debate if he or Bella should be in fifth place. I think because Moody got defeated a few times during the Second Wizarding War, I'd put Bella ahead of Moody.

6 Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

Put it this way: if every wizard in the history of magic were to duel against each other in equal conditions, one on one with no additional help, I can think of only two wizards who would outright beat Harry - Dumbledore and Voldemort. You could make a case for Grindelwald, Snape, and Minerva, but even that I say with hesitation.

Magic is an art that requires sheer talent, work, experience, and practice. At 17 years of age, it is unrealistic to expect Harry to have the skill of wizards and witches many years his senior, where they have honed their craft. What Harry has is insane talent and potential. He was destined for power and greatness, right from the beginning. Yes, he is raw and makes mistakes, but he learns as the series progresses. By defeating the Dark Lord, he demonstrates a skill and talent that very few could ever manage - something Minerva and Snape, for example, were incapable of doing. Harry, 30 to 40 years down the line, would probably be arguably the most powerful wizard of all time, bar none. No one could have done what he did better.

As for those who say Hermione is the better wizard or witch: being intelligent and good at spells does not necessarily make you a brilliant and powerful magician. Hermione knows all the spells and potions, but when it came down to it, she was reliant - as was every other character in the book - on Harry to protect humanity. This shows that she will never be as powerful a wizard as Harry.

7 Bellatrix Lestrange A psychotic death eater who escaped from Azkaban, and is fiercely loyal to Voldemort. Murderer of many people such as Sirius Black, and also a sadist who drove the Longbottoms mad.

While the movies focus on her madness, the books actually focus more on her magical prowess, as well as on the fear she instills in others. From Order of the Phoenix onwards, she outduels every single person she faces: Sirius, Kingsley, Tonks. She even defeats them one after the other, without catching a break.

Her mere presence brought Harry's fear to new heights in Malfoy Manor, because he realized she was in a league of her own. In magical strength order, it should be Dumbledore, Voldemort, throw in Grindelwald somewhere near them of course, and then directly Bellatrix. While McGonagall would most likely hold her own, there is no doubt who would win in a duel between these two frightening witches.

8 Hermione Granger

Hermione needs to be higher because she could do spells before she went to Hogwarts. She is a very talented wizard for her age in the book. She always helped Harry with the knowledge and how to get past certain things. For example, in her first year, she was the one who helped Harry get to the stone. She always knows the answer to every question. She was compared to Harry's mother Lily during her sixth year at Hogwarts by Professor Slughorn. Hermione is also very loyal to her friends.

Hermione is the glue that holds the group together! Ron even mentioned in the movie that they wouldn't last a day without her. She is an expert at brewing potions - she brewed the Polyjuice Potion in her second year! She got 9 Outstanding OWLs too. She has an encyclopedia in her head. Without her, Voldemort would have never been defeated - Ron and Harry would have died! She always has been the one with the most common sense and focus. She has become quite good with wordless spells too. Hermione for the win, people!

9 Alastor Moody

The biggest thing in Moody's favor is his reputation. Think about it, this is the guy who has an Eye that can see through invisibility cloaks. He's taken down so many Death Eaters and Dark Wizards that he is constantly being reported as being attacked. And what's his motto? "Constant Vigilance!" So, while he may not be more powerful than Dumbledore or Voldemort, this guy needs to be at least third on the list.

I think he must be equal to Voldemort when Moody is at the peak of his power, being able to capture tons of dark wizards and witches. Even Bellatrix didn't stand a chance against him. He was the greatest Auror of all time, and no one could surpass him. He can switch from defense to offense quickly, which makes him a formidable opponent.

Though he was defeated because of years from retirement and his powers and skills had gone rusty, he is still powerful.

10 Merlin

Though he does not appear in the book, he was mentioned before as the greatest wizard of all time by Harry and Dumbledore. Merlin would just give a flick of his wand, and Voldemort would turn to ashes.

What on earth? Why is Merlin so far behind Dumbledore? With all due respect to Dumbledore, Merlin is WAY more powerful than him.

"Hello Tom," Merlin greeted. "A nice day, Riddle?"
"Yes, to complete it I need to murder you, and I will!" spat Voldemort.
Merlin flicked his wand, and Voldemort died.

The Contenders
11 James Potter

An Animagus at 15, James Potter was the cleverest student at Hogwarts. He defied Voldemort three times. Snape couldn't touch him unless James' back was turned. He even said he would hex Lily Evans, a powerful witch herself, when she confronted him. She didn't refute his claim, which implies she knew he was more talented than herself, right? Lord Voldemort also tried to recruit him more than once. To me, he is the most powerful of their generation. He possessed power, wealth, stubbornness, willpower, courage, bravery (fighting Voldemort without a wand so his wife could have more time), and loyalty (think of Remus). This makes him one of the greatest of his generation.

P.S. For everyone who thinks he was arrogant, remember that every great wizard was arrogant: Dumbledore, Gellert, Tom, etc. What matters is not their arrogance, but what they choose to do with their power.

12 Sirius Black

Why is Sirius so low? Give the man some credit.

Consider this: he spent 12 years in Azkaban. The toll that took on his mind, body, and spirit could be immeasurable. Yet, he still managed to duel and defeat Lucius Malfoy and hold his own against Bellatrix, arguably the most dangerous Death Eater. While Bellatrix also resided in Azkaban, she was insane and did not have to bear the guilt that Sirius did. Before that, Sirius was the heir of the Black family and considered to be the most brilliant wizard of his age, alongside James.

13 Salazar Slytherin

While many of the other wizards on this list are pretty powerful, including Dumbledore, don't forget that Slytherin was one of the most powerful wizards in the history of magic. He either created a new magical language or was the original possessor of the magical language Parseltongue, and he created the original Basilisk. It could very well be argued that the most powerful and influential pieces of Dark Magic in the book stem from this single wizard, most likely without the Elder Wand, although I will admit I'm not entirely sure where the creation of the Elder Wand took place in history. His magic hid the Chamber of Secrets for thousands of years after his death, and his magical line exists as one of the most powerful even by today's standards through Voldemort.

14 Godric Gryffindor

The problem with putting the Hogwarts founders up here is that we don't know how powerful any of them actually were. We actually know very little about them, including the year they founded Hogwarts. McGonagall mentions that he was one of the four most powerful wizards alive at the time, the other three being Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. I would assume that he is a fairly powerful wizard.

Obviously, Godric Gryffindor was one of the four founders of Hogwarts. He was great friends with Salazar Slytherin but debated him when he stopped accepting Muggle-born witches and wizards. He valued bravery, chivalry, and strength of heart. He was said to be the greatest duelist of his time and also a great swordsman. With the help of his fellow founders, he created the Sorting Hat.

15 Aberforth Dumbledore

Aberforth Dumbledore is an exceptionally good character. He helps Harry, Ronald, and Hermione immensely in the Deathly Hallows book. He sends Dobby, the coolest house elf ever, into the Malfoy Manor to save Harry and Ron from the dungeons, and Hermione from the grasp of Bellatrix Lestrange. Aberforth also helps the trio by getting them into the Hog's Head and showing them a secret passage to Hogwarts' Room of Requirement. He is a lovely man and a loyal character who plays a vital part in the Harry Potter series.

16 Filius Flitwick

A known champion of the dueling league. Helped McGonagall run off Snape, dueled Yaxley, and defeated Dolohov. Plus, he was one of the greatest Charms practitioners of his time. I think he deserves better than 12th.

He is a Charms master and performed lots of protective spells. Not to mention, he dueled tons of bad guys!

Awesome! When you're sad, he cheers you up by making cupcakes dance.

17 Lily Potter

Lily Potter is considered one of the most powerful witches of her time, with exceptional skill and talent according to her classmates and teachers, like Slughorn. Little else is known about her, but although she is not as powerful as Hermione, she is still an exceptionally powerful witch.

She was the only known person to stop the killing curse. Without her, Harry would have died and the prophecy would not have been fulfilled.

She should be higher than this - she is most definitely more powerful than Bellatrix, and she is the one who defeated the Killing Curse (cast by the most powerful wizard of all time).

18 Molly Weasley

I think she's powerful when provoked. Obviously. Bellatrix was operating at a disadvantage, but Molly always had some magic going on around her. There's a lot of power in a modest body.

She defeated Bellatrix, the strongest Death Eater after Voldemort. If somebody says, "But Bellatrix only lost because she was surprised," no, in the book, the battle was long, so Bellatrix had time to realize Molly was strong.

Oh, I don't know. She couldn't fight off a Boggart, but she could defeat Bellatrix? Although she had an advantage, Harry couldn't fight Bellatrix effectively, and she could.

19 Kingsley Shacklebolt

Kingsley may not be one of the top five. However, he should be in the conversation. Kingsley was not only an Auror, but when he is introduced to the series, he is in charge of finding the first person to ever escape from Azkaban, as well as becoming the Minister of Magic in the epilogue.

In the battle at the Ministry of Magic, he is fighting two Death Eaters at once, and behind Moody, he is the second person Harry targets when escorting him to the Burrow. So, behind Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape, Moody, and McGonagall (in that order), he is the sixth most powerful wizard in the HP series.

20 Helga Hufflepuff

Helga Hufflepuff, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, was known for her loyalty and hard work. She accepted all her students, including Muggle-borns. She was described as one of the greatest witches of her age and used her abilities to help create the Sorting Hat.

One of the founders of Hogwarts and the greatest wizard of her time.

21 Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood was a witch from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She was the only child of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, who was the editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a... read more

Luna was amazing. She has the ability to dream, even when awake. She was amazing at finding Harry when he was covered with his invisibility cloak. She even survived the Deathly Hallows Part II.

Luna is the best! She sees more in the world than others can. She can see the world as it should be seen and is almost smarter than any wizard that you throw her way. Luna is way better than Hermione. She is the best.

She is brave, kind, caring, loving, sweet, and awesome. She is the best Harry Potter character. She is nice and very strong.

22 Ron Weasley Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. His first appearance was in the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the best friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

Ron was the best friend. He may not have been as smart as Hermione or as brave as Harry, but he was a great friend. All friendships have rows, and honestly, Ron was just scared of the outside world. His loving mother and father kept him shielded from the darkness of the world. On his eleventh birthday, Hagrid had to tell Harry his parents were murdered.

Also, in the first year, Ron wrote to Molly and Arthur asking for presents for Harry because he had said he didn't get any. Get my point?

Ron is my favorite character and he is needed in a lot of circumstances, such as Harry's escape from the second movie or Fred's sacrifice. He does know how to cheat. Just if he knew more spells, darn it! He could have taken Harry's role!

23 Rowena Ravenclaw

When people consider bravery, ambition, and hard work, they often view wisdom as a means to an end, just like magic. Rowena Ravenclaw managed to conceal the disappearance of her diadem for years until her death. Ravenclaw also had a deep love for her daughter, even though Helena betrayed her. Not to mention, she's described as a smart knockout.

Wisdom is the second strongest power that anyone can have (number one is magic). For instance, humans are more powerful than animals because humans are considerably more intelligent.

24 Nicolas Flamel

This guy is powerful. He made a stone that could make people immortal.

25 Antonin Dolohov

I think Dolohov and Lily were in the same league. Why do you think Voldemort wanted her as a follower so badly? Plus, someone else might argue she's more powerful than Voldemort (which I won't) since her love was able to protect Harry throughout the entire series.

Lily Potter over Dolohov? That is crazy. He had his own curse, took on Harry, Hermione, and Neville at the same time, and would've won if not for the other Death Eater. And he killed Remus Lupin. A very powerful wizard.

Antonin should be ranked much higher on the list. He is extremely powerful. It does not do him justice to be at number 21. Check his page on the HP wiki.

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