Top 10 Most Powerful Witches and Wizards From Harry Potter


The Top Ten

1 Albus Dumbledore 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 continued to gain more power, along with the elder wand, he would have been with out a doubt the most powerful wizard in History. He never used magic to hurt people his sisters death, he instead 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 stale mate. Dumbledore never tried to defeat him, because he Knew that it was HARRY who must defeat him. Other wise, our beloved headmaster was kind, loving, yes flawed, great, powerful, wise, and always Supreme to all other wizards of his time.

Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald, who had the Elder Wand. Nobody can defeat the owner of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore did.

He has the elder wand and he stands up to voldemort until Voldemort retreats. He protects Harry in all the ways that he can until his death.
Most importantely, he is the only person that Voldemort is afraid of.

He is the one Voldemort feared and took possession of the Elder Wand and defeated Gellert Grindelwald. - LannaLau

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2 Lord Voldemort 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 the most powerful wizard, possibly ever. Dumbledore is the more versatile, well-rounded, and intelligent wizard. He knows magic that Voldemort can not fathom due to relative (relative to Dumbledore) inexperience and character flaws. Knowledge, experience, versatility, and intelligence are great advantages to have but they are not the same thing 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.

I love Dumbledore and hate Voldemort, but I wont lie, Voldemort is the most powerful wizard. He sure as hell knows what he's doing. He doesn't just throw out some random spells. He thinks quick and his moves are never wrong. I am aware that Dumbledore defeated the dark wizard Grindewald, but even he admits that voldemort is stronger. He has great strategic skill. When he was a kid, he was evil but was still one of the best boys at hogwarts and even fooled Slughorn. He fooled everyone. He can keep in the shadows and has great persuasion skills. The horcrux idea, although very disturbing and terrible, was genius on his part. He fooled harry in chamber of secrets and nearly killed him by taking control of the basilisk. In conclusion, he is smart, powerful and knows what he's doing - dragonfly99

I think Lord voldemort is the most powerful wizard from harry potter because Albus stated and claimed that even his most powerful spell, charm, incantation etc will not effect voldemort when he turn to full power

I think Harry should be the top because he defeated Voldemort! - LannaLau

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3 Severus Snape 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.

It's said that no one can lie to Lord Voldemort. This man could. He is also known as one of few people able to brew the Wolfsbane Potion. I believe we never really could see him fighting for real in the books, therefore we can't be sure what his spellcasting skills are, but he did create few original spells as a teenager, as well as correct the textbook recipes, which makes him a prodigy. - saaarsdej

He could create spell while in his 6th year, he can lie either to Dumbledore or Voldemort. When Harry in his 5th year can duel with Death Eater like Lucius he is totally hopeless against Snape who predict his every move and counter it even before it is used... He is also able to fly without support and only Voldemort himself can do that.

I voted snape! Because I love him laugh out loud. I agree with the 10 people you've chosen but I would change the order around a little bit. Actually, longbottem should be number 1! Laugh out loud jk. But he was pretty hot in the last movies...

The truth is Gellert Grindelwald was most likely a better wizard but Snape deserves this spot

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4 Minerva McGonagall Minerva McGonagall

Minerva is the most powerful after Dumbledore and Voldemort. Madam Pomfrey said even 4 aurors wouldn't stand a chance against Minerva. I've read J.K. rowling herself said that she would have defeated Snape (altough 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 she knows very very much about all kinds of magic and spells, including dark magic. After Minerva, I'd put Snape in a very strong 4th place and Bellatrix 5th. 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 5th place. I think because Moody got defeated a few times during the Second Wizarding War, I'd put Bella ahead of Moody.

JK Rowling herself stated McGonagall would have beaten Snape if the duel continued, and I'm sure (though they never would) McGonagall would easily beat Harry in a duel. Harry only beat Voldemort through the help of many others (and I am happy he did), though in terms of power and based on fact, McGonagall should come in 3rd.

Professor McGonagall is pretty sick. There's a reason she's second in command you know. She is more powerful than Snape for sure. We can only guess, but I'd assume that after the top three people on this list were knocked off in the last two books and Harry resorted to being a father, Professor McGonagall was most likely the headmaster of Hogwarts and and the most powerful witch in the Wizarding World

Should be 3rd. Not as devious as Snape, but for raw power she's 3rd.

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5 Gellert Grindelwald

If you take away Voldemort's Horcruxes, then one could argue that Grindelwald is almost if not just as powerful as Voldemort. Yes, he had the Elder Wand; but he was able to contend with Dumbledore in the most legendary duel of all time by two wizards. In their first skirmish, he was able to duel Aberforth and Albus simultaneously! When he was interrogated by Voldemort, Voldemort couldn't tap into his mind while he had no wand and was in prison at his weakest. This made him a very powerful occlumens since Voldemort was unmatched in interrogating people. The only other wizards that could shield their true thoughts from Voldemort were Dumbledore, Snape, and oh wait that it! Grindelwald was also able to manipulate Dumbledore because of their attachment and reason that by becoming the masters of death, that it would be, "for the Greater Good." Thanks for reading!

He supposedly pushed dumbledore quiet far when they dueled so I think he should probably be 3rd

Grindelwald was just as if not more powerful than Voldemort because he knew about emotions and was able to manipulate them. Grinds leaks was described as being about as powerful as Dumbledore, whereas Voldemort was definitely Albus's inferior.

He could beat Voldemort in a duel

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6 Harry Potter

While I do think that Harry Potter is a exceptionally talented child, he in my opinion is not on the list of powerful witches and wizards. He came on top in the fights with the Dark Lord, because he had a lot of luck, like enormous amount. That and if you combine the fact that he has a lot of help from almost every side it's really no wonder. He is very brave boy, who would later became a great man.

In the first book, he came on top because of his mother, because she sacrificed herself for him, giving him the ultimate protection.

The second book, while it shows incredible character to do what he did, it was not anything magical that we can judge his power on that. He killed the basilisk with the sword, and Riddle with the basilisk tooth.

The third year he actually shows a lot of power, and I did say he was exceptionally gifted. But you have to remember that he taught his classmates two years later and they managed to do it too. Something apparently only a handful ...more - swetulkaa

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.

However, it is important to remember that 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/ witches many, many years his senior where they have honed their craft. What Harry has is insane talent and potential who was destined for power and greatness, right from the beginning. Yes, he is raw and makes mistakes, but he learns as the series progresses, and 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/ 40 years down the line ...more

Harry Potter is very powerful for his age, he was more powerful than he gave himself credit for. He is the son of James and Lily Potter, both very powerful in their own right, so their genes passed on to Harry. He performed a patronus charm in this third year, which not many if any other witch or wizard has done before. He can fly a broom better than anyone at Hogwarts. He taught the others to defend themselves against the Dark Arts. He is one powerful wizard.

He is the op wizard

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7 Bellatrix Lestrange 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.

Bellatrix should be 3rd or at least 4th on this list, come on she was a sadistic bitch! Dumbledore said he wouldn't like to fall prey to her!
and should be noted that she was using a wand which she most likely hadn't won the allegiance of when dueling molly weasley

She is powerful enough to do the 3 unforgivable spells and was only killed by Molly Weasley because she wasn't expecting Molly to be such a good witch

She should be third on this list! Trained by Voldemort himself and his lieutenant, plus she was the only other person besides Snape in the series to ever deflect one of his curses!

She's amazing

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8 Alastor Moody 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 Alastor moody was the most powerful wizard he knows all the evil spells and he has a epic staff!

Good Spells and Evil Spells and not afraid to use the 3 curses and I am not talking about the fake Moody. He also has a wand, a staff, and an all seeing eye. Pretty much unbeatable don't you think

One of the strongest wizards ever best auror

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9 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger is much more talented and powerful than Ginny Weasley. She is the most clever witch her age according to one of her teachers' who shared a class with the exceptionally talented Lily Weasley. She is a very powerful witch considering she got ten outstandings and one exceed expectations in her O.W.L.S and Harry Potter who defeated Voldermort Barely got any exceed expectations or outstanding and even failed a few of his classes! She has good stealth too with her exceptional skill at non-verbal spells and her charms which left the trio undetected for almost a year when far more experienced witches and wizards got captured within months! She has outstanding skill and knowledge and is one of the most powerful witches her age!

Who is Lily Weasley? You mean Ginny Weasley, Lily Evans or Lily Potter ( Harry's daughter )? - Goku02

Without Hermione, almost all of the characters would have died before the 6th book. With her endless numbers spells, millions of remedies and antidotes, and understanding of magical consequences, she is for sure not only the wisest of her time, but most powerful too.

Hermione is the glue that sticks 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 brew 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've 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!

Yes, she is not Albus Dumbledore, or Voldemort, but she is so talented.

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10 Salazar Slytherin

While many of the other wizards in this list are pretty powerful, cough Dumbledore cough... Don't forget that Slytherin was one of the most powerful wizards in the history of magic. He created a new magical language or was the original posessor 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 probably 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.

He's a founder he should be above hermione harry moody bellatrix and gellert

Probably in the Top 10 along with the other Founders due to his Reputation alone.

Any of the older wizards are far better than the best of the modern era

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The Contenders

11 Godric Gryffindor

I know I sound like a Slytherin when I say this, but I don't think Godric Gryffindor should be in 12th place. I know that he was one of the creators of Hogwarts, but there were also three other people helping him. Everyone gives Gryffindor too much praise just because Harry Potter was in his house. All the houses of remarkable qualities that make them amazing and unique. I, for one, believe all houses are equal, and that they should stand together rather than bicker amongst each other and try force everyone to believe their house is the best. Like the Sorting Hat said, "The four houses must come together rather than stand and fight alone (I know that wasn't the exact quote)."

He beat a whole goblin army single handedly showing he mist be in contention of one of the best wizards of all time

Love gryffindor Vanessa


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12 Merlin

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

He was basically the inventor of all things magical and possibly the very first wizard!

The greatest wizard of all time

He was the father of all magic.

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13 Filius Flitwick

He is charms master and did lots of protective spells. Not to mention duelled tons of bad guys!

He's a Duelling Champion.

A know 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. Think he deserves better than 12th.

He beat dolohov who had killed lupin, defeated mad eye moody, and flitwick was dueling

14 Dobby Dobby

Dobby showed his power by the love he felt for Harry and his friends; he could save them from a cellar that Voldemort - as we know he would've visited Malfoy Manor and agreed the conditions upon the inmates imprisonment - deemed inescapable from. I think Dobby should definitely be higher as he undermines Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange who both place highly on this list. He fully showed his love as he could've gained comfort betraying Harry or not informing him of the plot meaning Ginny would take the full blame but instead Dobby was ultimately better than Dumbledore as when he had power he operated for the greater good and Dobby could've used the power he had over the Lestranges with the chandelier in Malfoy Manor to use bribery etc etc and grant himself comfort but instead he sticks to his goal of saving Harry and his friends. He was loyal til the end.

He is not a wizard!

I voted for him because, although he is a house-elf, he deserves a sock. He is extremely cute, yet powerful, and shows his love for everyone. I was heartbroken during his death. DOBBY WAS A FREE ELF ;-; - HufflepuffGeekGirl


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15 James Potter

He should be higher up, he excelled in transfiguration which is the hardest subject, he constantly hexed snape even though snape sent thaose hard curses. Please tell me how is hermione, how is harry, before james potter, who defied voldemort THREE TIMES! LIKE ACTUAL FIGHTING, NOT STABBING TH DIARY, NOT HAVING MUMMY TO CAST THE LOVE SPELL, NOT THE SAME WAND TYPE, NOT THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE, NOT DUMBLDORE TO BE THERE ALL THE TIME, NO

James Potter, Harry Potter's dad, is the coolest Wizard ever and very powerful. Very brave and an awesome husband and father! James Potter for the win!

As Harry's father I think he is best. Being one of the top in Defense Against the Dark Arts class, he even defeated Snape when he was a fifth year. He may have been killed by Voldemort, but he basically tried to lose. This is what I think:

Come on he has defied voldemort thrice

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16 Molly Weasley

She killed Voldemort's strongest Death Eater! Come on make her in the top 10 people!

She killed lestrange without much effort and so I think she is one of the finest witches in the series

She defeated Bellatrix the strongest death eater after Voldemort. If somebody says "But Bellatrix only lost because she was suprised" no in the book the battle was long so bellatrix had time too realise Molly was strong.

SHe killed bella end of story

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17 Kingsley Shacklebolt

Not the best but certainly the one that has been most underrated on this list. Kingsley is almost always charged with a high responsibility by all those around him. Both in the Order of the Phoenix and in the Ministry of Magic he is highly thought of and is given important roles.
Deserves to be 3 or 4 in my opinion, not sure whether I'd rate Snape as better.

He is not the bodyguard of the prime minister for no reason. He is bad ass

This guy kept death eaters out of Hogwarts all night at his window and you know seeing as most the death eaters flew into the castle he must be dam tough.

He is my favorite

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18 Sirius Black Sirius Black

Although his death was tragic, he was one of the better wizards. Firstly, he was protecting Harry Potter and stuck by his friends. He was incredibly powerful, and did his best to help his friends. Despite the pressure from his family and Azkaban, he stuck by what he believed in that's what it takes to be a true wizard. Loyalty, powerful and could be trusted.

Sirius was considered the most powerful and cleverest student all time by Professor mcgonagall. He was also in the order of Phoenix.

Sirius was described as a powerful wizard by Minerva McGonagall, his former teacher. One of his dearest friends, Remus Lupin, also stated that he had been one of the cleverest Hogwarts students of his time.

The only wizard who could be trusted!
He has to be on 3rd or 4th of this list
Maybe 4th!

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19 Aberforth Dumbledore

Aberforth Dumbledore is an exceptionally good character. He helps Harry, Ronald, and Hermione plenty in the deathly Hallows book. He sends Dobby, the coolest house elf ever, into the Malfoy Manor to save Harry and Rom from the dungeons and Hermione from the grasp of hands of Bellatrix Lastrange. Aberforth also helped the three by getting them into Hog's Head and showing them a secret passage to Hogwarts room of requirement. He is a lovely man and a loyal character that has a little part in harry potter

Pretty sure he is just as powerful as Dumbledore, at least that's the vibe that I got from him. - UnjustNation

Really! Read the book... He goes to 3

Although we don't see much of Aberforth, we know his ranks are near dumbledore, grindewald and Voldemort. I think many just forget about him. Although we don't get to see much of Aberforths capabilities we know he's tremendously powerful. One spell we do get to see him cast is in the deathly gallows part 2. Aberforth casts the most powerful patrons we'd throughout the entire series blowing hundreds of dementors away. I think aberforth woould have to be in the top 4 most powerful wizards!

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20 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 heroine and Neville at the same time and would've won if not for the other stupid death eater and he killed Remus lupin. A very powerful wizard

Antonin should be way higher in the list.
He is extremely powerful, it does not give him justice to be in 21.
Check his page on hp wiki.

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