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.

He is so amazing! Dumbledore deserves to be #1! He is so powerful and the only one Voldemort feared! He's so kind and calm. He's special and he deserves everything good in the world. If you don't vote for Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, I swear, you're going to regret it! He has to be at least in the top five on your "Favorite Harry Potter Characters" or else that is just BOO if he is not!

Dumbledore is 100% the greatest wizard of all time. Voldemort fears him, just like Voldemort he went seeking power but he chose to use his power for the greater good unlike Voldemort who chose to use power for the lesser evil. He possessed the Deathly Hallows before he gave it to Harry. He had the ressurection stone, the cloak of invisibility and the elder wand the most powerful wand in the world. He even had the Philosopher's Stone which is the Elixer of Life that makes the drinker immortal. He defeated another evil powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindlewald who was feared greatly before Voldemort was even born. and he's also the kindest of hearts which makes him even powerful.

There are two main reasons why Albus Dumbledore is an op sorcerer. First, he was Voldemort's greatest fear when he was the greatest dark sorcerer and second, Dumbledore was able to defeat Grindelwald when he had the elder wand, the most powerful wand in the wizarding world.

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.

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 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

Albus Dumbledore, even with his Elder Wand, didn't dare challenge Voldemort to a duel unlike Grindelwald's case. If Dumbledore could defeat Voldemort with his Elder wand as he did to Grindelwald, surely people would not have to suffer this much in Voldemort's hands. During their duel at Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore would have been dead, had it not been for Fawkes the phoenix that it swallowed one death -curse through his beak. Voldemort retreated from the duel more because he understood that defeating a prodigious skilled-wizard like Dumbledore is time consuming. Voldemort did not have much time in his hand specially being at Ministry of Magic then the most dangerous place for him without the risk of revealing homself! Remember? The duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald lasted for several hours.

I think Voldemort should be on the top of this list. He was the greatest dark wizard of all time which takes a lot when you list his predecessors. Salaza Slytherin was the greatest dark wizard of his age and Voldemort was his heir. Erik the Evil had the exact same ideals as Voldemort and he was one of the most feared sorcerers in history. Gellert Grindlewald was the second most powerful dark wizard of all time and Voldemort killed him. Voldemort overwhelmed Dumbledore in their battle at the ministry and Voldemort himself admitted that Voldemort was more powerful. He was the first person to ever make more than one Horcrux and he survived his own deflected killing curse when Harry was a baby. He knew all forms of dark magic and invented a few of his own. He trained Belletrix Lestrange and Rodolphus Lestrange when at school and they became the most feared death eaters. In the end he was defeated by a teenage Harry Potter but that boy was probably the most talented and knowledgeable ...more

3 Gellert Grindelwald

I admit he is not as great as Dumbledore, but he is better than Voldemort. Voldemort's first defeat was caused by Lily Potter and love, and his was caused by the greatest wizard ever. Voldemort's second defeat was caused by himself and a seventeen-year-old boy who hadn't finished school, whereas Grindelwald's was caused by remorse, friendship, and Voldemort.
Plus, he is a Seer.

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 was for about 20+ years, whereas Voldemort was only at the height of his power about 10, 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.

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!

Second greatest dark wizard of all time, slightly behind Voldemort because he was wise enough to steer clear of the darkest forms of magic that come at a terrible price, such as horcruxes. While he was a dark wizard responsible for many deaths, he was able to feel remorse later in life, and tried to make amends by lying to Voldemort. Unlike Voldemort, he was fully human, and could experience the entire spectrum of human emotions. He's basically Voldemort minus the phobia of love and the OCD. (Obsession with immortality and killing Harry Potter with his own hand)

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.

He was the Half blood prince, invented potions, spells, changed ingredients and still managed to do a perfect potion. Skilled Occlulumens, could lie to VOLDY, which is practically impossible. In fact the only other person I know that was able to lie to Voldy was Narcissa Malfoy. He had to see how the girl he loved went to his biggest enemy, and all because a mistake he made. Then, he protected Harry, even if he saw James Potter every time Harry walked past him. Don't you think that are great accomplishments?

I'll let the other comments tell you why... XD I don't need to repeat what they have said, because I agree 100%. We will always remember you, Snape and Alan! Always.

I want to tell you that he might not be as powerful as Dumbledore, as great as Voldemort, as brilliant as Grindelwald, but honestly!

Exceptional potion master. He easily occlumented Voldy and perhaps Dumbledore too. Skilled Dark Art magician. Great Healer. When he was 11 years old, he knew more hexes and jinxes then adults. He is the only Death Eater who can cast Patronus. Unfurtunatelly, 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. Voldy's favorite. Dumbledore's favorite. Can move without broomstick (as Voldy, Dumbledore cannot). Can LOVE (rather selfishly, but can, Voldy can't). So he is the most universal and most skilled wizard.

5 Minerva McGonagall

She is just awesome! She participated many battles at Hogwarts. And if she wasn't stunned and injured by stunners at the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she would have also been at the department of the mistery.

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.

In the Deathly Hallows, she has a scar on her face during the final battle

It took 4 aurors to take down Minerva, which wasnt even a fair fight. She also had a duel with Voldemort that I think wasnt stated in the books nor the movies. The duel between her and Voldemort ended in a draw. Which shows that she has a incredible defense against the dark arts and other sorts of magic

I really like McGonagall and plus in the fourth book when Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret McGonagall new it was a student

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.

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

The fact is JKR does not necessarily paint harry as the most powerful wizard in terms of knowledge, of course everyone seems to think a 13 year old chasing away half the dementors of azkaban with one patronous is not worth mentioning, or him matching voldemort in the graveyard. That being said it is impossible to rate him less than Voldemort in terms of power (EQUALS). Voldemort, Dumbledore and Grindelwald certainly outmatch him in knowledge as of the end of book 7 but it is quite difficult to make a claim that they are magically more powerful. And quite clear that they all perhaps failed to match his determination which is probably where he rates highest.

Harry is so powerful. For example, book number three. I mean, casting a Patronus Charm on only his second try?!? Come on, that's pretty impressive. And fighting off Voldemort at 11? Also impressive. Fighting off Pettigrew... Fighting Tom Riddle... going through that Tri-Wizard Tournament... Fighting in the department of Mysteries... Harry fought a lot. Also watched so many people die before his eyes. His own godfather too. Very strong kid... I'd love to be like Harry, or at least know him in person. The character, not the actor. Although it'd be nice to know Daniel Radcliffe...

Excuse me, but, Voldemort? Above this BAMF, only known person to survive the killing curse, cast a corporeal patronus at age THIRTEEN, wanting nothing more than a damn sandwich and sleep after the war, witnessed his own parents dying in front of him, left suffering with his emotionally abusive aunt and uncle and cousin for 10 years, STILL remained a sweetheart, STILL modest despite being the Chosen One, and defeated Snake-Face... yet you all seem to think who he KILLED is more powerful than the Boy Who Lived himself?

I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS AT ALL.

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.

Known as a crazy woman, but have you seen her skills? She was able to deflect DUMBLEDORE'S spells, every auror to defied her ended dead (or tortured to insanity) and she was loyal to the Dark Lord, even if she was just a piece of scum under his eyes. She was the one who was able to SCARE Harry, while Voldy couldn't scare him. Bellatrix also duelled against three girls at the same time and came out without a single scratch. Then, she was teached the Dark Arts by VOLDY HIMSELF! How can't you give her credit for her skills?

Bellatrix is bad, but powerful. No saying no to that! She's killed a lot of people too. I haven't finsihed reading the books, so I'm not exactly sure . . .

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 Grindlewald 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 bewteen these two frightening witches.

To be able to do the unforgivable curses you need lots of power, and example of failure is harry using cruiso on bellatrix but it failed, Bellatrix can do them with ease. She is Lord Voldemorts favourite death eater and most powerfuliest. She is stronger than Harry Potter as he killed Voldemort only when Neville destroyed the last Horcrox so Neville actually killed Voldemort as well, and Harry only survived Avada Kedrava with Lily Potters protection. Bellatrix, in my option would be 4th

8 Merlin

"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.

Merlin should honestly be right before Dumbledore (as Dumbledore was hinted at many many times to be the most powerful wizard ever and even stated o be the most powerful wizzard of his era.)

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.

I don't even get why he is on the list. He is only famous for being in king Arthur's court. For all we know he was simply a highly influential wizard not however a great one.

9 James Potter

Most people only remember the bad hings about him; how he bullied Snape, how he was arrogant.
But...
-he became an unregistered animagus to HELP his werewold friend, aware of the risks and nobody, not even Dumbledore knew what he, Sirius and Peter were.
-he defied Voldy three times
-he was Hogwarts' best dueller
-he also was Seeker in the Gryffindor team

Animagus at 15
Cleverest student at Hogwarts,
Defied Voldemort three times,
Snape couldn't touch him unless James Back was turned.
He said that he will hex Lily Evans too (A powerful witch herself) when she confronted him. She didn't refute his claim which means that she knows he is more talented than herself right?
And Lord Voldemort tried to recruit him for more than a single time...
And to me he is most powerful of their generation. He got power, wealth, Stubbornness, will power, courage and bravery (fighting voldemort without wand so that his wife can have more time), loyalty (Remus? ). That makes him one of the greatest of their generation.
P.S. For everyone who thought that he is arrogant, Every great wizrd were arrogant Dumbledore, Gellert, Tom etc. that is not a matter what matters is that what they choose to do with their power.

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:

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!

10 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 on 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 that makes him a formidable opponent,.
Though he was defeated because of years from retirement, and his powers and skills have gone rusty, yet he is still powerful,.

Sirius himself said that Alastor filled half the cells in Azkaban with death eaters and the azkaban cells are tiny and the prison goes above the clouds so that is a lot of death eaters. He was the greatest Auror of all time and you know the Aurors a pretty powerful so what does that make this guy.

Alastor Moody is the best aura ever, that's why Voldemort expected Harry to be with him. He survived two of the wars against Voldemort and the only reason he died is because Mundungus Fletcher is a coward.

The Contenders

11 Hermione Granger

Hermione is a smart wizard for her age, which makes her pretty powerful and stuff. She is my second favorite character after Luna.

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 )?

She is really, really much more powerful than Ginny and Luna. Many times Harry and Ron would have died without her. Like at the Devil's Snare, when only Hermione remembered than ryme that saved them. She is super smart too, and always earns As and got twelve O.W.Ls. And Hermione saved the day in chamber of secrets. She figured out the monster, and made the polyjuice potion. I love Hermione so much. She should be closer up on the list. Hermione is so awesome. Yes, without her, really, if you think about it, Voldemort would still be in power, because Harry would have been dead without her logic brain to save him. I say, Hermione is the best harry potter characters in movies or books, out of all the trios, out of everything! Go Hermione!

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!

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 Lucious Malfoy and hold his own against Bellatrix, arguably the most dangerous death eater. While Bellatrix also resided in Azkaban, she was insane. She also didn't have to bear the guilt of Sirius. Before that, Sirius was the heir of the Black family and considered to be the most brilliant wizard of his age, alongside James.

He should be first
Sirius is the best and the most powerful character in the whole series
I get that Harry is the main character, but the only reason he was able to do anything was because he had help from someone else or he was just plain lucky.
Sorcerers Stone: he wouldn't have even got to quirrell without Ron and hermione
Chamber of secrets: HE NEEDED A BIRD! HIS WHOLE LIFE DEPENDED ON A BIRD! What's more to say?
Prisoner of Azkaban was mostly about sirius --- Harry didn't even do anything heroic
Goblet of fire: moody/barty crouch jr was the one who helped him through all the tasks. He practically told him how to get past the dragon. He told dobby about the gillyweed who then told Harry. And he literally blasted everything out of Harry's was in the maze. It was just pure luck that his wand connected with voldemort's. It had nothing to do with his skill
Order of the Phoenix: don't even get me started on this one... he loses his temper so quickly and I blame him ...more

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.

The Marauders (bar Peter, of course) were all some of the most talented wizards of their time, even at very young ages. McGonnagal, who is perhaps the most powerful being in the wizarding world now that Dumbledore and Voldemort are dead, noted his own power, and even in his Azkaban time his skilled magic use was duly remembered. Plus, all that inbreeding has to help with something.

13 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.

It wasn't Salazar who created the original Basilisk. It was Herpo the Foul. Otherwise I agree about him being historically one of the strongest wizards of his time, and possibly of all time.

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

14 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)."

Obviously, Godric Gryffindor was one of 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 duellist of his time. He was also a great swordsman. With the help of his fellow founders, he created the sorting hat.

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 that they actually founded Hogwarts. Mcgonagal mentions that he was one of the four most powerful wizards alive at the time, the other three being Ravenclaw, Hufflebuff and Slytherin, so I would assume that he is a fairly powerful wizard.

This list for characters who are alive for a majority of the series. and if it wasn't, slytherin would beat gryffindor by a little bit

15 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

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!

WHAT he told Harry to give up and he said the Dumbledore was not trustworthy he was like my least favorite he shouldn't even be on this list!

Your hating him doesn't make him any less powerful. Why shouldn't he be on this list?

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

16 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.

Dobby has to be one of my favorite characters. You admire him and feel so bad for him at the same time. Considering that he defeated Lucius Malfoy twice, disarmed Draco and Narcissa and knocked out Wormtail, he is certainly more powerful than your average house elf.

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 ;-;

I love Dobby and he is an extremely cute and powerful house elf-wait come to think of it-why is he on this list? He is an extremely cute ELF

17 Filius Flitwick

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

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

Awesome! When your sad he cheers you up by making cupcakes DANCE!

18 Lily Potter

^ is this a joke? Ron before Professor *McGonagall, Sirius, *Severus Snape, Voldemort dead last? Ron is average. Voldemort is 1st or 2nd. Harry is not that great. He has amazing qualities that make him great like his bravery, but as far as power, no. Other than his Defense Against the Dark Arts skill he's no better than Ron, who isn't anything special. The only reason Harry did anything special was because of Dumbledores incredible skill and smarts planning everything out so thoroughly. The only reason he can do cool stuff like talk to snakes is because of Voldemorts mistake, that could have just as easily been Neville. Did we even read the same book?

Lily Potter is considered to be one of the most powerful witches of her time with exceptional skill and talent according to her previous classmates and teaches, for example Slughorn. Little else is known about her but she is not as powerful as Hermione as mentioned though she is still an exceptionally powerful witch.

Even if people think her wand magic wasnt very good you can't deny her love for harry was the strongest magic in the series. Love is magic as much as divination or defense against the dark arts;lily should be higher than 19

Lily mother of very powerful wizard wife of great wizard this is my list 1. Dumbledore 2. Harry potter 3. Lily Potter 4. Hermione Granger 5. James Potter 6. Ginny Weasley 7. Ron Weasley 8. Proffeser Mcgonigal 9. Sirius Black 10. Severist Snape. DEAD LAST VOLDEMORT

19 Kingsley Shacklebolt

should only be below dumbledore, grindelwald, and voldemort. He was the leader of the order of the phoenix and the minister for magic. He was also able to take on over 15 death eaters at a time and dueled voldemort without breaking a sweat. the most underrated hp character

Kingsley May not be one of the top 5 however he should be in the conversation. Kingsley not only was an auror, 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 2 death eaters at once and behind moody is the second person he targets when escorting harry to the burrow. So behind dumbedore, voldemort, snape, moody, mcgonagal (in that order) he is the sixth most powerful wizard in the HP series

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.

There's one obvious reason for Shacklebolt's invisibility and that's racism. He's a hugely skilled wizard, a great character, and a general badass. People just tend to ignore him because he's not white.

20 Helga Hufflepuff

Helga Hufflepuff is one of four founders of Hogwarts. The students of her house said she was loyal and hardworking. She accepted all her students, muggle-born, too.
She was described as one of the greatest witches of her age. She used her abilities to help create the sorting hat.

How can we know which founders were more powerful than the others.

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

She was the only fair founder.

21 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 is my favorite character and he is needed in a lot of circumstances. Such as Harry's escape from the 2nd movie or Fred's sacrifice. And he does know how to cheat. Just if he knew more spells, damn it! He could have taken Harry's role!

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 while on his eleventh birthday Hagrid had to tell Harry his parents were murdered

Also in First Year Ron wrote to Molly and Arthur asking for presents for Harry cause he had said he didn't get any, get my point?

I'm sorry Ron, I'm so sorry. The damned retards that are the filmmakers made you this way. He is powerful, able to mimick Parsletounge, which is extremely hard to learn. He also was able to cast a very complicated spell in his second year, mind you. The slug-vomiting spell. He is talented and powerful. He's not book smart, like Hermione, but his strategical mind and hands on personality helps him to cast spells fluidly, if not really being able to memorize what Beedle the Bard said on his 16th birthday.

I'm upvoting this solely because everyone in the comments is being a whiny brat. Ron may not be the most powerful, but he sure is competent, and his defining characteristic are not that he is "Harry's sidekick lol" or "GREEDY". Have you not read a single Harry Potter book, or are you just ridiculously obnoxious?

22 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 an 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, for God's sake!

No... According to the book, the one who found him wasn't Luna but Tonk. Tonk was Remus Lupin's wife.

Luna is the best! She sees more in the world then what other can she can see the world as it should be seen and oh most smart any wiz. that you though her way... Luna is better way better then Hermione even she is the best...

LUNA? Hey EmberAshes, Luna was smart and all, but Hermione, Albus, and Harry were smarter. Luna is smart not in books, but in other ways.

Weird is wonderful! She is a big part of the the and in the 7th she leads it with Ginny and Neville.

23 Molly Weasley

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 was too overconfident in her abilities and the battle wasn't all that long, Bellatrix makes one insult and dies

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

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

Molly Weasley was powerful. Remember, she killed Bellatrix! And Bellatrix is powerful.

24 Rowena Ravenclaw

When people look upon bravery, ambition, and hard work, they tend to view wisdom, "as a mean's to an end." Exactly like magic- a mean's to an end. Rowena Ravenclaw managed to hide the fact that her diadem disappeared for years until her death! Ravenclaw also had a deep love for her daughter even though Helena betrayed her! Not to mention that she's a smart knockout- or at least that's how she's described.

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.

Reputation only - likely top ten
If only Rowling made a story about the Founders doing something - we can debate her exact placing as she would have feats.

People are not necessarily more intelligent than animals. Pigs are VERY intelligent. Also, people ARE animals. (She should be higher on the list, too)

25 Nicolas Flamel

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

I would like to add a few items to this list.

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