Top Ten Strongest Wizards in Harry Potter

Harry Potter and Duels

The Harry Potter books and movies have enchanted audiences for years. Throughout the many pages chronicling Harry's adventures, he encounters a plethora of powerful wizards and witches. But which one could fight like no other? Voldemort? Snape? Crabbe?!? Okay, maybe not him, but today we'll take a look at the very best duelists in the wizarding world.

No ancient wizards, like Godric Gryffindor or Salazar Slytherin, are included. Also, spoiler alert.

Kingsley Shacklebolt
Kingsley Shacklebolt

10. Kingsley Shacklebolt

A member of the Order of the Phoenix who was introduced in book five, Kingsley Shacklebolt demonstrates great strength. He's held his own against many powerful dark wizards like Bellatrix Lestrange and Augustus Rookwook. In book seven (Deathly Hallows), Kingsley single-handedly holds off Voldemort before the Dark Lord disengages to battle Harry. Later, Kingsley, with help from Professors McGonagall and Slughorn, duels Voldemort yet again in an almost-equal match. Throughout the series he survives many battles and defeats several Death Eaters.

His role in the movies is limited due to time constraints, but Kingsley's might is unquestionable.

Molly Weasley
Molly Weasley

9. Molly Weasley

The good-natured mother of Harry's best friend Ronald Weasley turns out to be an amazingly skilled duelist. Though we almost never see her fight, Molly Weasley battles and kills Bellatrix Lestrange, an immensely powerful dark witch and Voldemort's second-in-command. Molly demonstrated incredible proficiency with non-verbal spells and rapidly hexed Lestrange with a plethora of curses, finally breaking through her defenses.

Molly's far stronger than we gave her credit for, though it should be noted Lestrange's loss was partially due to her not taking Mrs. Weasley seriously.

Alastor Moody
Alastor Moody

8. Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody was widely considered to be the best Auror of all time, a man hired to track and bring in dark wizards. Moody was said to be personally responsible for filling half the cells in Azkaban prison. In the books, Moody defeats many Death Eaters and during the broomstick chase at the beginning of Deathly Hallows, Moody is noted by Voldemort as the biggest threat. Moody eventually falls to a Killing Curse cast by the Dark Lord, but the spell wouldn't have connected if not for the cowardly Mundungus Fletcher's interference.

Moody is no doubt a powerful dielist, and was likely even more fearsome when he in his prime.

Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange

7. Bellatrix Lestrange

The right-hand woman of Lord Voldemort, Belleatrix Lestrange is one of the most cruel, sadistic characters featured in Harry Potter. That doesn't stop her from being an amazingly talented duelist. She survived loads of fights throughout the series, often walking away victorious. Her most notable accomplishments include defeating and killing Sirius Black, taking on three skilled witches at once (Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood), and even deflecting a spell from Albus Dumbledore.

Lestrange's insanity and arrogance is her downfall, causing her to fatally underestimate the abilities of Molly Weasley.

Minerva McGonagall
Minerva McGonagall

6. Minerva McGonagall

The elegant head of Gryffindor House, Professor McGonagall fights rarely, but exceptionally. She triumphs against the Death Eater Alecto Carrow in book six (Half-Blood Prince). More notably, she duels Severus Snape to a draw, and later takes on Voldemort himself alongside Kingsley and Professor Slughorn. Despite her old age, McGonagall proves to be a powerful force of good capable of out-duelling much younger and more agile opponents.

In addition to her fighting abilities, McGonagall is intelligent, an expert at Transfiguration, and an Animagus, allowing her to transform into a cat at will.

Severus Snape
Severus Snape

5. Severus Snape

A fan-favorite, Severus Snape is a wizard to be taken seriously. Sirius Black once stated Severus knew more curses when he arrived at Hogwarts than half of the seventh-year students. Like McGonagall, we rarely see him battle, yet he's always impressive. He defeats Gilderoy Lockhart with a single spell, fights McGonagall to a draw, and absolutely dominates Harry in a duel at the end of Half-Blood Prince.

Plus, Severus is an amazing spy, excellent with potions, capable of reading the minds of others, and known to have invented his own spells, like the destructive sectumsempra.

Filius Flitwick
Filius Flitwick

4. Filius Flitwick

This amazing duelist unfortunately receives much less focus than other characters, often causing him to be overlooked. Flitwick is the Charms teacher at Hogwarts, and Head of Ravenclaw House. Back in his youth, Flitwick earned the title of "dueling champion" thanks to his incredible magical proficiency. Evidently, his skills haven't diminished. Flitwick is the wizard who takes down Death Eater Antonin Dolohov, who himself was a talented fighter that beat Mad-Eye Moody and killed Remus Lupin. Flitwick is particularly skilled with defensive magic, and produces many powerful shielding spells.

Though overshadowed by more prominent characters, and given somewhat comical moments in the films, Flitwick remains one of the strongest fighters introduced in the series.

Gellert Grindelwald
Gellert Grindelwald

3. Gellert Grindelwald

Considered the second most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time, Gellert Grindelwald likely would have taken over the wizarding world if not for the intervention of Albus Dumbledore. The two men once had what is widely considered the greatest duel of all time, lasting a whopping three hours, with Dumbledore narrowly emerging the victor. Grindelwald was boosted by the power of the Elder Wand he wielded, but even with its help, being able to almost defeat Dumbledore in his prime shows just how dangerous Gellert Grindelwald was.

Even when facing torture and death at the hands of Voldemort, Grindelwald seems to have the psychological edge, laughing as he refuses to help Voldemort locate the Elder Wand.

Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort

2. Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle)

The Dark Lord of courses proves to be a menace few can stand up to. Voldemort murders and out-duels tons characters in the series, and even battles an Elder Wand-brandishing Dumbledore. He kills Alastor Moody, Severus Snape, James and Lilly Potter, among others. He also fights three incredibly skilled duelists, Kingsley, McGonagall, and Slughorn, and might have won if not for the interference of Harry Potter. Harry has foiled Voldemort twice, once as an infant and once as a young man, but both instances were the results of flukes rather than skill. As a child, Lilly's love for Harry rebounded Voldemort's curse back at him, and as an adolescent, Harry triumphed against Voldemort only through mastering the powers of the Elder Wand.

Voldemort was a terrible yet great wizard who I'm convinced is the second strongest duelist of all time.

Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore

1. Albus Dumbledore

The seemingly infinite wisdom and kindness of Dumbledore contrasts with his almost unbelievable dueling abilities. Dumbledore is simply the strongest wizard in the series. Intelligent, brilliant, well-rounded, Dumbledore defeats several Death Eaters in moments. However, his most impressive accomplishments are dueling Voldemort, despite being hampered by extreme age, and overcoming an Elder Wand-wielding Grindelwald.

Dumbledore is likely the most intelligent wizard in the series, and certainly the strongest. He shows a mastery of dozens of spells, seeming to favor the element of fire. Though he perishes, no other character does more to combat evil and thwart Grindelwald and Voldemort than Albus Dumbledore.

Your Favorite Wizards

Hopefully you've enjoyed reviewing the best duelists in Harry Potter. J.K Rowling introduces so many talented wizards and witches that it was pretty hard to squeeze in just ten. Feel free to name your own top ten in the comments, and I'll see you at our next countdown!

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CYong74 3 months ago from Singapore

I would personally rank Snape to be above Flitwick and Grindelwald. But otherwise your list makes a lot of sense. Great too that you highlighted Bellatrix lost possibly because she underestimated Molly. A lot of lists doesn't highlight that.

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