To celebrate the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we are counting down the most powerful wizards in the Harry Potter series.

So, who made the cut?

5. Snape – Power rank: Werewolf


The Half-Blood Prince, Snape is a greatly underestimated wizard.

At a young age, he was not only a master of potions but was even creating his own spells — an art said to be so incredibly complex and dangerous, few witches or wizards are able to do it successfully.

He was also instrumental in the plans of both Dumbledore and Voldemort, able to convince the dark lord of his trustworthiness and gifted in the ancient craft of occlumecy. 

Just another Hogwarts teacher? Think again.

4. Gellert Grindelwald – Power Rank: Basalisk


Grindewald was a powerful dark wizard, second only to Voldemort in the use of the dark arts.

He and a young Dumbledore planned a rather elaborate and hostile takeover of the wizarding world. But when Albus backed out of the movement, Grindewald chose to go it alone.

A master of magic and the owner of the Elder wand, Gellert was one of the most powerful wizards in history. He may have even succeded in single handedly taking over the wizarding world, if it weren’t for Dumbledore that is. His old friend defeated Gellert Grindelwald in a legendary duel, which saw the dark wizard — feared the world over — sent to Azkaban for the rest of his life.

3. Tom Riddle/Voldemort – Power Rank: Horntail


Lord Voldemort is perhaps the most dangerous wizard ever to have existed, but he had limitations.

His arrogance and ego proved to be out of control on many occasions, ultimately leading to his demise. If he hadn’t insisted Harry Potter die by his hand, he could have lived on and perhaps won control of the wizarding world. But he was just too damn stubborn. He also didn’t inspire much loyalty and fear can only get you so far. If he wasn’t toppled during the Harry Potter series, he would have fallen eventually.

Still, he was unimaginably powerful. His command of magic was near perfect and his agile mind always kept him ahead of his opponents. He could crush any wizard that stood before him — except of course, our next contender.

2. Albus Dumbledore – Power Rank: Pheonix


Tom Riddle’s power was thought to be unmatched in his time, but he was tapping into dark and dangerous magic Dumbledore dare not touch.

Immensely powerful, impossibly intelligent and intuitive, an artist of communication and a man who inspired fierce loyalty, imagine the damage Dumbledore could have done with dark magic like Horcruxes?

Even without these sorts of spells, he was still the only wizard Voldemort really feared. 

If a man who can cheat death fears you, then you truly are a force to be reckoned with.

We get a matchup between these two goliaths of the wizarding world in Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix and the ensuing fight plainly showed Dumbledore was the man in charge. Although the movies don’t really do it justice, in the book Voldemort is almost always on the back foot and fled before the a victor could be crowned.

1. Merlin – Power Rank: Howler


So we’ve had some dangerous men on this list, but who is the most powerful wizard in the Harry Potter franchise?

Surely, it has to be Merlin.

Merlin isn’t your run of the mill wizard. His name has been passed down through the ages, becoming synonymous with shocking and incredible moments.

An incredibly powerful wizard who guided King Arthur during his reign, Merlin has become a fable, a legend, almost god-like.

We know little about him, but we do know is his power and influence has stood the test of time.

Surely even Dumbledore’s name won’t live on like his? If you put Merlin and the old Hogwarts headmaster in the ring, I know who I’d bet on.

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