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Gandalf vs. Dumbledore

February 21, 2012

I’m not going to beat around the bush here. In a duel between Dumbledore and Gandalf, Dumbledore would win. It’s not even a contest. Let’s look at all the powers Gandalf has, and compare them to the much more awesome powers of Dumbledore.
Shining Light: How is this even a power? Anyways, Dumbledore can just use the spell “lumos.”
Telekinesis: Summoning and Banishing charms.
Summoning an Eagle: Dumbledore has a phoenix. A flaming, immortal bird beats a talking eagle. Plus, Dumbledore can summon regular birds with the spell “avis.”
Calling up a horse: Dumbledore can apparate. Why ride a horse when you can just teleport?
Shooting lightning: I actually can’t think of a spell that shoots lightning. However, given that the wizarding world has a spell for almost everything, I’m pretty sure that they would have a spell for shooting lightning.
Making a magical shield: Protego. That is all.
Fire Blasts: This is exactly the same as using “incendio.”
So yeah. Dumbledore can basically do everything Gandalf does. Also, do you know what would’ve happened if Dumbledore was in the Lord of the Rings? The movie would have lasted two minutes, because Dumbledore would have apparated the Fellowship to Mount Doom, dropped the ring in the volcano, and then apparated back before someone could have made a pot of tea.
Oh, and for the people who say that Dumbledore would be powerless without his wand, that’s also not entirely true. In the third movie, Dumbledore uses a cushioning charm on Harry so that he doesn’t die without his wand. He can also set candles on fire without his wand. In addition, Gandalf can’t use magic without his staff either. When Saruman takes his staff and locks him at the top of his tower, Gandalf has to wait for a flying eagle to save him.
So, not only can Dumbledore do everything Gandalf does, he can also do about a thousand other things, such as making potions, transfiguring objects, teleporting, reading minds, and stunning five people at once. So, that’s why I think Dumbledore would kick Gandalf’s ass in a duel.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2012 6:45 am

    Gandalf wins. I’ll tell you why.
    If these wizards were bands and there was a big battle of the bands event, Dumbledore would only be a cover band for Gandalf. I’m not saying I don’t love Dumbledore because I really do. It’s just that I’d like to think that Albus would be so full of humility, he would concede that he was merely a derivative character of Dumbledore. He’d put his wand down in reverence. And Gandalf would win. No contest.
    Just my 2cents, for what that’s worth 🙂

  2. February 21, 2012 12:16 pm

    Gandalf came back from the dead. Winner, Gandalf. 🙂

  3. February 22, 2012 12:49 am

    @wchamberlain, I was going to say that. 🙂

    I think you did a fair job comparing what Dumbledore and Gandalf can do and the implications should there be such a duel. That said, I love both and I bet they wouldn’t compete with each other, especially about who is more powerful, ie. there will be no such duel.

    Your post also made me think (and that’s a very good thing in and of itself), particularly about why I like them both and what it is I admire most about them. In fact, they have a fair bit in common (not counting the flowing white hair and larger-than-life presence):

    – sense of humour
    – wisdom and brevity in words
    – turning away from the lure of absolute power
    – understanding of, and empathy for, the human condition
    – personal sacrifices for the greater good
    – enigmatic (so really, we’ve only got glimpses of who they really are and what they can do)

    To be honest, it took me a second reading to fully appreciate the richness of The Lord of the Rings. It took me a second reading to understand the power of the ring, the relevance of the Fellowship and really, Froddo’s struggle – and why Gandalf (and most likely Dumbledore) did not do as you suggested. Besides, where’s the story in that and at the end of the day, it’s all about the story. Tolkien is a master story-teller. The movies were fantastic but the books are better still. Ditto for Rowling and Harry Potter.

    So in the end (in my opinion, anyway), the true test of a man (or wizard) is not what he can do but what he chooses to do. Dumbledore and Gandalf are both great in my eyes and they can share that greatness, no need to fight about it.

  4. March 5, 2012 9:34 pm

    I think Gandalf would win. He is immune to fire and promised not to use his full power against sauron in the books. Also, he could use his wrds of command to break dumbledores wand. Lastly, he has a sword. Just what I think.

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