The 30 Most Powerful Wizards and Witches in Movies and TV Series

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From evil enchanting warlocks to fireball-wielding sorcerers, for this list, we’ve rounded up the most powerful wizards and witches in tv series, and movies.

Who, then, is the most “powerful” wizard and witch? To compare different characters from different universes, we need to discuss the various abilities that they show. This list qualifies those who use and learn how to cast spells in an academic fashion, like a chemical science through intellect and learning.

We list 30 wizards and witches, and your assignment is to rank the most powerful magical being of all time. Just click this link and upvote your way! Find out who the masses voted for.

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30 / 30. Sorcerer Mickey (Fantasia, Film)

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30 / 30. Sorcerer Mickey (Fantasia, Film)

Sid is a powerful wizard who was once Mickey Mouse’s master. He taught him everything he knows of magic and the Keyblade. He owns a magical hat, which is apparently the source of his power.

When Mickey wears Sid’s sorcerer hat, it amplifies his magic skills and allows him to cast spells that don’t drain him.

He can bring inanimate objects to life, teleport objects, generate and throw fireballs, and reverse time. Mickey can make commits crash down from space.

However, he never fully mastered its power. The hat can easily backfire against him, it cannot contain darkness and will instead unleash the darkness into someone else.

29 / 30. Kiki (Kiki Delivery Service, Anime Film)

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29 / 30. Kiki (Kiki Delivery Service)

Kiki is a magical girl and a witch/spellcaster.

Even though the anime movie is about a witch, the only supernatural acts in the movie are Kiki flying on a broom and talking to her cat.

Kiki was simply born a witch and stays a witch.

The anime film features no powerful superheroes, no evil monsters, and no fight scenes. So why is Kiki included in this list? Not using her skills doesn’t mean Kiki’s not powerful, so it’s up to you to decide.

28 / 30. Miracle Max (The Princess Bride, Film)

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28 / 30. Miracle Max (The Princess Bride)

While his magic powers are not amazing, we just love Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), a Mel Brooks New Yorker stereotypic character.

Inigo Montoya and Fezzik rescue Wesley from the dungeon, but he’s almost dead. They go to a man who can supposedly do miracles for a price. They find this old wizard in the woods who creates a magic portion to bring the hero back from the dead.

Billy Crystal made Rob Reiner laugh up so hard that he had to make someone else direct his scenes because he couldn’t hold in his laughter long enough to get the shots. Now that’s magic!

27 / 30. The Wicked Witch of The West (The Wizard Of Oz, Film)

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27 / 30. The Wicked Witch of The West (The Wizard Of Oz, Film)

A feared ruler of the land of the Winkies, The Wicked Witch Of The West, (Margaret Hamilton) chases the misplaced Dorothy Gale in order to recover her sister’s magical Ruby Slippers.

She just loves to spread terror all across the lands of Oz by commanding an entire army of flying monkeys to do her bidding.

She can throw fireballs, teleports, disappears, throw large hourglass, spies and cast spells with a crystal ball, and can fly a broomstick.

However, when confronted by a bucket of water, she melts.

26 / 30. Gargamel (The Smurfs, Animated TV Series)

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26 / 30. Gargamel (The Smurfs, Animated TV Series)

An evil and poor wizard that doesn’t think about his consequences.

Gargamel is the sworn enemy of the Smurfs. His life mission is to capture Smurfs to make them as an ingredient for the potion to make gold.

But his efforts always fail. His magic skills are debatable. He relies on books to compose magic from different components, but he’s one of the worst magic alchemists in the market.

25 / 30. Alex Russo (Wizards of Waverly Place, TV Series) 

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25 / 30. Alex Russo (Wizards of Waverly Place, TV Series) 

The Disney series chronicles the story of 3 teenaged wizard siblings from the Russo family training to compete at the wizard world competition, where one of them becomes the family wizard.

Alex Russo, (Selena Gomez) is carefree, funny, never follows rules, and always has her way with people around her.

All the wizards in the series have magical skills that can be comparable regardless of bloodline, and they must be practiced on and advanced through wands, spell memorization, and magical power. 

24 / 30. Fujimoto (Ponyo, Anime Film)

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24 / 30. Fujimoto (Ponyo, Anime Film)

Fujimoto is the father of Ponyo, a small being that nearly destroys the world by being so hyperactive and enthusiastic.

in Ghibli’s animated film Ponyo, Fujimoto is a talented potion maker, wizard, scientist, and guardian of sea life. Some fans suggest that Fujimoto is originally taken from Julius Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the sea”. He seems to exit his human being form because he dislikes humans and instead became a sea creature.

He can make potions that can increase the level of life in the ocean or the strength of his own magic. His magic powers enable him to survive in both salty and freshwater.

See also: The Top 12 Greatest Movies Like Princess Mononoke

23 / 30. Atsuko Kagari (Little Witch Academia, Anime TV Series)

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23 / 30. Atsuko Kagari (Little Witch Academia, Anime TV Series)

It is impossible to include Little Witch Academia in this list without mentioning the words Harry Potter, the anime version. Boomstick riding witches, a forbidden forest surrounding the school, wands, it’s all here.

Atsuko Kagari, Akko for short, worships the witch Shiny Chario, and first sees her performs at a crowded pavilion. Now a freshman in high school, this cute anime girl enrolled in Luna Nova Magical Academy, the same boarding school that Chariot attended in her youth.

Akko works extremely hard at trying to overcome her lack of magic talent. She can learn some magic spells, and she does develop her magic steadily as the series goes on.

22 / 30. Ursula (The Little Mermaid, Film)

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22 / 30. Ursula (The Little Mermaid, Film)

This weird-looking, half-human half-octopus witch wants total power of the seas. She uses a black magic spell to capture Ariel’s voice.

By making Ariel mute, and by gaining Ariel’s singing ability, Ursula has the power to seduce the Prince and thus gain his lands.

And with Ariel’s soul, she would be able to force King Triton to kneel to her. She’s already powerful without it.

21 / 30. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda, Film)

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21 / 30. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda, Film)

Next on our list ist is a six-year-old young witch. After severe emotional abuse from her parents and the school principal, Matilda develops powers of telekinesis.

How does she use these powers, you may ask? She can move objects with her mind and has hyper-sensitive reflexes. Her magic powers are like how the Jedi use the Force. They emerge inexplicably but are clearly motivated by strong negative emotions.

Throughout the movie, she terrorizes others (mostly deservingly). For example, Matilda uses her powers to keep her fellow classmates from getting seriously injured. When her brother throws a carrot at her, she stops it in mid-air.

“With great power comes great responsibility”, and Matilda knows that. Indeed she uses them for the collective good.

20 / 30. Shang Tsun (Mortal Kombat, Movie)

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20 / 30. Shang Tsun (Mortal Kombat, Movie)

An ancient and powerful wizard. Shang Tsun consumes the souls of others to fuel his own stolen lifeforce and amplify his cosmic powers. He had corrupted the Mortal Kombat Tournament to his own goals, taking all the warrior’s souls for his own collection.

He uses a mix of science and sorcery. When Shang Tsun wears his Flesh Pits form, he cab create new slave mutants for his own master, Shao Kahn. He uses the souls not only for energizing his sorcery but to shapeshift and take on the look and skills of anyone he copied! Kind of like Gargamel and the smurfs, but on steroids.

19 / 30. Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries, TV Series)

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19 / 30. Bonnie Bennett, The Vampire Diaries, TV Series

The teenage tv series has magic, vamps, wolves, sirens, siphons, and witches. 

Bonnie Bennet, (Kat Graham) is a powerful witch. She has the most powers compared to all the other witches in the Vampire Diary. 

Bonnie uses, spirit and dark magic, she actually destroyed hell, and turned people to stone.

18 / 30. Melisandre (Game Of Throne, TV Series)

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18 / 30. Melisandre (Game Of Throne, TV Series)

Granted she’s not a witch, rather a (Red) Priest who worships the Lord of Light.

Melisandre has a constant urge for religious sacrifices. Taking lives for magical powers really seems to be part of the godly portfolio of the Red God.

Melisandre controls the “power within” – resurrection, not a simple piece of magic. She owns a mix of shadow magic and skills she has picked up in her long life.

Yes, Melisandre’s magic is limited, because those who practice magic in Game Of Thrones tend to be persecuted and exploited. 

17 / 30. Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files, TV Series)

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17 / 30. Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files, TV Series)

A former wizard and private investigator.

Harry Dresden, (Paul Blackthorne) solves mysteries that concern the mystical world that lurks just behind the veil of the windy city.

Harry’s skills include dirty’ magic which creates large blasts of fire and force, weather control, manipulating gravity, and lightning magic.

Harry Dresden has a gun and magic shield made out of his will, a very powerful wizard.

16 / 30. Sabrina (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, TV Series)

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16 / 30. Sabrina (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, TV Series)

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV series is as dark as the original comics.

Sabrina, (Kiernan Shipka) doesn’t use a wand, she is naturally powerful and has a lot of experience and along with that is sort of the queen of hell and also super experienced in fighting a variety of dark creatures.

“Chilling-Sabrina” actually kills things now and then.

She is not the most talented magician, and she’s a bit clumsy and impulsive. However, she never gives up and always wants to win.

15 / 30. Skeletor (Masters of the Universe, Animated TV Series)

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15 / 30. Skeletor, Masters of the Universe, Animated TV Series

The blue-skinned sorcerer, and He-Man‘s arch-enemy, is skilled in black magic and all forms of combat.

Skeletor was King Randor’s long-lost brother Keldor, who had tried to master magic and in a failed experiment was lost in a dimension beyond time, which is probably where he lost his face and became Hordak’s pupil.

He is easily capable of the same kind of powers as the strongest wizards from the Harry Potter series. In addition, Skeletor knows science and swordplay and cracks jokes while casting spells.

He is extremely cunning and intelligent which makes him a powerful wizard indeed!

14 / 30. Yennefer (The Witcher, TV Series)

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14 / 30. Yennefer (The Witcher, TV Series)

Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) is one of the protagonists of The Netflix show The Witcher. She is a member of the lower chamber council of the Brotherhood of Sorcerers. 

She is a quarter elve, and this might give her additional skills and a favorable genetic background as a sorceress. Yennefer is the second most powerful mage during the Second Nilfgaardian war.

She has to control her emotions in order to control her powers. Her first time with magic, she created a portal, impressive magic by all accounts.

Her skills are evident in several events. She can keep extremely difficult healing spells going, teleport beings.

Essentially her magic has a dark side. The book series describes her magically charming men and then performs intercourse with them while using their home for protection and whatever she can enjoy from it!

In the series, this is reduced to her just enchanting the town and watching them have an orgy for her amusement.

Yennefer fights and wins against impossible odds.

13 / 30. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty, Animated Film)

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13 / 30. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty, Animated Film)

Self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil”, some fans would say she’s a fairy, others suggest she’s a witch from an inherently magical Druids, wizards, sorceresses, and clerics race who are usually portrayed as humans who have no internal magic but are able to manipulate magical forces.

Cartoon Maleficent can cast hellish spells and can turn into a giant dragon.

She has killed using the magical “Sword of Truth” created by the fairies, and it is unknown if anything else is even capable of doing her in.

12 / 30. The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia, Film)

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12 / 30. The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia, Film)

Queen Jadis (Tilda Swinton), the White Witch of Narnia, is extremely powerful.

During 900 years of her banishment, she grows stronger and stronger in dark magic. The white witch is half jinn, a species with innate magical abilities, and half-giant, a species with sub-human intellect and high physical prowess.

Jadis’s max attack is the deplorable word, which kills everyone but the person speaking it. Her powers are quite amazing but still limited to influencing the weather and turning people to stone.

In several ways, she is like a powered-down version of Saruman. 

11 / 30. Merlin (Excalibur, 1981 Film)

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11 / 30. Merlin (Excalibur, 1981 Film)

Merlin (Nicol Williamson) from The legends of Arthur’ Excalibur (1981.) He is not a character from novels in the literary sense, but from legends.

Merlin comes from a combination of stories and storytellers. His magical power level changes from one story to the other.

He’s nearly god-like in his powers, sometimes he’s very limited. However, he can be so powerful that he can fight off entire armies with his destructive spells.

Merlin can call entire biblical storms into being, rain fire from the sky, he is typically shown to be a master shapeshifter.

Merlin is pretty much anything else he wants to be.  

10 / 30. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV Series)

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10 / 30. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV Series)

Willow (Alyson Hannigan) is one of the most powerful witches in the Buffy realm.

She is practically at the level of a goddess, especially when she is super pissed off and planning to destroy the world. 

When she’s burning hot and seriously angry, there’s just no way for her opponents to win.

This is the witch who nearly burned the Earth to a cinder, who cast a spell that empowered thousands of young women in the Buffyverse.

But, most of her magic requires spells, she’s limited to what she knows when she isn’t Dark Willow.

9 / 30. Zatanna Zatara (DC Universe)

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9 / 30. Zatanna (DC Universe)

In the marvel universe, everyone is born with the ability to use magic, they only need to learn how to master it, usually from a teacher. This also happens to be what is defined as a sorcerer.

This DC female superhero is a magician and she is the daughter of Zatara. She is Homo Magi, which means she was born with her powers. She is also a member of the Justice League, as well as its supernatural team, the Justice League Dark.

The purple hair superhero uses a term called Backward Magic”. Zatanna says things backward to cast a spell. But, on many occasions, she has cast spells without speaking at all. She mostly just speak backward to channel her spells better.

As a magic user, Zatanna possesses various types of abilities, including turning massive tidal waves into ice, magic involving blasts/attacks of energy, healing, Invisibility, and spells that involve stopping, freezing, and moving people/objects.

8 / 30. Harry Potter (Harry Potter Movie Series)

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8 / 30. Harry Potter (Movie Series)

The obvious pick is of course! The chosen one boy is good at spells, or rather one spell. That’s right! But he always produces a Patronus Charm stronger than Hermione’s.

Other than that, he is merely mediocre at spells, even though he runs the DA. However, he makes up for a lot of that with his teleportation skills.

Potter’s go-to attack is always “Expelliarmus”, as the wand is FAR more important in “Potter-magic”.

Harry Potter, (Daniel Radcliffe) has powerful magic inside him, and most of this power is wasted ’cause he didn’t dedicate to studies’ so more skilled wizards or witches would be able to defeat and outrank him.

See also: The Lord of the Rings vs Harry Potter – Which Is Better?

7 / 30. Palpatine (Star Wars, Movie Series)

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7 / 30. Palpatine (Star Wars, Movie Series)

Okay, we understand he is a Star Wars Jedi and not a wizard, but some might argue Palpatine, (Ian McDiarmid) is a master manipulator wizard.

He uses what is known as Sith Sorcery and alchemy. Some Sith who weren’t gifted with powerful physical would instead use their minds as their weapons and they could be potent weapons indeed.

He can probe people’s minds for information, create illusions, see into the future, create and control several force storms, with enough power to destroy entire fleets.

In addition, he is able to act as wormholes, all from the other side of the galaxy. Yet, The best power Palpatine has in his arsenal is his charisma/politician prowess.

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6 / 30. Shazam The Wizard (DC Comics)

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6 / 30. Shazam The Wizard (DC Comics)

The wizard is an ancient Egyptian sorcerer, who chose the red superhero, Billy Batson, aka Shazam. He gifts his powers to deserving mortals over the centuries. 

He is near-godly in his powers. Shazam shares the same power as other thunder gods. It grants him the ability to form perfect storms of rain, lightning, and thunder.

He has the “wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the courage of Achilles, the power of Zeus, the stamina of Atlas, and the speed of Mercury.”

5 / 30. Dr. Strange (Dr. Strange 2016 Movie)

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5 / 30. Dr. Strange (Dr. Strange 2016 Movie)

Member of the Avengers Doctor Strange, (Benedict Cumberbatch) serves as the Sorcerer Supreme. He is the most skilled and most powerful wizard in Marvel, the god of magic.

Dr. Strange summoned a group of cosmic entities known as the Vishanti. The Vishanti are a trio of supernatural, god-like beings.

In addition, he uses a wide range of supernatural abilities including The Eye of Agamotto and Cloak of Levitation to perform magic and Time stone as a power source to manipulate Time. That includes telepathy, invisible and intangible powers, telepathy, energy blasts, and time manipulation. The Wand of Watoomb increases his powers and allows him to absorb mystical energy.c

4 / 30. Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter, Movie Series)

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4 / 30. Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter, Movie Series)

In the world of Harry Potter, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is a supreme villain who had built several Horcruxes to cheat death.

He is a dark wizard of an unparalleled range of spells and powers too great to list. He can withstand fire, his wand spun lightning, and is capable of causing weather turbulences on a grand scale. Lord Voldemort knows a wide range of spells.

Yet, he was struck down by two swordsmen.

Voldemort is too arrogant and is always portrayed as having an almost desperate need to finish all his duels as directly and quickly as possible in order to prove his superiority.

While this makes for impressive displays of dominance against lower-tiered wizards it becomes a huge weakness against wizards in the same tier as himself.

3 / 30. Sauron (The Lord of the Rings, Movie Series)

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3 / 30. Sauron (The Lord of the Rings, Movie Series)

Sauron, like Gandalf, is a Maia (divine being). However, he is in a higher order than Maiar, higher than Gandalf.

Saruman and two blue wizards were sent to Middle-earth by the Valar to give advice and assist the people of Middle-Earth.

Thus, they were severely limited in power and we’re given the bodies of old men because they were not meant to take action, but merely assist.

Sauron is not human, nor a mortal. He is not limited, like a wizard. Sauron is the embodiment of the industrial evil and dangerous Maia.

2 / 30. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter, Movie Series)

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2 / 30. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter, Movie Series)

Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) is pretty much one of the most powerful wizards in all of history. He knows that there is a lot more to magic than wand waving.

Dumbledore fought and won against some of the darkest and most powerful wizards including Voldemort, Kingsley, and Percy Weasley. He has experienced failures throughout his life, but the sum total of his work is overwhelmingly positive/

How magically powerful Albus Dumbledore is? Dumbledore has access to a vast array of spells and magical devices that do all kinds of useful things.

Rowling’s magic is indistinguishable from advanced technology and is used with the same ease and facility as technology.

Albus Dumbledore gets a very high score for magical power.

1 / 30. Gandalf (Lord Of The Rings, Movie Series)

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1 / 30. Gandalf (Lord Of The Rings, Movie Series)

In The Lord of the Rings movies, magic is far more subtle than traditional fairy tales. He is wise, composed, and fierce.  

Gandalf, (Ian McKellen) is known as a wizard, but in fact, was not. Gandalf is actually a Maiar, essentially made of magic.

He is the avatar of an angelic being who is sent to earth to help mankind. He has limits but seemingly no personal weaknesses apart from a short temper.

In terms of powers, he is still immensely a powerful wizard, his spells summon storms, light, and flame, control the weather, read minds, and is a master strategist and planner.

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