George R.R. Martin Says Gandalf Would Beat Dumbledore In A Fight

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 13.05.19

Gandalf or Dumbledore? Who would win in a fight? It’s a question that’s plagued the minds of fantasy fans for years and George R.R. Martin has now chimed in.


It seems like in general, most people like to say that Gandalf would win the fight and I simply think that’s because he’s existed longer as a character. It’s more respectable to say that Gandalf is stronger because he wasn’t invented the same year as Google. Same reason Tom Sawyer would kill Batman without breaking a sweat.


Now, I’m going to sound like an idiot here because I haven’t read the Lord of the Rings books, but it really seems to me that Dumbledore is better at magic than Gandalf.

From what you see in the films, the apotheosis of Gandalf’s magic is tuning his staff into a glorified torch. It looks cool and he’s pretty handy with a sword, but come on, look at Albus here…

Meanwhile Gandalf seems to exclusively mess with the lighting and crack a few rocks. I get that there’s more to him than that, but making a boat out of pipe smoke doesn’t do it for me.


Well George R.R. Martin thinks I’m wrong, and backs Gandalf to win in a fight between the two.


Variety reports that after the screening of Tolkien – the biopic about the Lord of the Rings creator – Lily Collins said Harry Potter was her favourite book series. However, she was then interrupted by George R.R. Martin, who exclaimed:

Gandalf could kick Dumbledore’s ass.”


Don’t sugarcoat it.

No subtext at all, is there? He got his point across and buggered off. Fair enough, George. Fair enough.


Warner Bros. have the rights to both characters though, so maybe they could make something where they fight (though they won’t and they shouldn’t).

To be honest, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if JK Rowling crawled out of her cave to say that Harry Potter is in the same universe as Lord of the Rings and that Sauron was a rogue Death Eater who stole one of the Horcruxes (The One Ring). That absolutely seems like her style.


Look, if I had to put money on it, I’d say that Albus would win in a fight between himself and Mithrandir. Even if he did get killed by a 50-year-old goth in the end. I understand that Gandalf is basically an angel, but Dumbledore has a wand made by Death himself and actually uses it.

Matilda would kill them both without blinking, though.

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