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Dumbledore V Gandalf, it’s a wizard battle

PUBLISHED: 18:20 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010

THEY are considered to be the movies most powerful wizards, but now thousands have joined an online debate to answer the all important question

THEY are considered to be the movies' most powerful wizards, but now thousands have joined an online debate to answer the all important question: Dumbledore or Gandalf?

On social networking site Facebook there are more than 70 groups - some containing more than 200 members - dedicated to discovering whether Harry Potter's Dumbledore or Lord of the Rings' Gandalf is the ultimate screen wizard.

It seems to be an issue some fans take seriously while others believe the sorcerers would and should never come to blows.

Facebook users and student Sean Rutter messaged: "I love both characters but I really think Gandalf has more power, being a kind of god-spirit and everything."

One of the pro-peace brigade is Pedro Cardenas, who interjected in the name calling and idol threats when he movingly said: "They do not fight!

"This is because both are wizards, wise and were killed in their own masterplan for good. It is the same good spirit reincarnated over time, space and magic."

Millions of people across the globe have read JRR Tolkien's three Lord of the Rings series and JK Rowling's Harry Potter books have sold in phenomenal numbers. And their big-screen adaptations have won them a place in the record books by producing some of the best-selling blockbusters of all time.

Two of Britain's finest actors have played the characters, with Meopham-based Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

Both characters help their young underlings in the struggle between good and evil.

If it were a boxing match the pundits would be hard pressed to call the winner and millions around the world would tune in to see the fists fly.

Ultimately, Dumbledore's mortality was proven when he died in order to save troubled Hogwarts student Draco Malfoy's soul.

Although it seemed as though Gandalf had perished, he returned even stronger to help main character Frodo to complete his task.

My heart says Meopham man Mr Gambon would take the tie but my head tells me it is Sir Ian's fight to lose.

Both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are about the struggle of good against evil and in tales like these the heart often rules the head so perhaps Dumbledore could cause an upset. But all is not as it seems in the wizardry world and we may never know.

* Do you have a story for Potter Watch? E-mail fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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