The Harry Potter series is full of badass duels, but which is the greatest?
When it comes to the Wizarding World film series, the fandom tends to disagree about pretty much everything (especially when you rank the films). If there’s one thing we can all agree on, however, it’s that the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films have given us some of the most exciting, iconic and badass action scenes in Hollywood history.
From Harry and Draco Malfoy’s hilariously badass duel in The Chamber Of Secrets to the epic battle between Lord Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore in The Order Of The Phoenix, the Harry Potter franchise is full of memorable and unique action sequences, and we’re here to rank our favourites! For my latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, I’m shining a light on the Harry Potter series’ greatest duels (including Fantastic Beasts) and ranking my ten favourite sequences from worst to best!
Without further ado, here’s my ranking of the ten most badass duels in the Wizarding World franchise:
10. Harry Potter Vs. Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
How could we not include Harry’s first ever duel and his first battle against his nemesis (at least at Hogwarts), Draco Malfoy!
While Harry and Malfoy’s first duel in Lockhart’s duelling club is more playful than any other duel on this list, it earns its spot because it’s not only the first proper duel we see in the series but it is also one of the funniest and most enjoyable action scenes in the Harry Potter franchise!
9. Tina Vs. Theseus Scamander – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
While Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald proved to be the most controversial film in the Wizarding World franchise, the film offers a handful of spectacular duels! This duel in particular, which shows Tina Goldstein hilariously take-down Theseus Scamander is one of the most entertaining and badass sequences in the series!
Made even better by Newt’s stunned and joyous response to seeing his brother humiliated and defeated by Tina, we could just watch this duel over and over again!
8. Harry Potter Vs. Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
If you’re looking for the most brutal and gut-wrenching sequences in the Harry Potter, I think we’ve found what you’re looking for! Draco and Harry’s ferocious duel in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is a gritty, harsh and utterly bloodthirsty battle!
While Harry and Draco had certainly dueled before this moment, this was the first time we saw the two wizards truly attempt to hurt one another. This is a rare sequence as it forces you to question Harry’s behaviour, and does a great job of making the audience sympathise for a character they’ve disliked since the very beginning.
7. Harry Potter Vs. Severus Snape – Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Following one of the most heart-breaking moments in the entire Wizarding World franchise, this duel is packed full of emotion.
While Snape’s duel with Harry is somewhat short and admittedly one-sided, it’s unquestionably one of the more badass, emotional and impactful action scenes in the Harry Potter franchise! This scene, like many involving Snape, becomes even more heart-wrenching when you watch for a second time and fully understand what Snape had to do in order to protect Harry and the Wizarding World.
6. Newt Scamander Vs. Percival Graves/Gellert Grindelwald – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
This scene might not be one that fans were expecting to find on this list, but it’s undoubtedly one of the Wizarding World franchise’s most badass duels!
While this is less of a duel and more of Graves/Grindelwald attacking Newt, it’s one of the more brutal and spectacularly epic action sequences in the franchise. Graves/Grindelwald is able to display his incredible strength, as he hits Newt time after time with no sign of slowing down or getting tired. If not for Credence, we strongly believe Newt Scamander would have perished here.
5. Molly Weasley Vs. Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
It’s quite easily one of the Harry Potter franchise’s most iconic, beloved and badass moments! The Harry Potter series is all about a mothers love for her child, and this scene beautifully shows what a mother is willing to do in order to protect their child.
Watching as Molly Weasley, who is the Harry Potter series’ ultimate mother, step in to protect Ginny and fight Bellatrix Lestrange is one of the most incredible and inspirational moments in the entire franchise. It also helps that Molly turns out to be one of the most badass and capable witches, wiping the smug smile from Bellatrix’s face, before killing the dark witch in epic fashion!
4. Minerva McGonagall Vs Severus Snape – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
When it comes to the most badass duels in the Harry Potter series, it’s impossible to ignore this incredible duel between Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall! Watching as these two Hogwarts professors go head-to-head is one of the series’ most memorable, exciting and impactful moments, especially when you understand Snape’s motives!
Potterheads will likely have noticed (especially in a second or third viewing) that Snape only defends himself in this duels, in an attempt to protect McGonagall and the other students. Look even closer, however, and you’ll see that Snape actually uses Minerva’s attacks to disarm and knock-out the Carrows.
3. Harry Potter Vs. Lord Voldemort – Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry and Voldemort’s epic first clash in Little Hangleton graveyard is arguably the most emotional and shocking duel in the entire Harry Potter franchise, and it perfectly sets the bar for what a great wizarding duel should look like!
Watching as Harry accepts his destiny and steps out to face Voldemort in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is without question one of the most inspiring and badass moments in the entire Wizarding World franchise, and it’s followed by an outrageously cool, breathtakingly beautiful wizarding duel!
2. Harry Potter Vs. Lord Voldemort – Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Harry’s iconic defeat of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is quite easily one of the most breathtaking, exciting and emotionally satisfying sequences in the entire Harry Potter series!
More than any other duel on this list, the final clash between Harry and Voldemort makes you feel how truly desperate each of the characters are to defeat the other. The Harry Potter series needed to end with a mighty bang, and this sequence delivered more than enough to satisfy lifelong fans!
1. Albus Dumbledore Vs. Lord Voldemort – Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
When it comes to the greatest duel in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies, you won’t find any better than the incredible showdown between the Wizarding World‘s two most powerful wizards, Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort.
Taking place at the end of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, this beautifully shot and undeniably badass duel lets Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort prove their abilities. As perhaps the most famous and powerful wizards of all-time, it’s exhilarating to watch these two go head-to-head!
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