Shamans have been a part of history for centuries. People like the Russian mystic Rasputin and Nicholas Flamel, who discovered the Sorcerer’s Stone, were both believed to be real-life witches decades ago. Stories of these sorcerers have found their way into modern popular culture, often through fantasy stories. Books, movies, TV shows, and other media all depict humans using this magic. Gandalf the Grey, Dr Strange, and Voldemort are just some of the fictional wizards who make an impact. Then you have famous magicians like David Blaine and David Copperfield. Although the term magician may be more appropriate, these magicians are still worth mentioning in the conversation of famous magicians.
Whatever you want to call them, all of these characters and famous people can be defined as witches. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful and famous wizards throughout history and popular culture that are sure to leave you spellbound.
1. Harry Potter
Arguably the most famous witch on this list comes from the wisdom of author JK Rowling. The Harry Potter The series follows the adventures of young wizard Harry Potter while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With each novel, Harry’s powers increase until he is forced to fight his archenemy, Voldemort. Firstly Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduces young readers to Potter and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
The books proved to be such a success that they were adapted into a series of movies. Daniel Radcliffe scored the coveted role of Harry, making the film a huge success and spawning several spin-off films and books.
The mythical Merlin is a witch in Arthurian legend. He acts as King Arthur’s right-hand man and is involved in many famous stories about Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Merlin uses her powers for good and helps Arthur’s kingdom. He is the one who helps Arthur find Excalibur and the Holy Grail. But he has a weakness; women. Merlin’s death occurred after he fell in love with the Lady of the Lake. He couldn’t stand her betrayal and was buried alive in a cave. While Merlin is considered a fictional character, he is a combination of historical and legendary figures.
3. Gandalf the Gray
Gandalf appears a lot in JRR Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Identifiable by his long beard and even larger pointed hat, Gandalf possesses immense strength, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be killed. The most recognizable version of Gandalf comes from the movie adaptation of Tolkien’s books. Sir Ian McKellen plays the mythical wizard in a commanding performance that is the perfect version of the character.
4. David Copperfield
Okay, he’s not exactly a wizard, but David Copperfield is a wizard that’s well-suited to the wizarding world. This magician has practiced magic for 50 years and is on par with Harry Houdini as the most successful and famous magician in the world. He has perfected many great magic tricks over time and is remembered for making the Statue of Liberty disappear as well as walking through the Great Wall of China. He has made millions from his magic and also holds 11 Guinness World Records, was knighted from France and named a Living Legend by the United States Liberal Congress. In short, he’s pretty good at magic.
Fun fact: Copperfield also owns 11 resort islands in the Bahamas, which he sometimes likes to “disappear”.
5. Lord Voldemort
Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis Lord Voldemort is the main antagonist throughout the series. Harry Potter book. Born Tom Riddle, the Dark Lord was responsible for the deaths of Harry’s parents. He is the leader of the Death Eaters and wants to eliminate all other wizards so he can have complete control. Voldemort is an evil bastard who does everything to bring down Harry. Unfortunately for the noseless old man, Harry takes revenge and destroys him in the final book. Special mention must be made of Ralph Fiennes’ portrayal of him in the films. Fascinating but scary.
6. White Witch
Similar to Lord Voldemort, the White Witch is a fearsome man. She loves the cold and brings the Hundred Years of Winter in CS Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The White Witch rules with an iron fist, turning those who oppose her to stone. She is a nasty job. Of course, since this is a children’s fantasy novel, the White Witch’s reign eventually comes to an end thanks to a talking lion and four children.
7. Strange doctor
Comic book character Dr. Stephen Strange has become much more popular since Benedict Cumberbatch played him in recent Marvel movies. Once a surgeon and now one of the world’s most powerful magicians, Dr Strange protects the world from mythical threats. His popularity skyrocketed when he appeared in avenger movies, in which Strange even got his own independent film. An integral part of the magical cinematic universe, Dr Strange is a wizard that we’ll see more of in the future.
8. Willow Rosenberg
It turns out that Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s best friend is a witch. Starting the series as a shy teenager who discovers he has magical abilities, Willow Rosenberg soon transforms into a powerful witch. As she learns more and gets deeper into magic, Willow is consumed by her powers and transformed into an evil witch. She almost caused Buffy’s death but is saved and embarks on a journey of redemption in the series. Willow is not only a famous witch (or better known witch) but also a lesbian icon, with Buffy details her romance with the same sex in an informative and easy-to-understand manner.
9. Albus Dumbledore
This amazing wizard from Harry Potter series is the headmaster of Hogwarts. He is also the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, a group of wizards and wizards determined to prevent Lord Voldemort from taking power. Albus Dumbledore is a very intelligent wizard with a heart of gold who does his best to guide Harry on his journey to becoming the Chosen One. Although his death was tragic, it was an important part of the Potter legend. On screen, he was first played by Richard Harris, but after he passed, the great Michael Gambon took over. Jude Law played the younger version of Dumbledore in the movie Awesome beast series.
Although there is some debate surrounding Sauron’s position as a wizard, we think he deserves a spot on this list. The evil wizard is an all-powerful being who is searching for the One Ring so he can rule over everyone. He comes in various forms, but the most recognizable is the shape of a monstrous eye. Like most demons, Sauron’s quest for power did not end well, but while he was alive, he remained a terrifying figure throughout. Lord of the Rings trilogy of works.
11. Grigori Rasputin
A self-proclaimed saint with mystical abilities, Grigori Rasputin rose to fame in the early 1900s. He befriended the Russian aristocrats Emperor Nicholas and Empress Alexandra and began to influence with two people. After curing their son, Alexei, who had hemophilia, Rasputin became one of the most powerful men in Russia. While stories about his magic are often exaggerated, his death remains controversial. It is said that he ate poisoned bread and drank poisoned wine without any consequences. When that didn’t kill him, he was shot twice in the chest, but survived. Until a bullet to the head silenced him forever.
12. John Constantine
One of the most famous fictional magicians is John Constantine. Created by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, Constantine is a paranormal detective from London. He is a conflicted man who has a cynical view of the world but tries his best to help those in need. As an all-powerful wizard, Constantine rarely uses his powers, preferring to let his wits and wits get him out of difficult situations. His appearance is inspired by musician Sting, which is the complete opposite of the movie version. Keanu Reeves plays Constantine in the movie of the same name, and while it’s not a classic, it’s a pretty decent adaptation of the character. Matt Ryan has played him in a number of television appearances, most notably on his own stand-up show.
13. Goblin King Jareth
He may be called a king and not a wizard, but Jareth has incredible magical powers that he uses to try to stop Sarah Williams from saving her brother in the cult classic. Maze. The Goblin King uses crystal balls to create illusions and has the ability to transform, defy gravity and change time. Although he is a bad guy, he is not really evil but more like a mischievous and temperamental romantic. He is played wonderfully by the late, great David Bowie in his greatest cinematic performance.
14. Washington Witch
This is a fun way to end things. Washington Wizards basketball team. I know, they don’t possess any magical powers, but don’t forget the great Michael Jordon, who was like a witch with his basketball ability, played for them. Surely that counts?