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Foliya
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Gandalf (PRO) vs Dumbledore (CON)

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Started: 10/1/2016 Category: Entertainment
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TheConservativeSocialist

Pro

Welcome to this debate! The debate poses the question of who would win in a hypothetical battle between Gandalf the White (from the Lord of the Rings franchise) and Professor Albus Dumbledore (from the Harry Potter franchise). Pro (TheConservativeSocialist) will argue that Gandalf would win. Con, my opponent, will argue that Dumbledore would win. For the sake of this debate, it will be assumed that neither individual would return after death.

ROUND ONE: ACCEPTANCE ONLY
ROUND TWO: OPENING ARGUMENTS
ROUND THREE: REBUTTALS
ROUND FOUR: REBUTTALS & CONCLUSION

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Foliya

Con

Hi, I accept your debate
Debate Round No. 1
TheConservativeSocialist

Pro

I thank my opponent for accepting this debate.

1. Gandalf is a Maiar whereas Dumbledore is mortal.
The five Istari, or wizards, were sent to Middle-Earth to aid in the fight against the dark lord Sauron. Gandalf was one of them, and after Saruman's betrayal, Gandalf was considered the wisest and most powerful of the five. The Istari were actually Maiar, an almost god-like race of powerful, immortal spirits. [NOTE: I will not consider immortality as an argument in accordance with my statement in round one]. They were also able to change their physical form into virtually anything they chose. Dumbledore, on the other hand, is a mortal man. I concede that Dumbledore is very wise and powerful, yet it would not be enough to defeat an Istari (especially the wisest and most powerful) in combat. Gandalf, as a Maiar, is simply superior to the mortal Dumbledore.

2. Gandalf is more powerful.
Gandalf is equipped with his powerful staff, his sword, and the Ring of Fire. If Gandalf's staff is broken, he is able to acquire a new functional staff as he has done many times, including in his transition from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White. Even so, he does not require a staff to perform magic. He is also an expert swordsman, whereas there is no evidence that Dumbledore is capable of wielding a sword. Gandalf also possesses the Ring of Fire, which surpasses Dumbledore's abilities to wield fire. Dumbledore, although he is powerful and he wields the elder wand, is not as powerful as a Maiar such as Gandalf.

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