Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings is a debate that’s been going on since the emergence of J.K. Rowling’s series. Now George R.R. Martin, writer of the immensely Game of Thrones books, has spilled the argument onto the red carpet of the Tolkien premiere. The author had some very passionate opinions when discussing his love for Middle Earth during the opening night of the late wordsmith’s biopic.
While chatting about how much Lord of the Rings has heavily influenced his own work, one of the stars of Tolkien professed her preference for Harry Potter. Poor Lily Collins clearly had no idea what she was starting. Martin responded to her comment with an honest one of his own: “Gandalf could kick Dumbledore’s ass.”
This is quite the bold statement and one that Rowling herself has yet to respond to. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know which elderly fictional yet powerful bearded wizard would best the other in a challenge of abilities, but Martin seems certain his claim is the correct one.
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This is a debate that isn’t likely to go away soon. Four more Harry Potter books will be released in the near future, as well as the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Meanwhile, Tolkien has just been released and Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings show is scheduled for release in 2021. This gives the respective fandoms plenty to bicker about as they each adamantly defend their favorite series.
Martin’s claim to fame seems to have slowed down for the time being, though. It’s still unknown when the new Game of Thrones will be released. While HBO is interested in many spinoffs centering around Westeros and the familiar characters within, nothing appears to be imminent.
This will give the author plenty of time to continue asserting his claims that Gandalf is superior to Dumbledore. It seems likely that the Lord of the Rings writer would agree if he were alive today.