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Gandalf vs Dumbledore: Ian McKellen Talks Wizards

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Posted by: sue
November 24, 2007, 08:43 PM

Sir Ian McKellen is the subject of a new profile in The Guardian, where the actor talks two famous wizards; Gandalf and Albus Dumbledore. In this candid interview, the actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Gandalf in the widely successful Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is asked if he ever gives any pointers or discusses the finer art of playing a wizard with his friend Michael Gambon, who currently portrays Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies. His answer: “Funnily enough, we never have.” He grins.” The article then continues, dispelling again the rumors that Ian McKellen was to take on the part of the beloved Hogwarts Headmaster after Richard Harris, who originated the role as Professor Dumbledore in the first two films, died in 2002.

“People say to me, don’t you wish you’d played Dumbledore? I say no! I played Gandalf! The original. There was a question as to whether I might take over from Richard Harris [Gambon’s predecessor in the Dumbledore role], but seeing as one of the last things he did publicly was say what a dreadful actor he thought I was, it would not have been appropriate for me to take over his part.” He smiles icily. “It would have been unfair.”

Finally, Mr. McKellen answers a question long debated in this and the LotR fandom: Who would win if there was a battle between Gandalf and Dumbledore. “McKellen puffs out his chest. “Gandalf. Of course.”

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Jessie
Posted by Jessie on November 26, 2007, 04:16 PM report to moderator
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3strikes

gandalf vs dumbledore, NOW that would be a pretty cool movie. ya’ll seen what they can do, awesome, but dumbledore would most likely win, gandalf may be able to throw dumbledore around with his staff(like in the first rings movie)

Posted by 3strikes on December 06, 2008, 11:37 PM report to moderator
Lou

Oh come on, Dumbledore would kick Gandalf’s arse and then some. Dumbledore knows some heavy magical stuff, Gandalf does what, smoke weed and make fireworks as a party trick! :D But Gambon just ISN’T Dumbledore in these movies, though he’s not all bad, it probably would’ve been a great idea if he actually would skim through the books sarcasm I mean, wasn’t it he who said he was gonna do “his own” Dumbledore? WELL DON’T! We want Dumbledore, ROWLING’s Dumbledore, not Gambon’s dd.

Posted by Lou on December 20, 2008, 05:29 PM report to moderator
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Dumbledore would own Gandalf. Gandalf has been beaten by Sauromon. Dumbledore has never been beaten!!!

Posted by on March 13, 2009, 05:58 PM report to moderator
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and haha Dum ass was defeated by one of his studentes muahahhaha xD

Posted by marc123 on September 11, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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ok sorry guys for my english but i’m lebanese
i’m a n1 fan of lord of the rings movies i watched all parts since 4 years and i keep watching it for know i just can’t get bored of it well mostly cuz i love the elves and from heroes Haldir who died in the second movie and i have some advice for you guys first of all lol Saruman is a weaker wizard . Saruman was the master of all wizards in Lord of The rings and he had the title white wizard before gandalf . he was stronger than him
and Dumbldore winning Gandalf that’s stupid Gandalf was the wilder of the secret flame of arnor + the istari light and Immortal Dumbldore would dream of defeating him and if some of you guys watched the Lord of the rings the return of the king extended edition you saw the saruman fire bolt didn’t effect Gandalf and Gandalf chasing the 3 nazguls and btw Dumbldore died while Gandalf died but he was sent back lol if Dumbldore has hes stupid wound he can’t even think of defeating gandalf and if some of you play the game lord of the rings the battle for middle earth you can see that gandalf at lvl 10 could do a really awesome magic beside

Posted by marc123 on September 11, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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i bet saruman would kick dumbldores ass

Posted by marc123 on September 11, 2009, 12:57 PM report to moderator
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