This week, we delve into the magical arts and the female heroes who wield the wand.  In a battle for the ages, with lots of sparklers and special effects, which magician emerges from a no-holds-barred magical battle of the ages – Sabrina or Hermione?



sabrinaThe series’ premise is that Sabrina, a “half-witch” – her mother is an ordinary human, or “mortal” as witches refer to them, while her father is a witch – lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman, both witches themselves, in the fictional town of Greendale, which is located somewhere near Riverdale, the home of Archie Andrews. Also living with the three women as the family pet is Salem Saberhagen, a witch who’s been turned into a cat as punishment for world domination attempts.

Most of Sabrina’s adventures consist of Sabrina either trying to use her powers in secret to help others – witches generally are not allowed to tell mortals about their abilities or existence – or dealing with the day-to-day trials of being a teenager. A recurring theme in Sabrina’s stories is her learning more about the proper use of her powers, either through her aunts or from trips to a magical dimension that is the home of various magical/mythological creatures, including other witches. Various names are given to this dimension; the late 2000s comics refer to it as the “Magic Realm,” while the live-action sitcom referred to it as the “Other Realm.”


hermioneHermione Jean Granger is a fictional character in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She initially appears in the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as a new student on her way to Hogwarts. After Harry and Ron save her from a mountain troll in the girls’ toilets, she becomes close friends with them and often uses her quick wit, deft recall, and encyclopaedic knowledge to help them. Rowling has stated that Hermione resembles her at a younger age, with her insecurity and fear of failure


Who would win in a magician battle? (comment here)

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  1. June 3, 2014 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Hermione is a prodigy at magic, and got more ruthless as she got older. She’s got a mean streak in her. She gets my vote.

  2. Kirby
    June 3, 2014 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Hermonie, because Sabrina’s use of magic always seemed to get her in a lot of ironic trouble.

    • June 3, 2014 at 11:49 am — Reply

      Pretty much the same reasons I had. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Sabrina (the comic version, can’t stand the TV shows or cartoons, though I did find “live action” Salem to be amusing), but in an actual battle of magic I don’t think she’d stand a chance against Hermione. Best bet is Sabrina MIGHT get in a few lucky shots by accident, but Hermione will ultimately prevail since she’s more methodical and the majority of her spells actually work as intended.

      Now if it were Ron Weasley, Sabrina MIGHT have a chance.

  3. June 3, 2014 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Hermione = Hero Sabrina = Bumbler

  4. Ingrid
    June 3, 2014 at 11:48 am — Reply

    Hermione is smart and is a tough cookie. She can keep cool under pressure. My vote is for her.

  5. Russ Catt
    June 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    I voted Hermione. I think her precept of constant learning and hard work can trump Sabrina’s in-born talent.

  6. Taylor Forbes
    June 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Hermione is a genius aside from just magic. She wins hands down

  7. Clubberlang6
    June 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    Hermione is super smart. She has my vote!

  8. June 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    Hermione is one of the most clever, creative and dangerous witch in the Harry Potter saga. Seriously, she is bad ass. This girl erased the memories of her own existence from her Parents, punched out Draco, Figured out 90% of Lord Voldemort’s plan before she reached puberty… come on.. Bad ass…

    In even the most serious Archie story in the last 20 years (Afterlife with Archie) Sabrina tries to resurrect the dead… and screws it up so bad she destroys the town!!!

    Hermione all the way…

  9. TheGreatNateO
    June 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm — Reply

    I voted Hermione. I do not think it will a short battle and both would go at each other strong. But Hermione vast knowledge and understanding of magic would win out in the end.

  10. Cat Halo
    June 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm — Reply

    Sabrina. In the past she has altered reality on a massive scale, on an almost weekly basis. Hermione might be more heroic, but Sabrina’s magic seems to be almost limitless. Were she to focus, and study, Hermione wouldn’t stand a chance!

    • June 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm — Reply

      What’s fascinating is that no one has considered that Sabrina’s powers might adversely affect Hermione as well. :)

  11. June 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    I’ve never been able to stand Sabrina in either the comic or live action. But Ms. Grainger has been a prodigy of magic since she could wield a wand. So needless to say Hermoine for the win.

  12. Scale_e
    June 4, 2014 at 2:57 am — Reply

    Hermione is a talented genius.
    Sabrina is… only talented.
    Sorry, Hermione wins. If Sabrina could stay on topic for more than 5 mins, it’d be a decent battle though.

  13. Javier
    June 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm — Reply

    Sabrina all the way. She would win this fight without even trying, exactly for the reasons Matthew pointed out: she is not tied to logic rules. She would defend effectively against a very determined Harmiony by flicking her finger and making witty comments and would en up turning her into a very smart little pet rat. In the end we would get a recurring bit about Salem trying to eat Rat Harmiony and getting magically punished for being a bad feline.

  14. IronManZero
    June 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    Sabrina might have a more diverse power set but I think Hermione has more training in life and death situations so I’m going with Hermione.

  15. Oldcomicfan
    June 6, 2014 at 8:12 am — Reply

    Don’t get me wrong. I liked Sabrina in her TV show, and the animated series, too (but not so much in her comic book stories). But, let’s face it: Sabrina, in her many incarnations, seems to be a bit of a bumbler who relies on Salem and her aunties to get her out of the trouble she generates, and never seems to learn. Hermione, on the other hand, is smart, ruthless and learns from her mistakes and misadventures. Quite frankly, aside from the fact that both little ladies are witches, this Poll of the Week is a bit like asking who would win in a debate, Homer Simpson or Abraham Lincoln…

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