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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. Sorry but the Cybermen would win hands down, the wizards would not understand this muggle technology and it would be too late. Once the Cybermen start converting wizards bodies and start to understand and use magic, it all over!

  2. I am making a very large assumption with this poll: Cyber converting a wizard will give you a Cyberman, but strip them of their connection to magic. Magic is too inherently chaotic and feelings-based for the machines.

    The wizards will eventually organize and wipe the Cybermen out.

  3. While I am a bigger fan of the world of Doctor Who than I am the world of Harry Potter (only by a short margin, but still enough that it is notable), I had to go with the HP world.

    There are actually spells in place to prevent machines from functioning without magic in certain places (such as Hogwarts, where things like a normal camera or radio cannot function unless infused with magic somehow, I’m not 100% certain how that works), so that alone provides some defenses from the Cybermen without even trying. Then there are all kinds of spells that could cause malfunctions, probably even spells that could “purge” the cybernetic systems and give Cybermen back their individuality (and probably kill most of them in that process, though many may be able to be converted back to their original forms with the right spells and supplemental magic potions and the like).

    Now if it were the HP world against the Time Lords, we might have an actual battle. A good chunk of Time Lord science is almost magic (operative word being ALMOST, it is clearly science, but works on a similar principle drawing on energies and powers outside the normal means).

  4. While I’m not much of a Harry Potter fan, and I happen to quite like the Cybermen, I’d have to give this win to the Wizards. The Cybermen work by bringing their subjects into the Cyber Army, not by adopting the traits of their victims. So fallen wizards would just become Cybermen. However, since the HP universe doesn’t have a particularly well established magic system, it appears magic can do just about anything eventually. I assume there are dozens of spells to screw with technology and nullify or destroy it when necessary.

    Now The Great Intelligence versus Hogwarts might go a very different manner…

  5. Daniel Langsdale on

    I think that most wizards in the HP universe are so muggle-tech unsavvy that they’d be defeated by Windows 10. Cybermen take this one.

  6. Magic interferes with even relatively simple technology I doubt the awesome future science of the cybermen would do any better

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