We launched this Twitter survey asking geeks to rank the battles in books and TV series they think are cool. The survey is a major failure to say the least. But still we took it upon ourselves to rank them for you, from the hobbits’ quest to destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom during the Battle of the Black gate, to the decisive battle between the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts. Here we go!
#10: Battle of Ryloth (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
The Battle of Ryloth or the Ryloth campaign is a conflict during the Clone Wars between Grand Army of the Republic and the Free Ryloth movement allies against the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The battle resulted to the liberation of the planet Ryloth from the hands of the separatists shortly after the retaking of Lessu, one of the two capital cities of Ryloth.
Shortly after the Confederacy’s blockade of the planet, they attacked the Republican Garrison under the command of Jedi General Ima-Gun Di. Although they were assisted by the Twi’lek resistance force, failure of the Jedi Council to sent reinforcements resulted to the fall of the garrison, opening the way to a full scale invasion of Ryloth.
The Jedi Council then sent Jedi General Skywalker to break the blockade and open the space for the Republic Army to retake the planet. The Jedi forces under the command of General Kenobi landed at Nabat were they slowly broke the outer defenses of the city before retaking it.
Jedi Genereal Windu led the retaking of the capital city of Lessu and after the battle the planet Ryloth was freed.
The song “The Hammer of Ryloth” pertains to the said conflict.
#9: Battle of Manhattan (Percy Jackson Book 5: The Last Olympian)
The Battle of Manhattan was the last conflict during the Second Titan War which occurred in the island of Manhattan. The battle started as the sleep god Morpheus placed the entire island to sleep as Krono’s forces made their way to Olympus in the ground as the wind gods Aeolus, Boreas, Notus, Zephyrus protect it in the air.
The forces of the Camp Half Blood take different positions in the city in preparation of the invasion. Annabeth Chase activated the statues around the city to guard it and the spirits of the rivers acted as shield, fending off incoming ships from the enemy.
The demigods of the Camp Half Blood initally failed to stop the push of Kronos’ force led by the titan father Typhon who was later defeated by the combined forces of the Greek gods.
The battle ended with the defeat of Kronos who managed to enter the base of Mt. Olympus before being stopped by the demigods.
#8: Battle of the Astronomy Tower (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Also known as the Battle of the Lightning-Struck Tower, the Battle of the Astronomy Tower was a conflict during the Second Wizarding War which occurred at the topmost tower of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The conflict occurred on June 30, 1997 between the Death Eaters and the combined forces of the Ministry’s Aurors, the Order of the Phoenix, and Dumbledore’s Army.
The battle occurred as per the plan of Lord Voldemort to assassinate the Order of the Phoenix leader Albus Dumbledore after the latter was defeated on their duel during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. The plan was to penetrate the strong defense of Hogwarts school and bring Death Eaters inside.
“There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building… wherever they had murdered […] “
Draco Malfoy, a Hogwarts student in Slytherin house and son of Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, succeeded in the plan by using a pair of Vanishing Cabinets, the other pair being at the shop Borgin and Burkes and the other one inside the school itself. The cabinets acted as a tunnel on which the Death Eaters used to enter the school and bypass the shield charms and other defenses of Hogwarts.
On the night of June 30, 1997, Dumbledore apparated back with Harry Potter in Hogsmeade from successful mission of destroying one of the Horcruxes of the dark lord. Upon their return, they saw the Dark Mark glimmering above the towers of Hogwarts and Harry summoned brooms so they could fly towards the school and found out what happened.
“Harry heard, over the whistling of the night air in his ears, Dumbledore muttering in some strange language again. He thought he understood why as he felt his broom shudder when they flew over the boundary wall into the grounds: Dumbledore was undoing the enchantments he himself had set around the castle so they could enter at speed.”
They entered the Hogwarts boundary with Dumbledore undoing the enchantments surrounding the school as they flew over it, and they landed at the top of the Astronomy Tower. The Death Eaters blockaded the tower but were soon engaged by the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Army at the bottom of the tower. Eventually some of them reached the top and witnessed as Severus Snape, a school professor, released a killing curse that would bring Dumbledore to his death.
The Death Eaters fled the scene, apparating as they reached the outer boundary of the school. Months after the death of Dumbledore, the Ministry of Magic has fallen into the hands of the dark lord, beginning his reign of terror.
#7: Battle of Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
The Battle of Hogwarts took place on May 2, 1998 at the British wizarding school and is the last major conflict which ended the Second Wizarding War. Following the fall of the Ministry of Magic during the dark lord’s silent coup, and a few months after the disastrous Battle of the Astronomy Tower and the death of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, the British school was subjected under the rule of Lord Voldemort as he began his reign on the Wizarding community.
During the months of the dark lord’s rule, Harry Potter was hunting down the Horcruxes created by Voldemort to secure his immortality. On the 2nd of May in 1998, following the his breach in the Wizarding bank Gringotts, Harry entered Hogwarts in search for the last Horcrux of Lord Voldemort. Upon his arrival, the Dumbledore’s Army, currently holed up in the Room of Requirement, sent message to the Order of the Phoenix. The four heads of houses in Hogwarts teamed up to oust Severus Snape, the killer of Dumbledore, who was appointed headmaster. They created protective charms around the school and transfigured the statues all around the castle to act as primary defense. All to gave Harry time while searching for the last Horcrux.
“I know that you are preparing to fight. Your efforts are futile. You cannot fight me. I do not want to kill you. I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill magical blood. Give me Harry Potter, and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight.”
The Order of the Phoenix manned all entrances and the towers of the school in anticipation of Voldemort’s forces, including the Death Eaters, which was prevented from attacking by the shield protecting the school. The dark lord’s forces soon clashed with the Hogwarts defenders as they eventually broke the barrier shield and attacked the school grounds.The dark lord’s forces penetrated the inside of the school and overwhelmed the Hogwarts defenders. Shortly before dawn, Voldemort called off the fight and ask for Harry Potter’s head.
“‘I can act from here,’ said Flitwick, and although he could barely see out of it, he pointed his wand through the smashed window and started muttering incantations of great complexity. Harry heard a weird rushing noise, as though Flitwick had unleashed the power of the wind into the grounds.”
In the morning of May 2, the Death Eaters marched to the school grounds unopposed carrying the body of Harry Potter whom they all thought to be dead. Harry revealed himself to be still alive and the battle continued. The defenders of Hogwarts were soon joined by the people of Hogsmeade and the centaurs of the Forbidden Forest. The Death Eaters were overwhelmed by the large force opposing them and that led to their eventual defeat following the death of Voldemort himself.
“‘You see?’ said Voldemort, and Harry felt him striding backward and forward right beside the place where he lay. ‘Harry Potter is dead! Do you understand now, deluded ones? He was nothing, ever, but a boy who relied on others to sacrifice themselves for him!'”
The fight resulted to the sacking of the dark lord-appointed Minister of Magic Pius Thicknesse and the abolition of the oppressive Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Many of the surviving Death Eaters were hunted down and were brought to trial. It also signaled the end of the Dementors’ rule in the wizard prison Azkaban.
#6: Battle of the Black Gate (Lord of the Rings Book 3: The Return of the King)
Also known as the Battle of the Morannon, the Battle of the Black Gate was the last major conflict of the War of the Ring. As was discussed in “The Last Debate”, Aragorn led a 10,000 strong Host of the West to march towards the Black Gate, giving the Ring bearer Frodo and his hobbit friend Sam time to reach Mount Doom to destroy the ring. The Host of the West battled with the forces of Sauron and they were able to push them back behind the gates. The Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, led by Gwaihir the Windlord, kept the air advantage for Aragorn’s men.
The battle ended with the destruction of One Ring and the defeat of Sauron.