I'm not sure if "wizard" and "sorcerer" are just the same in the Harry Potter universe. I can remember Harry saying in a movie: "Dumbledore is the greatest sorcerer of all time". And I have read somewhere that wizards and witches stand on the same level. Wizards are sometimes used to describe "boys and girls" or "mankind" while witches are only for girls. Correct me if I'm mistaken.

Is the word "sorcerer" is just another term to describe a wizard/witch? Or are they different from each other?


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There appears to be no difference between wizard and sorcerer, save that one tends to be used in a more formal and historical context.

They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan
To educate young sorcerers
Thus Hogwarts School began.

HP and the Goblet of Fire

It's also used (by the author) when it works as a form of alliteration, hence why there are Scandinavian sorcerers, and why Celestine Warbeck is a

"Singing sorceress"

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    And in America, of course, people like Kierkegaard, Plato, Hegel, and Jung are also sorcerers, though I doubt they’d be considered wizards. Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 17:30

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