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Harry Potter World CupThe first round of the Harry Potter World Cup has drawn to a close, narrowing the playing field down from the original 64 wizards and witches to a smaller pool of 32 heroes and villains. For the most part, the people you expected to move on have moved on — with some notable exceptions, of course — and as we step forward into Round 2 today, I think you'll find that there are some very, very difficult decisions on the horizon.

But before we look forward, let's look back at what happened in the first round. Get the highlights from Round 1 of the Harry Potter World Cup after the jump!

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Harry PotterWelcome to MTV's Harry Potter World Cup! We've selected 64 of the best "Harry Potter" characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it's up to YOU to decide who the greatest "Potter" character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

Wands at the ready, wizards and witches! All of the voting for the first round of Harry Potter World Cup is now open, so it's up to you to vote and decide which of your favorite characters will advance to the next round. Voting ends at 12:01 AM EST on Monday (June 27), so there's no time to waste. Will we see early favorites like Harry, Hermione and Ron advance to their next duels as expected, or is there room for an underdog — say, the surprising push-back that Narcissa Malfoy is giving to Luna Lovegood, or the epic battle between old rivals Viktor Krum and Fleur Delacour, for example — to apparate their way into round two? We'll find out once voting closes, won't we? You can view all the match-ups below, or you can go here to see all of the polls individually.

Privet Drive

» (1) Harry Potter vs. (16) Professor Quirrell

» (8) Lucius Malfoy vs. (9) Gilderoy Lockhart

» (5) Professor McGonagall vs. (12) Cornelius Fudge

» (4) Neville Longbottom vs. (13) Fenrir Greyback

» (6) Dobby the House Elf vs. (11) Dean Thomas

» (3) Mad-Eye Moody vs. (14) Kingsley Shacklebolt

» (7) Professor Trelawney vs. (10) Professor Flitwick

» (2) Severus Snape vs. (15) Vincent Crabbe

Godric's Hollow

» (1) Hermione Granger vs. (16) Rita Skeeter

» (8) Nearly Headless Nick vs. (9) Fawkes

» (5) Ginny Weasley vs. (12) The Dursleys

» (4) George Weasley vs. (13) Dolores Umbridge

» (6) Hedwig vs. (11) Seamus Finnigan

» (3) Remus Lupin vs. (14) Argus Filch

» (7) Gellert Grindelwald vs. (10) Mr. Ollivander

» (2) Albus Dumbledore vs. (15) Mundungus Fletcher

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Harry PotterWelcome to MTV's Harry Potter World Cup! We've selected 64 of the best "Harry Potter" characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it's up to YOU to decide who the greatest "Potter" character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

Do you smell that? Smells like... villainy! That's because it's Day Four of the Harry Potter World Cup and duels are now underway in Diagon Alley, the division that hosts some of the tournament's most wicked witches and sadistic sorcerers.

The day kicks off with the number one seed, Draco Malfoy, a villain so notorious that he's been honored with the Best Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards for two years straight. One might assume that he'll easily cut through his first round opponent, but the road ahead could be tougher than both he and you imagine. At the same time, a duel between two old rivals rounds out today's first set of polls, which close at midnight on Sunday (June 27).

(1) Draco Malfoy vs. (16) Peeves the Poltergeist
He's been Harry Potter's numero uno rival (in the same peer group, at least) since they both arrived at Hogwarts oh so many years ago. Since then, the tension between Draco and Harry has only thickened — which is exactly why the son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy is so eager to beat the snot out of Peeves: so he can advance far enough to squash the Boy Who Lived all on his own. Can Peeves, a poltergeist who never appeared in the "Potter" films despite his popularity amongst the book-reading crowd, stand a chance against Malfoy's malice? Or will Draco's signature arrogance cost him the big game before he's barely even started?

(8) Viktor Krum vs. (9) Fleur Delacour
Though they lost the Triwizard Tournament years ago, they're both getting another shot at a different cup today. But only one of these two "Goblet of Fire" veterans can move on to the next round. Will it be Bulgarian wizard Viktor Krum, the Quidditch World Cup favorite and pride of Durmstrang? Or will Fleur Delacour, the swoon-worthy Beauxbatons babe and eventual Weasley-in-law, win the day? More so than many of the other first round match-ups, the outcome of this battle between Viktor and Fleur is truly up in the air.

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron and MTV News for their insight!

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Harry PotterWelcome to MTV's Harry Potter World Cup! We've selected 64 of the best "Harry Potter" characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it's up to YOU to decide who the greatest "Potter" character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

Welcome to day three of the Harry Potter World Cup! The wizards and witches from the Privet Drive and Godric's Hollow divisions have all embarked upon their first round match-ups, and now it's time to turn your attention towards the wonderful world of Hogsmeade — well, perhaps not so wonderful for our first-seed competitor.

Despite the fact that he's a fan-favorite and an early pick to go deep, Ron Weasley's first duel against the dangerously obsessed Lavender Brown has the red-headed wizard rightfully quaking in his boots. Simultaneously, an old friend and an old foe from Ron's past is doing his best to stay alive. It's certainly an interesting way to kick off the Hogsmeade division, with voting closing at midnight on Sunday (June 27).

(1) Ron Weasley vs. (16) Lavender Brown
We all know that Ron's heart belongs to the lovely Hermione Granger, but he made the fateful mistake of pursuing an earlier romance with fellow Gryffindor Lavender Brown during "Half-Blood Prince." Though he ultimately broke away from her clutches, Lavender's scorn towards Ron remains sharp as ever. If she can channel her lovesick lunacy with every ounce of her magical might, then Ron could very well go down swinging in the first.

(8) Oliver Wood vs. (9) Peter Pettigrew
In a fair fight, Gryffindor's immensely popular Quidditch champion would have no problem flying circles around Voldemort's right hand stooge. But since when have you ever known Wormtail to play fair? Oliver Wood undoubtedly has the fan support, but don't discount Pettigrew's penchant for deception — underestimating this rat is what got the Potters killed in the first place, after all.

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron and MTV News for their insight!

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Harry PotterWelcome to MTV's Harry Potter World Cup! We've selected 64 of the best "Harry Potter" characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it's up to YOU to decide who the greatest "Potter" character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

The second day of the Harry Potter World Cup opens not with a whimper, but with a witch — the brightest witch of her age, to be exact!

As we turn out attention away from Privet Drive and towards the Godric's Hollow division, all eyes are on Hermione Granger, one of Harry's truest and most fiercely loyal friends. And while she has a doozy of a duel in front of her, don't let Hermione have all of the fun; there's another truly bizarre match-up lurking just around the corner. It should be interesting to see how that one shakes out when voting closes at midnight on Sunday (June 27)…

(1) Hermione Granger vs. (16) Rita Skeeter
One of them is the brightest witch of her age, a young woman who's faced time-traveling survival scenarios, venomous basilisks and club-carrying trolls and lived to tell the tales thanks to her quick thinking and her brave spirit. The other is, well, pretty much just a troll. There's no love lost between Hermione and Rita Skeeter thanks to the "journalist's" work in "Goblet of Fire," so sparks are destined to fly as these two collide in their first round match-up.

(8) Nearly Headless Nick vs. (9) Fawkes
When it comes to this duel, it's okay to cry — really, it is. Nobody wants to see Nearly Headless Nick or Fawkes the phoenix die out in the first round of Harry Potter World Cup. But Hogwarts' most chivalrous ghost and Professor Dumbledore's cherished companion must respectfully enter the battlefield against one another, with the choice ultimately resting in your hands — which of these two surreal entities holds the fondest place in your heart, and which one can pull ahead in this reluctant battle?

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron and MTV News for their insight!

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Harry PotterWelcome to MTV's Harry Potter World Cup! We've selected 64 of the best "Harry Potter" characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it's up to YOU to decide who the greatest "Potter" character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

You've spent more than a decade obsessing over the "Harry Potter" franchise. You've spent all that time dwelling on the most spectacular spell-casters that J.K. Rowling's expansive universe has to offer. And now, the time has come to determine which of these heroes and villains stands above the pack to claim the title of greatest "Harry Potter" character of all time!

That's right, muggles and magicians alike: the Harry Potter World Cup has finally opened! The first day of voting begins with the launch of the Privet Drive division, offering up at least one clear favorite (you know, the guy we named the tournament after), one of his fiercest rivals and plenty of other worthy contenders. The duels begin now, with the first round closing at midnight on Sunday night (June 27) — so start voting now!

(1) Harry Potter vs. (16) Professor Quirrell
On paper, the tournament's first match-up is a no-brainer. Not only is the Boy Who Lived the protagonist of the "Harry Potter" series and the character that the franchise (and our tournament) is named after, he also already defeated this rival in "The Sorcerer's Stone." But if Professor Quirrell can tap into his inner-Voldemort and muster enough strength and cunning, he could very well earn his vengeance at an impressively early stage.

(8) Lucius Malfoy vs. (9) Gilderoy Lockhart
Both characters made their debut in the "Chamber of Secrets," but only one can advance to the next round. And don't expect this to be a clean fight, either — as one of Lord Voldemort's closest allies, Lucius is apt to break out the killing curse without batting an eyelash. Lockhart, on the other hand, is no stranger to trickery and misdirection; can he keep Lucius distracted enough to move onto the next round?

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron and MTV News for their insight!

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The Harry Potter World Cup is almost upon us. Voting begins on Monday (June 20), which means you better have a working knowledge of the month-long tournament's bracket by then — or else your favorite character might get knocked out of the wizarding duel straight away!

If you aren't up to speed on the bracket yet, no sweat: the Weasley twins are here to help. "Harry Potter" stars James and Oliver Phelps were kind enough to not only announce the launch of Harry Potter World Cup, but also take a few minutes to analyze the first round of match-ups. Watch their bracket in the video below!

We'll have several other "Potter" experts weighing in on the tournament in the coming days and weeks. I've got some thoughts on the matter myself — check out what I think of the bracket past the jump!

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It's the best of times and it's the worst of times for "Harry Potter" fans all across the globe. On one hand, we're right on the cusp of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," a film that's guaranteed to bring beautiful closure to one of the single greatest fantasy franchises of all time. On the other hand, there's that dirty word… closure.

Well, the doors haven't closed yet. Indeed, from where we're sitting, they're wide open — so wide, in fact, that a very important question still lingers: who is the greatest "Harry Potter" character of all time?

We're about to get to the bottom of that question right here at MTV News with the Harry Potter World Cup, a month-long tournament that will have you, the fans, voting to make your voice heard and determine who really is the greatest character in the entire Potterverse. 64 different competitors from all corners of J.K. Rowling's expansive series will enter the ring, but in the end, only one will emerge as the wizarding world's greatest champion.

As announced by James and Oliver Phelps, the real-life counterparts of the prank-happy Weasley Twins, the Harry Potter World Cup launches with first round voting opening on June 20. From there, it'll be round after round of single elimination duels between your favorite wizards and the villains you love to hate, and you'll be there every step of the way voting on which competitor deserves the grand title. The two finalists will be revealed on Monday, July 11, kicking off an intense final duel that'll play out just days before the theatrical release of "Deathly Hallows Part 2" — and the winning wizard will be revealed during MTV News' livestream coverage of the film's red carpet premiere in New York City.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to know the contestants by studying the bracket, start spreading the word on Twitter using the #mtvpottercup hashtag, and get those wands at the ready — only one wizard can be named the champion, and it's all up to you.

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In just over a month, it all ends — and in some ways, that ending has already begun.

The first full clip from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" aired during the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend, and in case you missed it, you can check it out right here. It's a powerful scene ripped straight out of the climax of not just "Deathly Hallows," but of the entire "Potter" series; indeed, in many respects, this encounter between Harry and Voldemort represents the entire message of J.K. Rowling's epic tale of witchcraft and wizardry.

Frankly, we were kind of surprised to see this "Potter" clip in full, given the fact that it's such a monumental moment and very, very spoilery, especially taken out of context. To get a better read on how the HP fan community is reacting to the full scene, we reached out to some "Potter" experts for their take on the clip.

"What WB has been promoting a lot is that 'it ends here,'" explained Andrew Sims of Muggle Net. "And I think that this is that moment they're talking about. It does end here."

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The "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" trailer caused quite the stir when it roared its way online back in April. And if you're suddenly finding yourself craving bananas again… well, there's a very good reason why.

A brand new trailer for the "Planet of the Apes" prequel-reboot hybrid has hit the 'net courtesy of Yahoo, bringing all of the ferocious intensity that the first bit of footage had to offer while upping the ante on the character and story development fronts.

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