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Harry PotterThe Boy Who Lived came to die... in the Harry Potter World Cup, at least.

Despite his status as the main character of the series (not to mention the namesake of this tournament), Harry James Potter himself was defeated during the Elite Eight round of the World Cup. His destroyer? None other than longtime nemesis turned misunderstood role model Severus Snape, the same man who risked life and limb to protect the boy at all costs.

Snape has performed fantastically throughout this competition, so it's not the biggest shock in the world that he's moving on to the Final Four. What is surprising is the fact that he beat Harry by almost 60,000 votes. Really, poor Potter never stood a chance.

But while the masses didn't choose the Chosen One to move onto the next round of the Harry Potter World Cup, his legacy lives on in the form of his two best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, who emerged as the champions of the Godric's Hollow and Hogsmeade divisions respectively. The "Potter" power couple have their work cut out for them on their way to the final round — Hermione duels against the aforementioned Snape, while Ron must contend with the fearsome Sirius Black, who just barely edged out Draco Malfoy in the previous round — but it's certainly very possible that two members of the Big Three could end up making it all the way to the very end… but this time, they'll have to get by without Harry.

Voting for the Final Four begins later today and will last until Sunday (July 10) at midnight. The final duel launches promptly at 12:01 AM EST on July 11 and will be announced later that day during our live-stream coverage of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" red carpet in New York City.

Wands at the ready, folks… the show's almost over.

Who do you think will win the Harry Potter World Cup? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!

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It took three rounds and well over one million votes to make it happen, but here we are: Cedric Diggory is dead — again — and his dreams of winning the Harry Potter World Cup have died with him.

It's the understatement of the tournament to say that Cedric was a divisive figure in the World Cup. Whether you loved or hated his presence, there's no doubting that the pride of Hufflepuff's involvement in the competition inspired you to vote, vote and vote again in one direction or the other. Now, he's gone, felled by Rubeus Hagrid by over 81,000 votes. His loss signals relief for many and heartache for others, but no matter how you feel about his presence in the World Cup, you have to give the man credit: it was a flashy exit, if nothing else.

We've whipped up a little In Memoriam video to say goodbye to Cedric Diggory once and for all. Hopefully it's a fitting tribute for those of you who loved and voted for him. For the people who didn't care for Cedric and his place in the World Cup, well, at least you get to watch the bad man kill the spare again.

Adios, Cedric. That's all the time we have to mourn, though... the remaining World Cup contenders require our attention!

Who is the best "Harry Potter" character of all time? The "Harry Potter" World Cup will find out! Voting is going on now right here, and you can also get the debate going on Twitter with the hashtag #mtvpottercup.

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Harry PotterThe Harry Potter World Cup has been no stranger to surprises. We've witnessed astonishing upsets. We've suffered stunning defeats. We've even seen photo finishes! But now, as we move out of the Sweet 16 and into the Elite Eight, the tournament moves into a new and even more difficult state than we've seen so far. Ladies and gentlemen, magicians and muggles, get ready — some very difficult decisions lie ahead.

All polls for the Elite Eight will open later today, and you'll be one step closer to determining who the greatest "Harry Potter" of all time is. First, let's look at the results of the last round.

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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 holiday weekend is over, but the Harry Potter World Cup's Sweet 16 round remains wide open. With just a few hours left before voting comes to a close, you're running out of time to get your favorite characters into the Elite Eight. Will Sirius Black maintain his blowout lead over Lord Voldemort? Can Neville upset Harry as the World Cup's true chosen one? Who will win in the epic duel between Hagrid and Cedric? We'll find out all of those answers and more soon enough when voting closes at 12:01 AM EST on July 6. You can follow all of the action right here.

Privet Drive
» (1) Harry Potter vs. (4) Neville Longbottom
» (2) Severus Snape vs. (6) Dobby the House Elf

Godric's Hollow
» (1) Hermione Granger vs. (5) Ginny Weasley
» (2) Albus Dumbledore vs. (3) Remus Lupin

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The Harry Potter World Cup's second round has been filled with some seriously intense match-ups so far, with one of the fiercest duels coming down between Minerva McGonagall and Neville Longbottom. The Hogwarts teacher and her Gryffindor student have battled back and forth between first and second place for the better part of a week now, and there's still no clear winner in sight.

Well, perhaps some words of encouragement from actor Matthew Lewis, who's played Neville throughout the entire big-screen "Harry Potter" experience, will tip the scales in his favor. We spoke with the 22-year-old actor earlier today about how his character's holding up in the World Cup thus far, and when he learned about Neville's current struggle, he was determined to plead his case to you guys, the voters.

So, why should you vote for Neville? According to the man himself: "Well, quite clearly, he's the best character, obviously!"

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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!

That's it, folks — all of the second round matches in the Harry Potter World Cup are currently online. No more waiting around, no more indecision: the time has come to vote, vote, vote! There are some seriously competitive duels currently going on, from Neville Longbottom's courageous fight against Gryffindor head Minerva McGonagall to the epic rematch between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley to (dare we mention it) the grudge match between Narcissa Malfoy and Cedric Diggory. Polls close at 12:01 AM EST on Friday (July 1), so there are only a few hours left to vote. You can view all of the match-ups below, or click here to see all of the polls individually.

Privet Drive
» (1) Harry Potter vs. (8) Lucius Malfoy
» (4) Neville Longbottom vs. (5) Professor McGonagall
» (6) Dobby the House Elf vs. (14) Kingsley Shacklebolt
» (2) Severus Snape vs. (10) Professor Flitwick

Godric's Hollow
» (1) Hermione Granger vs. (9) Fawkes
» (4) George Weasley vs. (5) Ginny Weasley
» (3) Remus Lupin vs. (6) Hedwig
» (2) Albus Dumbledore vs. (10) Mr. Ollivander

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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!

It's the final day of the Harry Potter World Cup's second round, so there's not a moment to waste as we dive straight into the first Diagon Alley division duel of the day. Up first is Draco Malfoy, the wizard favored to win his division, against Triwizard Tournament veteran Fleur Delacour, who narrowly beat former rival Viktor Krum in the first round of the tournament.

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Friday, July 1 at 12:01 AM EST, which is only a few hours away — you're running out of time to vote, so get to those polls now! You can follow all of the duels right here.

(1) Draco Malfoy vs. (9) Fleur Delacour
It was a no-brainer that Draco Malfoy would find his way into the second round of the Harry Potter World Cup... right? Maybe not. Not after Peeves the Poltergeist, a mischievous ghoul who only appears in the "Potter" books and not the movies, managed to steal 30% of the vote away from Draco in round one. The Slytherin student needs to dig much deeper if he's to stand a chance against Fleur, who demonstrated some serious tenacity in her duel against Viktor. There's a reason that Delacour was selected for the Triwizard Tournament, after all; perhaps her strong heart and spirit will be enough to topple Diagon Alley's first-seeded competitor.

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron, DanRadcliffe.com, RupertGrint.net 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!

We're halfway through the second round of the Harry Potter World Cup, and we've already seen several ugly duels between old foes and dear friends. Today's no different as we launch back into the Hogsmeade division with Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley, going up against Harry's Quidditch mentor, Oliver Wood. Another duel that's far from easy to decide, but as always, the ultimate choice is in your hands.

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Friday, July 1 at 12:01 AM EST, so make sure to start voting now. You can follow all of the duels right here.

(1) Ron Weasley vs. (8) Oliver Wood
For the casual "Potter" fan, this duel seems to be a no-brainer: Ron, after all, is Harry's very best friend, his truest ally through thick and through thin. How could he lose against a relatively low-level name like Oliver Wood? Well, let's just say that several "Potter" fans think that Oliver, the onetime captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team at Hogwarts, is a babe. That's a bit of an understatement. Will Oliver's good looks win out over Ron's loyalty to Harry? There's only one way to find out — by voting!

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron, DanRadcliffe.com, RupertGrint.net 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!

Round two voting in the Harry Potter World Cup continues into Tuesday (June 28), kicking off the second round match-ups of the Godric's Hollow division. Today's first duel is one that won't be easy on voters, I'm sure: Hermione Granger, the smartest witch of her age, versus Fawkes, Professor Albus Dumbledore's precious phoenix. Good luck with the voting, muggles — I'm glad I'm not the one making this call.

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Friday, July 1 at 12:01 AM EST, so make sure to start voting now. You can follow all of the duels right here.

(1) Hermione vs. (9) Fawkes
Though Fawkes was able to defeat the goodhearted ghost Nearly Headless Nick in the first round, all the lives in the world won't matter when stacked up against Hermione. As one of the "Harry Potter" story's most important characters — and, without a doubt, the most important female character — the odds are certainly in the witch's favor. Then again… it's Fawkes! We love Fawkes! The question is, which one do we love more?

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron, DanRadcliffe.com, RupertGrint.net 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 round of the Harry Potter World Cup is currently underway, and it's kicking off with the Privet Drive division. After eliminating his "Sorcerer's Stone" nemesis Professor Quirrell in the first round, Harry Potter is looking to do equal amounts of damage to "Chamber of Secrets" villain Lucius Malfoy. But does the Death Eater have some tricks up his sleeve?

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Friday, July 1 at 12:01 AM EST, so make sure to start voting now. You can follow all of the duels right here.

(1) Harry Potter vs. (8) Lucius Malfoy
Harry had no trouble putting an end to Professor Quirrell's chances at resurrection and World Cup glory, but will the road be as easy when facing Lucius Malfoy? As the father of his number one Hogwarts rival and one of Voldemort's closest allies, Lucius has certainly earned his dangerous reputation. If the Slytherin-loving "Potter" fans come out in full force to support the Death Eater, then perhaps this is the place where the platinum blonde wizard will claim Harry's head for his Dark Lord's wall.

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

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