Welcome 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 first round of the Hogsmeade division has been filled with some especially brutal choices, but we're closing out the day with one competitor I think most "Potter" fans can agree to love: Rubeus Hagrid.
The jolly half-giant and Hogwarts groundskeeper makes his much-anticipated debut in the Harry Potter World Cup today alongside an equally adored character who's very close to Harry's heart. Voting for the first round of the Hogsmeade division stays open until Sunday (June 27) at midnight, and make sure to tune in tomorrow as we start exploring the fourth and final division's first round match-ups.
(7) Lily Potter vs. (10) Horace Slughorn
Hogwarts Potions master Horace Slughorn doesn't exactly have the fighting spirit, but that's not to say that he hasn't done a great deal of damage in his time. A broken and reclusive man, Slughorn's likely a reluctant participant in the World Cup, so given his fondness for his former student Lily Evans — better known as Lily Potter, Harry's mother — it wouldn't be surprising to see him fold in this first round. Lily, barring any unexpected developments, it looks like you're about to advance one step closer to the World Cup.
(2) Rubeus Hagrid vs. (15) Gregory Goyle
He's been framed and wrongfully imprisoned, discharged and defeated, and made into the laughing stock of Slytherin students everywhere. But Hagrid suffers all these fools and devious deeds with a glad heart and a strong spirit. Though the Hogwarts mainstay isn't one to seek out a fight, he's not about to let some low-rent Draco Malfoy sidekick roll him over, either. Sorry Goyle, no Cup for you. But at least you were invited to play along!