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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 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!

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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!

"Harry Potter" fans, you're at the risk of running into another franchise. A franchise not only of fantasy and the supernatural, but of romance; a vampire-filled love story that has repeatedly swept the MTV Movie Awards for three years running. That's right — you've just crossed over into the "Twilight" zone.

Cedric Diggory, the late Hogwarts student who competed nobly and died tragically during the Triwizard Tournament, has entered the Harry Potter World Cup. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the fact that Robert Pattinson has stepped into the arena. Next to him, fan-favorite witch Luna Lovegood has also kicked off her first round match-up in the Hogsmeade division, which wraps up on Sunday (June 27) at midnight.

(6) Luna Lovegood vs. (11) Narcissa Malfoy
The pure-blooded Malfoy matriarch isn't quite as evil as they come — when it comes down to honoring the Dark Lord or protecting her son Draco, her path is plainly clear — but that doesn't mean Narcissa isn't a force to be reckoned with. But her first duel against the lovable Luna Lovegood could prove to be her last; the young Ravenclaw witch has more than enough wits and charm to outsmart her competitor, not to mention a score to settle after having been held prisoner in Malfoy Manor during "Deathly Hallows Part 1."

(3) Cedric Diggory vs. (14) Olympe Maxime
Let's not beat around the bush: if Cedric Diggory advances deep into the Hogsmeade division, is it because of his merits as a character or his alter-ego's superstar status? No doubt that his death in "Goblet of Fire" was a profoundly powerful moment that irreversibly changed the course of the "Potter" story, but is that where he'll get his support, or will voters sink their teeth into Cedric for "other reasons"? And as far as Madame Maxime is concerned, is the Beauxbatons giant tall enough to stand up against the height of the "Twilight" crowd? The outcome of this match-up could be very telling for the rest of the World Cup — with enough momentum on his side, Cedric could become the most unstoppable force in the entire tournament.

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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!

Remember what I said about Peter Pettigrew and fair fights? Well, the latest match-up in the Hogsmeade division of the Harry Potter World Cup is an unfair fight of a different color… a bright and freckle-faced shade of red, to be precise.

With so many Weasleys competing in the tournament, some family in-fighting was destined to happen. But this early on? And a duel between father and son, of all things? That's just downright cruel! Nevertheless, it's a Weasley field day in these next two first-round match-ups, both of which come to a close on Sunday (June 27) at midnight.

(5) Arthur Weasley vs. (12) Percy Weasley
The Weasleys have always been a tight-knit group, but former Gryffindor prefect and current Ministry of Magic rising star Percy's unwillingness to side with Arthur and his family during Lord Voldemort's rise to power almost cost him his seat at their table. Though the stubborn Percy and the muggle-curious Arthur ultimately made amends, you better believe that the Weasley patriarch is at least somewhat looking forward to giving his estranged son a first-round spanking. Can Percy dodge his father's wrath through his high-placed political connections, or is he about to learn a very painful lesson about family loyalty?

(4) Fred Weasley vs. (13) Professor Sprout
His first round match-up isn't quite as glorious as his prankster twin George's, but Fred's still going to have some fun putting this Hogwarts faculty member through the wringer. But Fred needs to be cautious when approaching Hufflepuff's Head of House and Herbology master. Considering that she's gone toe to toe with the Womping Willow and lived to tell the tale, the Weasley twin would be wise to recognize that Sprout's skills are no laughing matter.

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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.

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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 a widely held belief that (*deep breath*) Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (*aaand release*) is one of the greatest wizards of all time, if not the greatest. Well, his reputation is certainly on the line now that the Harry Potter World Cup is in full effect.

Day two of first round voting in the Godric's Hollow division closes out with Dumbledore, easily one of the strongest competitors in the entire World Cup, squaring off against reluctant Order of the Phoenix member Mundungus Fletcher. At the same time, Dumbledore's former flame (just ask Ms. Rowling) and long-time rival Gellert Grindelwald puts his skills to the test against the wand expert Ollivander. Voting on these contentious duels closes on Sunday (June 27) at midnight, so without further ado, let's get to the battle!

(7) Gellert Grindelwald vs. (10) Mr. Ollivander
Though we see very little of Grindelwald in the "Harry Potter" films and only hear of his past tales of triumph and terror from second hand sources, there's no denying his reputation: second only to Voldemort, Grindelwald is considered the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time. That's quite an intimidating prospect for Mr. Ollivander, but he's no slouch himself — the Diagon Alley staple (don't ask what he's doing in Godric's Hollow) is widely agreed upon as the best wand maker in the wizarding world, bringing a depth of knowledge and craft that could easily prove to be Grindelwald's undoing.

(2) Albus Dumbledore vs. (15) Mundungus Fletcher
The very thought of facing Albus Dumbledore in a duel would send shivers down any reasonable opponent's spine, most especially Mundungus Fletcher. The notorious con artist has extreme loyalty to the Hogwarts headmaster, second only to… well, himself. When push comes to shove, Fletcher will do what he must to rise to the top. But it's that exact self-centered thinking that puts him at a disadvantage against Albus and his selfless spirit — barring a major upset, this first round should be a walk in the park for the good wizard.

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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!

Though his time on the job was no longer than most of his colleagues, is there any doubt that Remus Lupin is the best Defense Against the Dark Arts professor the "Harry Potter" series has ever seen? Well, maybe there is for some of you, but not for me — and I suppose that this is the part where I must admit that the good werewolf is my favorite "Potter" character of all time, and already has my vote for as long as he's in this race. Sorry, guys; I know I'm supposed to be biased, but it is what it is!

Still, even my favor for Lupin won't help him win the Godric's Hollow division — his fate rests in your hands, and the road ahead looks very difficult for him indeed. Meanwhile, as the Dumbledore loyalist struggles to survive his first round match-up, there's another duel going on that should have equally interesting results on Sunday (June 20) at midnight when the first round polls have closed.

(6) Hedwig vs. (11) Seamus Finnigan
Two of Harry's longtime companions go head to head in this latest match-up. In one corner, our hero's incredibly popular and dearly departed owl, Hedwig. In the other, his fellow Gryffindor and good pal Seamus Finnigan. Like his buddy Dean Thomas, Seamus has his share of support from his fan base. But, really, who doesn't love Hedwig? She could very easily fly away with this one.

(3) Remus Lupin vs. (14) Argus Filch
Few people understand the nooks and crannies of Hogwarts like Argus Filch, the wizarding school's notoriously crotchety caretaker. If you're a student, the last thing you want is for Filch and his pet cat Mrs. Norris to catch you roaming the halls at night. But Lupin, who has plenty of school-savvy as one of the creators of the Marauder's Map, knows the secrets of Hogwarts just as well as Filch. Plus, he's a werewolf. Just as paper covers rock, werewolves beat caretakers, always. (Translation: don't break my heart, Lupin — or my bracket!)

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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!

Ooh... now this one's going to be fun!

Day two of the Harry Potter World Cup rages on, and it does so with two back-to-back duels that promise a whole lot of excitement, entertainment and downright hilarity. Two of our favorite Weasley siblings are getting in on the wizarding warfare today, and their match-ups should be a cakewalk for both of them — unless these Godric's Hollow division underdogs prove to have more bite in them than expected. No matter the outcome, wands must be at the ready: voting for round one ends on June 27 at midnight, so there's no time to waste!

(5) Ginny Weasley vs. (12) The Dursleys
It's payback time! No, the Dursley family never directly insulted Ginny Weasley, but they did treat her beloved boyfriend like absolute rubbish. Therefore, it's time for Ginny to do some bloodletting on Harry's behalf. Then again, the Dursleys are the only competitors in the entire Harry Potter World Cup that are competing as a group — after all, like the Mighty Ducks, Dursleys fly together — so perhaps it's a bit early to put these muggles down for the count.

(4) George vs. (13) Dolores Umbridge
It's payback time again! Dolores Umbridge has to go down in the history books as one of the single worst Hogwarts headmistresses of all time, and George Weasley — one half of the mischievous Weasley twins — made sure she paid dearly for her sins during "Order of the Phoenix." But can the beloved prankster get the better of the Ministry of Magic's pinkest member without an assist from his brother?

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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?

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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!

If you thought Harry Potter was a surefire bet to win the Harry Potter World Cup, guess again. There's a certain spoiler in the mix, and he goes by the name of Severus Snape.

That's right, the Half-Blood Prince waits quietly at the bottom portion of the Privet Drive division, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to teach Harry some proper wizarding etiquette once and for all. (Or is Snape just looking out for the Boy Who Lived? The debate rages on!) No matter what his intentions are, the Hogwarts potions master is brewing something wicked in his corner of the bracket — we'll see if his efforts pay off when round one voting closes at midnight on Sunday (June 27)!

(7) Professor Trelawney vs. (10) Professor Flitwick
Nobody wants to see colleagues fighting — unless you're a student at Hogwarts and your professors are going wand-to-wand in an epic wizarding duel, that is! Just like Mad-Eye and Kingsley, the Divination and Charms masters at Hogwarts would probably prefer that they were not at odds with one another; but such is the nature of the Harry Potter World Cup. The question is this: does Trelawney's clairvoyance win the day, or can Flitwick levitate himself into the next round of voting?

(2) Severus Snape vs. (15) Vincent Crabbe
Seriously, is this a contest? Whether you love to hate him, hate to love him or accept him for exactly who he is, there's no denying Snape's talents for discipline — and Vincent Crabbe is one unruly student in desperate need of manners. Without pals Draco Malfoy or Gregory Goyle to defend him, what chance does he stand against Hogwarts' Head of Slytherin House? Unless he pulls off one heck of an upset, it's lights out for Crabbe.

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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!

Whoever said that the Harry Potter World Cup had to be strictly limited to wizards and witches? There are all kinds of supernatural creatures and magic users lurking about the Potterverse — and there's perhaps no greater example of the exceptions to the rule than Dobby the House Elf, who finds himself nervously approaching the battlefield in the Privet Drive division.

He's got good reason to be nervous, too; even if he wins his first round, the adorably bug-eyed elf will have to contend with a powerful member of the Order of the Phoenix as his next opponent. But that's a conflict for down the road — for now, it's time to get past the first round, when voting ending on Sunday night (June 27) at midnight!

(6) Dobby The House Elf vs. (11) Dean Thomas
Dobby has lived virtually his entire life in servitude, so the very thought of challenging another hero can't sit easily with him. Then again, he's no stranger to trouble — just see his good-intentioned mischief in "Chamber of Secrets" and his ill-fated efforts in "Deathly Hallows" for further proof. That said, Dean Thomas is one of Harry's greatest pals and a Gryffindor, who knows how to gather up his courage when the time calls for it. Can the undeniably powerful Dobby conjure up the emotional strength needed to best Dean, or will Dean's natural bravery prevail in this duel?

(3) Mad-Eye Moody vs. (14) Kingsley Shacklebolt
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, and when it comes to Order of the Phoenix soldiers Alastor Moody and Kingsley Shacklebolt and the Harry Potter World Cup, they'll have to settle on the former. The world-class and battle-ravaged Auror has no choice but to go up against the future Minister of Magic, but if there's any combination of old pros who know the cost of war, it's these two. No matter how it shakes out in the battle of Mad-Eye versus Kingsley, this duel is bound to be courageous and contentious.

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