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?