Not only does “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ answer the greatest questions that J.K. Rowling’s magical series ever put forth, it also addresses some of the subtler points. Take Neville Longbottom, the constantly underestimated social outcast, for example — will the boy ever live up to his full potential? Can Professor McGonagall, one of Albus Dumbledore’s most trusted allies, honor her fallen comrade’s memory in the most desperate time of need?
Whether or not they live up to the challenge during “Deathly Hallows” is irrelevant for our purposes. What we’re concerned with is how these magicians will perform in the Harry Potter World Cup, which finally launched today. As Harry duels against Quirrell and Lucius battles Lockhart, it’s time to begin phase two of the Privet Drive division. Polls for the first round close at midnight on Sunday night (June 27), so start voting now!
(5) Professor McGonagall vs. (12) Cornelius Fudge
As a Hogwarts faculty fixture, McGonagall watches over her students with a firm but kind outlook. The Head of Gryffindor House’s gifts as an Animagus certainly give her an edge, but is that edge sharp enough to beat out former Minister of Magic Conelius Fudge’s well-placed political connections? Depending on his ability to call in high-powered back-up, Fudge could stand a decent shot against good old Minerva — but without help from his powerful friends, the odds are not in his favor.
(4) Neville Longbottom vs. (13) Fenrir Greyback
From his very first appearance in “Harry Potter,” Neville always embodied the Gryffindor spirit of bravery despite his physical and social awkwardness. He’s come even further since his earliest days as a Hogwarts student, but has he risen so high that he can hold his own against the werewolf Fenrir Greyback? The notorious criminal developed a well-earned reputation for ruthlessness, so Neville will have to dig deep if he wants to make it to the next stage of the World Cup.