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.