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.