“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.