That mad howl you hear lingering in the air? It’s not coming from werewolves Fenrir Greyback and Remus Lupin — it’s the cantankerous cackle of the deliciously deranged Bellatrix Lestrange, who’s just stepped inside the Harry Potter World Cup arena.
The highest ranked Diagon Alley witch is no stranger to bloodshed — indeed, she thrives on the free-flow of cruel intentions — but it’s not her first round match-up that has her curiosity piqued. That distinction belongs to another nearby competitor who’s also launching into the World Cup today. Whether or not these bitter foes get the chance to square off in the next round depends entirely on you, of course, as first round voting comes to a close on Sunday (June 27) at midnight.
(5) Molly Weasley vs. (12) Aragog
The Weasley matriarch is headed into the Forbidden Forest to draw the Acromantula out from his lair and into the open. If Aragog faces Molly with his army of spiders at his side, he could make short work of the witch. But Molly has something he lacks: motivation. Not only does she want to beat Aragog for the fear he drove into Ron’s heart during their run-in in “Chamber of Secrets,” she also wants the chance to advance to the next round and settle a score with a certain someone…
(4) Bellatrix Lestrange vs. (13) Cho Chang
The black-hearted Bellatrix is barely batting an eyelash at her first round competitor, Cho Chang. Not that the Ravenclaw witch is someone to take lightly — she proved her strength as a member of Dumbledore’s Army and had enough inner-spirit to command Harry’s heart for a time — but the Hogwarts student lacks the same ruthlessness that Bellatrix relishes… a loathsome quality, yes, but a very useful quality in a tournament such as this. Blood is about to spill, and it isn’t likely to be Bellatrix’s.