The final first round duel introduces the Dark Lord into the tournament, and given the fact that he already killed his current opponent once before, he’s bound to add another body to his considerable pile of victims. But even as the very spirit of evil comes to Diagon Alley, a champion of the light steps in as well. All of the players are on the board now, and first round voting remains in your hands until midnight on Sunday (June 27).
(7) James Potter vs. (10) Kreacher the House Elf
Though we never met him firsthand, it often feels like we’ve known James Potter our entire lives. Harry’s father and Lily’s husband died at the hands of the Dark Lord, but for the Cup’s purposes, the Potter patriarch is alive and kicking. And he’s likely to keep kicking well into the next round, too, as I don’t think the conniving Kreacher will see much fan support. Then again, despite being something of an anti-Dobby, the dark-minded house elf is nothing if not misunderstood. Perhaps he’ll advance by way of the sympathy vote.
(2) Lord Voldemort vs. (15) Moaning Myrtle
Sorry Moaning Myrtle, but it looks like a double-dose of death is in your future. The sorcerer formerly known as Tom Riddle is as dangerous as they come in this tournament, and by all accounts, it appears that his murderous reign of terror will begin with the Hogwarts ghost’s head. Myrtle isn’t without her fans, though, and her gentle (if fragile) spirit could win her some points. Still, from my vantage point, it looks more likely that Myrtle’s about to be flushed down the drain, this time for good.