Harry Potter World Cup: Neville Vs. McGonagall

Welcome to MTV’s Harry Potter World Cup! We’ve selected 64 of the best “Harry Potter” characters and matched them up in a series of duels for a chance at magical glory, but it’s up to YOU to decide who the greatest “Potter” character of all time is in this pool of wizards and witches. Will the Death Eaters destroy Hogwarts, or will good triumph over evil? In the end, the choice is yours, so keep voting at MTV Movies Blog and make your voice heard!

As round two of the Harry Potter World Cup continues, we move onto an especially brutal battle in the the Privet Drive division. Though both parties cleaved their way through the unlovable Cornelius Fudge and the vicious Fenrir Greyback with little pushback in round one, now fan-favorites Professor McGonagall and Neville Longbottom are up against each other — and you can only pick one of these champions to soldier on into the Sweet 16.

Voting for all second round match-ups will close on Friday, July 1 at 12:01 AM EST, so make sure to start voting now. You can follow all of the duels right here.

(4) Neville Longbottom vs. (5) Professor McGonagall
In one corner you’ll find one of Gryffindor’s most unlikely heroes, the meek and mild-mannered Neville Longbottom who slowly came out of his shell throughout the course of the “Harry Potter” saga to become one of the series’ bravest characters. In the other is Professor Minerva McGonagall, the Gryffindor Head of House, one of Albus Dumbledore’s closest allies, a woman who watches over all her students with a firm but kind heart. Picking one winner won’t be easy, but it must be done — who moves on? The reluctant hero, or the wizened witch?

Having trouble deciding? Consult our Harry Potter World Cup experts from MuggleNet, The Leaky Cauldron, DanRadcliffe.com, RupertGrint.net and MTV News for their insight!

And if you need any further help, actor Matthew Lewis wants to let you know why you should vote for Neville: