Harry Potter World Cup: Hermione Vs. Fawkes

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!

Round two voting in the Harry Potter World Cup continues into Tuesday (June 28), kicking off the second round match-ups of the Godric’s Hollow division. Today’s first duel is one that won’t be easy on voters, I’m sure: Hermione Granger, the smartest witch of her age, versus Fawkes, Professor Albus Dumbledore’s precious phoenix. Good luck with the voting, muggles — I’m glad I’m not the one making this call.

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.

(1) Hermione vs. (9) Fawkes
Though Fawkes was able to defeat the goodhearted ghost Nearly Headless Nick in the first round, all the lives in the world won’t matter when stacked up against Hermione. As one of the “Harry Potter” story’s most important characters — and, without a doubt, the most important female character — the odds are certainly in the witch’s favor. Then again… it’s Fawkes! We love Fawkes! The question is, which one do we love more?

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!