So, here we are. It’s perhaps the most highly anticipated and deeply dreaded duel not just of the Hogsmeade division, but of the entire Harry Potter World Cup as it stands: Cedric Diggory versus Narcissa Malfoy. Let’s just take a deep breath and dive straight into it, shall we?
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.
(3) Cedric Diggory vs. (11) Narcissa Malfoy
What happened to Luna Lovegood? Whether she was defeated by pro-Cedric voters putting their support behind Narcissa or on Narcissa’s own merit is still a question that’s very much up in the air. The conspiracy, as it were, remains unsolved. But there’s little time left to mourn Luna’s loss. With voting ending in less than 36 hours, the duel between the late Hufflepuff hero and the Malfoy matriarch is bound to be intense. Will Narcissa’s potentially plentiful fan base come out and decimate Cedric? Or will a landslide victory for the deceased Diggory answer the lingering mystery of Luna’s defeat once and for all? It’s up to you, voters — personally speaking, I am very curious to see how this duel plays out.
Because there are so many questions surrounding this latest duel, we reached out to our regular stable of World Cup experts (plus special guest Laura Cristiano from Twilight Lexicon) to weigh in on what we’ve dubbed The Cedric Factor. See what they think about last week’s battle and the current match in the video below.