Oh, Harry Potter World Cup — why do you have to be so cruel? It was easy enough for Lily Potter and Rubeus Hagrid to beat their first round opponents and advance to the next phase of the Hogsmeade division, but now that they’re up against each other, how are two of the most cherished people in Harry Potter’s life supposed to compete? Simply, I suppose: they have no choice!
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.
(2) Rubeus Hagrid vs. (7) Lily Potter
Love hurts. Just ask Lily Potter, who laid down her life to prevent the Dark Lord from killing her infant son at the tail end of the First Wizarding World. But Hogwarts groundskeeper Hagrid knows a thing or two about the pain of love as well, not just through his brotherhood with Grawp or animal companions Buckbeak and the late Aragog, but also through Harry, the young wizard that he watched over and brought into the Hogwarts fold in the first place. It’s a shame that both Hagrid and Lily can’t move onto the next round of the World Cup, but hearts are destined to break in this duel, no matter the outcome.