After nearly two full weeks of competition, the Harry Potter World Cup’s original pool of 64 characters has thinned down to the Sweet 16 — and among the wizards and witches still remaining in the competition is none other than the titular contender, Harry himself. The Boy Who Lived was always a sure bet to go deep in the World Cup, but how is he going to fare when pressed up against another Chosen One?
Voting for all Sweet 16 duels closes on Wednesday, July 6 at 12:01 AM EST, so make sure to start voting now. You can follow all of the action right here.
(1) Harry Potter vs. (4) Neville Longbottom
If Neville’s breathtaking finish in his duel against McGonagall isn’t enough proof of his worthiness in this competition, nothing is. Neville has one of the fullest arcs of any character in the entirety of “Potter,” starting as a meek and socially incapable boy who transformed himself into a serpent-slaying hero by story’s end. That said, are those accomplishments enough to defeat the Boy Who Lived? After all, this is Harry’s story, not to mention the fact that the tournament is named after him. Still, someone has to defeat Harry eventually, unless he truly is predestined to win this whole thing. When it comes to the World Cup, could Neville Longbottom be the Chosen One after all, or can we already write this one off as another win for Harry?
And if you’re still not sure about who to vote for, don’t forget that Matthew Lewis has a pretty convincing pro-Neville argument for you.