Harry Potter World Cup: Dumbledore Vs. Lupin

Harry Potter World CupWelcome 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!

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When it comes to my very favorite "Harry Potter" character of all time, I'm currently at the bargaining stage for Remus Lupin as he enters this next duel against Professor Albus Dumbledore… but I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be moving onto depression very, very soon.

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.

(2) Albus Dumbledore vs. (3) Remus Lupin

I think that even without my strong bias in place, most "Potter" fans will agree with me when I say that Remus Lupin is a fantastic character. He's cool, he's knowledgeable, he's tragic, he's heroic… he's the full package. Sadly for Remus, Albus Dumbledore is all of that and then some, especially in terms of overall importance to the greater "Potter" arc. Lupin and his supporters (aka me voting 100,000 times) will have to dig extremely deep if he's to stand a chance against the Hogwarts headmaster. But if Lupin has to leave the Cup, at least he goes out squaring off against the greatest wizard who ever lived. I can accept that defeat. For now, I'm content with knowing that an excellent battle is about to unfold.

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!