Harry Potter World Cup: Matthew Lewis Summons Bracket Predictions

Longtime “Harry Potter” actor Matthew Lewis, who starred in all eight movies as the eternally loveable if severely underestimated Neville Longbottom, joined us last week to make his pitch for why he should win the Harry Potter World Cup. But Matthew had a lot more to say about the tournament than merely assessing his own character’s standing.

With just a few hours left to vote in the Sweet 16, Matthew was kind enough to share his thoughts on some of this round’s other contentious duels, just as the Phelps brothers did at the outset of the tournament. Read on to see which characters Matthew thinks will make it to the Elite Eight.

Snape Vs. Dobby

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Snape’s going to win that one. Dobby gave up his life for Harry Potter and his friends, but isn’t that effectively what Severus Snape did as well?”

Current Standing:
Matthew’s on point with this one, it seems. As of this writing, Snape has his duel against Dobby on total lockdown. It’s a sad day for House Elves everywhere.

Hermione Vs. Ginny

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Hermione has been there so many times saying the right thing and thinking the right thing. I think she’s just going to clinch that one.”

Current Standing:
Again, he’s right on the money — Hermione broke out a big early lead against Ginny and hasn’t looked back ever since.

Dumbledore Vs. Lupin

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Lupin was actually my favorite character from the whole series. I’d like to say Lupin, but I don’t think we can look past Dumbledore. He’s the one. He’s the man! He’s the one who orchestrated the whole downfall of Voldemort.”

Current Standing:
Much to his (and my) surprise, Remus Lupin is not only holding his own against Albus, he’s actually winning. Pretty decisively, I might add. If Lupin pulls out a win here, it’ll be one of the biggest shocks of the round.

Ron Vs. Fred

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Ron’s the heart of the whole thing, you know? Harry’s the hero, Hermione’s the brains, but he’s the heart that brings it all together. It’s got to be Ron.”

Current Standing:
It’s close between him and Fred. Too close to call, really, at this point… but there are still several hours left to notch a victory on Ron’s behalf.

Hagrid Vs. Cedric

Matthew’s Prediction:
“I think Rob Pattinson’s fame alone might win that one. I think we might just ignore the character of Cedric Diggory entirely.”

Current Standing:
Matthew was definitely right about there being a lot of support from Team Pattinson Diggory, but there’s an equal amount of support out there for Hagrid. In fact, the half giant is currently leading the pride of Hufflepuff by a hair or two.

Draco Vs. Bellatrix

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Malfoy, I think. Bellatrix is just horrible. She’s not very nice. Malfoy is a bit of an idiot sometimes, but he’s not evil like Bellatrix.”

Current Standing:
Sorry Matthew, but it looks like people love evil people. Bellatrix and Draco have been neck and neck throughout the competition, with Bellatrix holding a slight lead at the time of this publishing.

Sirius Vs. Voldemort

Matthew’s Prediction:
“Sirius Black, hands down. Voldemort’s pretty cool when he wants to be, but nobody is as cool as Sirius Black. Not Gary Oldman’s Sirius Black—he’s just rock and roll.”

Current Standing:
Rock on indeed! Sirius is absolutely crushing the Dark Lord. Looks like Voldemort’s finally run out of Horcruxes, unless he’s got a last-minute trick up his sleeve.

Harry Vs. Neville

Matthew’s Prediction:
“It’s obviously gonna be Neville! I mean, come on! Neville would’ve [killed Voldemort] in four books!”

Current Standing:
No bias there whatsoever, right Matthew? To his credit, Neville’s actually holding up surprisingly well against Harry—he’s losing the duel, but there’s still enough room to change the tide. If you’re looking for any reasons to vote Neville over Harry, Matthew has a bunch of them:

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