Harry Potter World Cup: Hermione Vs. Lupin

Harry PotterWelcome 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!

Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am to see Remus Lupin in the Elite Eight. He's my personal favorite character in the series (did I mention he's the best?) but even I wouldn't have guessed that he'd beat Dumbledore in the Sweet 16. Despite that great and unexpected victory, Lupin's path towards eternal World Cup glory is far from finished: he'll have to sneak past the smartest wizard of her age in order to advance to the Final Four.

Polls for all of the Elite Eight duels close at 12:01 AM EST on Friday (July 8), so start voting now!

(1) Hermione Granger vs. (3) Remus Lupin

Days ago, I would have told you that Godric's Hollow was Hermione's for the taking, even if she'd gone up against Albus Dumbledore. Now, I'm less certain. Lupin didn't just beat Dumbledore by a handful of votes; he broke out with a healthy margin over the so-called greatest wizard of all time at the outset of their duel, and never looked back once. Hermione and her fans would be wise not to underestimate the appropriately rabid Lupin loyalists, who could put up quite a bit of resistance for one of Harry's closest friends.

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!