Harry Potter World Cup: Goodbye, Cedric Diggory

It took three rounds and well over one million votes to make it happen, but here we are: Cedric Diggory is dead — again — and his dreams of winning the Harry Potter World Cup have died with him.

It’s the understatement of the tournament to say that Cedric was a divisive figure in the World Cup. Whether you loved or hated his presence, there’s no doubting that the pride of Hufflepuff’s involvement in the competition inspired you to vote, vote and vote again in one direction or the other. Now, he’s gone, felled by Rubeus Hagrid by over 81,000 votes. His loss signals relief for many and heartache for others, but no matter how you feel about his presence in the World Cup, you have to give the man credit: it was a flashy exit, if nothing else.

We’ve whipped up a little In Memoriam video to say goodbye to Cedric Diggory once and for all. Hopefully it’s a fitting tribute for those of you who loved and voted for him. For the people who didn’t care for Cedric and his place in the World Cup, well, at least you get to watch the bad man kill the spare again.

Adios, Cedric. That’s all the time we have to mourn, though… the remaining World Cup contenders require our attention!

Who is the best “Harry Potter” character of all time? The “Harry Potter” World Cup will find out! Voting is going on now right here, and you can also get the debate going on Twitter with the hashtag #mtvpottercup.