They faced down dementors, giant spiders and cursed Horcuxes. They took on Death Eaters, basilisks and even fought Lord Voldemort himself. But now, "Harry Potter" heroes Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have defeated the most powerful force of all: Twi-Hards.
The official results of our poll to determine the more epic romance are in and, with more than 170,000 votes cast, it wasn't even close, with Ron and Hermione trouncing the "Twilight" duo of Edward and Bella by a final tally of 59-percent to 41-percent.
Now the debate can really begin.
Not that there has been any shortage of debate on either side of the aisle so far; ever since we first announced our poll back in July, fans of both "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" have been weighing in with both their comments and their votes, trying to sway internet opinion in favor of their chosen couple.
And for many people, ourselves included, the decision of which couple to vote for was like asking which of your children you love the most; we're head over heels for both "Harry Potter" and "Twilight," which is why we wrote impassioned defenses of both Ron & Hermione and Edward & Bella when the poll started.
But after a month of debate so intense it actually came close to shutting down the government (that's what that was all about right?), the fans have spoken to the tune of 170, 423 votes -- and Ron & Hermione are the clear winners.
So hats off to our wizarding lovebirds. And don't worry, Edward & Bella, you might get another shot at the title. After all, vampires are immortal, so this is one love story that is here to stay.
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