Harry Potter Is Best Hero At MTV Movie Awards

Boy wizard was in a heated battle with 'Hunger Games' heroine Katniss Everdeen in MTV's first social-voting category.

He was a real human being and a real hero. Harry Potter came, he saw and he conquered tonight at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The Boy Who Lived now enters the prestigious Best Hero ranks that, at this point, only include Christian Bale's Batman from "Batman Begins."

Harry Potter came out on top after a heated battle against Katniss Everdeen that totally eclipsed the category's other three contenders: Thor, Captain America and "21 Jump Street" cop Jenko.

At least "Harry Potter" toppled two Avengers at the Movie Awards, since the Marvel superhero collective just beat out "Potter" to be the third-highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide. We get the distinct pleasure of knowing that fans think Harry Potter is a better hero than an all-American supersoldier and a Norse god.

Though Best Hero was a Movie Awards category back in 2006 when Bale won, this is the first year it was chosen by fans on Twitter. The first-ever social voting category had Twitter users support their favorite hero by sending tweets instead of casting their votes on the Movie

Awards website.

That's two Golden Popcorns won, four lost and one to go for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," which was nominated a grand total of seven times at this year's MTV Movie Awards. "Potter" is up against "The Hunger Games," "Bridesmaids," "The Help" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" for Movie of the Year, and it's anyone's guess as to which film will take that one home.

We know that seven is a meaningful number in the "Harry Potter" universe, with seven Horcruxes, seven years at Hogwarts and seven books. Heck, Harry Potter was even born in July! That bodes well for the movie's Movie Awards chances this year.

This is the fourth Golden Popcorn the "Harry Potter" series has ever won. Tom Felton has had the honor of winning Best Villain the past two years, and both were fairly memorable experiences. First Mark Wahlberg interrupted his acceptance speech, and then Dave Grohl busted in on his post-win interview. Emma Watson accepted the award for Best Cast only minutes before the series' titular character won Best Hero.

The 2012 MTV Movie Awards are officially under way! Stick with MTV News for minute-by-minute coverage, and don't forget to go to MovieAwards.MTV.com to cast your vote for Best Movie!