How we think the fight will go
“This feels suspiciously like the Tri-Wizard tournament, doesn’t it?” Hermione’s* voice came through heavily muted, unable to completely break through the shield charms surrounding the battleground.
From inside the shield, Harry moved his head to the right slightly, eyes still focused on the dark mass of trees ahead. “That was ages ago. And I turned out just fine!”
A muffled cough that sounded very much like “CEDRIC!” reached Harry’s ears. Harry chose to ignore Ron’s tickled throat, instead enjoying the predictable yet comforting “thwack!” that came afterwards.
Hermione wasn’t going to be ignored. “Healing potions are in your pack! Don’t forget there’s an extended ‘o’ on obliviate! And whatever you do, don’t forget your—”
CRASH. A wave of birds flew directly towards Harry, forcing him to cover his face with his arms. When the chaos cleared and he lifted them the first thing he saw—beyond the Hagrid-sized body—was the mask: a huge, antlered skeleton punctuated by blood-red eyes that flared, even at a distance. His eyes matched his cape… and the bloodstains running down his arms. Some of the blood was fresh.
The Horned King.
Harry flashed back to his last confrontation with Voldemort, and then was jarred back to his senses again, wand at the ready. The Horned King drew his enormous sword and advanced, at a lightning-fast pace that belied his size.
Instead of knocking down the warrior, the spell was a mere distraction, momentarily freezing the Horned King in his path as if he were annoyed by a gnat. Eyes flaring, he advanced on Harry again, one heavy slash after another. Harry did his best to dodge and disarm his opponent with an Expeliarmus Charm. But one slice from the sword caught his leg, and he crumbled to the ground, wincing. Horned King loomed over him, ready for a final blow.
Harry barely heard Ron. “The curse! Harry, you have to use it!”
Another flashback to Voldemort. “No! No death curses!” Harry bellowed at Ron, rolling over and trying to gain as much distance as he could with his bad leg. The Horned King, realizing his prey was wounded, now took his time to walk to Harry, sword lowered.
Harry almost didn’t believe it when he felt the weight of the Horned King’s sword yank down his arm. Before he had a chance to take a test swing, the Horned King was on him again, his bloodstained hands crushing Harry’s neck with inhuman strength. The sword fell as Harry was pulled off the ground.
Harry clawed at the Horned King’s fingers, but as the pressure in his head grew, the feelings of pain in his leg receded. His friends’ screams, already so quiet, died out. The hand gripping his wand came to rest at his side, but Harry managed to angle it up just enough…
The two seconds that passed felt like an eternity—and then he felt his body hit the grass. The Horned King clawed at his face, the antlered mask slowly shrinking and compressing the Horned King’s skull. Blood began to slowly drip down the sides and the eyeholes, small red rivers connecting to the mass of blood on his arms.
The warrior fell backwards. Hands that were once in a vice-like grip on the mask were now clawing at it in spasms. Cacophonous bone covered any sounds of agony that might have escaped the Horned King’s mouth. Then the hands stopped.
Harry remained on the ground, not wanting to see what had become of the man behind the mask. “No, Hermione,” he wheezed between large gasps of breath. “This is not the Tri-Wizard Tournament.”
*Yes, we realize Hermione’s supposed to be dead as a doornail. But as with many a fantasy character, she’s been miraculously revived by the Suvudu gods as a spectator (with no memory of her hands-down** defeat).
** And yes, we’re reviving Cage Match’s two-year old Jaime Lannister hand joke along with her. You think we could resist?
Predicted Winner: Harry Potter
NOTE: THIS MATCH ENDS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 8th, 2012, AT 5 PM, EST
Harry Potter is a character from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; The Horned King is a character from The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
Harry Potter image courtesy of *sumo0172. The Horned King image courtesy of Yearling Books
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