Harry Potter Characters with the Saddest Back Stories


The Top Ten

1 Severus Snape Severus Snape Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish.

He should be number one! He literally had no one expect Lilly Potter (Harry's mom) and he was so in love with her. But she never loved him, and she died and he was literally feet away from the door when Voldemort killed her. He gave EVERYTHING to make sure her son lived. And all he got was a painful death by the hands of Voldemort.

He loved a person all his life, even after the official ending of their friendship, even after she married the one who he hated most and even after her death... enough to play the role of spy and risk being killed every moment of his life... to make sure that her sacrifice didn't go in vain.

Snape has the saddest story in the Harry Potter series. Of course, Harry's life is pretty bad but you see, he still have friends and many people who care about him.Snape only has Lily Evans as his best friend and she's dead. Even worse, he kept blaming it's his fault. Anyway, he has the most tragic life ever

Everyone feels bad for Snape when he stalked Harry's mother and his mother didn't love him.

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2 Neville Longbottom Neville Longbottom

I hate Him why he on here

Neville's parents were tortured into insanity his Grandma constantly told him that he would never live up to his parents his family litteraly risked killing him just to see if he had magic that might be why Neville had such low self-esteem

Number 1 he should be I never feel sorry for snape because he always let's it out on Neville

I feel really sad for him

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3 Harry Potter Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

Harry should be #1! Snape's story isn't that sad. He got what he deserves for joining a terrorist organization. Harry is an orphaned child. Snape is a nazi

His story isn't that sad his parents died so what? He can't be killed and if he is he just comes back sounds pretty good to me.

So having your parents die isn't sad. Let the comment speak for itself. - DCfnaf

4 Lord Voldemort Lord Voldemort Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the central main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997.

His dad hated his mum. His mum died at the orphanage and she didn't use magic because she had a terrible life and she believed she was useless, used a love potion for someone who hated her. He never knew his mum.

I know that he was Hitler. I thought that too
But his backstory is sickening and depressing. He had the most horrible of childhoods, but I agree, it's no excuse to start the Death Eater organization, or kill people. But he did that out of his own grief, and if he didn't have a depressing childhood, he would have turned out a decent character.

His mom abandoned him, even when she could save herself from dying using magic. Maybe he could've changed if he had a normal childhood

His mother died hours, HOURS, after his birth. He literally never met her or his father. He was raised in an orphanage, and he was different from other kids, so they were cruel to him. Even in Hogwarts, he didn't fit in. His life molded him into who he is now. Also, did you guys know Voldemort is not capable of love? Even if he tried, he can never feel love towards someone. At most, indifference or tolerance. Isn't that kinda sad? And ya know why? 'Cause he was conceived while his father was under the effects of a love potion. Kinda changes the whole story, doesn't it?

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5 Rubeus Hagrid Rubeus Hagrid Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. Hagrid is introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a half-giant and half-human who is the gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, the primary setting for the first six novels. ...read more.

His mother, being a giant left he and his father young. His father passed away while he was at his second year at Hogwarts. Not long after that, he was expelled from Hogwarts over something he was falsely accused of. - ParasN2000

6 Draco Malfoy Draco Malfoy Draco Lucius Malfoy is a character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is a student in Harry Potter's year belonging in the Slytherin house.

Draco...wasn't...a bad person...at least in book 6, and 7 and movies 6,7, and 8. When he was younger, he fantasized being one of Voldemort's followers, but when he had the chance, he realized that it wasn't just shooting killing curses everywhere. He only acted bad because his parents were awful, and imagine what they would do to him if he showed kindness and mercy.

7 Albus Dumbledore Albus Dumbledore Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

HOW is he in fifth place. Albus Dumbledore belongs in the top three; at the very least. Initially, his sister was driven insane and made an obscurial; then his father got life imprisonment in Azkaban for attacking the people who drove her mad. Furthermore, his brother starts to detest him, and in the absence of love, Albus turns to Gellert Grindelwald, whom he eventually falls in love with but does not say so due to the homophobia of his time. There ends up being a duel between his brother and the man he loves, resulting in his sister's death and Grindewald's betrayal. There is a chance he killed his sister. His brother blames him and becomes estranged. He eventually has to duel the man he loves and ruins his life. Happiness.

8 Sirius Black Sirius Black

I thought he left?

His parents kicked him out of the house when he was 16

9 Remus Lupin Remus Lupin

Six words: Remus went to the funeral alone.

He's a werewolf, innocent werewolf

He lost everything

10 Petunia Dursley

When she was a kid she wanted to be a witch, even sent a letter to Dumbledore.
Every child would want to have magical powers, it would be a dream.
When she couldn't become a witch she just had jealousy instead and that's how she became the way she is.

The Contenders

11 Argus Filch Argus Filch
12 Scorpius Malfoy Scorpius Malfoy
13 Minerva McGonagall Minerva McGonagall
14 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger
15 Fred Weasley Fred Weasley
16 George Weasley
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