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 used his whole life on Lily, Dumbledore and Harry
He deserves number 1

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.

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

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.

2 Neville Longbottom Neville Longbottom

I feel like his past is sadder than Harry's. Because Harry's parents died, but at least they knew him and always loved him. Neville's past is worst because his parents didn't die but they were tortuted, and because of that they don't even recognise their son anymore. How sad must Neville feel... But he didn't even tell anyone that. Everybody knew about Harry's tragedy, oh it's so sad, but no one knew about Neville because he probably didn't want people to more worry. And even though his awfull past, he stayed strong and didn't go down. And his amazing strengh is moving.

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

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.

His mum loved her sister she didn't know what would happen to her son and there was no other way so she had to put the spell for protection.
Locked in a cupboard for 10 years, what if his cot was in his cupboard? Bullied by Dudley and his gang, not fed properly (he had to do Dudley's diet remember), given Dudley's clothes, not told that he was a wizard his relatives wanted to force him into a muggle school, not allowed to parties like in the second book for example, forced to lie that he goes to some school for kids who break the law.

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.

Voldemort's backstory is so sad. I don't feel bad for him, because of the terrible things he did, but I do pity him. He was born of artificial love. He never knew love and never could have.

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 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?

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 Remus Lupin Remus Lupin

Six words: Remus went to the funeral alone.

He's a werewolf, innocent werewolf

He lost everything

7 Sirius Black Sirius Black

I thought he left?

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

8 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.

9 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's story is really really REALLY sad!
I even cried for him.
His father was a cruel man and used to abuse Draco and hit him with his cane!

DRACO IS NOT A BAD PERSON! he takes a good care of his son and would do anything for his son.

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.

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.

Depends if the Ministry would allow it.

Dumbledore could’ve at least let her see it.How could he be sure she wouldn’t reveal everything to the muggles?

The Contenders

11 Dobby Dobby

Yeah House Elves are slaves of witches and wizards but Dobby had one of the worst being the Malfoy family.

12 Argus Filch Argus Filch
13 Scorpius Malfoy Scorpius Malfoy

It is sad that he had to lose his mother in a very young age. Poor Scorpius! :(

14 Minerva McGonagall Minerva McGonagall
15 Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood was a witch, the only child and daughter of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a rook-like house near the village of Ottery St Catchpole ...read more.
16 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger
17 Fred Weasley Fred Weasley

I'm so so sorry for George because one twin is half a person and now George is a deppresed half a person

18 George Weasley
19 Barty Crouch

Spends his life fighting dark magic, son becomes a death eater, sends his son to Azkaban, son “dies” a year later, wife dies soon after in grief, son later comes back and kills him after being under the imperious curse.

20 Astoria Greengrass

She had a blood curse and she had to die. She had to leave her husband and her beloved son Scorpius.

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