Harry Potter Characters with the Saddest Back Stories

The Top Ten
1 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.

I hated Severus until I heard his backstory. Then I cried for him. God, did I cry when he died. I mean, it was so sad! D: Snape is my second favorite character because of his backstory, with mummy Hagrid being my number one favorite <3

He deserves his place as #1. Yeah, Neville's parents went koo-koo for coco puffs. We get it. Old news. Snape has THE SADDEST backstory EVER. I hate Harry for hating Severus Snape.

He has the saddest of them all. HIs life was filled with misery, and he never got a chance at love, he had to kill the man he looked up to, and it hurt him every time to see how much Harry hated him. He deserved to be at top.

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.

2 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.

Neville has been through some very hard times in life. First his parents were torchered, then he had to live with his Grandmother that is never proud of him.

As a child Neville was raised by his grandmother. He was only really noticed because he killed nagini , he deserves more !

He lost his parents and pretty much never met them!

3 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.

It would feel awful to lose your parents! He suffered from the Dursleys doing all the chores and was literally an enemy to Snape! He was stuck in the cupboard for what can I say, a million years and had to wear a pigs clothes! Ahem. Excuse me. I ment Dudley's clothes. He literally suffering from sadness when his parents DIED!

It was best for Harry not to remember them. But it is still sad. Then being treated horrible by you aunt and uncle is horrible. Why did the Dursley's neighbors not be a little suspicious of why the Dursleys were putting bars on a window? (Second book)
-Ravenpuff

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

4 Remus Lupin

Remus easily had it the worst. He was ostracized & discriminated his entire life just for who he was. He found friends who supported him, but eventually was left all alone, believing that two were dead and the third was responsible. He lived alone and in poverty. 12 years later, he gets a teaching job (and was the best DADA teacher), only to leave after Snape outed him because of a stupid childhood grudge. He learns Sirius is innocent and gets his best friend back, only for him to be killed 2 years after that. Then he has a son and then Remus himself dies. And through it all he was a good and kind person (unlike Snape who was a whole blood supremacist).

Six words: Remus went to the funeral alone.

He was innocent and he shouldn't of died!

He lost everything

5 Sirius Black

It is pretty much Harry who killed him in an indirect way. Harry did not learn Occlumency. Hermione bugged him to do it, but he so refused.

He died soon after telling Harry he was his godfather and clearing his name.

His family wasn't like him!

He had a really sad life

6 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 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?

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.

I mean, it's not his fault he can't love. He was born under a love potion. People overlook the fact that he's an orphan too. They think Harry's the only orphan.

'Do not pity the dead. Pity the living, and above all, pity those who live without love.' He goes through a whole life with no love maintained in his heart.'

7 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.

8 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 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 Malfoy had a terrible life compared to the others. He was forced into murder and he was treated very unwell. Harry Potter had friends and people that cared for him, but Draco had nobody and was completly alone. His only friends were Crabbe and Goyle but they were not friends with him for who he was. Growing up, he never had time to have fun. He always had to study and read in his free time since he was born in an evil pureblood family. Harry Potters life may have been bad but it wasn't nearly as bad as Draco's.

Draco is definitely not my favourite character, but I despised the way that he was treated by Voldemort in the last books and how he was portrayed as an evil character. Not only that, but his father was also placing pressure on him and it seemed that his mother was the only one who cared about him at all. While I understand that Harry is an orphan and never got a proper chance to meet his family, when he was at Hogwarts at least he had friends who understood him and loved him as a person.

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.

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!

10 Dobby

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

The Contenders
11 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.

She just want to be a people like her sister - Lily...

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?

12 Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood was a witch from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She was the only child of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, who was the editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a ...read more.

Poor sweet Luna what happened we should feel empathy that she lost her mother, she got bullied, and she is still her sweet sweet self

She lost her mother!

13 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.

14 Scorpius Malfoy

Scorpius Malfoy was a kid dude but has a horrible dad. I'm not biased but I don't think Draco is that good of a dad. He expects too much from scorpius.

He lost his mother!

He was a good kid

15 Argus Filch
16 Hermione Granger
17 Fred Weasley

George is now alone!

18 Minerva McGonagall
19 Cedric Diggory
20 George Weasley
21 Lily Evans Potter
22 Astoria Greengrass

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

She died and left her son and husband! Tragic!

23 Frank Bryce
24 Susan Bones - Harry Potter
25 Arthur Weasley
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