Top 10 Saddest Harry Potter Deaths

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 was the bravest man in the entire series. Nobody knew what side he was on. In the Half-Blood Prince, everyone thought that this was proof Severus was evil but it turns out he was working for Dumbledore all along. He loved Lily so deeply that she could never return his love for her and his patronus remained a doe after all those years. And in his dying moments he wanted to see Lily in Harry because he has his mom's eyes. He saw Lily which pained him intensely yet made him feel more love than anything in the world. RIP Severus, your legacy lives on in Albus Severus Potter.

Snape's death is the saddest because he died when nobody knew the truth about him.

The time when he put Lily closed to him was just undeniably emotional. He was such a brave character and he protected Harry throughout his years at Hogwarts though he did bully him. In my opinion, I think Snape was one of the most complicated characters: so he wanted to be a Death Eater but then later on he went with Dumbledore?

He is great and Harry doesn't get to know him by the bright side very long

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2 Dobby Dobby

I love him I cried so much when he dies #DOBBY IS A FREE ELF

It's sad dobby's death he was my favourite characters

Luna's speech in the books made me cry!

Ugh - Pebblepaw

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3 Fred Weasley Fred Weasley

When Sirius died, I felt deeply sad cause he was an innocent character and he was the only family left for Harry.
But still, I was able to restrain myself from crying.
When Dobby died, I cried. A few tears were rolling down my cheeks.
When Fred died, I couldn't stop from crying.
I was literally sobbing.
To me, Fred's death was the most heartbreaking one.
As a kid I loved the Weasleys so much and Fred and George have always been my favourite Weasleys along with Ron.
Whenever there was a Fred and George, it would make me laugh.
Fred and George were always here to bright up the day.
Their jokes and tricks would make anyone forget about the danger that's persisting.
Besides, George is incomplete without his twin.
You can't separate twins. They sort of have a strong connection.
And Fred and George did everything together.
They made everyone laugh together.
They counted on each other.
So knowing that George was left alone makes me feel so ...more

I don't even love Fred that much but his death was so sad because not only did he have such a big family that cared about and loved him so much, but he had a twin brother and I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to loose someone so close to you.

When Fred died, I actually went, "No! Not Fred! " I still don't want to believe it. He and George are two of my favorites. And now I am about to cry. Fred is not annoying, he is amazing.

I'm glad he died. He was SO overrated and annoying!

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4 Sirius Black Sirius Black

I've honestly never liked Sirius. I'm not exactly sure why...he was an okay character. I just don't like that he never bothers to listen to anyone. It's his fault he died, he wasn't even supposed to go with them in the first place. It's good that he broke out of Azkaban, but did he really need to break into Hogwarts? He just made it worse for himself. I know that he was trying to protect Harry, but there couldn't be a safer way to do it? I don't know. Also, I can't get over the fact he used to be a bully... - Pebblepaw

Sirius didn't simply die, he fell through the veil. It was the most heart-wrenching death to go with his sorrowful story.

In adolescence, Sirius did not fit in at home, and his family life was seemingly miserable. That kid must've been messed up, yet he hung through it and made amazing friends. He unified the Marauders. After seven long years of Hogwarts, the Marauders all graduated and parted, yet Sirius' bonds remained.

Sirius' life was turned upside down when he found James' and Lily's dead bodies. His best friend, Pettigrew, betrayed them all, and his other best friend, Lupin, believed him to be guilty of murder.

For twelve years, Sirius was pent up in Azkaban, having the life sucked away from him by the Dementors. He should have been partying with friends, staying up late and having a laugh, when instead he was left to rot in a cell.

After twelve years, Sirius Black was finally free, only to be kept inside and under cover. He wasn't allowed to fight ...more

When Sirius fell through the Vail, a big part of me went with him, I cried myself to sleep for weeks after is death, sometimes I still do.

Why oh why did they kill Sirius Black? 2nd best character with the saddest death.

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

Name me one novel series with the oldest character surviving. - Alkadikce

I can't digest his death

This, to me, was the worst death. (And Dobby's). Dumbledore was so great... and he drank that AWFUL potion to weaken him. I hate Draco! Everyone says he wouldn't have done it, but I think he would. I wish Dumbledore would have stayed alive. He's such a wonderful person.

Oh my gosh... very sad death. The first time I saw the movie. Wow.

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6 Cedric Diggory Cedric Diggory

Although he didn't get much page time before GoF and wasn't as developed as many characters, this was the first non-villain death of someone we actually knew. So it hits you HARD, man. (Don't even remind me of his parent's reactions or I might cry). Harry was so traumatised by his death, more so than any of the other horrors he had experienced. Cedric was good and kind and brave, he deserved a long and happy life...instead he died at 17. What makes his death even worse is how unnecessary it was (seriously, Peter, you could have used stupefy) and how he would have lived if Harry hadn't tried to do something NICE. Remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he crossed the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.

OI you twerps people like Harry Potter and Twilight.

Cedric is so cute! Why did he go into the Twilight?

I think Goblet of Fire is the worst book only because of Cedric's death, especially since it was so unnecessary. Dobby still is the saddest in my book, but Cedric is easily top 5.

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7 Remus Lupin Remus Lupin

It's not fair that Remus Lupin is 7th on this list. It's not fair the way her died. It's not fair that he does at all, really. Lupin was my favorite character who died. I loved him since we met him, I was devastated when I found out he was a werewolf, I thought we'd never see him after he stopped teaching, and I was overjoyed when he came back in Order of the Phoenix. But when he died, I didn't cry at all. Why? Because it didn't register that he had died. It didn't hit me at all, because we didn't see it. Lupin was a great character, he deserved a great death scene. Sirius had one, Snape had one, Dumbledore, Dobby, Fred, and even Hedwig all had one. But not poor Lupin. We just walk in on his dead body, never getting to see him for what I'm sure, knowing Lupin, was a heroic death. It feels like a kind of disrespect to his memory that JK Rowling didn't take the time to give Lupin and Tons something, yet even still his death is "ridikulus"ly sad, to quote his first lesson. RIP to the ...more

Reasons why his (currently ranking 7) is the second saddest death:
#1 Snape's life was as sad as Lupin's and he was the same age, and he's still less likeable than Remus after the last book
#2 is Dobby, but Hedwig's death is sadder as Harry knew her from a younger age, and she didn't serve an evil family
#3 Sirius is #1 for me.
#4 Fred's death was sad, but (which really annoys me) his twin brother has the identical personality, so for me it feels like losing half a character.
#5 Dumbledore lived to very old age, he is above 100 in the first book, so we could assume he would die.
#6 is Hedwig on the list, who didn't seem to have as close relationship with Harry as one with a dog or a a cat, they didn't spend much time together - Alkadikce

How is this not #1? His life was miserable, and then his death was worse. He became a werewolf when he was FIVE. FIVE! He made three amazing friends in Hogwarts, but right after that, one was murdered, one was a traitor, and the other was wrongfully imprisoned. Then he got fired from his job for his condition (even though he was the only good DADA teacher). Then he met the woman he loved and this is what killed me: HE THOUGHT HE WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER. He couldn't even see why she loved him. He thought he was worthless. That was a pretty sad scene in my opinion. Then only a few months after his son was born, he DIED - FIGHTING FOR HIM. uggghhh.

Remix Lupin =the reason I am yet to read Deathly Hallows without crying. He had a miserable life most of the time, with his friends dead, traitors or imprisoned, and him being a werewolf. He must have been so happy to discover that Sirius was innocent - yet he too died within two years. Finally, he had a wife and son and was happy at last... and well, you know how that ended. Rip Remus, we will never forget you

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8 Hedwig

Why did J.K Rowling feel the need to kill of an adorable, helpless, owl?! - RoseWeasley

She was just a helpless owl stuck in a cage! She didn't even get to make up with Harry keeping her locked so long!

I agree that she died RIP hedwig but the question is who killed her that what everyone want to know

Only death I ever cried at. I feel like Hedwig is so underrated! I was balling in the theater the other sad deaths were Dobby, Fred and Tonks, considering Fred and Tonks are two of my favorite characters. And Dobby is in my top 15!

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9 Nymphadora Tonks

I liked Tonks so much I teared up a bit when I found out she was dead. My two favourite characters dead in the same sentience. "As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling." Anyone who reads this has to appreciate that I had to go to look for my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, then find the sentence so that I could copy it word-for-word.

I think Tonks and Lupin were the saddest because they had just got married. And after what maybe 2 years Tonks liked Lupin and Lupin Tonks. And just now they get married! Then they have a little boy. And if my maths right they got to spend 18 days with their kid before they died. And that's if you count his birthday. Also not only did that's leave Teddy and orphan but it left Tonk's mother with no Family. Her husband dead her sister dead and the other doesn't care about her. Her daughter now dead and her son-in-law!


Nymphadora. Tonks. I love her. She was clumsy, brave, kind, and loyal. I cried so, so much when she died. She should be at least right under Lupin, who should be under Sirius. I don't think Cedric matters that much. I don't even really like him. And it was so sad because Lupin and Tonks had just married and had a little boy. They barely had enough time with their son. Tonks should not have died, because she was a wonderful person and a loyal Hufflepuff, and a talented Auror and metamorphagus.

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10 Lily and James Potter

For me, it was James' death that was the saddest. Sadder than Sirius, sadder than Dobby, even sadder than Fred.

Reason #1. Lily Potter would have had to hear him die. Or just see a flash of green light and hear a sickening thump, her husband's body hitting the floor. She didn't even have time to grieve, she just had to understand that even if she survived that night, she would live the rest of her life without James. Without her best friend, her husband, her soulmate. She knew that her son would live his life fatherless.

Reason #2. Sirius Black found James' body. I feel like people always forget about that fact. Sirius had to walk inside that house, and see with his own eyes the dead body of his best friend. Probably the person who meant the most to him in his whole life. He probably knelt over James' body, tucked a bit of hair behind his ear, maybe kissed his cheek, and then had to step over his best friend to get to Lily, and save James' son.

Reason #3. James' ...more

Revenge is good because villain his friend and you mean sister

I cried so much still am

Great I LOVE It but... WHY so sad? I wish the story was different.

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The Contenders

11 Alastor Moody Alastor Moody

Not to mention that his magical eye had to be stuck on Umb*tch's door. - RoseWeasley

He was one of the best, bravest, coolest, characters. He had a likeable personality. When you think Moody you think of him always being on guard. - FizzyCocoaMan

He looked like he had SO much potential to be an even greater character than he already is. Did he have to go and die before the stuff gets real?

Sad death, greatest of most characters. I am glad they found his eye.

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12 Colin Creevey

The movie doesn't show this kids death, but when I read it in the book I couldn't stop myself from getting a little teary eyed. He was one of the funniest children in the series and when Neville picks up his body... man

That child, that poor poor child - edgecombe

Ok he wasn't THAT young but out of all the hogwarts students with a name, he and Ginny were the youngest and therefore the closest thing to a child, especially Colin because we don't get enough development and still think of him as a child subconsciously. Nobody doesn't cry when the overly-curious camera boy dies. For no reason other than being unlucky enough to get caught in a war,

I think his death is one of the most saddest because he was just a Kid! he was just a little boy who hero worshipped Harry to the point of following him to a war. It feels so unfair, he didn't get to live his life. He didn't get to even finish school. You also have to think of his younger brother. It must have been taumitized to realize his brother was gone. When his brother came to Hogwarts, it never seemed to mention one without the other.

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13 Lily Potter

Lily potter was a very sad death I cried at all the deaths but I cried a lot when snape hugged her ๐Ÿ˜ญ

14 Peter Pettigrew Peter Pettigrew

Why is this even 14 This guy was mean and nobody should feel remorse for the dude. I mean like PEOPLE

He didn't turn good. He was in debt with Harry, so when he was unable to kill him, Voldemort used the silver hands to strangle him.

*Sad because he turned good in his final moments
Cause: Strangulation
Killer: Himself/Voldemort

I hoped he would turn good at the end. All they used it for was to kill him. - FizzyCocoaMan

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15 Xenophilius Lovegood

He amazing and so not dead...!

He ain't dead people

He's not dead he was put in azkaban I think

He was not dead

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16 Aragog

Even though he (and most scary bugs such as that butterfly closeup from Spongebob) traumatized me in my childhood, it brought a tear in my eye when Hagrid, Harry, and Slughorn had a little ceremony for him. It was both a sad and heartwarming moment. Especially when it lead to the duet between Hagrid and Slughorn. - OnyxDash

Mad eye never killed aragog and he's DEAD

I loved Aragog. - FizzyCocoaMan

Mad Eye killed the spider he should go to azkaban for that.

17 Voldemort 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.

*Sad because when he died it meant that the series was over
Killing Curse
Harry Potter/Neville Longbottom

Although he is by far the most evil character ever imagined his death signified that the series had finally come to the end.

But he didn't have a soul. Sure, he was mortal, but his soul was destroyed, he had rejected any opportunity to be a good person. It's like Dumbledore said... He had light within him, and it's sad that in the end, he didn't choose to act on it.

Avada kadabra dumbeldore

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18 Regulus Black

Sirius died thinking Regulus was loyal to the Death Eaters.
Regulus died knowing his brother loathed him for it.

REGGIE! His brother didn't find out about his brave sacrifice. He didn't even need anybody to know he knew and he went through all that pain so that someone MIGHT be able to destroy the Dark Lord. He also took the potion and made Kreacher leave because he cared about a house elf which tons of wizards even the "Good" brother Sirius thought of as inferior more than his own life. Don't get me wrong I love Sirius too. But it gets on my nerves that know one ever remembers Reggie. Rant over.

19 Basilisk

Is this a joke? This was the monster in the Chamber of Secrets that was petrifying Mrs Norris, and Muggle-born Students. Hermione is one remember. They needed Mandrakes to bring people back to life. Mandrakes are dangerous plants but heal.
Salazar Slytherin put this in the Chamber of Secrets 50 years before.
Tom Riddle framed Hagrid.
Lucius Malfoy put a Horcrux, Voldemort's diary into Ginny's cauldron and she was possessed by Voldemort's soul.
Moaning Myrtle real name Myrtle Warren a 14 year old girl who was obviously emotional with puberty, periods. Was also being bullied and hid in the toilets and was killed by it when Tom Riddle was using it to kill.

The Basilisk was a beautiful creature. It loved life. In it's early life, the Basilisk sat in his room inventing neat gadgets. It's mom and dad did not support his creative side. He moved out at a young age, only 15, started a business. He sold neat little things. He unfortunately found out about the death of his mother, and fell into depression. The Basilisk fought through it though, and reopened his shop, and sold the best darn things he ever had! He invented the can opener, the toilet, and even invented a few spells. He was sleeping, and then was woken by an evil boy, who killed him with a sword. R.I.P., Basilisk. You will be missed. - FizzyCocoaMan

Wow I can't stop laughing - pouria_mt

Basilisks are just cool

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20 Bellatrix Lestrange Bellatrix Lestrange A psychotic death eater who escaped from Azkaban, and is fiercely loyal to Voldemort. Murderer of many people such as Sirius Black, and also a sadist who drove the Longbottoms mad.

No way her death was AWESOME! GO MOLLY! You killed Sirius, Well MOLLY KILLED YOU!

I'm not going to lie I had the evilest smirk on my face when she died.

A very satisying scene it was. - ParasN2000

Bellatrix' death I don't think I'd call it sad. Most likely the most talented in the dark arts. But she wasn't the only woman Death Eater. Your forgetting about Narcissa Malfoy. She was great at being evil unfortunately she would have made a good Order of the Phoenix Member. Very powerful.

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21 Ted Tonks

Ted died> Really do your research!

I clicked here because I want u see meh post
1.Severus Snape
2.Albus Dumbledore
3.Sirius Black
5.Err... Ron originally was going to die, Rowling said it her self

22 Phoenix Fawkes
23 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.

He didn't die, but he was still one of the bravest characters in the series

So sad


He had to stay with the horrible Dursleyโ€™s for so long!

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24 Frank

The Riddle family gardener who was accused of murdering them. Though there wasn't enough evidence to convict him he remained the rest of his life as an outcast.
Died when watching over the one house he worked at all his life.

In the 4th book the first person Voldemort killed. Correction the first muggle Voldemort killed.
Not so sad but for some it is.
It could be in top 20s. Or should take voldys spot.
by the way why didn't umbridge die. The reason I hate pink.

25 Fang

Fang died?!

26 Binky

Hermione was terribly mean to Lavender about it. Said to look at it logically!

Binky, Lavender Brown's pet rabbit, died in the third book.

Is a rabbit really that important? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ - pouria_mt

27 Vincent Crabbe

Vincent Crabbe, the Boy Who Was On Fire! Ha you'll get it if you've read the hunger games

This was sad but I think he deserves it

He deserved it

It was funny cause he conjured the fire but musta been quite hot the fire- luckily it was a quick death so not so painful

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28 Nearly Headless Nick
29 Petunia Evans

Read Cursed Child.

Um come on people - pouria_mt

30 Crookshanks



That moment when it says "19 years later."

Cats don't live that long.
Poor hermione.
R.I.P Crookshanks the cute little cat.

31 Francis the Fish

He was so inspiring.

Who is this

It was so sad...

32 Barty Crouch Sr.

What Makes It More Tragic Is That His Own Son Killed Him

It was a tragic this whole barty crouch jr and sr.

33 Nagini

Honestly, Nagini didn't deserve to die. Voldemort put his own sole into her. He basically possessed her. If you ask me, that's a pretty awful way to live. Remember the snake at the zoo? Some snakes are good. If Voldemort's sole wasn't inside her, she would have been just an ordinary snake. And yes, maybe it's not the saddest death, but still, ya gotta feel at least some sympathy for the poor thing. Maybe she was a horcrox, (did I spell that right? ) but it wasn't her fault. I just with there was a way to get rid of horcroxs, without distorting them. As a lover of snakes, I personally think this is one of the saddest deaths in Harry Potter.

Lol who put this

Well Voldemortvis tenth why not the snake?

Nagini is not evil...she just had an evil person who she considered a friend control her. She was not the saddest death, but it was pretty sad. She didn't really deserve to die, and she died in a horrible way; her 'friend' inserted part of his soul in her, made her kill many innocent people, and in the end, she had had her head chopped off. Talk about animal abuse...

34 Caradoc Dearborn

Who is that?

who? - pouria_mt

35 Scabbers

I don't know.. Rats are cute and all.. But Peter is just awful... He's.. Not even a rat I guess so I hate him.

The sad thing is, Peter pet tigers is different to scabbers, but they were trapped in the same person... If u know what I mean. Scabbers loved Ron, and when Peter died, scabbers died too. I honestly cried.

He was a rat but he was a good guy

Scabvers technically didn't die Peter did

36 The Bloody Baron


37 Morfin Gaunt

Though from an inherently evil family his imprisonment in Azkaban and later death was quite the injustice.

I don't know why but I felt sorry for him - pouria_mt

38 Professor Quirrell

He got bullied his whole life and got forced to be bad. Unfair completely and I can't believe Harry ended him like that. One more thing. TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!

It's still sad since he was so shy and didn't want Voldemort to hide in his turban... - Winterush

39 Ignotus Peverell
40 Moaning Myrtle Moaning Myrtle

She was bullied all her life and died out of nowhere because she tried to tell a boy to get out of the girl's bathroom in some school. Not the saddest death, but definitely a undeserved, miserable one. And she didn't even get to tell the boy off.

41 Regulus Black

Just when he turned good...

42 Ariana Dumbledore

I wish I had seen more of her story.

She was so sweet and kind she did not deserve that tragic death

43 Lavender Brown

According to the Harry Potter Wikia.
1979/1980-2 May, 1998.

We don't really know if she died really... But I think since he dragged her then.. Well... Yeah

Feel sad it was the anti Voldemort movement

The gossip queen is dead...

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44 Draco

(has heart attack)

Draco Never died...

He's not dead imbeciles do your research

He's faced with death, but he doesn't die. (He faces death if he couldn't follow Voldemort's orders to him in the sixth book)

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45 Percy Weasley

, why is this here too( if confused, read Draco post)

Percy never died...

He's not dead idiot

Perce never died

46 Gregorovitch
47 Merope Gaunt
48 Kendra Dumbledore
49 Hagrid's Dad

He picked up in his hand
plus how did he impregnate a giant props to him

50 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. more.

Hagrid thankfully did not die. - ParasN2000

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