Top 10 Saddest Harry Potter Deaths

The Top Ten

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.

Snape was definitely the saddest death because after seeing his memories and why he became the person he is today is so heartbreaking he did so much for Lily Harry Dumbledore the order and the wizarding world he sacrificed his life for his love for Lily Potter he could've easily told Voldemort the whereabouts of the order and Harry and the plans he's making to defeat Voldemort and that he's hunting Hocruxes but he didn't and that said that he's a good man he's changed for good. his last words " You have your mother's eyes " and then died right at the spot and Harry looking at him is so gut-wrenching to look at.

Honestly, when Snape dies it was so sad. It was the saddest death in the entire series! Snape died for the sake of the wizarding world, for Harry. I must admit he was harsh to Harry in his classes, but he truly cared for him and Harry was the one person he wanted to protect. All this because of Lily Evans. I just cannot understand why so many people insist that Snape is evil, he may be mean at times but that is what makes his character so interesting.

Severus Snape was a brave man - he wanted to bring his loved ones and went to great lengths to save harry. Undoubtedly one of the bravest characters of all time.

Suprisingly, I never hated him. But, in the last revelation I could totally relate to why he did what he did. He's the only character that I felt very close to myself in entire series. How he have extreme difficulties in expressing his feelings and how his normal stare would also look intimidating and how he has 1000% more better character than what he potray to be. HIGH RESPECT TO THE ONE THAT NEVER SHOWED OFF his achievements and had been a HERO all along behind the scenes.


The first time I watched Harry Potter and saw Dobby, I was like he needs to be here. He brightens up the mood and you feel so light. Well that's how I felt. He always wanted to do whats best for Harry Potter even if it put his life in danger and that's what it did. he put his life on the line to save Harry and his friends and no human can relate to that. Most people would not stand up and try and help out there friends, even if you die in the process because we are scared, but Dobby wasn't. at that moment when I saw the dagger fly into the transporter with them all. I was asking my family who it hit, we all waiting in tension waiting for the next scene. We found out that everyone was alright until everyone came across Dobby. He was just laying there saying that he done what he could and he was happy. When he said that I almost teared up but I didn't. Then when Dobby passed in Harry Potter arms, that was when I started to cry. Harry wanted to do it the proper way and berry him, when I ...more

Lots of people gave up lives to save somebody; Lily... Fawkes... Sirius... James... But I'm saying, Dobby is an elf. Far below the rank of wizards and witches, Dobby still recognizes sacrifice. He shows loyalty, for the most part, but what is beyond that... He's less powerful than a human and yet he does that.

I literally cried at this part. Always why do the most nicest and helpful characters have to die? Curse Bellatrix Lestrange for throwing the knife at poor Dobby when he was helping Harry and his friends escape - GryffindorQueen

Okay. Dobby is such an innocent creature! He was poorly mistreated by the Malfoys. When he does get free he only lives the life for 5 years!

Fred Weasley

I read a thing about George after Fred died. It was there birthday and George and Fred always raced for the first slice of cake and George raced to grab it and then remembered his brother who had been beside him his whole life. After opening presents George always turned to Fred and commented. When no one was there he hugged his mom and cried.

When I was reading and watching harry potter Fred was my favourite and still is. He was the person I grew up with and I still love him and think that he was the most amazing character in the whole book. I thought and still think that his and Georges tricks and pranks were the best thing ever Fred's death was the saddest death because he was a very much loved character and his whole family was devastated which made it even worse. In the book, Percy had only just come back to his family and Fred's last words were about him and in the movie when Ron sees that Fred is dead it is heartbreaking and then when you see Georges face it tears your heart into a million pieces. The whole family is torn apart and everyone reading or watching feels his death deeply.

This is just sad. Fred was one of my favourite characters and George just got a piece taken out of him. And even worse was that the Weasleys, Harry, and Hermione were devastated, Ron and Harry took it to the point that they went to kill Death Eaters. Saddest death.

To lose a brother in the family was way traumatizing for Percy and Ron...way moooore for George
I feel so bad that the best family in the entire hp saga lost a son
I cry whenever I hear the quote
"One died laughing, the other lived crying".

Sirius Black

I hate to say this, but Sirius had to die. If he'd lived, he would've told harry about the horcruxes, and the locker would've just been in regulus's bedroom, and Dumbledore wouldn't have died. Mungdungus wouldn't have stolen it from grimmauld place, they wouldn't have had to go the ministry, the wouldn't have had to go camping, they wouldn't have found the sword, they wouldn't have been caught and brought to the malfoys, and they wouldn't have gone to gringotts. That's two less horcruxes, which is definitely enough to keep Voldemort alive. Sorry, harry, but no dad for you.

To have grown up with a family like he did, only to find acceptance at school, then to have 1 of your friends betray the rest of you resulting in the death of 2 of them (Lily and James) and to have one believe you were guilty (Remus).

His death was far by the hardest, he floated away so slowly unlike being avada’d and simply being killed he drifted away. In my opinion one of the few things that had grounded Harry to his childhood and family was taken away and that was the moment he no longer remained a child, especially since the next spell he cast was an unforgivable and I found it so sad that he lost his godfather and his reaction was so heart-wrenching.

Sirius died a sad and meaningless death. During his life he was a great guy but his death was falling through a veil. He had a hard childhood was framed for murder and almost got his soul sucked out! After this Harry and I felt a little empty. I mean it’s not fair that everyone he loves dies some horrible death- PrincessAWSOME

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

Why did Dumbledore have to die? He never deserved it and tried his best to make every single thing better no matter what happened. He was the most kindest and big hearted character in the whole book, always giving everybody second chances whatever happened in their past - GryffindorQueen

I don't know what to say and where to start. He was amazing and he should be forever honored. I know if Dumbledore was here he would tell us not to pity the dead, but to pity the living who can not love, but I can't help but cry when I think about him. He was kind, loving, made sure he only put a little weight on Harry's shoulders at time, and most importantly, was the only parental figure Harry had left. It broke my heart to see him lying there, dead, half moon spectacles slightly crooked. RIP dumbledore, and I think I speak for all of us when I say we will never forget you and how you saved us all whether people noticed it or not.

To me, Dumbledore was my favorite character and I thought it was the worst death. I was very depressed when I found out that he died. I felt Dumbledore was a great man and it scared me a lot due to his death. I really felt sorry for him.

I wanted to kill Snape! Just looking at his glasses lying crooked and some blood running down his mouth was enough to set me off! - Samaira Vaid


Hedwig represents how the Wizarding world effect him. He was miserable before. I hate Hedwig dying. It like losing a dog but have everything that happened to Harry happen. I love the scene in the books were Harry’s mad and takes some of his anger out on Hedwig where he instantly regrets when Hedwig mad and flys away. But Hedwig comes back. Hedwig always came back. Hedwig doings means Harry no longer a child. Harry childhood fell with Hedwig

It was the saddest moment ever when there was a flash of green light and Hedwig fell onto the floor of her cage lifeless. :(( - GryffindorQueen

This was the only death that actually got me the first time I watched it. It just blindsided so many people and really shows how much we actually liked Hedwig. She was one of Harry's first friends in the magic world, an unaturally intellegent, loyal and brave owl and the only thing Harry had to tell himself Hogwarts existed during his summer vacations. Even JK Rowling felt upset by the death. It truly shows how dark the series are movie 4 onwards and screams: "HARRY POTTER IS NOT FOR KIDS ANYMORE". Truly a loss of innocence.

I cried my eyes out when Hedwig died. WHY!?!? Why does J.K have to kill off all the best characters. Some people might not be as sad about this death but I’m super sad ☹️

Remus Lupin

Why is Fred above him?
People say Fred makes us laugh.
In the Marauder era, Remus could make us laugh, if we saw more of him.
Because Fred left George alone?
James got left alone when in hiding, Sirius was alone is prison, Remus was alone when they died and was living mostly in poverty, and Peter, duh!
I admit Snape and Dobby should be above him.
People also say Teddy is overrated, and the 'godson thing' is useless.
Well, Teddy and Harry were both orphans, their mothers both died for love, their fathers were both Marauders.
Back to business.

I think Remus' death affected me most.
The first death was Lily's and James'. I had to admit it was sad, and almost the same case. Their children are newborn, BAM, they're dead.
The point is, Remus' life was miserable compared to theirs. Remus probably lived off jobs below his ability. He probably still suffered the werewolf transformation. James and Lily were rich.
The next important death is Frank Bryce, I guess.
Frank Bryce is a Muggle accused wrongly of something, and stands up to Voldemort. But it's not considered to be important.
Bertha Jorkins was an idiot who followed Wormtail.
Cedric Diggory. I want to say, it was pretty sad, but Diggory wasn't killed on real purpose. He was walking about, interrupted Voldemort. He wasn't intentionally murdered. Voldemort shoots people in his way, and that's almost natural.
The next death is probably Sirius'. But why did Sirius die? It was a simple matter of arrogance. He wanted to prove himself worthy of fight. He ...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

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.

Cedric Diggory

That he shown that Hufflepuffs could do anything they set their mind's to, only to be killed at the last hurdle. When Amos was yelling 'my boy' was absolutely heartbreaking.

This is so sad! Why you ask? Because I took the quiz and found out I'm a Hufflepuff! Every time I read that book, every time I watch that movie, I cry whenever they show him dying. Plus, It's even sadder with Amos yelling "My boy!" Heartbreaking.

I am a Hufflepuff. I took the test 4 times and still got Hufflepuff.
Cedric Diggory
Will be missed
By friends and father
His dad made it VERY clear that he was dead.
-The Ravenpuff

I am a Hufflepuff. So this is torture to me. He was also one of my favorite characters. His Dad made it even more sad.
Cedric Diggory
Hufflepuff house
Will be missed

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

When I was younger I didn't know that Harry's parents died. Once I heard that they did my heart sank, I was sooooo sorry for Harry

what she should be first! harry potter wouldn't be ALIVE if Lily hadn't been there. And she was such a sweet person... sEvErUs SnApE is first? The JERK? Are you damn serious?!?!?

Why?! Harry Potter is left alone, Sirius Black torn apart, Remus Lupin heartbroken, Hagrid pertrified, McGongall left in tears... Petunia... overjoyed!

Nymphadora Tonks

How many mothers have done something for their family, even if it's in vain?
Lily, Molly and Dora.
Dora and Lily both only got to spend a little time with their children.
But Dora only got to spend a little time with her husband. He even left her for a while.
And yet, even if he left her for a while, because of love, she tried to save him.
Her father died moments before.
Her mother was born in the Black family.
She died seeing her murderer's eyes.
Snape died seeing his love's eyes.
I absolutely LOVE Nymphy.
I want to say:
Remus: Hi, Dora.
Tonks: Ooh hello Moony!
Remus: I love you Dora.
Tonks: I love you too Moony.

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.

The Contenders

Alastor Moody

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.

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?

This death came to me as a shock and I was devastated that he died. I was shocked that he COULD die, he was so strong

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

Colin Creevey

This is one of the saddest death for me. I always had this "Thing" with Colin. He have always wanted to save Harry, and died at his first chance :(

Colin creepy was my crush growing up until the tragic day on May 2 1998. That camera will always hold a place in my heart and soul. He can always take pics of me

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.

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,

Peter Pettigrew

All marauders died protecting Harry, James sacrifice, Sirius’s unexpected Lupin in the battle and Pettigrew he died chocking himself to own Harry. I personally think it was really sad. Voldy was very understood too. He was just a orphan in a orphanage with issues that made him feel insane(magic) then all of a sudden Dumbledore comes and Boom! He’s a wizard get I. Slytherin (can’t blame him) and well you know. Slytherin’s are quite power hungry.

He deserved it. He was the reason I almost cried cause of scabber’s death! But then by the end of the 3 book. I hated Peter
Peter Pettigrew

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.

He should've died sooner...I would've been happy if Harry let Lupin and Sirius kill him in the Prisoner of Azkaban

He died in remorse, and that's better than Sirius dying in arrogance.

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.

Wait a moment, Harry Potter DIED? OK fine, I didn't read the coursed child book, but it is just SAD to hear THAT HE DIED. DID HE GET KILLED OR DIED A NATRUAL DEATH?

I wish Harry didn't die in cursed child. It was so painful the way Rowling described the pain everyone felt when the boy who lived twice finally died.

Harry did not die in the cursed child book it was just an alternate reality

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


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.

She was a single mother just trying to support her little arachnids

"Seriously misunderstood creatures" -I love when Hagrid says this hahaha
"Farewell, Aragog"

I know it was a spider and I hate them but this was still really sad

Ariana Dumbledore

she was so fragile and people even called her a SQUIB I know how she felt when everyone around u makes u feel like u r not important :((

Yeah. She died because of her brother's arrogance, her brother's best friends' control, and her other decent brother.

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

I wish I had seen more of her story.

Her story was very heartbreaking

Xenophilius Lovegood

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

He amazing and so not dead...!

He ain't dead people

He was not dead

Regulus Black

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.

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

I like this comment. I really liked Regulus Black. He wasn't arrogant like Sirius, anyway.

Finally found his redemption, but died with his brother hating him as he didn't know the truth.

Didn't know him for that long so I don't really care to much

Phoenix Fawkes

He saved Harrys life

He was a real good phenox(especially for the order

Oh no not you

Really J.K.?


A majestic creature with a sad end, they were just lonely, and slightly crazed from spending 50 years alone - and god knows how many before that!

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.

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 loved by all. He was just extremely misunderstood. All he wanted was a little reading material it’s not his fault it was a horcrux. When Percy kills him in the 5th book the deathly hallows I wrote ms. JkR a strongly worded email. #JUSTICEFORBASY

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.

Moaning Myrtle seriously needs a boyfriend

Woah, she should not have died!

nothing' to say about this charictor


Wait WHAT! I read the books 2 times it never mentioned that!😢

One of my favorite pets :((((((

I hate animal deaths so much! WHY J.K WHY

Human dies* me: Should have been more carful. *cat dies* me: GASP! *SOBS * WHYYY SO SADD WHY


I don't think Fang died but he was one of my favorite charoctor

Fang didn’t die

I love fang I wish I had a dog 🐶

Ted Tonks

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

Persecuted for being a muggle-born, and killed before meeting his grandson.

Ted died> Really do your research!

Poor potters

Pandora Lovegood

I honestly feel dreadful for Luna, and her knowing that she was there and that if she just stopped her from casting that spell must be awful.

If I were Luna I'd have depression

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