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.

Unarguably the bravest man in the entire series.

He was the epitome of everything everyone hated in the story; pretty much the invincible school bully seeing as they couldn't outright defy a teacher. He's flawed, he hated the Marauders with every fiber of his being and projected some of that hate onto Harry. And yet in spite of that, it was his love for Lily that drove him forward.

Yeah, he's no saint and he even admits to himself he's not a good man, but that's what made him even more likable and gave more impact to their lives.

And knowing that his efforts will only amount to dying a dog's death, as well as wanting to look into the eyes of that one person he'd sacrificed many things for, is what really made his passing a heart-wrenching event.
"Look at me..."

There are still tear marks on my copy of Deathly Hallows
He was literally my most hated "villain" starting from book one. He hated Harry's dad. He hated Harry's dad's best friends. He later killed Dumbledore. I wanted to beat the crap out of him.
But later, at his death scene, in the chapter "The Elder Wand" in Deathly Hallows, for some reason, I broke down. And more in Prince's Tale.
He was a great man, even when he said otherwise. Bravest man I've ever seen, and my favorite character (right after Harry and Hermione) since

A flawed character who we could all relate to. He carried around a lot of pain and wasn't well liked. He was driven by his love for Lily, knowing that he would die, probably alone and most likely hated by the people he was trying to protect. He assumed he wouldn't die a hero, and would probably be remembered as a Death Eater, but was still willing to sacrifice his life for the cause.

Snape, although not my favourite character, but a honourable mention in the series. Dumbledore questioned him “After all this time? ” He replied “ALWAYS” shows that his loyalty to Lily and showed the fact that he was always in Dumbledore’s side and not Voldemort’s. He used Occlumency to show his loyalty to Voldemort but he was a death eater because he was a spy. It made me change my view of Severus Snape,which turns out to be a good man.
“Albus Severus Potter, you were named after two headmasters at Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin, and he was one of the bravest man I have ever seen.” Through these sentences said by Harry in the Nineteen Years later scene, he named one of his son’s middle name Severus, which is also Snape’s first name, which also makes me change my point of view of Slytherin and yes he knew Snape died for love, which is also one of the reasons why one of Harry’s sons were named after him. - LannaLau

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2 Dobby Dobby

I wanted to kill bellatrix and then rip my hair out. I'm not one to cry during books but I sat the book down and sobbed. RIP Dobby, the bravest and best house elf there ever was and will be. Be a free elf once more and forever forth. We won't ever forget you and how you saved Harry Potter.

Dobby was the bravest, loyalest house elf there ever was. His simple dedication to harry was so great his last words were Harry Potter. He will never be forgotten; his socks, spirit, and funny way of talking were all special and unique and this is why we will always remember dear old Dobby.

Why? Dobby Rest in Peace. You were my favorite.

This should be first. Snape's death was dramatic, but not as sad. I was on the verge of crying in the movie. The book isn't very sad but the movie is emotional

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3 Sirius Black Sirius Black

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

Agh! Where do I begin? First off, Sirius was the closest thing Harry had to a father, and his death seemed to have the most impact on him. Second, he has had a tough life. Between being disowned by his family, seeing two of his best friends dead, being blamed for that, being away from his godson for so long (and it seems to me that Sirius adores Harry) and spending 12 years in Azkaban his life seems pretty difficult. That seems like enough tragedy for 5 lifetimes. Also, Harry and Sirius both deserved to be happy. They needed each other. It's a shame that Sirius died before he could be happy for the first time in over 13 years.

NO NO NO. NO SEVERUS. IT IS SIRIUS. it is the saddest death ever! He was locked up 12 years with people believing he was a murderer (died with people believing so) and he didn't get the chance to live with his godson. I screamed when he died and whenever I think about the tantrum harry had after his death on dumbledore, I felt so hurt and heartbroken. he belueved he will live with him. his death was so sudden! He died after we thought they won. I get so angry whenever I think of how unfair it was.

This should be #1.He had a hard life.

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4 Fred Weasley Fred Weasley

I believe this has got to be the saddest death even though it was really, really, really hard choosing. Fred and George had a legacy. Remember when they rode off into the sunset together on brooms, leaving behind Umbridge's reign of tyranny? When Fred died, a part of George dies with him. The loss of a friend or family member is terrible but losing someone you've been with for quite literally all your life is devastating. Just look at the head canons fans have made about it! Fred also had a crush on Hermione but she never knew. And people say Snape's story is sad? At least he grew older. Fred never had the chance. He died laughing at a joke his brother made, and didn't even get to say goodbye to him or the twin he loved so dearly. How often do any of us ever tell our siblings we love them? I know this is long but Fred's death broke my heart because that's a loss that is irreparable. One half can never feel whole again.

The reason this death hurt so much isn't because of his actual death (at least to me). It was the fact that he left George alone. All their life they were together, always finishing their others sentences, annoying their friends and family, and basically causing mayhem wherever they went.

Perhaps two of the funniest characters to ever exist on the page or the big screen, Fred and George were like the brothers we never had but always wanted. And that is why Fred's death is so emotional.

Fred Weasley is by far the funniest character in any book or movie. He was the one that made us laugh when things were tough. Fred (and George) were always there when you needed something. Not only is Fred hilarious, he's an amazing brother and friend. Fred's death is the saddest because of these things. Think of George as well, his twin and best friend not being able to see him everyday, not being able to talk to him, when Fred died, George lost himself. There will never be a greater pair of pranksters. I love Fred Weasley, he will live in my heart forever.

Fred is definitely the saddest death in the series for me. He was one part of a pair that NO ONE imagined separating (Molly saw the two of them dead in her boggart. Together). He'd also finally just made up with Percy, and he died laughing. Other deaths in the series are very sad, but Fred's is definitely the most heartbreaking.

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5 Dumbledore

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.

I cried and cried and cried. The words "Severus... Severus please..." scarred me at that time. I found out Severus was good and the other stuff and then I liked Severus again.

He has a lot to contend with but puts a smile on his face and occasionally indulges in a sherbet lemon. He made Hogwarts a magical place and saw potential all. An amazing wizard and sad that he has few votes. Honestly, and you call yourselves Harry Potter fans. Well Dumbledore RIP. You were the saddest loss of the series.

Albus dumbledore was the only parental figure left with harry potter and harry and me cried the most when dumbledore died I think of him the greatest wizard and personality of all time in hp series his number should be much higher only 2nd to severus snape

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6 Hedwig

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!

I can't help but feel really sad when this death happens, no matter how many times I watch the movie. Hedwig was always there for Harry, at all times. His best friend. And she left... Forever...

I cried, and I had to grab a pillow to stop my tears. I grabbed my Hedwig stuffed animal to sleep with every night.

I love birds

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7 Remus Lupin Remus Lupin

Throughout life Remus meets almost nothing but tragedies. Then he finally gets a son, he's happy, and guess what, he dies.

No! I think that it isn't fair... He had got son! I was thinking about voting for Fred or Tonks... But I decide to vote for Remus -werewolf, who was happy to have son... And died with his wife.

So sad! Even when he had his baby and got married and was finally happy...


Wow. This was so hard to choose. But I feel that Lupin was the first person that Harry met who gave him an insight into his parents' lives. And Lupin had gone through so much. While I cried for Sirius and Fred and everyone else, Lupin deserved my vote.

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8 Cedric Diggory Cedric Diggory

I don't think he was the saddest death, that still lies with dobby but it was extremely sad the main reason being his father. Its one thing to lose a parent it's another to lose a child. When I watch him scream " MY BOY " I always have tears it's just heartbreaking no other word for it.

I think that Cedric is the best person in Harry Potter. He was my hero. When I read Cedric's death I cried all day. Everyone should vote for Cedric as the saddest death.

It was so sad because he was trying to help Harry

I wasn’t that sad because he’s overrated - LannaLau

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9 Lily and James Potter

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

They should be in the top 5

I hate James Potter mourning Lily though.

They way that J.K. Rowling had written down detail by detail of their deaths made me cry, THEY WERE SO HAPPY TOGETHER ;-;

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10 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!

I suppose it is both Tonks and Remus because they found love in each other, then they both know that they're going to die so they reach out to hold hands, and they are together. They get killed by different people, but then even in death, they are together because they are almost holding hands

What makes this truly the saddest is the fact that she didn't have to fight. She could've stayed home and survived. But she chose to go and fight for a better world for her son to live in. Curse you, Bellatrix Lestrange.

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The Contenders

11 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

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.

The most sad about Colin's Death is that it was kind og ignored, in the books its just said that Harry walks into Neville who Are holding a Death body and very Short mentioned that its Colin you knows nothing about his Death, in the movies her aren't egen mentioned at ALL. I liked Colin, her was so innocent and Brave. Like he was told not to fight but did anyway, he had been hiding because he was muggleborn the whole year Then he comes to fight but is told that he is top young. He Leaves but sneaks back and Then Dies... Just Dies and the only thing you know is that he was killed by a Death Eater unknown who. I like the theory he was killed by a Death Eater protecting Harry like a Death Eater casts a killing curse at Harry Potter's back Colin Then jumps in and died without Harry Knowing anything, I wish that theory was true. I liked Colin but he was just ignored </3

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12 Alastor Moody 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. - 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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13 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.

He meant it! - LannaLau

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14 Lily Potter

Lily potter was a very sad death I cried at all the deaths but I cried a lot when snape hugged her 😭

15 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.

*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

He was a major jerk why is he on this list

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16 Xenophilius Lovegood

He ain't dead people

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

He was not dead

He wasn’t dead, his house just blew up because of the Erumpent horn. - LannaLau

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17 Basilisk

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

Basilisks are just cool

Wow I can't stop laughing - pouria_mt

Horrid... - FizzyCocoaMan

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18 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.

19 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.

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.

Please remove this I remember watching this in the movie theater and everybody clapped or cheered when she died and I was one of em - cadespencer

The only known female Death Eater. Totally tough. Super evil and mean. She was making me mad on Molly Weasley's behalf in her final fight. She's a complete bad@$$. But you've gotta love her.

I love me a crazy bitch

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20 Ted Tonks

Ted died> Really do your research!

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