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.

The best. ALWAYS.

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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.

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 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.

This should be number one. - Pebblepaw

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4 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.

Let me just say that if I was there, I would have run into the veil even if I knew what it meant. I don't normally cry in books but sirius and Debby's deaths were sooo hard for me. After Order of the Phoenix, I stopped reading the series for six months! Now I'm on my 4th time this year reading the books and I want to skip Order of the Phoenix so bad but I can't because it's still an important book in the series's even though only two eventful things happened. Even though I have read the books numerous times, I still cry for hours when I get to Sirius's death. Since I have bread them so many times, I start crying from when Harry decided to go to the ministry becuase I know what is going to happen.

"It seemed to take sirius and age to fall. His body curved in a graceful arc as he sank backward through the ragged veil hanging from the arch...
And harry saw the look of mingled fear and surprise on his godfather's once handsome face as he fell through the ancient doorway, and ...more

In the prisoner of Azkaban we start to see Sirius Blacks's undying love and loyalty to the Potters and their child. He is willing to sacrifice anything for them and therfore it makes it so much harder for us to let him go

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5 Dumbledore 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.

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.

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.

OI you twerps people like Harry Potter and Twilight.

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7 Remus Lupin Remus Lupin

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

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

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

It’s so sad that he is 7th, he should be 1st! I don’t know why but I have always loved him so much and his death was so sad :( I with it was someone else, even Harry for all I care about him!

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8 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.

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!

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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!

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


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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

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

They should be in the top 5

I cried so much still am

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The Contenders

11 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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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

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.

Colin Creevey was super underrated. But That is what made this kids death so sad. Colin was muggleborn, so he didn’t have to go fight. But he did. He should have lived a long life, an the fact this brave, brave, kid isn’t on the list saddens me. Colin will always be remembered in the hearts of all Harry Potter fans.

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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 😭

14 Peter Pettigrew 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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15 Xenophilius Lovegood

He ain't dead people

He amazing and so not dead...!

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

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

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16 Aragog

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.

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

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

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.

19 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

Wow I can't stop laughing - pouria_mt

Basilisks are just cool

Horrid... - FizzyCocoaMan

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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.

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

I cried so hard when she died I support her ways MOLLY WEASLEY GO TO HELL I am just as insane as her and probably belong in a mental insane asylum

A very satisying scene it was. - ParasN2000

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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 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.

24 Fang

Fang died?!

25 Binky

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

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

Is a rabbit really that important? 😐😐 - pouria_mt

26 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.


27 Vincent Crabbe

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

He deserved it

This was sad but I think he deserves 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 Petunia Evans

Um come on people - pouria_mt

29 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.

30 Francis the Fish

He was so inspiring.

It was so sad...

Who is this

31 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.

32 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...

33 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

34 The Bloody Baron


35 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

36 Nearly Headless Nick
37 Ignotus Peverell
38 Caradoc Dearborn

who? - pouria_mt

39 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.

40 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

41 Regulus Black

Just when he turned good...

42 Lavender Brown

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...

She died in the last movie. She was bitten by Fenrir Greyback, and it was sad because she was only 17 and nothing really good happened to her...

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43 Draco

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)

Draco Never died...

He's not dead imbeciles do your research

(has heart attack)

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44 Percy Weasley

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

Percy never died...

He's not dead idiot

Perce never died

45 Gregorovitch
46 Ariana Dumbledore

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

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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