It’s no lie that J.K Rowling has written one of the best and most epic tales of all time. Since the publication of the first book back in 1997, Harry Potter instantly became a household name. And then came the movies, the franchise, our expectation of receiving an acceptance letter from Hogwarts (I’m still waiting), until Harry, Hermione and Ron, grew old enough to become parents. (But hey! Don’t be sad, if you weren’t living under the rock since 2012, you would’ve already heard about the recent ones.) Okay scratch that, we are a little sad for this. All through the series, there have been A LOT of deaths. But only 5 of which will make it to the Top 5 Harry Potter Death Scenes list. (Saddest scenes)
5. FRED WEASLEY
“…and Fred’s eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.”
Even from the beginning, Fred and George have always been the goofy ones – they’ve got great sense of humor, they finish each other’s sentence, rebel against Professor Umbridge, and they even put up a shop of their own – until the first born dies in an explosion. A lot of us have loved the twins through the series, they basically bring fun and pranking to the next level, which is why Fred’s death was just painful to read and watch.
4. SIRIUS BLACK
“…Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us.”
Sirius Black is one of the most unfortunate characters since. He’s been locked in Azkaban for 12 years and he managed to escape unassisted (he’s a pro!). Wrongfully accused to have murdered Harry’s parents, he remained to be a loyal friend and godfather. If he didn’t tragically fell through the veil, Harry’s wishes might come true of finally living with a family.
3. ALBUS PERCIVAL DUMBLEDORE
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
He’s a powerful wizard with silver hair and beard and if you weren’t in pain during his death, how dare you. (kidding!) Dumbledore was the wizard Lord Voldemort had ever feared and when he died, Hogwarts became vulnerable than it ever was.
“What a beautiful place… to be with friends.”
Dobby may have just been an irritating house elf in the beginning, but by the time he became a free elf after being treated cruelly, he was a loyal friend (with some tricks on his sleeves). Another kill by Bellatrix, Dobby was then buried peacefully by his friends.
1. SEVERUS SNAPE
“One of them was a Slytherin, and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
From the beginning, Professor Snape was the least liked character to some. But the more we read of him, the more his nature was understandable, he simply doesn’t tolerate foolishness. He was an outcast who teaches potion-making, while concealing his long-lived love for Lily. The half-blood prince had always been a brave man. (Take my tears too please.)
Honorable mentions to these characters that didn’t make it in Top 5 Harry Potter Death Scenes who’ve also scarred our hearts: Hedwig, Lupin and Nymphadora, Colin Creevy, Cedric Diggory, Alastor Moody, Lily and James Potter – even the villains such as him who cannot be named.