Harry Potter is full of magic, love, and life, but it is also host to some of the saddest death scenes ever caught on film. Over 70 characters actually died in the Harry Potter series, but we’re here to look at the big, sad deaths. We rank the deaths that made us feel things all the way to the deaths that had us clutching our chests while we sobbed. Get your tissues ready.
13. Alastor Moody
Were we sad to see Mad Eye die? Of course. Were we totally heartbroken? No. Though, we did feel bad for Harry and the rest of the gang.
12. Cedric Diggory
Gone too soon. Hearing poor Mr. Diggory scream “That’s my son, that’s my BOY!” broke our little Hufflepuff hearts.
We didn’t get enough of you Tonks and then you were ripped from us. What made her death even more heartbreaking was knowing little Teddy Lupin would never get to know his parents. At least he had a godfather that he could relate to.
10. James Potter
Poor Harry spent his entire Hogwarts career being compared to a father he never knew.
9. Lily Potter
And then Harry was reminded constantly of how he had his mother’s eyes. So sad. Her death scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was so damn emotional. Thank you Lily for protecting Harry through the rest of his life, even though you couldn’t be there.
8. Harry Potter
Harry’s selfless sacrifice, and that scene in the forest with his loved ones, is what totally made us sob during this one.
7. Remus Lupin
Like Tonks, we cried because of what Lupin’s death meant for Teddy, but we also wept because we lost a kind-hearted mentor. Harry grew to respect Lupin, faster than he probably respected any other elder in his life, and we couldn’t have been sadder to see someone go.
6. Fred Weasley
What is George meant to do with himself now?! J.K. Rowling recently apologized for this death, as it was the hardest for her to write. We do not accept this apology. Had this movie scene been exactly like it was the book, it would rank higher on this list.
5. Albus Dumbledore
We will never be able to erase Dumbledore falling from the Astronomy Tower from our minds. When you later learn why Dumbledore let Snape kill him, this was an even harder death for us to accept.
If we were going off book deaths, this would have been #1. We’ve never been more heartbroken over the death of an animal in our entire lives. We listen to “Hedwig’s Theme” to try and cope with this one and it never fully helps.
3. Sirius Black
Bellatrix Lestrange is an evil bitch. This one broke out hearts, because only moments before he dies, Sirius accidentally called Harry “James”. It was so sad on so many other levels, because poor Harry thought he would move in with Sirius and finally have a place to call home.
2. Severus Snape
By far the hardest human death for us. To quote HP, Severus Snape was one of the bravest men we ever knew. The Prince’s Tale was the most difficult chapter for us to get through in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the equivalent scene in the films did not disappoint us. We will always love you Snape.
This is the most devastating death scene we’ve ever watched on film. Dobby was Harry Potter’s friend. We can’t even continue writing anymore without the tears flowing down our faces.
For this list, we only ranked deaths caught on film, sorry to all the HP book deaths that did not make this list, we miss you very dearly as well.
Which Harry Potter death was the hardest for you to watch? Share your answer in the comment section below!