All 76 Deaths In ‘Harry Potter,’ Ranked By Sadness

Over the thousands of pages of “Harry Potter” books and hours of
their movie adaptations, funeral bells rang almost constantly. Hell,
baby Harry’s first nickname is “The Boy Who Lived.” Where Harry goes,
death tends to follow.

Considering the extremely high death toll in “Harry Potter” and our
ongoing emotional investment in the series, it seems only appropriate
that we put our tears to good use and rank the deaths in order of
emotional devastation, from “cool with it” to “need a moment” to “day
ruined if you even bring it up.” Which Potterverse character’s death
made you the saddest?

Grab your tissues, read on and cry with us.

  1. Ignotus Peverell

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    The cleverest of the Peverell brothers, we aren’t mourning this one
    because he died of natural causes, at peace with the life he’d lived. He
    (sniff) walked with Death as an equal.

  2. Nagini

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    No, we didn’t feel a single drop of remorse over the extermination of Voldemort’s final Horcrux.

  3. Bellatrix LeStrange

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    “Not my daughter, you bitch!” Get it, Molly!

  4. Peter Pettigrew

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    Traitor. He deserved to have his own hand choke him. #nomercy

  5. Lord Voldemort

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    There was still a tiny bit of humanity left in Voldemort, and he was interconnected with Harry, after all. It’s a tiny bit sad.

  6. Broderick Bode

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    That Devil’s Snare will get you.

  7. Mrs. Crouch

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    Murdered by your own son? Way harsh.

  8. Scabior

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    Neville Longbottom’s first big kill at the Battle of Hogwarts.

  9. Marvolo Gaunt

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  10. Morfin Gaunt


    Evil jerk.

  11. Wilkes and Rosier

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    That’s what you get for hanging with the Dark Lord.

  12. Gibbon

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    This guy took a Killing Curse meant for Lupin straight to the face. Serves him right.

  13. Octavius Pepper

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    Another mostly-anonymous victim of the Death Eaters.

  14. Bilius Weasley

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    I.E. the reason we have to hear about the Grim all the time. Is that what actually killed him? Who knows.

  15. Anonymous Muggle and Albanian Peasant


    These randos died so Voldemort could turn Slytherin’s locket and Ravenclaw’s Diadem into Horcruxes. We hardly knew ye.

  16. Gregorovitch


    A wand couldn’t save him.

  17. Basilisk/Serpent of Slytherin

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    Perhaps not evil so much as misunderstood? Parseltongue is a dying language.

  18. Armando Dippet

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    Bummer, but at least he gets to hang around (literally) as a portrait.

  19. Prof. Cuthbert Binns

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    Who says death has to stop your career? Not this guy!

  20. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington

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    Bad day: Getting beheaded. Worse day: Only getting beheaded partway. :/

  21. Prof. Quirinus Quirrell

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    We don’t care how shy you are, never, ever agree to let the Dark Lord burn himself into the back of your head.

  22. Mrs. Abbot

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    Hannah must be bummed.

  23. Antioch Peverell

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    Jealousy will get you. Sometimes, right in the throat.

  24. Emmeline Vance

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    Another Order of the Phoenix member gone too soon.

  25. Tom Riddle Sr.

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    Not a nice boy, but that’s still a pretty crappy way to die.

  26. Tom and Mary Riddle

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    That’s no way to treat your grandparents, VoldeTom.

  27. Igor Karkaroff

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    The former Durmstrang headmaster was not a nice dude, and his attempt to
    run from the Death Eaters, rather than fight against them, doesn’t earn
    him any points.

  28. Rufus Scrimgeour

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    Yes, his intentions were noble, and he died facing the Dark Lord and
    telling him he didn’t know where Harry was, but we’re not over his
    attempts to get Harry to act as the Ministry’s spokesman. Not cool.

  29. Baby Montgomery

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    This five-year-old died after being attacked by Fenrir Greyback. Too soon!

  30. Bertha Jorkins

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    Journalism is a risky business, especially when you run into Death Eaters.

  31. Gellert Grindelwald

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    On one hand, he was Dumbledore’s BFF and, from what we hear, a very
    charming youth. On the other hand, he was also an evil wizard. You

  32. Vincent Crabbe

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    He literally brought it upon himself.

  33. Cadmus Peverell

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    Unable to truly reunite with his dead love even with the help of the Resurrection Stone, Cadmus hanged himself.

  34. Cadmus Peverell’s fiancee

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    “Soon she turned sad and cold for she did not belong in the mortal world.” Bummer.

  35. Gornuk

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    This little goblin died on the run from the Snatchers.

  36. Dirk Cresswell

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    He died after being caught by the Snatchers, on the run for faking his family tree to try and prove magical ancestry.

  37. Merope Gaunt


    Voldemort’s mom was only trying to find happiness when she died in
    childbirth. “I hope he looks like his papa?” Never mind the fact that
    the wee baby turned out to be the Dark Lord, if you’re not touched by
    those last words, we don’t know who you are.

  38. The Bloody Baron

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    Heartbroken, he committed suicide after killing the next on our list. At least the dude had love in his life, right?

  39. Helena Ravenclaw/The Grey Lady

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    The Bloody Baron murdered her when she admitted that she wasn’t in love
    with him. Hot tip: murder is not the best way to win a girl’s heart.

  40. Hagrid’s Flobberworms

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    Obesity is an epidemic.

  41. Hepzibah Smith


    She may have been totally disillusioned and materialistic, but it sucks that she was murdered for her relics.

  42. Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel

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    They had this nice long life and they got to choose when they died, but we can’t help but mourn the Philosopher’s Stone mogul.

  43. Ted Tonks

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    He gave Tonks the worst first name ever, but her poor dad didn’t deserve to get killed by the Snatchers.

  44. Bathilda Bagshot

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    Even worse than the old woman’s death after being attacked by Nagini is
    the fact that she was used as a skinsuit and possessed by the snake
    after she died. Spooky, spooky horror show.

  45. Kendra Dumbledore


    She took care of her unpredictable daughter Ariana and kept her secret
    until Ariana one day lost control of her magic, killing Kendra.

  46. Pandora Lovegood

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    An accidental death is always tragic, but we feel for little Luna, who witnessed this one.

  47. Florean Fortescue

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    This is the one death that J.K. Rowling says she regrets writing into
    the books. We liked Fortescue — after all, he’s the ice cream guy — but
    he’s not the one we’re saddest about. Sad, but not the saddest.

  48. Gideon and Fabian Prewett

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    They died like heroes for being part of the Order of the Phoenix, but they still died.

  49. Moaning Myrtle

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    She’s a brat, but she’s our toilet brat. Sure, poor bullied Myrtle can
    hide in bubble baths and look at all the no-nos she wants now, but the
    reality of it is that she was a tween killed by a snake monster when she
    just wanted to have a nice cry in the bathroom. Tough break.

  50. Percival Dumbledore


    He died after a life of imprisonment for attacking the Muggles who had
    harassed his daughter, and couldn’t clear his name with Muggle
    authorities without outing his daughter as a witch.

  51. Amelia Bones

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    After voting to clear Harry of his violation of the Magical Secrecy Act,
    we always had a special place in our hearts for Madame Bones.

  52. Binky, Lavender’s pet rabbit


    She was just a BABY.

  53. Frank Bryce

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    The dude was just a gardener! Taking care of a house! He deserved a lovely retirement, not Voldemort’s Killing Curse.

  54. Regulus Black

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    His family assumed for years that he was killed by Death Eaters for
    leaving them, when in fact he drowned trying to destroy one of
    Voldemort’s Horcruxes. We salute you, Regulus.

  55. Spider in Prof. Moody’s class

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    We didn’t know your name, little spider, but we do know that your death
    totally freaked everyone in that Defense Against the Dark Arts class
    out. And us, too.

  56. Muggles killed by Pettigrew on Voldemort Day

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    Sorry, guys.

  57. Colin Creevey

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    He was Harry’s biggest fan!

  58. Charity Burbage

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    The Muggle Studies teacher murdered for her goal of understanding the
    non-magical world is hard to forget, and the terror of her last moments —
    suspended over a table of Death Eaters — is creepy. We get that Snape
    couldn’t blow his cover, but come on.

  59. Lavender Brown

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    Unexpected, and almost overlooked due to the mass casualties at the Battle of Hogwarts.

  60. Ariana Dumbledore

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    Well-loved but misunderstood, Ariana died in the crossfire of a duel
    between Albus Dumbledore, Grindelwald and Aberforth Dumbledore. No one
    was ever sure whose spell killed her, and her death haunted all three.

  61. Barty Crouch Sr.

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    Murdering your own dad? He wasn’t a nice dude, but way harsh.

  62. Unicorns in the Forbidden Forest

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    Creepy, creepy, creepy.

  63. Alastor Moody

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    This one grates. He took a hit while trying to stop Mundungus Fletcher
    from fleeing battle, and, ugh. The guy spent an entire year locked in a
    trunk having his hair stolen, he deserved a better death and a longer

  64. Aragog

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    Creepy, yes. Ultimately helpful, also yes. Plus, Hagrid loved him, so we love him.

  65. Nymphadora Tonks

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    She wasn’t even supposed to be there, and poor baby Teddy was left an orphan after her death. Why, Tonks, why?!

  66. Severus Snape

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    HOLY S–T. We only need one word to explain why we’re so torn up over this one: “Always.”

  67. Remus Lupin

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    The very last of the Marauders, Lupin was the last of Harry’s parents’
    friends left alive. Not to mention the whole “new wife, new baby, new
    hope” thing.

  68. Fred Weasley

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    Talk about unexpected. He was finally reconciling with Percy, and was
    hit mid-sentence. We never imagined that the twins would be separated by
    anything, let alone death.

  69. Cedric Diggory

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    Kill the spare?! WHAT? Way harsh, Voldemort.

  70. James Potter

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    Enough said.

  71. Lily Potter

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    She died defending his CRIB. Bonus sadness points for when she comes
    back before Harry goes into the forest and tells him he’s been so brave.

  72. Albus Dumbledore

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    He was Harry’s mentor and was holding the wizarding world together with
    both hands by the time he died, but we’re extra-touched because with his
    dying wishes — he secretly asked Snape to kill him — he kept Draco
    Malfoy’s hands clean of murder.

  73. Sirius Black

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    He had so much to live for! Harry, mostly. His name was eventually
    cleared, and there was plenty of lost time to make up for. Plus, falling
    through an archway to the afterlife is a really upsetting way to die.

  74. Harry Potter

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    It was only temporary, and it was just the Voldemort part of him, but damn that hurt.

  75. Dobby

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    Loyal to the end, we can’t even read the earlier parts of the books
    mentioning Dobby without misting up. Call it the “Where the Red Fern
    Grows” effect if you want. All he wanted to do was help Harry, even when
    all Harry wanted to do was YELL AND YELL. Here lies Dobby, a free —
    where’s that tissue?

  76. Hedwig

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    She was with Harry from his introduction into the magical world, the
    very first gift he ever got (sniff), and she died protecting him. Cue
    the tears.


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