Harry Potter Characters We Really Wish Didn’t Have To Die

by
Maryam Tajalli
As J.K Rowling apologises for killing off Fred, we look at the other characters we wish hadn’t died.

As one after another character falls in Game of Thrones, the internet is flooded with grief. However, Game of Thrones fans don’t know the pain Harry Potter Fandom went through with the unexpected demise of characters they had fallen in love with throughout the years.

Less brutal than George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling has killed her share of characters in the Harry Potter Series. On 2nd May, the heartthrob author apologised for killing Fred Weasley in a tweet:

Her tweet opened the doors to the painful memories of several other characters close to the fans’ hearts that were killed.

Although we realised these deaths were integral to the plot’s progress, the tears were hard to stop. All of these deaths left the audience desperately wanting maybe someone will either cast a spell to bring back these lost heroes or Hermione will turn back the clock with the Time-Turner.

But nothing of the sort happened as one favourite character after another bit the dust.

 Here’s a list of the ones that still make a true fan tear up:

Sirius Black

It seemed to take Sirius an age to fall: his body curved in a graceful arc as he sank backwards through the ragged veil hanging from the arch.

The ladies fell in love with Sirius, his handsomeness and his charming ways. More importantly, Sirius was a window to the life Harry could’ve had- his Godfather. It’s no wonder everyone ran short of tissues when Sirius met his untimely death in The Order of the Phoenix. He had survived so much, persisted the horrors of Azkaban, only to be killed in battle by Bellatrix Lestrange. 

Dobby

Harry caught him and laid him sideways on the cool grass.
“Dobby, no, don’t die, don’t die –”
The elf’s eyes found him, and his lips trembled with the effort to form words.
“Harry . . . Potter . . .”

Dobby’s death was remarkable. Apart from the other reasons, the perfection of it took the audience to an emotional trip of a lifetime. Dobby reminded us of someone who’d go beyond the limit to watch out for us- a quiet friend.  After watching Dobby transform from a nuisance to a friend Harry could count on, it was certainly hard to not break down as Harry begged for people to save him.

Hedwig

The motorbike zoomed forward; Harry glimpsed hooded Death Eaters scattering as Hagrid blasted through their circle.
“Hedwig – Hedwig –”
But the owl lay motionless and pathetic as a toy on the floor of her cage.

This snowflake of a beauty was Harry’s saviour and his true companion. Cocooned in the hateful conditions at the Dursley’s, Harry had no one when Hedwig became his friend and died trying to protect him. While Hedwig’s death was more traumatising to people with pets, it was in no way easy for others as well.

 

J.K. ROWLING, in an interview, said “The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of innocence and security.” It was important to show how the rise of Voldemort was killing Harry’s childhood and innocence.

Snape

“Look…at….me…” he whispered.
The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish,

We hated him, the very sound of his voice would anger fans but his end made many a heart weep. Snape’s unrequited love and a lifetime of being labelled evil just to protect Harry touched many a hearts.

Although the love for Snape was new, it was intense for the reader as well as the movie audience. No eyes stayed dried as he died in Harry’s arms, silently looking at Lily’s reflection in Harry’s eyes.

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