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Heather Snowden

If for some reason you've been hiding beneath the stupefied body of Colin Creevey for the last, well, who knows how long, then you should probably see yourself out right now because this article reveals SPOILERS about the deaths of many major Harry Potter characters.

To mark, or mourn, the fact that it has been five whole years since the last Harry Potter movie graced our screens, I've taken a look back over the five major deaths in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 and ranked them in order of most heartbreaking. Of course it's totally objective so if you disagree, sound off in the comments!

5. Lupin & Tonks

J.K., how could you? They had a child together! They had that “new wife, new baby, new hope” thing!

Lupin was one of Harry's kindest allies, a good friend of his father James, mother Lily, and godfather Sirius. We were so attached to his little tormented Werewolf face until he was killed while dueling with Death Eater Dolohov. And Tonks! She wasn't even meant to be there. And then when she turns up to fight side-by-side with Lupin, she's murdered by her own aunt, Bellatrix Lestrange. Not cool.

The only saving grace here was watching Molly Weasley avenge Tonks by blasting Bellatrix to smithereens — "Not my daughter you bitch!" YES.

4. Fred Weasley

So unexpected and just downright mean! Fred met his demise during the Battle of Hogwarts, killed by an explosion outside the Room of Requirement. He left his twin brother George and the rest of the Weasley family in a totally shambolic, rubble covered mess and despite J.K. Rowling apologizing for his wildly unnecessary death, it doesn't make the pain any easier to bare. Will the sound of Ron's choked tears ever leave you?

3. Dobby

Forever a free elf, Dobby's death was the ultimate sacrifice for his hero and savior, Harry Potter. Loyal to the end, he was always there for Harry and had his best interests at heart. Who gave Harry gillyweed during the Triwizard Tournament? Dobby. Who helped him spy on Draco? Dobby. Who rescued Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Malfoy manor and took a knife to the chest while doing so? Dobby. He died doing what he loved, and while that's beautiful, it's... just... no.

2. Hedwig

It doesn't matter if she could only coo and hoot her feelings toward Harry, we all knew how much she loved him, and he, her. She was his first EVER gift, for crying out loud. She was with him when he began his wild wizarding adventure and, if you think about, she actually died twice. In the book she was the target of a misfired Killing Curse, and in the movie she died protecting him. We all thought she'd fly back up from the abyss but *sniff* she never did. Hand me the tissues.

1. Snape

Anyone who didn't crumble into a whimpering mess at the line, "You have your mother's eyes," is either dead inside or wasn't paying attention. The fact that I almost can't write a full sentence shows just how much Snape's death tore me up, but it doesn't matter because you only need one word to explain the heavy-hearted impact of this event: "Always."

Disagree? Who's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the most traumatic for you?


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