harry potter The Most Brutal Deaths in Harry Potter  

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List Rules Vote up the deaths from the Harry Potter books that were the most awfully brutal.

The Harry Potter series redefined children's publishing when it hit the market in 1997. Created by J.K. Rowling, the series follows the adventures of a young boy named Harry Potter who discovers that he's a wizard. While the series has many elements, Rowling insists that the books are mainly about death. Which makes sense: there is some serious violence in Harry Potter books.

There are many, many deaths throughout the Harry Potter series. The forces of good and evil are constantly at play for the entirety of the series, which leads to some brutal Harry Potter character deaths.

Many Harry Potter deaths vary in method and the impact on the overall story. Some characters were killed during battle. Others were tortured by dark magic and many died tragically. The hardest ones to handle were the deaths of fan-favorite characters, which resulted in broken hearts around the world. This is a list of the most violent deaths in Harry Potter. Vote up the cruelest Harry Potter killings.

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Dobby was an elf who served the Malfoy family. Despite his obligations to the family and the Dark Wizards, Dobby warned Harry about the plan to re-open the Chamber of Secrets. Harry eventually tricked the Malfoys into freeing Dobby. While helping Harry and his friends to safety, Dobby was stabbed by Bellatrix Lestrange. He died in Harry's arms, saying his final words: "Harry Potter."

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Although Snape was intimidating on the outside, he was good at his core. Snape killed Dumbledore to earn the trust of Lord Voldemort, and following Dumbledore's death, Snape devoted his life to protecting the students of Hogwarts.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Lord Voldemort killed Snape because he suspected he had the Elder Wand. In his dying moments, Snape revealed to Harry how much he loved him and his family.

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Sirius Black was close friends with Harry's dad, James Potter. He was also Harry's godfather and developed a fatherly bond with the wizard over the years. He was a member of the Order of the Phoenix and joined in on the fight against Voldemort. Black was killed when Bellatrix Lestrange cast a spell that pushed him into the Veil.

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Fred Weasley was one of Ron's brothers and a member of Dumbledore's Army. He died during the Battle of Hogwarts, killed by an explosion outside the Room of Requirement. Even worse, he left behind his twin brother, George, who never fully recovered from the loss.

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Hedwig was Harry's owl. She was with him from the very first moment he entered Hogwarts and remained loyal to him until the day she died. She died when she was hit by a Killing Curse during the Battle of the Seven Potters.

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3 people just voted on Remus Lupin - Killed by Death Eater


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A professor at Hogwarts, Remus Lupin was also very close friends with Sirius Black and James Potter. As a child, he was cursed with being a werewolf. During his life, he fought through the first and second Wizarding Wars. His wife was murdered during the Battle of Hogwarts by Bellatrix Lestrange. Moments later, he was killed by a Death Eater.

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As Harry's mum, Lily would stop at nothing to protect him. When Lord Voldemort attacked her and Harry, Lily performed a sacrificial protection spell to keep him safe. The spell stopped Voldemort from killing Harry and killed Lily instead. The sacrifice gave Harry magical protection, which made Voldemort's spell backfire and left a scar on Harry's forehead.

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Nymphadora Tonks was blinded by love the moment she met Remus Lupin. For years, Lupin refused to give in to his feelings, leaving Nymphadora to pine away for him. Eventually, the pair got together and married. After Nymphadora gave birth to their first child, she was murdered by her aunt Bellatrix Lestrange in the Battle of Hogwarts.

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows:
 
"Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling."

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