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The Most Brutal Deaths in Harry Potter

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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: the Harry Potter books can be truly bleak at times.

There are many, many tragic fates in the Harry Potter series. The forces of good and evil are in conflict for the entirety of the series, which leads to some harsh Harry Potter character ends.

Many Harry Potter demises vary in method and the impact on the overall story. Some characters were finished off in combat. Others were tormented by dark magic, and many passed tragically. The hardest ones to handle were fan-favorite characters, which resulted in broken hearts around the world.

  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fred Weasley was one of Ron's brothers and a member of Dumbledore's Army. He met his end in an explosion outside the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts.

    Even worse, he left behind his twin brother, George, who never fully recovered from the loss.

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    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 met her end at Belatrix Lestrange's hand during the Battle of Hogwarts. Moments later, a Death Eater sent him to join her.

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    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 cursed by Bellatrix Lestrange and then fell into the Veil.

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    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 reopen the Chamber of Secrets. Harry eventually tricked the Malfoys into freeing Dobby.

    While helping Harry and his friends to safety, Dobby was critically wounded by a knife thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange. He passed in Harry's arms, saying his final words: "Harry Potter."

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