If you ask fans of Harry Potter to describe the books and films in just one word, we’d guess a pretty all-encompassing one would be emotional.
Sure…the Harry Potter realm is full of magic, wonder, and hope – however, it’s also known for its fair share of heartache and those moments that make you full on ugly cry.
We’re not talking about the crying that you can sort of conceal while you keep going about your business. We’re talking about the kind that makes it impossible to breathe, and when you finally do stop crying, you look like you’ve been through some serious emotional distress.
This week, we decided to share some of those moments with all of you. Now, we know that everyone has their own unique list of most heartbreaking moments, but we think you’ll agree with us on at least a few of these.
Here are 7 Harry Potter moments that still pull on all of our heartstrings.
By the way, these are in no particular order because at any given moment, in any given situation, one could pull on our heartstrings harder than the other. Or…let’s be honest, we ugly cry at every single one of them and there’s really no way to tell which is the most heartwrenching.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many readers that most of these crushing moments are going to be deaths Cedric’s, in particular, was a difficult one for fans of the Harry Potter saga.
The two were never the best of friends, but there was a level of unspoken respect between the two – that most notably showed itself when times got rough.
Cedric’s death was the first real death Harry experienced in a real way. He suffered a great loss before he could even recognize what it was, but this was right in front of him – it was real in a new way.
It was the untapped potential of a life taken far too soon.
It goes without saying that this was a ‘must-include’ on the list. Dumbledore’s death and funeral were heartbreaking, and that’s putting it lightly.
Of course, the funeral was only something readers of the book experienced.
The scene never made it into the films, and readers are still sort of torn about that sentiment. Reading it was cathartic in a sense, even though nothing could really relieve the pain of Dumbledore’s death. Not getting to see it play out on screen left a void for some Harry Potter fans, however, others were glad for its absence.
No matter where you stand on the matter, losing Dumbledore was hard on the characters in the story, and on fans around the world. It shaped the students and staff at Hogwarts, it left a curious pain of an unfinished life, and it made us sob uncontrollably.
We still aren’t over it.
Okay, so Snape was an antihero at best, a villain at worst – but his story really pulled on our heartstrings. He had a great love that ended prematurely, in more than one way.
Was he the best person? No. Was he the person Lily needed? Not exactly. However, his love for her transcended time and circumstance. It’s not every day, hell…it’s not often at all that you find love that surpasses everything.
So when it ends, for whatever reason, it’s hard to stomach that loss.
Snape had qualities that made him an easy guy to be mad at. He also had qualities that made him an easy guy to root for…even if you knew changes were necessary before he’d truly appreciate what his soul desired.
Even if you didn’t find a redeeming quality in Snape, we don’t know how you could have experienced the ‘always’ moment without ugly crying.
This one just hits you where it hurts.
In fact, a quick google search of Dobby’s death will bring you face to face with an article where J. K. Rowling apologizes for the death of the beloved elf.
Of course, she called it an ‘anniversary’ apologetic tweet because she’d done so before, but Dobby’s death was different. It’s still one of the most heartbreaking losses of the HP realm – at least where we’re concerned.
Dobby was loyal, he was a character that represented hope living within the underdog, and he brought with him a sense of family.
Harry’s reaction to Dobby’s death was almost as hard to read as the death in general – which only made the situation more heartbreaking.
While his death varies slightly in the film vs the book – the loss is heavy no matter which way it happens.
Sirius meant a lot to Harry Potter, so much so that his child is named – in part – after him. He also came back to Harry, via the Ressurection Stone, after his death; further signifying how much he meant to The Boy Who Lived.
His death hit especially hard because there’s that moment where you’re left wondering…if Harry had listened to Hermione and not believed in the vision presented to him – could Sirus have lived? Could the story have turned out differently?
Everything happens for a reason…if it didn’t…we wouldn’t have the Harry Potter realm at all, but it’s still a hard death to take. Even Daniel Radcliffe says it was the hardest for him to film.
This one really needs no explanation – it’s impossible to think of Harry with the spirits of his lost loved ones without tearing up. One of the Deathly Hallows, the Ressurection Stone allowed Harry to see his parents, Sirus, and Remus. The lost loved ones gave him strength and courage to continue.
There was a bit of peace at that moment, but it was tinged with sadness. Harry grew to be strong and compassionate and resilient, but the loss he had to struggle with for his entirety was unfathomably unfair.
Harry’s visit to Godric’s Hollow sort of piggybacks off of the Ressurection Stone in the sense that memories bring the heartache in this one.
On Christmas, Harry and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow and see the gravestones of Lily and James, as well as what’s left of the home they lived in.
It’s crushing in a way that really stings. It’s the pain of the unknown…it’s the age-old (and heartwrenching) question of what might have been.
It goes without saying that we could have easily added at least 20 more moments that broke our hearts, but 7 felt like enough tear-jerking for one day.
If you had to narrow your list of the saddest Harry Potter moments down to just 7, which would you choose?
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