Today is the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. That means that Tumblr is freaking out and my dash will be clogged with GIF sets all day. Great. Thanks a lot, JK Rowling.
It’s the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. I’m having a moment’s silence over my keyboard. I hated killing some of those people.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2014
But at the end of the day I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd so I’m going to get a little caught up in the nostalgia regardless. I’m already having flashbacks to the time when I finished the seventh book seven years ago and I was an emotional wreck. Seriously, I think that my eyes were nearly swollen shut from all the crying. But that’s what happens when some of your faves kick the bucket. So which deaths from the Battle of Hogwarts were the saddest? Which made you want to dance? Well, here’s a definitive ranking of the deaths, from celebratory to I-am-about-to-throw-this-book-across-the-room tragic.
VoldemortThe least sad! I mean, come on, who would mourn this bigoted, genocidal sociopath? Bye! The only great thing about it was the fact that his death was so unspectacular. He died like the mortal he spent his life trying to rise above. Too bad the movie didn't reflect this and, instead, turned him into confetti. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
NaginiI'm a Slytherin but I've never been a huge fan of snakes, especially ones that hide in the carcass of old women. Rude. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Bellatrix LestrangeBellatrix definitely had one of the more noteworthy deaths, but it wasn't exactly sad. She was the most zealous of the Death Eaters and would have been more than happy to see Muggles and Muggle-borns murdered. Yeah, not feeling too sad about the death of a murderous woman from the upper echelons of Wizarding society. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Vincent CrabbeCrabbe sucked, but the fact that he pretty much died from his own recklessness and stupidity is almost unfortunate. Almost. Don't play with fire, kids. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Collin CreeveyHis death might not have been the saddest, but it was by far the most jarring. Admit it, you weren't thinking about little ol' Collin at all until Harry stumbled upon his dead body out of nowhere. His death definitely emphasized the fact that so many kids and teenagers were risking their lives for this fight. Damn. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Remus Lupin And Nymphadora TonksThe fact that these two died together after having a baby is enough to make your heart flutter and drop at the same time. JKR really poured a bucket of salt into our wounds during Deathly Hallows, didn't she? Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Fred WeasleyI don't know what's sadder: The fact that Fred died mid-laugh before being crushed by a wall and leaving behind a huge family which included his twin or--yeah, yeah, that's about it. There are no more sads left. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Severus SnapeSnape was a terrible person with a terrible personally and a terrible chip on his shoulder that he took out on anybody he could. But his death made me cry like a baby. Call me a sap, but the fact that he wanted to die looking into Lily's eyes--even if they came in the form of the boy he hated--just makes me want to crawl into a ball and die. Don't get me started on "The Prince's Tale" though...I'll probably start crying mid ramble about how amazing and important that chapter is. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Lavender Brown (???)Listen: Everybody seems to think that Lavender Brown died. Why? Because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II includes a scene where she is very clearly murdered by Fenrir Greyback. In the novel, however, it doesn't explicitly say that she died at all. Yes, she was attacked by Greyback, yes, her body was described as weak and feeble, but dead? I'm going to have to have an official ruling from JKR about that, because I'm not convinced. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Okay, so how would you rank the deaths? What do you think was the saddest death overall in the series? What are your thoughts on the Lavender Brown mystery? Tell us in the comments!