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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...
Which Characters Died In Book 7?

Harry Potter lives!Please do not continue on here if you have not read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This article will tell you who the dies in this book - and it will spoil the suspense and the drama of the revelation as you read the book.

As in all of the Harry Potter books, there are many currents flowing together to this spot and knowing the answer to which characters and creatures die misses much of the importance of the deaths in the full story.

If you have no intention of reading the book [we suggest that you change your mind - you're missing some fantastically creative writing and brilliant reading], if you are an "open the book and turn to the last page" sort of reader and don't want to have to wait until nearly the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to have the secrets revealed - read on...


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The number of people and creatures destroyed in the days leading to the final battle is impossible to count. There are some losses that are easier to read than others. Many loyal Harry Potter fans expected that Hagrid would not survive the sixth book and surely not the seventh, but the friendly giant does make it through the battles.

Professor McGonagall was a possible victim, but she not only survives, she manages to put her wand to good use in gathering the troops and fighting the Death Eaters in the Hogwarts battle. Draco Malfoy comes close to death, but the bad boy favorite of many fans does survive two close encounters - and the fact that he was saved by both Harry and Ron leads to Harry's survival in his next to last meeting with the Dark Lord...

So who does die in this book?

There are so many...

The first death is Professor Charity Burbage, Professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts. The book actually opens with Voldemort torturing her, hitting her with Avada Kedavra, the killing curse, and feeding her to his snake as a punishment for standing up for the rights of Muggles.

In Chapter Four, as Harry leaves Privet Drive for the final time, the group sent to protect him is attacked by Voldemort and the Death Eaters. We lose Hedwig, the white snowy owl that has been Harry's friend and mail carrier through the previous six books.

In this battle Mad-Eye Moody, the Auror is killed. George Weasley is badly wounded, but survives.

Scrimgeour, the Minister of Magic is killed to put Voldemort's man in power.

Gregorovitch, the wandmaker, and Grindelwald, the dark wizard, are killed by Voldemort in his search for the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows. Ollivander, the wandmaker is tortured, but saved by Dobby.

Bathilda Bagshot, an old friend of Dumbledore's family who still lived in Godric's Hollow, was murdered in order to lure Harry into a trap if he visited her for information.

Dobby, Harry's loyal protector dies rescuing him from Malfoy's house as Voldemort is about to arrive.

In Chapter 27 the goblin from Gringotts who brings news to Voldemort that the cup has been stolen is killed as are many Death Eaters. The Malfoys manage to escape from the room and survive the Dark Lord's murderous rage.

Snape is killed by Voldemort or more specifically by Nagini, but not because he was found to be a traitor...

Quite a few Hogwarts students, many who were part of Dumbledore's Army, plus members of the Order of the Phoenix died in the final battle. Crabbe was killed by the Fiendfyre he created to kill Harry - it almost killed Draco Malfoy. Tonks, Lupin and Fred Weasley are the main characters lost in the Battle of Hogwarts, but more than 50 were killed.

The biggest loss should have been Harry...the odds-on favorite to not outlive the series. He does get murdered by Voldemort, but the killing curse winds up only destroying the piece of Voldemort's soul that lived in Harry. Pretending to be dead, Harry is carried back to Hogwarts where Neville Longbottom risks his life to destroy Nagini, the last of the Horcruxes. The last victim in the book is Voldemort, himself. Destroyed by his own curse...

[Added by an email from a reader - you forget to mention the deaths of Ted Tonks the Auror Nymphdora's (Tonks) father, Dirk Cresswell who was travelling with him as well as the goblin Gornuk. Wormtails death as a price for showing mercy. Colin Creevey who was mentioned as one of the Hogwarts students killed... and of course the fabulous killing of Bellatrix Lestrange by Mrs Weasley - after a shout of "Not my daughter, you b****!" as Ginny barely ducked a Killing Curse.]

What were the Horcruxes? Voldemort split his soul into seven pieces in an attempt to conquer death. As long as any of the pieces of his soul survived, he could be returned to life. Unknown to Voldemort, he also left part of his soul with Harry when he attempted to kill him. That meant there were eight pieces of Voldemort's soul. One in his body, one in Harry and the other six stored in objects that had value or special meaning to Voldemort.

Tom Riddle's Diary - destroyed with a Basilisk's fang by Harry
The Gaunt Ring - destroyed with the Sword of Gryffindor by Dumbledore
The RAB Locket - destroyed with the Sword of Gryffindor by Ron
Hufflepuff's Cup - destroyed with a Basilisk's fang by Hermione
Rowena Ravenclaw's Lost Diadem - destroyed by Crabbe's Fiendfyre during the Battle at Hogwarts
Nagini, The Snake - destroyed by Neville Longbottom
Harry - survives, but the piece of Voldemort's soul is destroyed... by Voldemort
Voldemort - destroyed by Voldemort

Snape - the Half Blood Prince - was he good or bad? Both and neither? It turns out that Snape was a loyal Death Eater until Voldemort killed Lily Potter, Harry's mother. Severus Snape fell in love with Lilly as a young boy, before they came to Hogwarts. He pleaded with Voldemort to spare her life. After she was killed, he worked to overthrow the Dark Lord. He worked with Dumbledore to protect Harry even after Dumbledore was dead. As Snape died, he asked Harry to look at him. One last vision of Lily Potter's eyes...

What are the Deathly Hallows? The Tales of Beedle the Bard included a story of three brothers who cheated death and received three items - the Deathly Hallows. Ignotus Peverell, an ancestor of Harry's was one of the brothers. The Invisibility Cloak which was passed down through his family to James and then to Harry, was one of the Deathly Hallows. The Elder Wand, the Wand of Destiny, the Death Stick, which Voldemort stole from Dumbledore's tomb was another. The Resurrection Stone, which was passed through Voldemort's family mounted in the ring that was used as a Horcrux was the third. Voldemort and Harry were related since they both descended from the Peverell brothers!

Yes, Hermione and Ron get married and have a family. So do Harry and Ginny. One of Harry's boys, Albus Severus, is named for Dumbledore and Severus Snape!

Draco Malfoy also marries and his son, Scorpius, goes to Hogwarts with the Potters and Weasleys.

These are just bits of information. If you want to fill in the blanks, read the book. It's brilliant!!

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More HARRY POTTER Movie Resources:
  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

  • Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

  • Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

  • Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

  • Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix

  • Who dies in Harry Potter? (Spoilers)


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