[[caption-width-right:350:''"You're a fool, Harry Potter. And you will lose'' '''''everything.'''''''"'']]
The life of someone like Literature/HarryPotter is bound to be [[TearJerker very sad at times]]. After all this time? '''Always.'''
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* Eleven-year-old Harry looking into the Mirror of Erised and seeing his dead family is a heartwarming and heartbreaking moment and somewhat iconic in terms of the series as a whole.
** Dumbledore's claim that the Mirror shows himself with socks is hard to read after you've read ''Deathly Hallows'' and know what he ''really'' sees. [[spoiler:The same as Harry does, his family, alive and well]].
* Ron's HeroicSacrifice during the chess game, he lives in the end though.
* In the film's version of the Hut on the Rock, while his relatives sleep, Harry celebrates the coming of his 11th birthday by...drawing an image of his birthday cake in the dust on the floor, making a wish, and blowing out the candles as midnight passes. And considering how his life has been so far, you have to wonder whether this was the first time he's done this. (It does make the cake Hagrid gives him moments later that much [[HeartwarmingMoments sweeter]], though.)
!!Chamber of Secrets
* Ron and Harry's reactions to [[spoiler:Hermione]] being petrified.
* Hagrid being carted off to Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit. Doubles as FridgeHorror as the experience scares the crap out of a half-giant who thinks a giant, three headed dog is ''cute'' and a young dragon makes an adorable pet.
** Just as bad is the description of Fang howling at the locked cabin door after Hagrid is taken away. Anyone who's ever owned a pet knows how upset they get when their owners are gone for a long time.
* Professor [=McGonagall=]'s heartbroken reaction to Hogwarts potentially having to close.
* After Tom Riddle is defeated, a very shaken Ginny comes to, sees Harry and the dead Basilisk - and immediately breaks down sobbing with guilt and confesses to Tom manipulating her, all while convinced that she's going to be expelled. [[TheWoobie You just want to give the poor kid a hug]], which, startlingly enough, Harry doesn't.
-->'''Ginny:''' ''(in tears)'' Iím going to be expelled! Iíve looked forward to coming to Hogwarts ever since B-Bill came and n-now Iíll have to leave and- w-''whatíll Mum and Dad say?''
* Sure, he's a JerkAss and his anger at Harry is misguided, but it's hard not to feel bad for [[FunHatingConfiscatingAdult Filch]] when he finds the petrified Mrs. Norris. Just how broken and angry he becomes can be hard to watch, especially for anyone who loves their pets.
** Although any sympathy is lost in the film version, where he yells "I'll kill ya!" to Harry.
* Anytime Dobby hurts himself. Since his masters (the Malfoy family to be exact) have punished him for doing anything "bad", he instinctively punishes himself if he feels like he's done something wrong. It's so heartbreaking to see him be accustomed to an abusive lifestyle.
!!Prisoner of Azkaban
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!!Goblet of Fire
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!!Order of the Phoenix
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* Visit the [[Tearjerker/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows page]].
* Harry's early childhood was not nice. Having to live with an aunt and uncle who were abusive at worst and didn't give a damn about him at best, enduring constant bullying from his cousin, his cousin's friends and his uncle's jerkass sister, all because his parents were murdered when he was barely a year old. It got to the point that when he stayed at the Burrow, i.e. a wizard house filled with all manner of fascinating magical stuff for the first time, the thing that came as the biggest shock was the fact that everyone he lived with liked him.
* Frank and Alice Longbottom's story.
** Just like the scene in ''Goblet of Fire'' [[spoiler: where Dumbledore explains to Harry what happened to Frank and Alice, and Harry himself is ''so'' appalled that he thinks he was lucky to just have his parents dead, whereas Neville's parents still live but can't even recognize their child, so damaged they were.]]
** When Moody taught the Unforgivable Curses, it must have been having a hell of a moment for Harry and [[spoiler:Neville...]]
** It's actually both a TearJerker AND a MoralEventHorizon for [[spoiler: Fake Moody. Think about it. HE is the one responsible for Alice & Frank's demise, along with the Lestranges. Now look at that scene again. He is basically torturing Neville for: A) His own ends, just to get a chance to revive his Lord, and B) Because he KNOWS how Neville would react.]]
** Worse so in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' when [[spoiler:Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny actually see Neville with his parents at St. Mungo's. Neville's grandmother tells him to throw away the wrapper Alice has given her son, and he slips it into his pocket.]] Anything with Neville and his parents, really.
** It's made even worse by the fact that, in the middle of this fantasy series with all sorts of funny spell effects and whimsical [[NoodleIncident noodle incidents]], we get a very low-key, realistic depiction of a son visiting [[spoiler:his mentally shattered parents.]]
* Just realizing that Harry won't [[spoiler:be with Sirius in the end of Prisoner of Azkaban]].
* Most any moment in the Battle of Hogwarts, up to Voldemort's death, of course. The two that give me the worst case of tears are Slughorn (who has always been shown as a bit of a coward) leading the reinforcements for the Battle of Hogwarts and Molly Weasley fighting with Bellatrix Lestrange.
* The realisation that Andromeda Tonks lost her husband and her daughter's husband walked out on them. Then, he comes back, her grandson is named after her dead husband, and it seems okay. But then there's the battle at Hogwarts. Lupin leaves, and then so does her daughter, and neither of them come back, leaving her with her grandson, named for her husband, and with the same morphing abilities as her dead daughter. The woman barely appears in the book, but experiences as much loss as so many others. (Also, Sirius had died nearly two years beforehand, and a comment Sirius makes in Book 5 implies that they were closest to each other among their family members.)
** Not to mention the fact that she's the sister of Voldemort's right-hand woman. You see Harry's reaction to her when he doesn't initially realize who she is (or rather, who she isn't), and wonder if other strangers had given her that same reaction. And ''then'' you wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that she and her husband live in a secluded location, away from other wizards and witches.
** And the fact that her own ''sister'' is the one who killed her daughter.
* Barty Crouch Jr.'s story. His past is still depressing. He was the WellDoneSonGuy, with a father [[WhenYouComingHomeDad who loved work]] a great deal more than his own son. He did whatever he could to impress his father, who never let Barty know that he was impressed at his top grades in the [=OWLs=] and the [=NEWTs=]. The only family member who loved him died to give him freedom, which he never obtained because he spent the next thirteen years under the control of his father via MindRape, which drove him mad. He sided with Voldemort because he was more like a father than his own to him.
* Ghosts are unable to move on from whatever they did in life. Moaning Myrtle is, and will always be, trapped in the mind of a suicidal teenager, ''forever.''
%%* Pretty much everything in Lupin's backstory.
* An example in RealLife: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXuOj9d5o8 London Premiere]] of the final Harry Potter movie, ''Deathly Hallows Part Two'' at Trafalgar Square packed with thousands of fans. Each of the trio making a speech with Emma Watson crying and Rupert telling the other two "I love you" and an emotional JK Rowling thanking the fans and saying "Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
** Or when Emma tells Rupert: "Thank you for being such a good brother."
* Wrock (Wizard-rock) has a few songs about Harry walking to his death, but The Butterbeer Experience's Chapter 34 tops all. "I know what I must do. And I am prepared. But, please stay here, so I'm not scared. No time to explain. No time for goodbyes. Only time for tears as I look into your eyes. So, hold my hand. Touch my heart. Know that really soon, I'll be where you are. I'll face him strong. Just . . . stay by my side. I want you there, when I, when I die."
** Made worse when Lena, who's still singing, just breaks down and starts crying.
** On that note, RiddleTM has a song of the same name that is equally heartbreaking- it's softer, mellower than TBE's Chapter 34... " I hold the ring in my hand, Iíll be okay now I have the bitter truth at last.Help me through, strengthen my resolve Help me face Voldemort, With courage and without fear...."
** Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls's Chapter 34 song, Open at the Close, has a heart breaking chorus: "So I'll walk it alone and face this truth. Mum, I'm coming home, home to you. No goodbyes this time, and no kisses too. Ginny, please don't you cry. Know I'll always love you." *sob*
** A lot of TBE's songs are sad, but the crown goes to "The Prince's Tale"...
* Ministry of Magic's "Don't Leave", set around the time when Ron abandons Hermione and Harry in Book 7, is ''heart-wrenching'' as Harry begs Ron not to go because everything they're fighting for will come to naught if his best friend leaves. [[ForegoneConclusion And Ron still left...]]
* Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls 'End of an Era'. Really that entire song, but to be specific: "I will miss the train ride in, and the pranks pulled by the twins. And though it's nowhere I have been, I'll keep on smiling from the times we had with them."
* The Split Seven Ways song "The Forest Again."
* The end of the Epilogue. It wasn't the end of the movie, no, it was the damn ''song''. The very same song that played at the very end of the first movie. It told us, really, everything ran full circle. It reminded us of the entire scope and tragedy of the whole series compered to the first book.
* In RealLife, the last day of principal photography of the movie, after watching a special video made by the crew [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqhzUnG5u9c Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who've spent half their lives making these films and growing up together, embracing each other in a group hug and crying.]]
** Just [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/0f/88/fb/0f88fbbfb80b8d5d29b123fc89d25db9.jpg these]] [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/99/1a/0e/991a0ed20c6167c09a3f25666c0bf96d.jpg images]] in particular, of the trio on the first day of shooting and the last, showing how much these young actors have grown.
* "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well." It was like that feeling after you've gone through a long ordeal and it's all over and after so much time trying to hold it together, you just need a shoulder to cry on. And it wasn't just because the story had ended - it was the feeling of closure for a character who really, ''really'' had to ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding earn]]'' [[EarnYourHappyEnding that happy ending.]] And it was the implication that his horrible childhood and seven (some would argue seventeen)-year struggle with Voldemort had left no lasting damage. He didn't end up going off the deep end. He didn't suffer from waking up in occasional cold sweats with hell itself exploding out of his forehead. He didn't have any worry about [[spoiler:whether a fragment of Voldemort's soul would come bursting out of him at any moment to endanger the ones he loved.]] He grew into a man, married the one he loved----a miracle in and of itself considering her proximity to the violence---and had three healthy, happy children as well as a host of nieces and nephews, achieved his career goal - and then some [[note]]He wanted to be an auror. He ended up becoming head of the entire freaking office - '''at 27!'''[[/note]]. And they all lived HappilyEverAfter. That's essentially what the last sentence says, but more beautiful - more poignant.
* Daniel's eulogy for Creator/RichardGriffiths. Doubles as a HeartwarmingMoment:
--> "Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy. Any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him."
* Creator/AlanRickman's death. Just...''his death''. The fact '''nobody''' saw it coming makes it tragic. Every actor who met Rickman was devastated and give their thoughts on his passing. Bless him.
** Emma Watson's Twitter post regarding it is '''worse'''...
* John Hurt, Garrick Ollivander, passed away a year after Rickman's passing.