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Tearjerker: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
From the Book:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has this in bucketloads, including, but not limited to: Dobby's death and funeral, Fred Weasley's death, the Resurrection Stone scene, where Harry's parents, Sirius and Lupin appear to escort Harry to his almost certain death, Colin Creevey, "tiny in death", Dumbledore's past, especially when Dumbledore cries when recalling it to Harry, the scene where Harry visits his parents' graves in Godric's Hollow, "wishing he were sleeping under the snow with them".
Ron and Harry's meeting next to the icy lake.
When Harry learned that he is Voldemort's Horcrux.
When Snape was killed.; his last words: "Look... at... me..." Because he wanted to see Lily's eyes one more time before he died.
When Lupin says that his only regret in life is that he won't get to watch his son grow up.
The scene that shows Tonks's and Lupin's bodies, while Harry remembers that they had a son.
Fridge Sadness. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: "Just promise never to try and save my life again." In Deathly Hallows, Dobby goes to Malfoy Manor to save Harry and his friends. If he had done what Harry had him promise to do all those years ago, he would be alive.
The scene where Hermione is being tortured, while Harry and Ron listen, trapped in the basement of the Malfoy house.
Everything about Fred's death. Percy laying over his body to protect it, Ron trying to get Percy to move with tears streaking down his face, Harry and Percy moving the body away from the battle.
The world had ended, so why had the battle not ceased, the castle fallen silent in horror, and every combatant laid down their arms?
"They (the Dementors) would not affect him now...his father's stag kept guardian in his heart."
During the Battle of Hogwarts, when Harry sees that Lupin and Tonks are dead, he pretty much shatters emotionally, running blindly toward the only place where he feels safe: the headmaster's office. When the gargoyle guarding the staircase to the office asks for the password, Harry says the first thing that comes to mind: "Dumbledore". The password works. Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that Snape set that password, meaning that despite everything, he was just as dedicated to honoring the man's memory as Harry was.
Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and McGonagall's reaction to Harry's "Death".
Kreacher's Tale. Not just because of what happened to Kreacher and Regulus, but because of how Regulus's sacrifice affected Walburga Black. Horrible person though she was, it's heartbreaking to hear Kreacher talk about how she went mad with grief over never finding out what happened to her son.
The aftermath of Kreacher sharing his story also makes Sirius's death hit even harder. While his hatred and distrust of Kreacher is understandable, the way that Kreacher warms up so much to the Trio paints a potent picture of how different things could have gone if Sirius had treated him with more respect.
Godric's Hollow. Everything: The grave scene, seeing his house with all the encouraging notes, and the statue commemorating the Potter family, all together.
The Prince's Tale was actually a refreshing happy moment for a young Snape with him excitedly telling Lily about Hogwarts until this happens:
"And will it really come by owl?" Lily whispered.
"Normally," said Snape. "But you're Muggle-born, so someone from the school will have to come and explain to your parents."
"Does it make a difference, being Muggle-born?"
Snape hesitated. His black eyes, eager in the greenish gloom, moved over her pale face, her dark red hair.
"No," he said. "It doesn't make any difference."
"The Prince's Tale" as a whole is a massiveCrowning Moment of Sadness for Snape. From his childhood to being bullied at school, to pushing Lily away and his reaction to her death, culminating with the fact that he spent the rest of his life trying to make up for causing it... This chapter rivals Dumbledore's funeral as the saddest one in the series.
Dumbledore: After all this time?
The part in which Snape finds a letter from Lily to Sirius, and simply breaks down in tears.
The chapter is a Crowning Moment of Sadness for Petunia as well. Throughout the series the readers have seen Harry's point of view as a wizard. Now we get a chance to see someone who desperately wanted to be in that world, but never could be (and her sister the witch ended up taking all their parents' affection as a result, twisting the knife even deeper). Petunia's hatred of magic was the only way she could deal with the heartbreak and jealousy of being The Unfavorite.
Hermione putting a memory charm on her parents to keep them safe:
"Wendell and Monica Wilkins don't know they have a daughter, see."
Narcissa asking Harry whether Draco was alive. And then betraying Voldemort himself.
Then immediately afterwards, when the fighting breaks out again, her and Lucius running through the battle, not lifting a finger to help Voldemort's side, screaming for Draco. Two of the most devout Death Eaters in the series no longer care about Voldemort's war or blood purity or anything else and are simply reduced to two frantic parents desperately searching for their son. It was a moment that made two of the most unsympathetic characters in the books very human.
The scene where Lupin comes to find the Golden Trio in Grimauld Place and ends up arguing with Harry. The fact that kind, brave, good-natured Remus Lupin is trying to abandon his wife and unborn child because of how much he believes that he's dragged them down shows just how crippling his self-worth issues can be and how much he suffers from the Fantastic Racism of the wizarding community.
Just knowing the fact that for a whole year Snape was forced to work with people who hated him, some of them possibly even his friends, trying to protect the students, while making it seem like he was loyal to Voldemort.
Stephen Fry ends the last book with a slow and quiet "The End", as if to say, "I'm sorry, but it has to be done."
Jim Dale in the American audiobook release, had to record two different takes of the closing seconds of the last disc (the part where he was actually reading the story and the part where he was reciting the "This has been..." spiel), because he was starting to get emotional as he read it. As he narrates the last couple of paragraphs, you can just hear him slow down, at first almost imperceptibly around the time he notes that Harry waved to his children, but the pace he reads the last paragraph was about half his usual tempo of reading, and then the last sentence...
"The scar had not pained him in nineteen years. All... was... well."
Right before Harry "dies," his last thoughts are not of his parents nor his closest friends; it's Ginny. At that moment it became clear that she was the greatest comfort in his life and that he truly loved her — and he was willing to let her go so she could live.
Closing the book after the end. For that one second, you just realize "It's over." And then it hits you. It's over, it's all over.
The last bit of the dedication. "And to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end." Fans was crying beforepageone.
From the first Film:
In Deathly Hallows when Dobby dies. Also, when Harry goes to visit his parents' grave with Hermione.
Not to make things worse, but just the fact that Dobby's last words before Bellatrix throws the knife are "Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf." - and yet, he's there for Harry, doing everything Harry asks of him (in contrast to Kreacher, who was somewhat obligated) - not because he's bound by any order or magical contract, but because Harry has earned his loyalty as a friend.
The opening itself. Hermione wiping her parents' minds, watching her disappear from every photograph from every stage in her life is extremely sad. Special mention should also be given to the death of Hedwig, since the film version depicts it as being closer to a Heroic Sacrifice. The owl had a chance to fly away and be free (possibly tricking some viewers whom had read the book into thinking she'd be Spared by the Adaptation), but chose to remain by Harry's side and help him, only to be hit by the curse... suddenly go limp... and drop from the sky...
Perhaps it was the timing (right next to Hermione's scene), but seeing Harry go back into his closet for one final time as he prepares to leave it and his childhood home behind forever, was a bit hard to watch in the film. Especially if you have read the books and know that, for all the bad memories associated with it, it was the one place where he was completely safe from Voldemort's grasp to that point. The fact that, the last time the films visited that closet, Harry was an innocent, ten-year-old boy with no clue of his origins and is now a young man who has seen acquaintances, close friends, and mentors die in front of him several times and is now poised for a showdown with the cause of most, if not all, of his suffering, only starting with his parents dying, being shipped off to the Dursleys', and forced to sleep in the closet in the first place... GAH.
When Hermione is being tortured by Bellatrix. Doubles as horrific due to how the whole scene is set up to look like a rape.
And then you see that actually was carving the word "mudblood" into her arm with a knife. Holocaust parallel, anyone? And though that only happened in the movies, in the book Hermione said she was proud to be a "Mudblood.".
Fred first seeing his injured twin George.
When Fred and Arthur arrive at the Burrow, watch closely. Very closely, as Fred instantly darts off to see his twin before his father even finishes asking where George is.
Also in Deathly Hallows, a grim scene when Harry gets Hermione to dance with him in the tent after Ron has left and things are looking pretty bleak. The abruptness of the scene really struck a cord; they start to dance, Harry goofs around a bit, Hermione starts to smile and, for a minute, everything seems like it's going to be okay.... and then she puts her head on his shoulder and they just stand there and you realize it's hopeless. Add to that the fact that they set the scene to the song "O Children" by Nick Cave (one of very few times they've used any bit of modern music in the films) and you've got yourself some pretty heavy material there. And while I'm pretty supportive of all the canon pairings, that was just such a sublime scene that encompassed all the fear and tension and complete tragedy of their situation only to contrast it with the fact that they're just teenagers and they don't know what to do.
The song just made the whole thing that much more tragic. The song itself is about the loss of innocence and death, and really, that's what Part 1 was about for the most part.
During Dobby's death scene, the part where Harry asks Hermione to help him is gut-wrenching. Hermione has always been able to help him in the past, and the look on his face when he realizes she can't is heart wrenching.
Even moreso the look on her face. She's never failed to find an answer before to help the team, and the one time that she can't, she has to watch an ally die right in front of her.
But Harry as well. Most of the people close to or associated with Harry had died in a quick although shocking manner (usually by way of Avada Kedavra) - or outside of Harry's presence (like Moody). But not this time; this is the first and (as far as the book canon goes) only time a friend of his literally bleeds out in his arms and his only option is to watch it happen - where he sees Death coming slowly but can do nothing to stop it.
As mentioned above, Hermione, at the beginning of the film. We see her in her room, being called down to tea. Then she enters the living room, and obliviates her parents. Her expression alone is enough to tear your heart out, and the slow fading of her from the photos... The more you think about what she'd need to do to make her parents not know they had a daughter, the more heart-wrenching it gets. And, yes, the more disturbing it gets.
Watch Hermione's father when she Oblivates her parents: for a slight moment realization has dawned on Mr. Granger's face before it slips into the blank-slated, glass-eyed expression of someone being Obliviated. Right before Hermione vanishes from his memories he knew that she was using magic on them and one can only imagine the feeling of dread and/or betrayal that his daughter would use magic on her own parents before she's gone from his memories. He might have even realized he was forgetting her but the process was to quick for him to tell her to stop and ask her what she was doing.
And it continues throughout the movie in the subtlest most understated way. When the Trio Disapparate to escape the attack on the Burrow, they wind up near a theatre that Hermione says she used to frequent with her parents. Later they go to Dean's Woods, also where Hermione used to go with her parents. Both times she chooses the location, claiming she doesn't know why it came to herů Even though she isn't crying or even talking about it, it's obvious she's thinking about them the entire film.
In a deleted scene for DH part 1, Aunt Petunia shows that she may not have been as cold of a bitch as she let on.
Which is most likely what she was going to say at the end of the chapter in the book.
The scene after the trio escape from the Ministry. Ron gets splinched, nearly severing his arm. Harry is in some sort of shock while Hermione is in tears barking orders at him. Ron, on the other hand, is portraying the pain he is in in the most gut-wrenching way possible.
Just how much Hermione's face crumbles in the graveyard scene; one minute she's happy — they've found a Peverell and the image that keeps popping up... then, she catches sight of Harry at his parents grave and immediately understands, her face utterly breaking. Props MUST be given to Emma Watson for this scene.
From the second Film
The trailer for Deathly Hallows Part 2 shows Lupin and Tonks reaching out for each other as spells flash around them.
Several forums have agreed that there is at least a 50/50 chance that they'll die before they actually touch.
The scene in the Great Hall during the pause in the final battle. As if seeing the reaction to Fred's death wasn't soul-crushing enough, the additional deaths of Tonks and Lupin and even less beloved characters like Colin/Nigel and possibly Lavender Brown (if she didn't survive Greyback's attack) are hard to swallow. The whole scene is akin to the aftermath of a major school shooting.
It gets even harder when you remember that Fred and George's actors are actual twin brothers. It can be difficult seeing a cast member you've known for several years play out their character's death scene. Now imagine seeing your own brother play it out.
Even worse, before the battle, Fred and George are shown together for the last time, still maintaining their jovial, light-hearted natures. Of course, anyone who's read the books knows what's about to happen, which makes it incredibly sad.
Guess what, it still gets worse. During the scene where Harry reveals he's still alive, watch George during the reaction shot where everyone begins smiling and cheering. He turns to look over one shoulder, and you can see him say "Fred," as if he was looking for his brother's reaction.
The Prince's Tale part of the last movie. Snapecollapsing to the floor upon seeing Lily, crying, howling hysterically in grief in the added scene of him cradling Lily's dead body while a baby Harry looks on. Damn you and your leather pantsAlan Rickman.
Baby Harry isn't just sitting there. He's crying too.
Oh God, Snape's memories. Especially when he goes to Lily's house and holds her dead body while howling in grief. What makes it even sadder is the moment when Snape summons his patronus in front of Dumbledore, showing that even after 17 years, he still loves her. "Lily? After all these years?" "Always." Just that silent, broken whisper... *sniff*
Also, there's the Fridge Horror that at some point, Snape would have to force himself to break away from the body that once held his only past genuine human connection to conceal any dark involvement (and ultimately join to Dumbledore's side for her sake) he had. Imagine that pain that could only be understated by inference.
And the soundtrack for the whole of that part? Does not help. It starts out so sweet and optimistic, and by the end it's absolutely heartbreaking.
Snape was a prime cause of tears in pretty much the entire movie. His death was even more horrifically violent than in the book, and the way he just sits there against the glass, bleeding to death, until Harry goes up to him...(and, it should be pointed out, vainly tries to save him by stopping the bleeding, even though he doesn't yet know the truth about his allegiance)
This line they added to his death scene, and the way he says it: no malice, no anger, not even any bitterness, just calm and accepting and a little sad. "You have your mother's eyes." It's stunning how almost loving it sounded, almost as if he was talking to Lily herself. (Not...not like that...) Both Jim Dale and Stephen Fry read the lines as sort of a strangled whisper, but Rickman's version is possibly even better.
This is the moment when Snape finally comes to respect Harry. In the very last moments of his life he gets over his shallow prejudices against James Potter's son and comes to terms with the fact that, although he resembles his father, Harry sees the world through the eyes of his mother. He accepts that Harry really is a good person.
Anyone notice that, books and movies combined, it's chronologically the last time any character notes that fact? Not to mention that, after years of comparing Harry to his father, it's the first and last time Snape compares him to Lily.
How utterly gutted Snape sounded when he realised that Dumbledore had been grooming the child of the woman he loved, the child he had protected to honour her memory and put himself through hell for, to death, like a lamb for slaughter, in order to orchestrate Voldemort's final destruction. And that this was the only way to finally avenge her death. Scrapes you out hollow.
Snape's tears coursing down his face seemed like tears of a sort of melancholy joy, that he was finally going to join the woman he loved at last. And his final act was to give perhaps his most treasured possessions, his own memories of Lily, to her son.
It's not much compared to other examples, but Harry finding out that he must die. Unlike in the book, where he handled it with semi-detached calm, you can just see this news hit Harry like a train. His first few movements are jerky, and he has a hand over his heart for half the scene... never once saying a word, yet conveying it all anyhow.
Harry actually saying his goodbyes to Ron and Hermione in person, unlike the novel.Part 2 is a clinic in how to take heartwrenching material from a novel and make it more staggering in terms of emotion.
From that same scene: "I'll go with you." Hermione has to know that going into the Forest with Harry is suicide... but she offers to go with him anyway, so her best friend doesn't have to die alone.
Emma's acting was flawless. You can just tell her heart is shattered. Her face is crumpling, and she's desperate to comfort Harry, and she can hardly speak because her throat's closed up. She starts crying, and then she's hugging Harry, and it's just horrible, watching Harry walk alone to his death, his two best friends watching him go.
And adding onto it, Harry and Ron share no last words, or pats on the back. The weary/sad/understanding look they share is all they need.
Harry reaches his hand to Lily for the first time of all the times he's seen her ghost... and he goes right through her.
Made worse, because, in that moment, you realize Harry needs a hug from his mother more than anyone in the series ever as. He's walking to his death. Voldemort will probably torture him, or worse, set Nagini on him. Just some sort of reassurance, some sort of touch, you can see on his face as he starts forward, stumbling, towards his mom. And, of course, he's denied that little comfort as he walks to his death, sacrificing all.
In the same scene, after Harry quietly asks the ghosts of his parents, Sirius, and Remus to stay with him, Lily replies with "Always". Never mind the fact that the mere idea of our loved ones never leaving us is already heartwarming and tear-jerking at once; it's the same reply Snape gave when he talked about his love for her. Damn it...
"We never left." And then seeing Sirius straight after that just made it worse.
There's also the Call Back to the Prisoner of Azkaban film, where Sirius told Harry that "the ones we love never really leave us, and we can always find them here," as he placed his hand over Harry's heart.
Harry: And [Voldemort] won't be able to see you? Sirius: No. (points at Harry's heart) We're here, you see...
When Harry says "I never wanted any of you to die for me," and then reminds us that Remus's death left his son Teddy an orphan.
To make everything full-circle, it closes with John Williams' "Leaving Hogwarts" and then his closing credits medley from the first two films. Yep, the movie is a Tear Jerker to the literal end.
The line "everything's okay now, all is right. Things came full circle, and they always will. Hogwarts is here, and it always will be, it will never have truly left us, so long as there are loyal to it."
Hagrid wasn't shown at all until the end of the film. The viewer's realization that the adventure began and seemingly ended with Hagrid carrying Harry in is pretty sad in and of itself. The look on Hagrid's face made it worse. Then the part where Hagrid and Harry hug at the end was extremely poignant as well as warm... And Harry still looked pretty much as small in Hagrid's arms as he did the first time they were shown hugging.
The last moments of Lily Potter. Harry . . . Harry, you are loved. You are so loved. Harry, Daddy loves you. Mummy loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong.
That was so beautiful and so sweet. It's especially poignant when you consider all of the crap that Harry goes through.
The final fade to black after the epilogue. The final few seconds of music and then that brief second of silence when you, and everyone around you realises that it's over, after 10 years.
The scene where Harry, Ron and Hermione make their way through the devastating battle that's raging all across Hogwarts, accompanied by this music. This is even more tear-jerking when the three of them duck behind rubble, narrowly avoiding a troll with a club.
What makes it worse is the fact that Hogwarts is being torn apart and damaged in battle as this happens. Hogwarts. The safest place in the world until now, the place Harry always felt at home, the place we've seen all these wonderful adventures and amazing moments happen, the place many of us viewers grew up loving and dreaming of going to. And now, it's not safe anymore, it's an all-out warzone, and it is crumbling around everyone. For many viewers, it was like watching your own home being destroyed!
The dragon scene in the Deathly Hallows; they really played it up in the movie. First the dragon's expression as it looks up longingly at the far-off light in the ceiling, then when it finally gets there, it just sits and breathes that fresh air that it probably hadn't had in a long time.
Knowing/imaging what it fears is one thing (being stabbed by red-hot swords). Hearing a dragon of all things f***ing whimper, repeatedly, is another.
In the final film, when it appears to everyone that Harry is dead, Ginny screams and tries to rush forward, and has to be physically held back by her father and brothers. Heartbreaking enough in itself, especially with Bonnie Wright's voice sounding absolutely tortured in that scene, but there's the implication that Ginny was so wracked with rage and grief at losing Harry that she was willing to charge straight at Voldemort, even though this would have almost certainly resulted in her death.
McGonagall's face during that scene. Hats off to Maggie, because she looks so heartrendingly wreaked, you just feel your soul aching.
Speaking of Lavender, her death in the film. Yes, she's annoying and silly in HBP- but she's still fighting right along with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. And it's Hermione who kills Greyback, who is happily eating Lavender. It really drives home the common theme of Anyone Can Die.
The worst part is probably in the aftermath. It's almost blink-and-you-miss-it, but there's a two- or three-second scene of Parvati and Professor Trelawney sitting in shocked grief over Lavender's dead body. Trelawney covers Lavender's body and simply says, "She's gone." Of course, not only were Parvati and Lavender hardly ever seen apart in the books, but the two were possibly the only students portrayed as holding Trelawney in high esteem. Many were indifferent to her, and most (even among the professors) regarded her as something of a joke.
Hermione just screaming, "NO!" as she shoots a spell at Greyback, trying to protect Lavender. She sounds on the edge of tears, and we find out soon that it was too late to save Lavender, so it was for nothing anyway - except for, of course, giving that bastard what he deserved.
Fred and George were together for everything, and after the battle is over, and everyone is cheering, George glances over at where Fred would be, seeking to share in the joy with him. It had become automatic. It doesn't immediately dawn on George that Fred is not with him and never will be again. It kind of makes you feel bad for everyone who's lost a twin.
Voldemort's death in the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows. Yes, he is an irredeemably evil, mass murdering, Muggle hating monster, but, just to see him falling to disintegrating, and that his greatest fear has been realized, just seems sad. For bonus points, it's the only time we see Voldemort show any emotion other than pure rage or sadism. In his eyes were pure, unfiltered fear. Added with that bone chilling scream, it's unsettling watching a once very powerful monster reduced to nothing by ash and tears.
All of the Hogwartians raising their wands, sending bright lights out as McGonagall's statues are parading around them. Especially when you've read the books and you know that all their protections are going to be for naught anyway. The final moment before the battle of them all being united in protection, ready to defend their friends and they place they know and love.
The chocolate frog. For something intended to be used for a smattering of humor, many a fan of the show since Philosopher's Stone redoubled the crying. After all, in that first movie, the frog leaped out the window of Harry's and Ron's compartment, and in the last one, Harry's and Ron's kids found it climbing back onto the windowsill.
There was a new scene added to Snape's memories. As Dumbledore tells Snape that Harry is the last Horcrux and that Harry must die, we see Snape visiting the Potters' home just shortly after Voldemort killed James and Lily. As Snape shows Dumbledore that his Patronus is a doe and Dumbledore asks "after all this time" and Snape replies "Always", we see Snape holding Lily's dead body and crying hysterically. And if that isn't bad enough, we see baby Harry kneeling in the crib behind him, face streaked with tears, clutching the bars and wailing inconsolably.
In that particular scene, he casts his Patronus and it's revealed to be a doe, the same a Lily's patronus. When he casted the Patronus charm, he flourished his wand in a way that we've never really seen Snape doing. It subtly shows how no matter cold and stoic Snape acts, he still has plenty of style in him.
The opening. Snape, standing on the parapet of Hogwarts, watching as the children march in like soldiers under the watchful eyes of the Dementors and Death Eaters. The look on his face ... just ... gah. He looks utterly gutted.