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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being the Grand Finale of the Harry Potter series (until Cursed Child, that is), has bucket-loads of Tear Jerkers.

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From the Book:

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You've been so brave...
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  • The last bit of the dedication. Fans were crying before page one.
    And to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.
  • Hermione telling her friends that she put a Memory Charm on her parents to keep them safe is a terribly sad moment:
    "I've also modified my parents' memories so that they're convinced they're really called Wendell and Monica Wilkins, and that their life's ambition is to move to Australia, which they have now done. [...] Assuming I survive our hunt for the Horcruxes, I'll find Mum and Dad and lift the enchantment. If I don't—well, I think I've cast a good enough charm to keep them safe and happy. Wendell and Monica Wilkins don't know that they've got a daughter, you see." Hermione's eyes were swimming with tears again. Ron got back off the bed, put his arm around her once more.
    • Word of God later stated that, after Voldemort's defeat, she actually succeeded in finding her parents and restoring their memories.
    • Fridge Horror: Imagine the Bad Future where Voldemort wins and Hermione gets killed, if she's lucky. And then remember that her parents won't even miss her or, if the spell breaks after her death, how they'll react. And she knows all this and does it anyway because it's better than the alternative. And it's a minor plot point through the series that, often, a wizard's spells die when they do. Dumbledore's Freezing Charm ended on Harry when he died in Half-Blood Prince and Lily's transfigured fish died when she did. Unless Hermione's Memory Charm was exceptional, it would have ended on her death.
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  • Small potatoes compared to everything else in the book, but Harry loses his Firebolt, his first and most treasured gift from Sirius, almost immediately after leaving the Dursleys. Harry never really thinks of the Firebolt even in the moment he loses it...because he's more concerned with hanging onto Hedwig's cage, even though she had just been hit with a Killing Curse.
  • Hedwig's death. Harry's pet owl, who has been loyally at his side since the first book, is the first character (of many) to get whacked early in the story. We'd barely even had time to come to terms with Dumbledore's death at the end of the previous book and then right out the door they're killing Harry's beloved childhood pet.
    • To make matters worse, Harry was robbed of any chance to give her a proper burial...because he had to incinerate her dead body along with the sidecar she was in to keep the Death Eaters off his trail. Ouch.
    • And one more thing: At the story's beginning, Hedwig had been angry with Harry because she was being kept in her cage round the clock while Harry was preparing to leave the Dursleys for the last time. He promised her that she would get to fly free again when they did leave...but she was robbed of that promise of freedom, thanks to a stray Killing Curse.
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    • Harry initially keeps hold of Hedwig's cage even after she gets hit, because he can't bring himself to accept she's really dead even though he saw it with his own eyes.
  • "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, and Kreacher, as loyal as he was to her and as much as this must have been hard for him, could not tell her the truth because Regulus made him swear he won't.
    • 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.
  • Dumbledore's backstory in general, as recounted in its entirety in "The Missing Mirror." This one chapter establishes that yes, even the most powerful wizard in the world had an Old Shame that he never lived it down.
    • The fact that it could have very well been Dumbledore or Aberforth who sent the stray curse that hit their little sister.
    • The Cerebus Retcon of Dumbledore's crooked nose, caused by Aberforth punching him during Ariana's funeral. Keep in mind that any non-curse physical injury can be healed with magic, meaning that Dumbledore kept it into his advanced age as a reminder for his greatest failure.
    • This exchange:
      Aberforth: And Albus was free, wasn't he? Free of the burden of his sister, free to become the greatest wizard of the—
      Harry: He was never free.
      Aberforth: I beg your pardon?
      Harry: The night your brother died, he drank a potion that drove him out of his mind. He thought he was watching Grindelwald hurting you and Ariana... it was torture to him, if you'd seen him then, you wouldn't say he was free.
    • Dumbledore crying when recalling his past to Harry.
  • When Harry finds out about Dumbledore's past with Grindelwald, he just loses it. Yes, we've seen Harry get angry before, we've seen him disillusioned with his heroes before, but this is a near-breakdown. He's absolutely torn up by the realization that Dumbledore was this flawed, and all the frustration he's been feeling at him just bursts out. The worst part is him reflecting to himself that, in spite of what he's learned, he still can't let go of his hope that Dumbledore really did care about him.
    Harry: Look what he asked from me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don't expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I'm doing, trust me even though I don't trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!
  • The scene where Lupin comes to find Harry, Ron, and Hermione in 12 Grimmauld Place and ends up arguing with Harry. Oh God, the scene where Harry bad-mouths Sirius by accusing Lupin of "stepping into Sirius' shoes" hits particularly hard.
    • The fact that kind, brave, and 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.
    • Harry angrily saying that parents shouldn't leave their children unless they have to, particularly because not only does Remus have to leave his son because he dies, but Tonks is also killed, leaving Teddy an orphan. Also, when Harry says this he's thinking about his parents, Sirius and Dumbledore, all of whom were taken from him.
    • Harry immediately feels remorseful for calling Lupin a coward despite his anger and wonders if his father would've agreed with him, or if he would'e disapproved of Harry treatimg his old friend that way.
  • Everything about Harry and Hermione's visit to Godric's Hollow. Everything. Harry and Hermione visiting the graves of the former's parents, with Harry "wishing he were sleeping under the snow with them"; Harry seeing his childhood house with all the encouraging notes, and the statue commemorating the Potter family, all together.
  • Ron and Harry's reunion next to the icy lake.
  • The fate of Cadmus Peverell, who received the Resurrection Stone from Death. While one of his brothers, Antioch, was mostly interested in power and quickly paid the price for it, what Cadmus wanted was to be reunited with his fiancée, who had died prematurely. While he still made the mistake of choosing his prize partially out of a desire to humiliate Death, his true motive was much more sympathetic. When he saw her again, she was cold and distant, and this slowly led Cadmus to madness and then suicide. What's worse, when Harry uses the Resurrection Stone, he's comforted by his parents, Sirius, and Lupin instead. Learning that Dumbledore made much the same mistake as Cadmus with the Stone (so eager to see his lost loved ones that he completely ignores any potential consequences) pushes it further.
    • What really clinches Cadmus' fate is how excited and eager he was to see his fiancée again, being overjoyed at first. The slow realization that they could never actually be reunited and that, by doing this, he had forced her to suffer must have been torture for the poor guy.
  • The scene where Hermione is being tortured, while Harry and Ron listen, trapped in the basement of Malfoy Manor.
    • It's pitiful listening to Ron call out for Hermione, the girl he loves, as she's being tortured. The Caps Lock (in the U.S. edition, at least) unfortunately makes it Narmier than it should be.
  • Peter Pettigrew's death because he hesitated when he was about to kill Harry. For all of his cowardly backstabbing, there was still a single spark of goodness in him, and it ultimately got him killed.
  • Dobby's death and funeral.
    Here lies Dobby, a free Elf.
    • Fridge Sadness. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry tells Dobby "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, but Harry, Ron, and Hermione would probably be dead, and Voldemort would have won. So Dobby's sacrifice saved everyone in the end.
  • Colin Creevey, almost 17 and somehow "tiny in death."
  • Everything about Fred Weasley's death. Percy lying over his brother's 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?
  • Snape's death. His last words are: "Look... at... me..." Because he wanted to see Lily's eyes one more time before he died.
    • This also means that, after years of insisting that Harry is only like his father, at the very last moment, Snape can't help but notice that he has his mother's eyes, meaning the last thing that Severus Snape sees are the eyes of the woman he loved.
    • Especially for first time readers, Snape's death scene is deeply uncomfortable to read. Even though he's apparently an Asshole Victim at this point, there's no triumph or satisfaction to be found in his betrayal and murder at Voldemort's hands. Despite seemingly serving Voldemort with absolute loyalty and even killing Dumbledore for him, Voldemort repays Snape by having him killed in a pretty horrific manner and then leaving him to bleed out alone. Despite everything Snape did for him, Voldemort doesn't even have the decency to give him a quick, clean death once he becomes disposable. Even Harry, Ron and Hermione, who hated Snape up to this point - especially Harry - feel only horror at Snape's death. And then we find out that Snape was actually Good All Along and his death goes Up to Eleven on the Tear Jerker scale.
  • Just knowing 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.
  • The scene that shows Tonks and Lupin's bodies, while Harry remembers that they had a son.
    • Pottermore's biography of Lupin makes this scene more depressing by providing more details: Lupin was defeated in a duel with Dolohov because he was out of practice after months of hiding with his family, instead of adventuring around with the Trio. Which means, in a twisted way, Harry was partially responsible for his death.
      • Counting that, Harry had something to do with the deaths of all four Marauders. James died trying to protect his son; Sirius died in battle trying to rescue Harry after he was manipulated by Voldemort; Peter died because he dared to show mercy for Harry sparing him four years previously, and Lupin died partially because Harry told him to go back home.
    • Just imagine how Andromeda Tonks mostly likely reacted after the dust settles. She lost her favorite cousin two years back and has recently lost her husband to Snatchers. Now, not only does her son-in-law die, but so does her only daughter. Who was murdered by her sister. Who also dies.
  • 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.
  • "The Prince's Tale" is 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 massive Tear Jerker 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?
      Snape: Always.
    • The part in which Snape finds a letter from Lily to Sirius, and simply breaks down in tears.
    • The chapter is a Tear Jerker 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 the Wizarding World, but never could be (and her sister 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.
    • During "The Prince's Tale", Harry once again gets to view "Snape's Worst Memory" but this time, he keeps his distance. He's seen Lily and Snape's friendship start to strain, and realizes that this is where it ends. As much as Harry disliked Snape, he at least feels sorry for what he went through here.
      But Harry kept his distance this time, because he knew what happened after James had hoisted Severus into the air and taunted him; he knew what had been done and said, and it gave him no pleasure to hear it again... He watched as Lily joined the group and went to Snape's defense. Distantly he heard Snape shout at her in his humiliation and his fury, the unforgivable word: "Mudblood."
  • When Harry learns that he is Voldemort's final Horcrux and that he must sacrifice his life to destroy it.
  • When Harry is walking to his death, he half-wants someone to stop him and send him home, but he then considers that Hogwarts is his home and even identifies a little with both Snape, the person that's been unnecessarily cruel to him for years, and Voldemort, the person who is about to kill him.
    But he was home. Hogwarts was the first and best home he had ever known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here...
  • The Resurrection Stone scene where Harry's parents, Sirius, and Lupin appear to escort Harry to his almost-certain death.
    Lily: You've been so brave.
    James: You are nearly there. Very close. We are...so proud of you.
    Harry: Does it hurt?
    Sirius: Dying? Not at all. Quicker and easier than falling asleep.
    Lupin: And he will want it to be quick. He wants it over.
    Harry: I didn't want you to die. Any of you. I'm sorry...right after you'd had your son... Remus, I'm sorry.
    Lupin: I am sorry too. Sorry I will never know him...but he will know why I died and I hope he will understand. I was trying to make a world in which he could live a happier life.
    Harry: You'll stay with me?
    James: Until the very end.
    • Spirits brought back from the beyond by the Resurrection Stone are supposed to be cold, distant, and suffering. None of Harry's loved ones show even the slightest hint of that. The duration for which they were brought back and Harry's status as Master of Death might have influenced their disposition, yes. But given Rowling's consistent "power of love" theme, there's also the possibility that they were just so happy to see and be able to talk to Harry again they didn't care that they'd been ripped from the afterlife, including Remus and Sirius.
    • Harry does reflect on one major difference between himself and others who've tried to use the stone:
      It did not matter about bringing them back, for he was about to join them. He was not really fetching them: They were fetching him.
  • This line:
    They [the Dementors] would not affect him now...his father's stag kept guardian in his heart.
  • Right before Harry "dies," his last thoughts are not of his parents nor his closest friends; it's Ginny. At that moment, it becomes clear that she was the greatest comfort in his life and that he truly loved her, and he was willing to die so she could live.
  • Hagrid being forced to helplessly watch as Voldemort murders Harry. Then, to add salt to the wound, Voldemort forces him to carry Harry's (seemingly) dead body back to Hogwarts so the Death Eaters can gloat about it. Word of God states the reason for this is because Hagrid carried Harry out of the ruins of the Potters' house in Godric's Hollow to a new home, so it was only fitting that he would carry him home again here. Meanwhile, one can only imagine how badly all of this hurt Hagrid and wonder if he himself was remembering the first time he'd carried the infant Harry.
  • Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and McGonagall's reactions to Harry's "death."
  • Narcissa asking Harry whether Draco is alive, then betraying Voldemort herself. THEN, immediately afterwards when the fighting breaks out again, her and Lucius running through the battle, not lifting a bloody finger to help anyone's side, screaming for Draco. Two of the most devout dark characters in the series no longer care about 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. This is notably changed in the movie with Lucius at least, who briefly hesitates before joining Narcissa and Draco.
  • Word of God leaves it intentionally ambiguous, but there's a very real possibility that the Room of Requirement was permanently destroyed by Crabbe's Fiendfyre.
  • Stephen Fry ends the last audiobook 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."
    • There are shades of Alan Rickman in that pacing, too. A reminder that the last scene's events being possible were Snape's legacy also, not just the Golden Trio's.
  • 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.

From the First Film:

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  • 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, as is the slow fading of her from every photograph from every stage in her life... 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.
    • 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 the Forest of Dean, also where Hermione used to go with her parents. Both times she chooses the location, claiming she doesn't know why it came to her. 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, 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.
  • Seeing Harry go back into his closet for one final time as he prepares to leave it, and his childhood home, behind forever is a bit hard to watch. 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.
  • Special mention should 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...
    • And Harry's horrified Little "No" as he watches Hedwig fall. Props to Daniel Radcliffe there; he seriously sounds like someone just shot his pet.
  • 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.
  • When Bill and Fleur's wedding is attacked by Death Eaters after they've taken over the Ministry, Ron and Hermione rush through the crowd to join each other while Harry sees Ginny defending herself from Death Eaters. As Harry runs to help and calls out her name, Lupin grabs him and yells at him to get out of there. He then pushes Harry to Hermione and she Apparates the Trio to London, leaving everyone else behind and Harry feeling guilty. Bear in mind that it'll be nine months before Harry sees Ginny and the rest of his friends and loved ones again...
  • 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 and barking orders at him. Rupert Grint, on the other hand, is portraying the pain that Ron is in in the most gut-wrenching way possible. While no one seriously thought he would die, the pain he's obviously in, and Hermione desperately trying to shush and comfort him, is a bit of a gut punch. Props to Emma Watson - she seriously sounds like the boy she loves is dying before her eyes, but she's trying to keep it together for him.
  • The sequence of the trio wandering Merlin-knows-where, while the radio voiceover lists the names of those who've been killed. Just one example of how bleak things seem for our heroes.
  • The grim scene where 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 strikes 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. This is just such a sublime scene that encompasses all the fear, 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 makes the whole thing that much more tragic. It's about death and the loss of innocence; and, really, that's what Part 1 is about for the most part.
  • The scene when Ron walks out on Harry and Hermione. Sure, it's a jerk move, but he's so worried about his family (and probably a bit traumatized from his splinching injury) you can't help but sympathize with him a little. Hermione crying and pleading with him not to go is an extra layer of pain.
  • Harry going to visit his parents' grave with Hermione.
    • Just how much Hermione's face crumbles. 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.
  • 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."
  • The scene where the Horcrux taunts Ron. Especially this part: "Least loved by your mother, who craved a daughter." Ron's always been insecure compared to the baby girl of the family and his more popular and successful brothers.
  • The scene where Dobby dies.
    • The fact that Dobby's words before Bellatrix throws her 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.
    • Harry asking Hermione to help him with a dying Dobby 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 more so 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 a friend 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.
    • When Luna tells Harry she should close Dobby's eyes, and how he's just barely able to nod in affirmation, clearly overcome with emotion and on the verge of crying.
    • Also, if one looks back in the second film, Dobby's first line was Harry's name. This is his last words said before the light leaves his eyes.

From the Second Film:

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After all this time, he had always missed her.
  • The trailer for Part 2 shows Lupin and Tonks reaching out for each other as spells flash around them.
    • Several forums agreed that there was at least a 50/50 chance that they'd die before they actually touch.
    • 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."
  • The opening. Snape, standing on the parapet of Hogwarts, watching as the children march in like soldiers under the watchful eyes of Dementors and Death Eaters. He looks utterly gutted.
    • Then it's followed with the opening title accompanied by a soundtrack that sounds like "Sorry, it's going to end". And the next scene is Harry looking down at Dobby's grave.
    • Even worse is the fact that this particular soundtrack is called "Lily's Theme." Damn you, Desplat...
  • The dragon scene is really played 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/imagining what it fears is one thing (being stabbed by red-hot swords). Hearing a dragon, of all things, whimper repeatedly is another.
  • The confrontation scene between Harry and Snape once he returns to Hogwarts. Harry slams and calls out Snape for being the one who killed Dumbledore, the man who trusted him and "left his life in his hands". Upon a second watch, you can tell Snape is in damn pain, especially considering his motivation of protecting the son of Lily Potter and that Dumbledore was implied to be his Parental Substitute. He's being lambasted by the son of the love of his life for something his mentor asked him to do. That's gotta hurt.
    • Snape's entire situation, really. If he died, which had a very high probability of occurring, there was no guarantee his name would be cleared. If Harry hadn't been in the right place at the right time, Snape would have died alone and hated for eternity. And he willingly accepted that possibility; that's how dedicated he was to doing the right thing and protecting Lily's son.
  • McGonagall attacking Snape, while an Moment of Awesome, is a bit depressing, considering she learns that her colleague and former student, someone she knew had a close friendship with the man she respected and had a devoted friendship with, had killed him. Hats off to Maggie Smith, her face just screams "How could you do this to him?!", similar to Harry's freak out in Half-Blood Prince.
    • Snape's face when McGonagall starts to duel him. Not only does he know she is prepared to kill him, he falters a bit as he raises his wand, like he's afraid of hurting her.
  • 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 the place they know and love.
  • 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.
    • Not just avoiding a troll with a club. Soon after they run from giant spiders, then encounter Dementors. Things from the first three books, the ones where there was still a moderately happy ending and good, innocent people didn't die. Worse still is that this was the very last scene to be filmed.
    • 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 Wizarding 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 war zone, and it is crumbling around everyone. The very first scene that drives this reality home is the shot of the Quidditch Pitch, which was set on fire and had towers crumbling, even though it certainly wasn't an important target at all... and it's implied the Death Eaters did that damage just for the heck of it. For many viewers, it was like watching your own home being destroyed.
  • Speaking of Lavender, her death in the film. Yes, she's annoying and silly in Half-Blood Prince, 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 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.
    • Even worse, the Trio then run past her and a giant smashes open half the wall... which falls exactly where Lavender is. If Greyback didn't kill her, being squashed by a falling wall definitely did!
    • Not to mention Ron's own reaction of disgust and horror at seeing his ex-girlfriend getting brutally ripped apart.
  • 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 Lavender 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.
      • Apparently, they could only manage a couple of takes because having to pretend that his brother was dead was too painful for Oliver Phelps to do multiple times.
    • Even worse, before the battle, Fred and George are shown together for the last time, still maintaining their jovial and lighthearted natures. Of course, anyone who's read the books knows what's about to happen, which makes it incredibly sad.
      George: You OK, Freddie?
      Fred: Yeah.
      George: Me too.
    • 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.
      • There's an even worse alternative: George saw Harry come back from death, so he might have hoped Fred performed the same miracle.
    • 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.
  • "The Prince's Tale" part of the film, particularly the new scene added to Snape's memories. Snape collapsing to the floor upon seeing Lily dead on the floor, crying, howling hysterically in grief in the added scene of him cradling Lily's body while a baby Harry looks on. Damn you and your leather pants, Alan Rickman.
    • Watch the way he creeps into the room, dreading what he's going to find, and when Lily's body comes into view, he just staggers and collapses like a puppet with its strings cut. This is what it looks like when someone has their heart torn out of their chest.
    • 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.
    • Baby Harry isn't just sitting there. He's crying too.
    • 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 "Severus and Lily," 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. Especially when it uses the track "Dumbledore's Farewell" in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
    • 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.
    • How utterly gutted Snape sounds when he realizes that Dumbledore has been grooming the child of the woman he loved, the child he had protected to honor 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 is 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.
    • Snape casting his Patronus and it's revealed to be a doe, the same as Lily's Patronus. When he casts the Patronus Charm, he flourishes 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.
    • If you remember Harry' s first potions lesson and Snape's introduction, the "foolish wand-waving" is suddenly not just something he resents as a strict teacher, but something that obviously reminds him of Lily.
    • All of this is now, of course, Harsher in Hindsight with the death of Alan Rickman in 2016.
  • Lily Potter's last moments.
    Lily: Harry... Harry, you are loved. You are so loved. Harry, Daddy loves you. Mummy loves you. Harry, be safe. Be strong.
  • 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 where he couldn't bring himself to do it. 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 Forbidden Forest with Harry is suicide... but she offers to go with him anyway, so her best friend doesn't have to die alone.
      • Emma Watson's acting was flawless. You can just tell her heart is shattered. Her face is crumpling, 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, combined with the Single Tear on Ron's cheek.
    • When Harry starts telling them that he has to make the sacrifice, he admits that he probably knew that he was a Horcrux for quite a while now, and he could tell that Ron and Hermione have also suspected it too.
  • The Resurrection Stone scene. Brilliantly done. Especially the music.
    • 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. Despite the fact that he is going to the forest to Voldemort casting Avada Kedavra on him, 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.
  • Hagrid isn'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 makes it worse. Then the part where Hagrid and Harry hug at the end is extremely poignant as well as warm... And Harry still looks pretty much as small in Hagrid's arms as he did the first time they were shown hugging.
  • When it appears to everyone that Harry is dead, Ginny screams and tries to rush forward. 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 do what can only be described as a suicide charge at Voldemort and in that one moment likely wanted to die herself so that she and Harry could be reunited, luckily her father able to hold her back especially since Harry wasn't actually dead.
    • McGonagall's face during that scene. Hats off to Maggie Smith, because she looks so heartrendingly wreaked, you just feel your soul aching.
  • Voldemort's death. Yes, he is an irredeemably evil, mass-murdering, Muggle-hating monster but, just to see him disintegrating and realizing that his greatest fear has come to life, 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 are pure, unfiltered fear. Added with that bone-chilling scream, it's unsettling watching a once very powerful monster reduced to nothing but ash and tears.
  • Revelations from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald make Nagini's death, once a major "hell, yes!" moment of the picture, suddenly poignant in retrospect. Yes, Nagini the snake was a menace, but the young woman who became Nagini never wanted to become one and might conceivably have been saved, given sufficient breakthroughs in Transmutation. But her own birthright reduced her to an animal, Voldemort further reduced her to an attack-trained slave, and now the grim necessity to destroy all the Horcruxes has cut off any conceivable hope of her finding peace in this life, even if it were the peace of a nice herpetarium stocked with tasty rodents.
  • 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.
  • 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 realize that it's over, after 14 years.
    • To make everything full-circle, the film 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.

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