Frank Bryce's death. The old groundskeeper was accused of murdering his snobby employers and thus has become a distrusted outcast in Little Hangleton. And this was after he served his country in World War II before a leg wound forced him home, at which point he should have been treated like a hero or at least given some respect. But nope - everyone's suspicious of him, believing him to have killed a family that most of the village didn't even like anyway. For more brutal irony, he saw the real killer, a younger Voldemort. Despite that, he maintains the grounds of the Riddle Manor faithfully and shoos away teens. One night, two men break into the house, and Frank realizes that he needs to get help after overhearing they murdered a woman and plan to kidnap a boy named Harry Potter. Unfortunately, he gets caught, and he knows that he's a dead man. Frank goes out mouthing off to Lord Voldemort and bluffing him, only to scream when seeing the man's true form. Voldemort kills him and casually disposes of the body. Rest well, Frank. You deserved so much better.
Mrs. Weasley's Adult Fear before her family returns from the Quidditch World Cup. Due to Rita Skeeter exaggerating everything in the paper as usual, you can just imagine how frightened Molly was while she waited for everyone to come home. As soon as she sees them, Molly pulls Fred and George into a hug because the last thing she said to them before they left was a lecture about how they wasted their time making toffees rather than studying for their OWLS. Fred and George are embarrassed, but their mother is apologetic and relieved they weren't hurt.
At the end of the Care of Magical Creatures lesson with the Nifflers, Hagrid reveals the gold coins the class dug up are Leprechaun gold. This puts Ron in a bad mood when he remembers paying Harry back with it at the Quidditch World Cup, not knowing it would vanish in a few hours. It's a sharp reminder of how deeply he resents the Perpetual Poverty he lives in compared to the vast fortune Harry's parents left him.
"I hate being poor."
Worse still, Harry admits that he himself didn't know about that and was more worried about his wand at the time. This only makes things worse - Ron mutters that it must be nice having so much money that you don't notice a handful going missing. Neither Harry nor Hermione can think of anything to say to their friend, with Harry feeling especially guilty.
Harry finding out about Neville's parents and how they were cursed into insanity by Death Eaters. They don't even know who they are or who their son is. It gets even worse when he gets to meet them at St. Mungo's in the next book and sees how bad it is firsthand. When Dumbledore is describing it, Harry notes a bitterness in his voice that he doesn't normally hear from the man.
Harry mentions that it's Voldemort and the Death Eaters' fault for destroying families: mentally shattering Neville's parents; implying that they hurt one of Hannah Abbott's parents; killing Moaning Myrtle; ruining the Crouch family; killing most of the Tonks family; forcing the Malfoy family to be separated; and killing Harry's parents, godparent, and James's friends.
Sirius having to leave Harry again in the aptly-titled chapter "The Parting of The Ways". Afterwards Harry, who was finally starting to feel a bit better, becomes depressed again.
This leads to a pretty heartwarming moment where Mrs. Weasley hugs him, but it's also sad, as it's mentioned he's not used to being hugged like that. Not to mention that, all the while, he was fighting back tears over Cedric's death.
Harry: I told him to take the cup with me.
This is awful on so many levels, because while Harry doesn't constantly angst over not having parents, the degree to which that void is felt in his life really comes through in times of crisis. In fact, he's grown so used to not having adults in his life that being genuinely cared about feels sort of foreign to him.
And it gets worse; surely his mother held him like that when he was a small baby. He would understandably not remember.
In a good way, Molly giving Harry an epic hug to try and help him through. It's a short moment, but it perfectly encapsulates Harry's relationship with the Weasleys: along with Hermione, Sirius, and Hagrid, they are his real family. When Molly states in the next book that Harry is "as good as" her own son, thanks to this moment, you know it's the absolute and unvarnished truth.
Cedric's father, who acted like a pompous Jerkass towards Harry in the book, doesn't take the Triwizard winnings. Mrs. Diggory also lets Harry know that they don't blame him for their son's death.
Dumbledore's speech at the end when eulogizing Cedric. Cho is mentioned to be crying silently the entire time.
Dumbledore: If the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.I
Just ... Cho, full-stop. Imagine being all of fifteen-years-old and seeing your boyfriend cold and dead on the ground. Despite the fact that their relationship wasn't given much focus, both in the films and the books, it's clear that they cared for each other very much, to the point that she was the person that Cedric would miss most for the Second Task.
Making it even more tragic is that when Crouch Sr. appears in his insane state and thinks he's talking with co-workers. He brags about Barty obtaining twelve O.W.L.S., demonstrating that he was still proud of his adolescent son's accomplishments even if he didn't spend so much time with him. One wonders how Barty might've turned out had he heard these words when he was younger or knew about how often his father discussed him at the office.
Moody was locked, Bound and Gagged, inside his own trunk for ten months. For someone generally so gruff, he's a very sympathetic, almost woobie-ish character by the end of the book.
When Cedric's echo asks Harry to take his body back to his parents.
This part is particularly sad:
And now another head was emerging from the tip of Voldemort's wand... and Harry knew when he saw it who it would be... knew, because the woman was the one he'd thought of more than any other tonight...
In the first printings, it's actually James coming out of the wand. The version with Lily is arguably more sad however.note The original version of the text was James first, then Lily; however, it was pointed out that as the victims are appearing in reverse order, it should be vice-versa, and later printings were changed to fix this.
Cedric's death is tragic, not just because he's been such a Nice Guy and a Worthy Opponent, but because it's senseless. Voldemort isn't even having Wormtail kill him out of malice; just convenience.
Voldemort: Kill the spare.
Harry having to tell Cedric's parents how their son died. After the interview, Mrs. Diggory, likely trying to think of anything to give some comfort to her and her husband, points out "He suffered very little then, and after all, Amos, he just won the tournament. He must have been happy." Then Harry tries to give them the prize money, but she refuses it.
Mr. Diggory sobbed through most of the interview. Mrs. Diggory's grief seemed to be beyond tears.
More of Fridge Sadness here, but Viktor's "person he'll miss the most" is Hermione, a girl he's known for only a few months. It's also implied that, though he really likes her, she doesn't spend a ton of time with him out of loyalty to Harry. No best friends at school, no family members brought in; how lonely must this guy be?
Very, most likely. Considering his talent and numerous achievements, Viktor was probably the target of so many people's ire and jealousy. Either that, or they were so star-struck by his fame that they often failed to see him as a real person, which isn't so different from Harry's own social situation coming to Hogwarts for the first time, actually...
Another entry for Fridge Sadness: Viktor confronts Harry about the Skeeter rumors. Harry quickly assures him they are garbage and that he and Hermione are Just Friends. Then he and Viktor start to compliment each other's flying before Crouch. Sr. interrupts them. It's sad to think that this is the closest to friendship Viktor and Harry get, due to them spending the rest of their time training for the Third Task, and then the year ends all too soon.
Unsurprisingly, Word of God confirms that the Triwizard Tournament was never held again after Cedric's death, his tragedy casting a permanent shadow over the entire event, which was already infamous for the many lives it had claimed.
McGonagall's response after she, Snape, and Dumbledore rescue Harry from Crouch Jr., doubling as a Heartwarming Moment. At first, she's close to tears once Harry's out of danger, though she puts up a brave front in Mama Bear mode. She notices how shaken Harry is, that he's got an injured leg and a bleeding arm that haven't been treated, and whispers to him to come to the hospital wing. When Dumbledore overrides her, she protests "Dumbledore, he ought to— look at him— he's been through enough tonight."
Ron and Harry fighting. We're used to seeing Ron and Hermione fighting, yes, but we've never really seen him fight with Harry. It's especially sad because, as the Fridge page points out, Ron actually tried at least a couple of times to mend bridges, but it's not very obvious because the books are unfortunately limited to bring focused on Harry.
The scene in Dumbledore's office after Harry returns from the graveyard, where Dumbledore has Harry recount everything that happened. From his return to the school up until this point, Harry has been distracted from thinking about what happened, but now he's forced to deal with the trauma he's been through. But it's also a heartwarming moment, as Dumbledore and Sirius show extreme compassion and empathy to Harry throughout the scene, and Fawkes acts like an emotional-support animal. While it's here that Harry first deals with what he's been through, and he still becomes depressed often afterwards, it's also here that he first starts to heal.
The whole school believing Harry put his name into the Goblet of Fire, resulting in him being ostracized by the majority of the school. The Slytherins make buttons that flash 'Potter Stinks' and use it as an opportunity to bully him more; the Hufflepuffs are cold and angry towards him; and even some adults like Snape and Sprout are unimpressed. Harry compares it to his second year when everyone thought he was the heir of Slytherin, except at least then he had Ron on his side.
Poor Hermione's teeth are magically overgrown after being accidently hit by Malfoy's spell during a fight between him and Harry. When Snape cones to deal with the situation, he says aloud that he "sees no difference" with Hermione's teeth, leaving the poor girl in tears.
Winky's ordeal is heartbreaking. She was the Crouch family's loyal house-elf who not only served them faithfully, but sincerely loved her masters. She did everything for them. She took care of Barty Jr. after he was smuggled out of Azkaban, even persuading his father to give him small rewards for good behavior and allowing him to watch the Quidditch World Cup. How is she repaid for her love and loyalty? Barty Crouch Sr. coldly fires her the moment that his son escapes and dismisses her the second he decides that she's no longer useful to him. Barty Jr. then takes advantage of her maternal love for him so he can escape his father's hold and run back to his master, Lord Voldemort. He didn't believe that she (or anyone else) truly loved him, and believed she was only doing what she was bound to do as the family house-elf. Even after being banished from the Crouch household, Winky blames herself for her failing and continues to pine for her master, who doesn't love her, never did, and never appreciated everything she did for him. She gave all of them so much love and devotion, and it was repaid with nothing but cruelty and rejection. One truly can't blame her for falling into alcoholism afterwards.
Sadness in hindsight: one of Percy's last major scene in the series until the Battle of Hogwarts is when he drags Ron out of the water after the Second Task, clearly terrified for him. A handful of months later, he's estranged from his family, Ron included.
Harry's parents telling him to let go. Even though it means he might not see them again for a long time.
Lily Potter: Sweetheart, you're ready. Let go! Let go! Let go...
The moment when Harry returns from Voldemort's revival party with Cedric's body.
The part where Harry is crying over Cedric's body and hugging it. And when Dumbledore tries to get a better look and gently move Harry out of the way, Harry responds by sobbing "No!" repeatedly and shoving the headmaster away, still clinging to the body. It's particularly jarring as Harry is unable to cry in the book.
The reactions of all the Hogwarts students in the audience. Ron and Hermione are clearly shell-shocked, Neville looks close to tears, the Durmstrang students—Krum and his friend, in particular—hang their heads in grief, and even the Weasley twins are quiet for once. Keep in mind that most of these students are eleven- to seventeen-year-olds, and yet, they've already been through such a traumatic event.
On top of it all is the music ("Harry in Winter") used for the scene. Instead of the bright, cheery waltz we've been hearing all throughout the film, here it's clearly being used as a funeral dirge.
Although they don't get much focus during the scene, Fleur's scream of pure terror and Cho crying as they see Cedric's body. It shows their actresses can really act.
It's pretty quick, but in the scene where Fudge repeatedly urges Dumbledore to move the body, a hysterical Cho is being restrained by one of her friends, who keeps pressing her face into his chest, as if to shield her from the sight.
Really, just pretty much everyone's reactions in that scene (particularly Dumbledore and Hagrid as they gradually realize what's happened after Fleur's scream) illustrate perfectly why it's one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the whole film series.
The Mood Whiplash makes it all the keener. We, the audience, have just come from a tense, scary, and incredibly sad scene with Cedric's death, Voldemort's rebirth, Harry almost dying at Voldemort's hands, and finally the ghosts of Voldemort's past victims buying him precious seconds to escape. Harry and Cedric's body travel via Portkey back to the maze's opening, and everyone starts cheering and celebrating with jaunty music playing in the background, which feels horribly wrong because of what we, the audience, have just been through. You may have even forgotten that all of Hogwarts was waiting patiently for a victor to emerge in this oh-so-important tournament. THEN the other characters begin to catch up to where we are, the music petering out as the sadness and horror slowly dawns...
At the farewell feast, the Great Hall's ceiling is not enchanted to show the sky. This isn't unexpected, as Hermione explained in the first movie that it's not real.
Minor compared to other examples here, but the end of the argument between Hermione and Ron after the Yule Ball about her going with Viktor Krum. In the book, they were both just furious and shouting at each other, but in the movie, Hermione is clearly fighting back tears because Ron has actually really hurt her feelings. She's choking up and on the verge of completely breaking down by the time she's finished.
Hermione: Next time there's a ball, pluck up the courage and ask me before somebody else does! And not as a last resort!
The scene ends with Hermione taking off her shoes and crying on the staircase. To hammer in her loneliness even further, we clearly see that there's a group of girls behind her, comforting their friend. It just illustrates how alone Hermione truly is, and that whenever she and the boys fight, she's got nobody else in her corner.
The torture and ultimate death of the whip scorpion on which Crouch!Moody demonstrates the Unforgivable Curses in his Defence Against the Dark Arts class, particularly if you keep arthropods as pets. The poor thing keeps squeaking in agony all throughout, and just to drive the point home, Crouch!Moody lies that her bite is lethal; in reality, whip scorpions are gentle, timid, and completely harmless.
This entire scene is hard to watch, especially on subsequent viewings with all of the information.
Neville's reaction to Crouch!Moody using the Cruciatus Curse. Upon watching the scene for the first time, its extremely obvious that seeing the spell in action affects him for some reason, and it's to the point that Hermione literallyscreamsat Moody to stop. (Also, if you look in the background, you can see Seamus cringing and Hannah visibly gulping back tears.) Note that no one knows why it makes Neville especially uncomfortable yet, but Neville's reaction is just that disturbing. We find out later, of course. No doubt Neville was imagining his parents in place of that screaming spider, just moments before the curse caused them to lose their minds permanently. And we later also find out that the person we think is demonstrating this for "educational" purposes was one of the people responsible, and subjected Neville to what amounts to its own brand of psychological torture, just to come off as friendly and caring minutes later so he could start the process of manipulating Neville for his ends. Barty Crouch Jr. was something of a Tragic Villain in the books. In the movies, he's just a full-blown bastard and subsequent watches of this scene really drive it home.
Due to the changes in Barty Crouch Senior and Junior, Karkaroff's testimony becomes this from Senior's point of view. Imagine being a father, and finding out that your son is not only part of the organization of genocidal fascists you've been waging war against for years, but that he's (partly) responsible for one of its very worst atrocities. Roger Lloyd-Peck's expression really does encapsulate the amount of horror and heartbreak any parent would feel in that situation.
As in the book, Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric, even though it's mostly a watered-down version of the canonical speech.
Today, we acknowledge... a really terrible loss. Cedric Diggory was, as you all know... exceptionally hardworking... infinitely fair-minded... and most importantly, a fierce, fierce friend. Now I think therefore you have the right to know exactly how he died. You see... Cedric Diggory was murdered by Lord Voldemort! The Ministry of Magic does not wish me to tell you this. But not to do so, I think, would be an insult to his memory. Now the pain we all at this dreadful loss reminds me... and reminds us... that while we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one. In light of recent events, the bonds of friendship we made this year will more important than ever. Remember that, and Cedric Diggory would not have died in vain. You remember that, and we'll celebrate a boy who was... kind and honest and brave and true, right to the very end.
During his eulogy, the camera pans over the faces of the students, most of whom are upset or outright weeping. Hermione's eyes and nose are swollen from crying, Harry looks about two seconds away from having yet another breakdown, and even the Weasley twins are subdued and melancholy for once. In another shot, George is very visibly crying.
The scene where Harry asks Cho the ball and she gently turns him down, seeking genuinely sad at having to. The music really helps. Afterwards, Harry is shown sadly sitting in the common room, almost looking like he's been crying. For a scene that was fairly comedic in the book, the movie does a pretty good job making it emotional here.