Rowling Observes Anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts; Quote “I hated killing some of those people.”

Today is apparently the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling tweeted she had a moment of silence and that she hated killing some of those people. Entertainment Weekly had a brief story on this too.

Now, of course, in our Muggle time frame, it hasn’t been 16 years since the battle of Hogwarts but only 7. Still, either way a lot of time has passed under the bridge. Does anyone still have any strong feelings about any of the deaths in the Battle of Hogwarts or for that matter in the entire series?

I suspect some may. The author of the aforementioned piece in Entertainment Weekly concludes her article thusly: If you need me, I’ll be having a moment of silence over my keyboard for Sirius Black, every day for the rest of my life — because, for some of us, that was the most painful Harry Potter death of all.

I know some people who would whole-heartedly concur with that sentiment. What about you? What was the most painful Potter death for you?

21 thoughts on “Rowling Observes Anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts; Quote “I hated killing some of those people.”

  1. Hmm, just noticed this, but the Harry Potter wiki shows that Lavender Brown died during or shortly after the Battle of Hogwarts. First I’d heard of that till today. Just goes to show you don’t want to end up as one of Harry’s or Ron’s rejected paramours. Cho is kicked to the curb and Lavender is savagely murdered.

  2. Rowling tweeted? That’s something to write up on the wall, in and of itself.

    I didn’t know about Lavender. 🙁 As for most painful death, that’s probably a toss-up between Dobby and Fred. I hated losing Dobby because he was so innocent and sweet. With Fred, there’s not only the loss of a great guy but of “Fred and George.”

    The deaths of Remus and Tonks were pretty rough, too.

    Sirius’ death was a big shock and a terrible loss. I almost think Dumbledore would have been the worst for me, though, if I hadn’t known it was coming. #shameonmeforreadingspoilers

    1. Fred’s was somewhat tough. But it wasn’t really unexpected. Ever since that scene in OOTP where Molly is being tormented by the boggart & after she says something like, “It’s impossible to think we’ll all come out of it,” it seems as if a Weasley had to die. If Ron & Arthur were long odds, then which Weasley other Fred or George would have the most impact on us.

  3. Yeah, Sirius. I definitely agree, though Remus and Tonks’s deaths are still painful, too. I guess I just strongly identify with the Marauder’s generation, maybe because it is my own.

    1. You’re the very person I had in mind, Minerva, when I wrote that third to the last sentence. 🙂

      1. I thought so, revgeorge . 😉

        I have to confess, though, when I last watched the movie a couple of weeks ago, I found myself feeling a bit of regret when Snape died… I still think he was a horrible person, but he was also a fascinating character throughout the whole series.

        Ok, forget this, I definitely don’t want to have dinner with him!

        And I always thought one of the Weasleys would die, so it wasn’t really that shocking a moment for me. Dumbledore was worse, because even though I had expected him to die before the end of the series, the way he died was still shocking.

  4. For me, Dobby was the most devastating and I really cried over it. And it had the most profound and lasting impact, as it changed Harry’s course. Burying Dobby made him an adult able to do what was necessary to defeat Voldemort.

    The Battle deaths that hit me hardest were Remus and Tonks. Their love and marriage was such hopeful symbol, and they played such an important part of Harry’s life as mentors, and as parent in Remus. Remus was the most balanced Maurader, and to see him so pained and fearful over the baby was wrenching. He finds his mojo and then bam, he and Tonks are dead, side by side, leaving, like the Potters, another orphan.

    I grieved for Fred and Colin, too–so brave and cut off so early.

    1. This was indeed painful because it was so unexpected. And poor Dobby. 🙁 Like Aberforth, I really liked that elf.

  5. I miss the pub. I wish it were really real, and of course right down the street and that you all lived in walking distance…but alas.

    Dobby was the worst for me overall. I still cry. I cried when I read CoS with my son and we first met Dobby because I knew what was coming.

    As far as the battle, I think Remus and Tonks was toughest. When I had my son during the HP book releases, so I identified with the young love, young mother and all of that. And Remus was Harry’s final mentor, which of course means we should have seen it coming. 🙂

  6. I miss the pub, too! I wish I lived in Hogsmeade.

    I have to add: that scene right after Snape dies, when the trio goes to the Great Hall and Harry watches Ron and Hermione join the Weasley family grieving over Fred’s body—- I always sob when I read that. Remus’ and Tonks’ bodies are lying next to Fred’s. And then Harry goes to the Pensieve to discover that he must die as well . . . So much terrible tragedy.

  7. As I read through these comments and try to think which was more impactful, I realize they all were a shock to me. I didn’t expect the death toll to be so personal. You know how sometimes in books the damage is from peripheral characters? But Jo really went for it. It had to be done. The structure demanded it and in order to show the reality of war and help us to share Harry’s experience, it had to be that personal. We, along with Harry, had to lose big time. Sirius was really the first because Cedric was not a main character and largely put in the story to be killed. But Sirius…what a heartache. Just when Harry was given someone to belong to. I found that really shocking and understood immediately that she was going to break my heart further.

    Separate from which character I hated to lose most, the death that shocked most during the experience of reading was definitely Remus and Tonks. Many of the others had longer and more descriptive death scenes. We had a lengthy and Hemmingway-esque description of Fred’s death, and when the Trio entered the Great Hall, we were drawn to that mournful huddle of red heads when suddenly without warning Harry looks over and we see those two words on the page…’Remus and Tonks.’ There is no death scene. We don’t know how they died or spent their last moments. They’re just dead. I was pretty horrified with the harsh finality of sudden and unexplained death. Terrible, but beautiful and powerful writing.

  8. Another point…her death toll, as personal as it was, made me believe that she was the kind of writer who could and would kill her hero in the end. I think it was essential for the reader to enter the FF along with Harry believing he was going to die. It was the only way.

    1. I agree. If she would kill off Dumbledore and other core characters, it made Harry’s fate more tenuous. Truthfully, I was shocked that Harry did “die.” I expected a confrontation in the FF that would defeat Voldemort, even though I also kind of believed Harry would die. Contradictory, I know. Feels!

      I think the final confrontation, though, in the midst of wizarding world witnesses, including DEs, the dead, the dying, the injured, was incredibly powerful. Everyone saw–there would be no deniers, conspiracy theories or hope that LV would return. Harry had seen him in the afterlife and public ally testified to it and everyone saw him die. How important it was that the one who shunned community died in the midst of it.

      Which was why I was so steamed by the film version.

  9. By giving Harry two big scenes we see that his primary ordeal was not in defeating Voldemort. His primary ordeal was in the Forest facing his fear and victorious over death. Also his decision to come back. The other deaths prepared us for chapter 34 in much the same way Dobby’s death prepared the way for Harry. The crucible of grief burning away resistance. By the time Harry got into the Great Hall he had already won.

    I can understand why film makers wanted to have a spectacular Harry/Voldemort confrontation, but there was no good reason that I can see why Yates decided not to have the fighters inside gradually come out into the courtyard to witness the death of Voldemort. It’s unthinkable to me that no one saw it.

    1. Yes, this to me was the most perplexing and outrageous book to film decision. Instead of the tension of the book, which would have done very well on film, we have this silly, over the top scene. And earlier we have LV grabbing Harry’s face, certainly out of canon in that he can’t touch Harry.

      I like what you say about the two scenes setting up the climax.

  10. Grrrr….Grabbing his face….what was that anyhow? They’re apparating, sort of, and then with the face where they suddenly morph into one. What in blazes is that supposed to mean???? Especially AFTER the piece of soul in Harry was destroyed. They are NOT connected any longer in any way. It’s like Yates lost his mind when some CGI guy showed him this trick. And, Arabella, while we’re both steamed, can I just say that even though it’s a tiny thing in comparison, when Harry decides to open the Snitch he says, “I am about to die.” It’s a fact as he sees it. It’s heavy. In the film they change it to, “I’m ready to die.” NO, he wasn’t ready to die. He didn’t want to die. He was more full of life and power than anyone. Somehow that one little word drives me crazy. And for what reason did they take Jo’s one little word and toss it? Harry had had no preparation for this. He was seventeen, in love and so very alive. He wasn’t ready at all, but he knew he was going to. He knew he was about to die. I do love many things about the films, but Part 2 had some real negatives.

  11. I would say the most painfully terrible death for me would be that of Charity Burbage, the muggle studies teacher. Not only was she tortured while pleading for her life to someone who she thought was a co-worker and friend, Snape. She is murdered in front of a group of DE’s, one being her former student. and then being devoured by the giant snake Nagini is a tragic end for anyone.
    Her death just goes to show you how vicious and vile LV and his DE really are. I I also think this is a great moment of character development for Draco as he doesnt seem to be enjoying the cruel punishment delivered by his master. This as well as not being able kill Dumbledore shows a transition in Draco character from the dark to the light.

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