The Harry Potter timeline puts September 1, 2017 as the "19 years later" setting of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We know how things turned out years later for some of our favorite characters, but what about the ones who didn't survive to make it to the epilogue of J.K. Rowling's beloved series? We've compiled a list of the most memorably loved or loathed characters from the Harry Potter books, who met their demise by series end...
This should go without saying, but obviously this article is brimming with major spoilers. So, if you haven't read the Harry Potter books yet, probably do that first. If you've only seen the movies, you should be ok. Except you won't know who Peeves is, but that doesn't come up here, so you're fine.
Fred Weasley's death had to be one of the most heartbreaking losses, as we can only imagine the impact his death had on his twin brother, George. Fred was killed during the Battle of Hogwarts, moments after delighting in the fact that his formerly-estranged brother Percy had made a joke. Born first, Fred often spoke on behalf of himself and his twin. He was very much one half of a hilarious, mischievous and lovable duo, and he was undoubtedly missed by everyone who knew him.
Peter Pettigrew was a worm, who got what he had coming to him. After betraying his old friends, and betraying Harry, he betrayed Lord Voldemort with just a flicker of hesitation when he tried to kill Harry in the cellar of Malfoy Manor. Whether intentional or not, that hesitation caused his hand to turn on him, and Wormtail ended up strangling himself. He was a rat who clung to power, and while he was crucial to Lord Voldemort's return, I doubt Voldemort missed him, or even cared all that much that he was gone.
Hedwig got a raw deal in the end. Harry's snowy owl had just spent a month stuffed away in a cage on Privet Drive, only to be zapped with a killing curse during Harry and Hedwig's escape. It was a heartbreaking loss for Harry, who could do nothing to save her. Hedwig was a good owl, and a good friend to Harry. RIP Hedwig.