Harry Potter is filled with sadness, and one of the best ways to inspire that in audiences is quotes from the franchise's beloved characters.
One of the best things about the Harry Potter franchise is how it uses emotion and draws audiences into the characters and storylines, giving them pure joy and total heartbreak. The movies are filled with sadness, and one of the best ways to inspire that in audiences is quotes from the beloved characters of the Wizarding World.
Most of these quotes do come from the two parts of The Deathly Hallows, but thanks to deaths and the tragic lives of multiple characters, other Potter films have their fair share of sad lines that Potterheads have fondly remembered.
Hermione has a few sad quotes throughout the eight movies, often to do with the changing nature of things, and this one loosely continues with that as she sits dejected, reminiscing over her time spent with her parents in the Forest of Dean as a child.
Hermione tells Harry the two could just stay there and avoid the stress and responsibility of their fight, and it is disheartening to watch. She had to wipe her parent's memory earlier in the film, an unbelievably sad moment, and it is clear at this moment she wants nothing more than to be back with them, or at least back to a time where life was happier.
A few phrases and lines crop up time and time again in Harry Potter, including this comment directed at Harry in just about every film, this time coming from a dying Snape.
At this point in The Deathly Hallows, the nature of Snape's heroics had not yet gotten revealed, but this quote, one of Snape's best, still hits home as a fan-favorite character dies brutally. The quote only becomes more painful in hindsight, knowing what Snape had gone through for the sake of Harry and his mother, whom he references with his last words.
Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks are two of the highest-profile deaths of the Battle of Hogwarts, and seeing their dead bodies on the Hogwarts floor is harrowing for both Harry and audiences alike. This quote comes when a dead Lupin surrounds Harry.
It is heartbreaking and one of Lupin's best ever quotes as it lets fans know that Lupin's son will have to grow up similarly to Harry, without his parents, knowing they had died in the face of pure evil. While Lupin is confident that his son will grow up proud, everyone knows how hard he will struggle with it for a long time.
One of the hardest-hitting deaths in the films is Hedwig, who dies at the hands of a Death Eater trying to protect Harry near the start of The Deathly Hallows.
Harry's reaction here is one of pure pain but is totally fleeting as he quickly has to forget about the fact one of his best friends has been killed in front of him and focus on Voldemort. Hedwig deserved to live past this point, and her death will always affect fans.
There are few underlying storylines in the Potter movies as tragic as that of Sirius and Harry's familial love for one another since the two can never be happy and safe together.
This quote from Sirius is a promise that someday that, as arguably Harry's biggest father figure, would happen, but is made infinitely saddening in hindsight with Sirius, the last genuine family connection Harry had to James and Lily, dying. Sirius' death is heartbreaking in every way, even affecting the emotion of previous scenes and lines like this one.
Whenever Harry has to watch someone he loves die, it ends up being one of the saddest moments in the saga, from Sirius' death to that of Dumbleores to that of Dobby's at the end of The Deathly Hallows.
The last couple of lines from Dobby are beautiful but harrowing, signifying the effect Harry had on his life and how Dobby genuinely grew into a happier life following his freedom from the Malfoy's, but that did not make it easier for audiences.
When Dumbledore dies in The Half-Blood Prince, it shocks readers and watchers to their core, much more so since Snape is the one to do the deed. Initially, this quote was sad because it is Dumbledore pleading with a friend not to kill him.
As it turns out, Dumbledore is asking Snape to kill him, something that hurts Snape deeply. For all Dumbledore's flaws, there is no doubt his death hurts and knowing how not only Harry had to suffer through it, but Snape too, makes these words, his final words, all the worse.
When his dead guardians surround Harry in The Deathly Hallows as he accepts his death, it is a genuinely touching sequence. This line from James is the result of Harry asking if they will stay with him.
This quote seems to have a double meaning. Not only will James, Lily, Sirius, and Lupin be with Harry until the end, but Harry himself and the many other beloved heroes will stick with fans forever in their hearts. Coming in the final movie of the saga, there is a sense of finality in these words by James, and it is a line that will always get fans misty-eyed if they are not already.
There are few scenes in Harry Potter as truly horrifying as when Harry takes Cedric's body back to Hogwarts and the cheering students and staff slowly begin to realize what had happened.
When Amos Diggory realizes that Cedric is dead, he lets out a cry that pierces audiences, who are already struggling with it, right in the heart. This plea of a broken father is one of pure pain and is played wonderfully by all involved.
There may be no singular Harry Potter line as iconic as this one from Snape, which comes in the memorable memory scene in which the truth about Snape's role in the life and death of Harry, Dumbledore, and Voldemort gets revealed.
The line is, of course, a reply to Dumbledore, who questions his love for Lily years after her death. Many question the sweetness of Snape's love compared to its creepiness, but there is no denying this quote hits hard. Snape suffered through so much, and ultimately it was all in the name of protecting Harry, defeating Voldemort, and doing good by the memory of Lily.