On this day, May 2nd 1998, a battle took place.
Now, nineteen years on, we remember those who lost their lives.
For those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m on about, today marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.
Yes. This is going to be a Harry Potter related blog.
Warning for SPOILERS. I will be discussing events that took place during the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So don’t blame me if you haven’t read the book or seen the film. But please read the books, you won’t regret it.
I want to start off by listing those important to ME who died during the Battle of Hogwarts. This won’t include everyone, just the main ones I think.
Let’s begin with a quote.
““As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Severus Tobias Snape.
This is a big one for me. Hence why I’ve put him at the very top of the list. I personally think Snape is still alive (much to my friends annoyance) His death was so quick in the film that I am still stunned whenever I watch it. I also think that Harry should have done more to save Snape. Hermione was right behind him and could have had something in the bag she was holding. Something could have been done to save his life. After all, he was one of the main reasons Harry was still alive.
However his death is slightly different in the books as in the book, I think,, Voldemort uses a non-verbal Sectumsempra curse to do away with the latter, and on his command Nagini does away with Snape by performing numerous body slams and bites, smashing him against a wall, and he dies the same way. Both the film and book deaths are still unnecessary though!
I don’t think Snape should have died. He sacrificed so much in his life. He was bullied by the Maunders, he lost Lily and had to spend six years watching Harry grow up, knowing that he could never bring Lily back. Snape was constantly remained of what he had lost. I think he regretted taking the Dark Mark. I’ve read that when he first arrived at Hogwarts, the sorting hat struggled to put him into a house. That was one of the seven mistakes the storing Hat made, sorting Severus Snape into Slytherin. And I think that’s spot on. He would have been much better in Ravenclaw.
Aside from that, Snape was a good man. He led Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor in the Forest of Dean, e alerted the Order of the Phoenix of Harry’s vision of Sirius being tortured in the Department of Mysteries. He saved Harry’s life so many times.
“Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.” ― Harry Potter to his son, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
No, I don’t believe Severus deserved to die. I think he would have made a great Headmaster at Hogwarts.
Remus John Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks.
Once more, these two didn’t deserve to die. Tonks wasn’t even supposed to be there, she wanted to be by her husband and fight for what she thought was right. She didn’t want to leave Lupin so left her son with her mother and headed into battle.
On this day nineteen years ago, Teddy Lupin became an orphan.
His mother and father were both killed in duels with Death Eaters during the battle.
Lupin then returned to Harry’s side as Harry went to face Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. When Harry finds the resurrection stone inside the Golden Snitch, his mother and father, Sirius and Remus return to him. I love this scene in the film as it is so special, Harry gets to see those he loves one last time before he meets his end.
We don’t get to see much of Tonks in the films, but her plight to win Remus’ love is more evident in the books. Remus is a lot more reluctant to become involved with Tonks as he keeps telling her he is too old, he’s a werewolf and other excuses. Tonks is not put off and they are soon wed with Teddy on the way.
Tonks and Remus didn’t deserve to die in the final battle. They too had so much more to come in their lives. They had done so much for Harry. Remus was one of the last surviving links to Harry’s parents. Even after Sirius died, Remus was still there. He even went so far to give his support to Harry, Ron and Hermione as they searched for the Horcruxes. Harry rebuffed him and Remus left. I think Harry will always feel guilty about telling Remus to go back to Tonks and Teddy, but it was clear that he wanted the last Maunder to be with his family. After all, James died protecting his son. Harry wanted Remus to be there for Teddy.
Remus was a great influence In Harry’s life and I am certain he never forget his Uncle Moony. His and Tonks deaths still sadden me to this day, but I think they died knowing they had contributed to the battle, they had saved so many lives. And they died together. Their relationship was cut short as were so many.
“I am sorry too," said Lupin. "Sorry I will never know [my son]... 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.” ― Remus Lupin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“And this is Nymphadora-"
"Don't call me Nymphadora, Remus," said the young witch with a shudder. "It's Tonks."
"-Nymphadora Tonks, who prefers to be known by her surname only," finished Lupin.
"So would you if your fool of a mother had called you 'Nymphadora,' " muttered Tonks.” ―Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Yet another unnecessary death.
After George lost his ear during the seven Harrys chapter, I think we all knew something was going to happen to one of the Weasleys. Fred was there for his brother through thick and thin. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose your twin. George would have been reminded of Fred every single time he looked into a mirror. How heartbreaking is that?
Fred and George were inseparable and brought light humour to both the books and the films. They made me laugh so many times and I have some of the fondest memories of Harry Potter thanks to them two.
Fred fought bravely during the Battle of Hogwarts. I love the scene on the battlements before the battle starts and the twins share a moment. They reassure each other, which I think is touching. Even in the darkest hour, they were still there for one another.
It’s said that Fred died with a smile on his face, much like Sirius did. This says a lot about the character. Even in death, Fred found something to be happy about.
“And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred's eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.” - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Others that died during the Battle of Hogwarts include,
She was killed by Fenrir Greyback when he savaged her.
I never thought much of her, she was good in the Half-Blood Prince, though annoyed me a little.
Vincent Crabbe/Gregory Goyle
Who tried to use the Fiendfyre curse on Harry Potter, only to have it backfire and kill him.
One of the more major differences between the book and film is that in the film, Gregory Goyle died in the Room of Requirement instead of Vincent Crabbe. Either way, both of them kind of deserved to die.
I didn’t much care for either. As much as I like Draco, Crabbe/Goyle was a hangers on and desired to stay in Draco’s shadow as they may have thought Draco would have protected them.
He was found dead during a lull in the fighting by Neville Longbottom and Oliver Wood, though it is unknown how he died or who killed him.
Again, I was sad to know that Colin had died. He was really sweet in the books and films. There is a lot more of him in the Goblet of Fire when he tried to spell Draco’s ‘Potter stinks’ badges into more supportive ones. I feel that Colin was 100% behind Harry and would have done anything for him.
It is also reported that fifty people on both sides died during the Battle of Hogwarts, although they are not all named.
We know that on the Dark Side, Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange and the snake, Nagini also died, along with many unidentified Death Eaters and Snatchers.
I think it is safe to say that the Battle of Hogwarts is one of the bloodiest and dramatic literature and film has ever seen. I know that all who died will always be remembered for generations to come.
I wanted to write this blog today to show my passion for Harry Potter. It really has changed my life and helped with my mental health. It’s been a saving grace and I want to thank J.K Rowling for creating this world. For some of you, you may think I’m taking this way too seriously. The world of Harry Potter and beyond is real to me. I like to think it exists. I know it exists.
And how cool would it be to be a wizard?
They may be fictional characters, Hogwarts may be a fictional place, but it is real to me. The people who died during the Final Battle died in real life. Yes the actor still live on and have gone on to do more things, and some have unfortunately passed on, but the characters and everything else in Harry Potter is real to me. And I know this is the same or the hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world.
So on this day nineteen years ago, the Second Wizarding War came to an end. People fought and people died. But they will never be forgotten.
And on the 1st September 2017, the next generation will be arriving at Hogwarts to be sorted into their houses. And the cycle will renew once more.
Although there are some differences between the book and film. For example, Snape’s flee. In the film it is portrayed as being set in Great Hall, but in the book it is actually in a hallway. The duel in the hallway is between Snape and McGonagall, but also Sprout and Flitwick. I think they should have kept the book version, but I understand that Harry had to call Snape out for killing Dumbledore in the Half Blood Prince.
But even with the differences between the book and film, I still love the Battle of Hogwarts. It is so eloquently done. I did not expect those who died to well, die. But I suppose we all have to die one day. We can only tell our story or so long. Then it’s time for someone else to have a go.
I’ll leave you with this quote.
“No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” ― J.K. Rowling
Thank you Joanne, for everything.
Until the next time.