It’s May 2nd and, for all my fellow Harry Potter fans, today marks the 20th anniversary since The Battle of Hogwarts! I’ve had a few friends who still can’t believe that I remember this day and mark down as something special in my diary! I mean…it’s there alongside September 1st and April 1st! I like my special Potter days! With today being what it is, I thought I would explain why the whole Battle of Hogwarts story-line in Deathly Hallows still affects me to this day.
ALL OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS WERE KILLED IN THIS BOOK!
Who wouldn’t have this date etched in their mind after reading all of the characters you’d grown so close to through the series suddenly being targeted one by one. It will sound insane to anyone else, but I’m even tearing up now thinking about George discovering that Fred was killed. The Weasley twins were (and still are) the characters that I loved with all my fangirl heart. They were that comic relief who played pranks, made Filch’s life hell and added grey hair to their parents every day. They literally adopted Harry from the very first moment they saw him and I never forgot that moment. I’ve never had a twin but I can only imagine what it must be like for one twin to lose another. Almost as if they had lost one side of themselves.
This one death broke me and I’m still all shattered now!
Not only did Fred go, but Jo killed off Tonks, Remus, Dobby, Hedwig and Colin Creevey!
Everyone forgets that Colin died too!
I see so many pieces of fan-art with everyone else but Colin and he mustn’t be forgotten! If you don’t believe me that he died at The Battle of Hogwarts, here’s the moment from Deathly Hallows:
“Then Neville nearly walked into him. He was one half of a pair that was carrying a body in from the grounds. Harry glanced down, and felt another dull blow to his stomach: Colin Creevey, though underage, must have sneaked back just as Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle had done. He was tiny in death.”
Colin may have been the annoying little Gryffindor that kept bothering Harry and trying to take photos but he was more than that. He was a muggle boy who came into a world he had never known existed until he was 11, was Sorted into the house of bravery, managed to survive being Petrified by the basilisk in his first year, joined Dumbledore’s Army in his fourth and snuck back into the castle (even though he knew it could be fatal) to help fight the Death-Eaters. He even tried protect his little brother Dennis! If this boy doesn’t deserve to become a hero, then I don’t know who should!
Hedwig was the first person we lost in the books and, even though she didn’t die in the Battle, she died protecting Harry from Voldemort. She was his first and only pet and been through so much of his life as he survived the Dursleys during the summers. Hagrid definitely knew how to pick the perfect owl!
Unless you’ve experienced growing up with a book series and its characters, then you won’t understand how utterly attached you become. These people are just fictional characters. They’re friends, almost family, to the fandom. It helps that Jo does an annual tweet where she apologies for killing off any of the characters who were killed during The Battle of Hogwarts. This year, you said sorry about Dobby! (*sniff* DOBBYYYYY! *sob*)
It's that anniversary again. This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn't die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who'd win it. I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2018
I was always remember the lives that were lost during the battle and those who have fought to keep peace in the Wizarding World since!
Which characters who died at the Battle of Hogwarts upset you the most?