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17 "Harry Potter" Movie Moments That Never Fail To Get Me All Choked Up

"Such a beautiful place to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter."

1. When Dobby dies.

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Let's just get this out of the way immediately. There was not a dry eye when this adorable house-elf took his last breath. He was loyal to his friends to the very end.

2. When Harry asks if it hurts to die.

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Surrounded by his loved ones who are now dead, he asks if it hurts to die. This is one of the most vulnerable moments we have with Harry in the movies. And don't even get me started on the perfect response he receives: "Quicker and easier than falling asleep."

3. When Mrs. Norris is found petrified.

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Look. Several other people are petrified during Chamber of Secrets. All of them are sad and scary, but there's something about an animal being grouped in there that makes the whole thing even more emotional. Where are my animal lovers at??

4. When Sirius Black is killed.

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There are a lot of painful deaths throughout this series, but Sirius's is one of the most heartbreaking. When he enters Harry's life, you feel like finally he gets a piece of his family back and things will be okay...WRONG.

5. When Dumbledore has to drink poison.

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If an old man begging a school-aged kid to let him stop drinking this poison doesn't break you emotionally, you are a monster. The pain Harry is experiencing, knowing he has to continue despite Dumbledore's pleas is just...wow.

6. When Ron is a total dick to Harry and Hermione.

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Ugh, this scene is equal parts super frustrating and devastating. You want to be mad at Ron for the things he's saying and how he's acting (and trust me, I AM), but you also know to a certain extent where he's coming from. Not only is he literally wearing a Horcrux, but he's living in constant terror that something will happen to his family and he won't be there to help.

7. When Snape is killed by Nagini.

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Snape's death hits different than a lot of others on a few levels. He dies with us kind of thinking he's a dick, but we learn some redeeming things after it's too late. Not only that, but Harry is right outside to experience the whole thing. Also, like, there's something about death by snake that is especially tragic.

8. When Hedwig dies defending Harry.

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SPEAKING OF TRAGIC DEATHS, the loyalty of this owl has to pull on your heartstrings a bit. Hedwig dying would've been sad regardless, but the fact that he goes down protecting Harry is just an extra twist of the knife.

9. When Amos Diggory sees his dead son.

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Cedric's death was obviously sad enough, but the scene of Amos running over to his son's lifeless body is TRAUMATIZING. The pain in his voice is something I can hear in my nightmares.

10. When Draco first calls Hermione a mudblood.

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This won't be the last time this insult is hurled, but this one is especially tough. To this point, we've only ever seen Hermione as a witty, confident, and intelligent young lady. To see her so hurt by this situation helps to remind us that these are still vulnerable children.

11. When Bellatrix tortures Hermione.

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While we're talking about Hermione, OMG THIS SCENE. From the scream we hear echo throughout the house, to the word "Mudblood" carved into her arm, it's all too much. This scene will honestly never cease to break my heart. I may or may not look away for some of these moments...

12. When Xenophilius turns in Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

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Don't get me wrong, this is a garbage move. However, when you think about the fact that he's SO desperate to get his daughter back that he's willing to be betray her friends, you kiiiiiiind of understand. He literally didn't know what else to do, even if the solution sucks.

13. When Neville is forced to watch an Unforgivable Curse in action.

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The pain in Neville's face when "Mad-Eye"/Not Really Mad-Eye uses the Cruciatus Curse right in front of him makes ME feel pain. This kid is so well behaved that he doesn't want to disobey his teacher, but he also hates what's happening.

14. When Harry looks in the Mirror of Erised and sees his parents.

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Watching this 11-year-old look into the mirror and see that his heart's desire is just to be with his parents. Ugh. Truly heartbreaking.

15. When Ron sacrifices himself during Wizard's Chess.

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He doesn't know what's going to happen to him when he makes this decision, but he just knows it needs to be done. Not only does he show his intense loyalty and trust in his friends here, but also an understanding of what needs to be done for the greater good.

16. When Hermione erases herself from her parents' memories.

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Wanting to protect them emotionally and physically, Hermione has no choice but to use "Obliviate" on her own parents. The maturity and selflessness of this action reminds us just how serious the mission is that our heroes are about to embark on.

17. And finally, when Dumbledore dies.

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How could I make this list and not include this moment? Movies are one thing, but this moment in the books was devastating. In the series, we learn so much about his character after his death that it makes this pill even harder to swallow.

Feel free to share your favorite sad Harry Potter moments in the comments below!

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