I haven’t actually put the worst character death of all time on this list, because it’s from The Fault in Our Stars, and I want EVERYONE to read it and if you read about the death of that character here, it completely pretty much destroys the entire storyline. So technically, Finnick’s death was the 2nd most tragic.
1. Finnick Odair
He was so beautiful, and now he is so dead. The worst part was that his death was practically completely pointless, and keeping him alive would have barely changed the storyline at all. It was pretty heartbreaking when I first read it, as he was my absolute favourite character, but them, right at the end, it says something about a ‘picture of Annie and her newborn son’ and that was the final straw that broke the camel’s back, thinking about how absolutely terrible it all was, and how he never got to meet his son, and he really deserved to be able to live happily after how abysmal President Snow made his life, but no. Suzanne Collins decided to be evil.
AND NOW HE’S DEAD.
2. Fred Weasley
Fred and George were the only Weasleys I liked (sorry to all you Ron fans out there; he really just doesn’t do it for me) and in the space of around 800 pages, one of them lost and ear and the other one was dead. And, of course, J.K. Rowling killed off the better of the two. I know there really wasn’t that much different between them, but Fred had the better name, and most of the punch-lines in their jokes. The thing is, the two of them were both the happiest people in this series full of angst and depression, and it was sort of like Fred’s death took all the light out of the books. Reading the series over again, it’s so depressing because you know what’s coming. There was this one bit that almost had me in tears:
‘When I get married,’ said Fred, tugging at the collar of his robes, ‘I won’t be bothering with any of this nonsense. You can all wear what you like, and I’ll put a full Body-Bind Curse on Mum until it’s all over.’
‘When I get married,’ said Fred.
‘When I get married.’
I would have married him …. :(
3. Severus Snape
Yet another depressing death, courtesy of J.K. Rowling (and there’s more coming). Snape’s death was sad, because you spent the entire seven books going ‘Snape’s evil! No wait, now he’s good. And now he’s evil again. And now he’s good. And now ….’ you get the picture.
Then you finally find out that he is, in fact, good.
And also that he was in love with Lily Evans and that James Potter was a total jerk to him, and then stole Lily from him. Then Snape had to spend numerous years pretending to work for Voldemort, and then he was forced to kill one of his oldest friends, and take the blame for absolutely everything that happened, even though, in reality, he was helping Harry. And in the end, he gives his life trying to help Harry in his quest to kill Voldemort.
I’m just choosing to refuse to believe that this happened, and I am instead following ‘How Harry Potter Should Have Ended’ and letting him live. Also, I’ve decided that his reasoning for showing Harry his memories of Lily was to reveal to Harry that, in fact, Harry is Snape’s son, because Lily was actually in love with Snape not James, and Harry was just too thick to get this message.
Originally, I didn’t really find Prim’s death that sad, because I was so caught up in the rest of the book. She wasn’t really one of my favourite characters, and I was still dying an emotional death from Finnick dying a proper death. The thing that made it pretty horrific was the way that she died. Being burned to death is not a way I’d want to go. The bit that really made it sad was where Katniss has gone back to District 12, and she finds Buttercup, and she gets really depressed and starts yelling at him.
‘She’s not coming back! She’s never ever coming back here again!’ Out of nowhere ,the tears begin to pour down my cheeks. ‘She’s dead. She’s dead, you stupid cat. She’s dead.’
It made me pretty depressed, especially because the entire reason this whole entire Hunger Games fiasco started because she volunteered for Prim in the reaping, and in the end, as a result of her actions in the games, Prim ended up dying anyway.
It makes it all seem rather pointless, doesn’t it?
No this is not Will Herondale (thank the lord) because otherwise this would be up the top of the ist, this is Will from Divergent. Will was a lovely, funny character and, apart from Tobias, the person I like the most in Divergent. But then Veronica Roth (cruel as she is) decided that he was going to be the one who Tris was forced to shoot when she was trying to get back to the place her family was hidden. And sure, he was trying to kill her too, but he didn’t know what he was doing. He was under the mind controlley thingo, and he was just doing as he was commanded. I mean, not everyone can be a Divergent. It wasn’t his fault. But no, Tris decided ‘I need to get away’ so she shot him, which I guess was fair enough. But what I don’t understand is why she shot him IN THE HEAD. Shoot in in the shoulder, for heaven’s sake. That would’ve given her enough time to get away, and probably wouldn’t have killed him, but no, she bloody shot him in the head. And then she cries about how she killed him. YEAH DUH SHOOTING HIM IN THE HEAD IS GONNA KILL HIM. Didn’t think that one through too well, did you Tris?
6. Tonks and Lupin
Here we go, another Harry Potter death. Or deaths, really. I put these two together because they kind of go together, being married and all. When I read about them dying, in The Deathly Hallows, it wasn’t really that sad, because there were so many other deaths, and neither of them had really been major character who I like that much. I got a little bit depressed when it had the bit about their son, Teddy. I felt pretty sad for him. But the movie was what really made these two deaths sink in. The bit where they’re lying on their little bed things, and they stretch out their hands, but they can’t touch each other. I was sitting there in the cinema, and I was like ‘Bloody hell! Can’t someone see the mental anguish that this is causing me? Just move their beds over already, for goodness sake.’ But no one did. And then they were dead :(
So yaah there you go, little sad that the majority of these deaths are caused by Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling (plus Veronica Roth and John Green). BECAUSE I LOVE THE BOOKS BUT I HATE THEM AT THE SAME TIME. So many dead ….
The characters may be fictional, but believe me, the emotional damage is completely real.