Last words in Harry Potter media

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The numerous deaths across all different media in the Harry Potter universe have yielded many memorable last words.

Novels[edit]

(these may contain spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

  • Lily, take Harry and go! It's him! Go! Run! I'll hold him off-!
  • Not Harry! Please, no, not Harry — I'll do anything!
    • Who: Lily Potter
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (flashback) by J. K. Rowling
    • Notes: Harry's mother was killed by Voldemort while shouting pleas to protect him shortly after her husband's death. This would later translate into a powerful magical protection.
  • Master — I cannot hold him — my hands!*
    • Who: Quirinus Quirrell
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Character was being burned by Harry's mystic protection from Lord Voldemort, whom had fused into Quirrell's body. Voldemort fled, leaving Quirrell to succumb to his wounds.
    • Note: In the film version, his last words are, "What is this magic?!" as his hands burn and crumble.
  • 'My Lord', is it? Well, I don't think much of your manners, my Lord. Turn around and face me like a man, why don't you?
    • Who: Frank Bryce
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Note: Character had been eavesdropping on Lord Voldemort's plans, and said this after Voldemort introduced himself. At Frank's challenge, Voldemort promptly tuned around and killed him.
  • Come on, you can do better than that!
  • Severus...please...please...
    • Who: Charity Burbage, Muggle Studies professor at Hogwarts
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has kidnapped the Muggle-friendly professor to make an example of her, and Voldemort later killed her. She is then presumably fed to Nagini, Voldemort's snake. Her last words are notably similar to Dumbledore's.
  • Das weiß ich nicht! He move! I know not, I know not!
    • Who: German speaking woman
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Harry has a vison of Voldemort entering this woman's home. Voldemort demands to know where wandmaker Gregorovitch is, but the woman says in German that she does not know, and says he does not live there. Voldemort kills her with a curse.
  • I do not know, I never knew, a young man — no — please — PLEASE!
    • Who: Gregorovitch, the wandmaker
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort is searching for the Elder Wand, and believes Gregorovitch knows who stole it and where it is (although he does not know the thief's identity). After interrogating him and getting no response, he finally kills him.
  • Kill me, then! You will not win, you cannot win! That wand will never, ever be yours–
    • Who: Gellert Grindelwald
    • Source: Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has tracked down Grindelwald at Nurmengard, the prison he himself had built for his enemies, believing he can lead him to the Elder Wand. At that moment, Bellatrix Lestrange summons him to the Malfoy Manor because they have Harry, and he kills Grindelwald in exasperation.
  • Stand back. Stand away from the door. I am coming in.
    • Who: Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Pettigrew goes down to the dungeon where Harry, Ron, Luna and others are kept to check on them. They overpower him, and Harry reminds him of his debt to him for saving his life in Prisoner of Azkaban. Wormtail gives in, and the enchanted hand Voldemort made for him immediately chokes him to death for his betrayal.
  • A ... a s-small golden c-cup, m-my Lord..
    • Who: Unidentified goblin killed by Voldemort
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: After Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger robbed Gringotts, the goblin was sent to Lord Voldemort to tell him what was stolen. When the goblin said it was stolen a small golden cup, Voldemort realized that it was his horkrux and killed goblin in a rage attack.
  • Like it hot, scum?
    • Who: Vincent Crabbe
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: In the Room of Requirement, Crabbe and Gregory Goyle attempt to kill Ron, Hermione and Harry, and Crabbe uses a spell that produces strong, magical fire (Fiendfyre). Harry attempts to rescue everyone in question, but they escape and the room seals itself with Crabbe still inside.
  • You actually are joking, Perce... I don't think I've heard you joke since you were–
    • Who: Fred Weasley
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Fred is addressing his older brother, Percy, who had recently rejoined the good side, and is killed a sudden attack by the Death Eaters as they lay siege to Hogwarts.
  • Look...at...me...
    • Who: Severus Snape
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Voldemort has set his snake, Nagini, upon Snape, and he bleeds to death, but not before giving Harry an essential memory to explain his past and his true allegiance. He looks into Harry's eyes, which are just like his mother Lily's, whom Snape loved, before dying.
  • You weren't.
    • Who: Harry Potter
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Harry realizes that to render Voldemort mortal, he must die as to destroy the Horcrux Voldemort inadvertently planted inside of him upon trying to kill him as an infant. Voldemort at first believes Harry will not respond to his call of offering himself to stop the war around then from killing more of his allies, stating out loud that it seems he 'was mistaken...' when Harry loudly declares this upon arriving. Voldemort does indeed hit him with the killing curse, but Harry is kept alive due to only the Horcrux being destroyed by the curse and comes back to life shortly after.
  • What will happen to your children once I've killed you? When Mummy's gone the same way as Freddie?
    • Who: Bellatrix Lestrange
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: Bellatrix is taunting Mrs. Weasley, whose son Fred has just been killed. Mrs. Weasley shouts back that Bellatrix will "never touch [her] children again" and kills her with a spell.
  • Avada Kedavra!
    • Who: Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
    • Note: He is attempting yet again to kill Harry Potter with the Killing Curse, which rebounds upon him and kills him once and for all, now that his Horcruxes have been destroyed.

Films[edit]

  • What is this magic?!
    • Who: Quirinus Quirell
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    • Note: Character was trying to kill Harry, but could not hurt him due to a mystical protection surrounding him. When Harry touches his face, the mystical protection causes Quirrel's face to turn to stone and then crumble to dust, killing Quirrel.
  • Bloody kids.
    • Who: Frank Bryce
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Note: He says this when he sees lights go on in the window of the Riddle house. He goes inside the house to investigate and hears a conversation among Lord Voldemort, Peter Pettigrew, and Barty Crouch Jr. Nagini the snake finds Bryce and goes to tell Voldemort, who kills Bryce with the Killing Curse.
  • Never whole again, are we?
    • Who: Barty Crouch Sr.
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Note: Said to Harry Potter. Sometime later, Harry and his friends go into the woods with Hagrid, where Harry finds Crouch dead at the hands of his son, Barty Crouch Jr. (in disguise as Alastor Moody)
  • Who are you? What do you want?!
    • Who: Cedric Diggory
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Note: He says this upon seeing Peter Pettigrew. After he says this, a voice says, "Kill the spare", followed by Pettigrew killing Cedric with the Killing Curse.
  • Nice one, James!
    • Who: Sirius Black
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    • Note: Said to Harry, who looks a lot like his father James, after Harry knocks out a follower of Voldemort. Shortly afterward, Bellatrix Lestrange kills him with Avada Kedavra.
  • Severus . . . please.
    • Who: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    • Note: Said to Severus Snape, begging him to kill him. It is later revealed Dumbledore was suffering greatly, as a consequence of destroying a magic ring that belonged to Voldemort.
  • It was a boy. It was who took it. I never saw it again. I swear on my life.
    • Who: Gregorovitch
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
    • Note: Character is confronted by Voldemort, who demands to know where the Elder Wand is. Gregorovitch speaks this line, to which Voldemort responds, "I believe you" and kills him with Avada Kedavra.
  • Ow.
    • Who: Wormtail
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
    • Note: Character says this after being hit with an apparently painful and possibly devastating magic attack by Dobby. Although it is debatable whether this attack killed him (as it just as easily could have stunned him), his absence in Part 2 suggests that either Dobby's attack killed him or Voldemort did the next time he arrived.
  • Such a beautiful place, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter.
  • My Lord?!
    • Who: Pius Thicknesse
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    • Notes: Says this to Voldemort, who, frustrated and furious with the recent destruction of a Horcrux and his growing vulnerability, kills him with the killing curse out of sheer frustration.
  • Avada Kedavra!
  • Yeah.
    • Who: Fred Weasley.
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    • Notes: Said in response to his brother George asking him if he was okay right before the Battle of Hogwarts begins. These are the last words he utters before he is killed in the ensuing battle.
  • Take them to the Pensieve. Look at me... you have your mother's eyes.
    • Who: Severus Snape
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    • Notes: Voldemort kills Snape because he believes Snape is the true master of the Elder Wand, and thus he must kill Snape to gain its power. He slashes Snape's throat with Sectemsempra, and then has Nagini finish Snape. After Voldemort and Nagini leave, Harry enters with his friends. Snape appears to be crying, but he is actually releasing his memories. Harry puts them in a flask. After he does so, Snape says this line and dies.
  • No! No, come back! Lucius! Come back! Come back and fight! Come back!
    • Who: Bellatrix Lestrange
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    • Notes: She yells this line to Lucius Malfoy trying to make him join the battle, but he flees with his wife and son. Bellatrix fights Molly Weasley during the battle, but she is eventually killed by Molly after a brief duel.
  • I killed Snape!
    • Who: Lord Voldemort
    • Source: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    • Notes: Voldemort says this line to Harry during their final duel, after Harry claims the Elder Wand won't work for him because he didn't kill its proper master (Voldemort assumed it was Snape). They eventually duel at the Entrance Courtyard, where he is finally killed after the Wand refuses to kill its real master, Harry, and backfires his curse onto him.

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