Screenshot via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The dead are not lacking in the Harry Potter series. From Professor Quirrell in Sorcerer’s Stone up to Lord Voldemort in Deathly Hallows, this children’s story dragged the possibility of death around like a weighted blanket. The Battle of Hogwarts was in some ways the culmination of all this death, as it gave way to the defeat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. That being said, it didn’t come without a cost. As spell after spell hissed and war erupted throughout the school grounds, we watched the Death Eaters cast lethal spells on innocent children, on our favorite characters, and held our breath. and prayed that our favorites made it out alive.
JK Rowling spared no punches in creating this battle, warning fans that to convey the gravity of the situation there would have to be carnage. It is a decision, although sad, that we can respect. Unlike the ending of another popular film franchise about twinkling vampires in the sun, the Harry Potter the author swung his billion-dollar axe, and while we appreciate the creative decision, it sucks that it met the neck of one of our favorite Weasley twins, Fred.
How did Fred Weasley die in the movie?
Fred’s death wasn’t drastically altered in the film adaptation of the Battle of Hogwarts, but there was significantly less screen time than the canon it was based on. In Deathly Hallows part 2, as war rained down on everyone, we saw glimpses of carnage unfold all around the school grounds, like the ominous clip of Lavender Brown being mutilated by Fenrir Greyback. Here, we might have expected to see Fred, watching his final moments unfold in real time, but the time never came. Instead, after Voldemort recalled his Death Eaters and silence fell over the castle, those still standing rose to their feet and began the brutal process of finding out who survived and who didn’t.
That’s how we found out about Fred’s death. We walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione into the Great Hall and saw the Weasley family huddled around Fred Weasley’s limp body, with new tears in their eyes. We never saw how it happened, we only saw the consequences. It was, for some fans, as cruel as death itself, as many sincerely believed that we should have been with Fred in his final moment, until the bitter end.
How did Fred Weasley die in the books?
In the book, Fred and George guarded the secret passageways of Hogwarts as the Death Eaters made their way through the magical barrier and into the school grounds. Their brother Percy, who spent the previous three books arming the family, came to their aid, and the reunion gave the scene an emotional weight that made the next moment all the more shocking. Fred turned to say something to George, and as he did, an explosion cut him off, and everyone (Fred, George, Percy, Harry, Ron, and Hermione) flew through the air in different directions.
Buried under the rubble and debris, Harry struggled to his feet and heard “a terrible scream that tugged inside him”. Percy was on the ground, shaking Fred’s lifeless body. The rubble that had fallen on them killed Fred instantly. Rowling’s choice of words in this scene is haunting as she describes Fred’s eyes as “looking without seeing”. We hold back our own tears as Harry helps move Fred’s body into the Great Hall, where the Weasley family discovers that one of their boys has been killed.
Was Fred’s death announced?
In Deathly Hallows part 1, we get the best dogfight of the series when the Order of the Phoenix concocts a plan to get Harry safely to the Burrow. The battle, enjoyable as it was to watch, was not without fatalities. Mad-Eye Moody was devastatingly killed by Voldemort and George’s ear was decapitated at the hands of Snape.
George’s beheading (which we later learn was done by Snape to protect him from another Death Eater’s death curse) was foreshadowing at its best. Seeing one of the Weasley twins bloodied and decapitated prepared us for the thought of death. We all knew someone would die at the Battle of Hogwarts, but Fred hit it so hard because we had already breathed a sigh of relief earlier in the story when George made it out alive. Yet after all these years we are saddened that George will continue without his brother, appeased only by the fact that he ended up naming his son after his former best friend and twin, ensuring that Fred is always with him. .