11 Harry Potter Universe Fates Worse Than Death

Failure to understand that there are things worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.

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The incredible tale of The Boy Who Lived has enchanted readers and viewers worldwide with stories of magical beasts, wizarding wars and, of course, Chocolate Frogs but the underlying theme throughout all of the Harry Potter material is that death is not the worst thing that can happen to someone.

Take Albus Dumbledore as a key example - he lived on for almost a century having been responsible for his sister's death. 100 years of regret, remorse and crippling guilt take their toll on a person and any penance Dumbledore needed for absolution is more than paid.

In truth, this example is comparable to Muggle life but it just goes to show that even with the power of magic at one's disposal, there are fates worse than death even when you can do just about anything. In fact, Dumbledore challenges Voldemort on his lack of understanding of that very thing:

"Your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness."

The books and films have given us a lot of examples to discuss and some are more affecting than others so please be warned that this list isn't for those of a nervous disposition or those who are particularly attached to the Potterverse.

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