Maybe I missed the bit where there deaths were mentioned but I could have sworn they were fine one minute and dead the next.

When were

Tonks and Lupin

killed in the Battle for Hogwarts?

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    It is quite common in a battle that people were fine one minute and dead the next.
    – RalfFriedl
    Oct 12, 2021 at 9:53
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    @RalfFriedl That reminds me of Jack Kirby's account about World War II. One second, he was talking with a lieutenant, and the next instant the lieutenant was a red smear on the wall.
    – Clockwork
    Oct 12, 2021 at 9:54

1 Answer 1


We don't see their deaths on camera (as it were). We're following Harry at that point, seeing him trying to get the diadem from the Room of Requirement.


‘Have you seen Remus?’ Tonks called after him.
‘He was duelling Dolohov,’ shouted Aberforth, ‘haven’t seen him since!’
‘Tonks,’ said Ginny, ‘Tonks, I’m sure he’s OK –’
But Tonks had run off into the dust after Aberforth.
Ginny turned, helpless, to Harry, Ron and Hermione.

About an hour later. Dead.

Without a word to Harry, Ron and Hermione walked away. Harry saw Hermione approach Ginny, whose face was swollen and blotchy, and hug her. Ron joined Bill, Fleur and Percy, who flung an arm around Ron’s shoulders. As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling.

JKR confirmed in an interview that Remus was killed by Dolohov (presumably in the duel mentioned above) and that Tonks was killed by Bellatrix.

Q. Who killed Remus and Tonks? I think if I knew this, I would get some closure over the very sad, but understandable, death of two of my favorite characters

J.K. Rowling: I'm so sorry! I met a couple on launch night who had come dressed as Lupin and Tonks, and I felt dreadfully guilty as I signed their books. Remus was killed by Dolohov and Tonks by Bellatrix.

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