Hedwig’s Death: Snape’s Sacrifice

Which Death Eater Killed Hedwig?

Hedwig was more than just Harry’s owl, she was a constant reminder that Hogwarts was real. Her death during the Battle of the Seven Potters was heartbreaking.

She was hit by a Killing Curse that was meant for either Hagrid or Harry. But which Death Eater killed her? One theory suggests it was Snape.

The Death Eaters

As anyone who’s ever read Harry Potter will know, Hedwig was the Boy Who Lived’s beloved pet owl. She was a constant companion through Harry’s early wizarding days and served as a bridge between the magical and Muggle worlds. So, it was pretty heartbreaking when Hedwig was callously killed in the Battle of the Seven Potters. But why?

The Death Eaters are a group of witches and wizards who are loyal to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. They believe that the wizarding world should be solely for pure-blood wizards, and they oppose those who don’t fit this mold (such as Half-Bloods and Muggles). They often wear hoods with eye slits for masks and are identified by a Dark Mark on their arm. The Death Eaters are dedicated to regaining power and control over the wizarding world, and they often use extreme violence and hatred towards Muggles and those who oppose them.

There are many members of the Death Eaters, but there are some who stand out more than others. The most zealous followers of Voldemort are called Death Eaters, and they can usually be recognized by their black robes and white skull-shaped badges. They also wear a silver circle on their foreheads that looks like a snake. They are infamous for their love of torture, and some have even used the unforgivable curse on fellow Death Eaters. Some Death Eaters, like Amycus Carrow and Alecto Carrow, are known for their teaching positions at Hogwarts, where they have openly taught that Muggles are less than Wizardkind.

One theory that has surfaced is that Snape was the Death Eater who killed Hedwig. After all, he was forced to reveal the date of the flight in order to maintain Voldemort’s esteem and Hedwig was his only link to the Order of the Phoenix. And, although Snape was a jerk in general, it’s not likely that he would have wanted to hurt Hedwig so severely.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the death of Hedwig. Harry’s beloved owl was hit by a killing curse as she flew behind Hagrid and Harry while they were trying to escape the Death Eaters at their Privet Drive home. Her death was the first in a series of devastating deaths in the film that ultimately led to the defeat of Voldemort and his army of evil wizards. But was Hedwig’s death accidental? Or was it something else entirely? A new theory by Tumblr user jomariewalker suggests that Hedwig was not the victim of a stray Killing Curse, but rather was killed on purpose. According to this theory, Severus Snape actually killed Hedwig to help keep the real Harry safe from the Death Eaters and Voldemort. Hedwig’s presence was a dead giveaway as to who the actual Harry was, so Snape sacrificed the owl in order to protect his friend.

As a pet owl, Hedwig was not only a source of comfort for Harry, but she was also his connection to the magical world outside of the Dursleys’ house at Number Four, Privet Drive. When Harry needed to take a break from Ron and Hermione’s bickering, he would often visit Hedwig’s roost in the Hogwarts owlery for some quiet time.

The bond between Hedwig and Harry was so strong that she even accompanied them during the Battle of the Seven Potters in Deathly Hallows, although she died due to a stray Killing Curse instead of directly at the face of a Death Eater like the others did. As JK Rowling has previously said, Hedwig’s death symbolized the loss of innocence for Harry as he matured and faced his mortality.

While this is an interesting theory, many fans still think that hedwig was the victim of a stray Killing curse, and that Snape didn’t kill Hedwig at all. Regardless, Rowling’s decision to kill off Hedwig is a poignant and powerful moment in the books and films that we will always remember and treasure.