Replying to my own post to say I looked at some of your other replies where you do give a list of specific characters, and I'll grant you most of them, although several of them are minor, supporting characters -- and it's not at all clear from the text that Hermione ever truly died. But point taken. However, it gets back to my original point that these deaths all happen in stories that are extremely old, that were written for an audience who lived in a very different society, where superstitions were common and deaths from unknown causes were a regular part of life. Or to borrow a line from Lisa Miller (one of the great female characters): "In the olden days, people used to die of ptomaine poisoning and blamed it on ghosts." Again, myths have to evolve as the society evolves. Lucas' attempts to give us a 21st-century myth where the hero is fatherless (not even a god for a father) and the heroine just gives up and lets herself die when she has two babies who need her, fell completely flat with me. And judging from all the controversy surrounding Padme's death scene, I'm not the only one who found it lacking.