JK Rowling has apologised to Harry Potter fans for killing the beloved house-elf, Dobby.
May 2nd every year, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the author issues an apology for a different character’s death.
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The Battle of Hogwarts was the deadly war between Lord Voldemort and his army and Harry Potter and his allies in The Deathly Hallows.
Dobby wasn’t killed during this fight – he died as he rescued Harry, Hermione, Luna, Ron from the Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor – but the apology felt necessary nevertheless for arguably the saddest death in Hogwarts history.
It's that anniversary again. This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn't die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who'd win it. I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2018
Rowling wrote: “It’s that anniversary again. This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn’t die during the #BattleofHogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who’d win it. I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf.”
In previous years, Rowling has said sorry for killing Professor Severus Snape, Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin.
May they rest in peace.