J.K. Rowling has apologized for killing off another beloved character in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Every year, the author apologizes for a death on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2, 1998, in the magical series of books. This year, Rowling focused on Dobby the house elf.
“It’s that anniversary again,” Rowling tweeted on Tuesday. “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.”
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
Dobby first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but he died in “Deathly Hallows” when Bellatrix Lestrange killed him while helping Harry and his friends escape from Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor.
Many people thanked Rowling for dedicating this year’s tweet to Dobby, writing, “Dobby represents the very best in all of us” and “the only truly selfless character.”
Dobby represents the very best in all of us. ????????
— Veronica the MVP ????????♀️ (@VeronicheWriter) May 2, 2018
The only truly selfless character. pic.twitter.com/dMKJH1O7ol
— Zozette ???? (@zozette) May 2, 2018
At first I didn't like Dobby, but I wish I could be more like Dobby, his death in book & on film always makes me cry
— Anna Vancouver (@AnnaRoseVan) May 2, 2018
Of all the deaths in the story, this death affected me the most; he had so much life in him…
— Esther Leihang (@EstherLeihang) May 2, 2018
Thank you for creating this masterpiece. Dobby is a free elf???? :")
— Aya G (@sweet_neenja) May 2, 2018
Last year, Rowling apologized for killing Severus Snape, who was killed by Lord Voldemort in “Deathly Hallows.” Snape was portrayed by Alan Rickman, who died in 2016 at the age of 69.
Previously, Rowling has also apologized for the deaths of Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley.