The famous JK Rowling of the most loved book series—Harry Potter has issued another apology for killing one of her much-loved characters in the final book of the series.
Every year on the 2nd of May—the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts—the author apologizes for a death that has caused serious grief to the Harry Potter series fans.
On Wednesday, she apologised for killing Dobby—the freed house-elf, who went to save Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, before they could be turned over to Voldemort.
Unlike other of her book series characters, Dobby did not die during the battle of Hogwarts, but much earlier in the Deathly Hallows novel.
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J K Rowling tweeted that the anniversary is here again and this time she wants to apologize for killing someone who was not killed during the #BattleofHogwarts, rather was killed during his attempt to save lives of the people who would be winning the battle. She wrote that she is talking about 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
Last year, Rowling apologised for killing Professor Severus Snape, whose character kept the readers hooked till the end as it was difficult to guess which side he was on the good or the bad, throughout the entire book series, and for killing Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley.
Dobby for the first time met Harry in the second year of his wizarding school when he tried to warn him not to go back to Hogwarts. Harry finally started appreciating the house-elf and even freed him by tricking his Master—Lucius Malfoy.
Dobby then served in the kitchens of Hogwarts for several years.
He reached his finale when he went on the rescue mission of Harry, Luna, Ron and Hermione, as well as Griphook, Dean Thomas and Ollivander after they had been taken into custody by the snatchers and were taken to the house of the Malfoy.
Bellatrix—the Death eater hurled her knife at Dobby and Harry as they were to disappear, hitting him and wounding Dobby fatally.
He was given a manual human burial without magic and was marked “Here Lies Dobby, A Free Elf”.
J K Rowling’s apology was received with mixed reactions on Twitter, with many calling it the saddest death of all in the literature they have ever encountered.
In spite of the abuse he suffered, Dobby was braver and kinder than most pic.twitter.com/N4FxJtPYck
— Marianne (@MyNamesMarianne) 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
This is the only death I cried over when reading it, I’ve never read something so sad
— Paris (@parisvelvet) May 2, 2018
I can finally move on with my life https://t.co/N5x1a5pT7X
— Talia Cook (@_taliacook) May 2, 2018
RIP Dobby. Forever memorialised as part of my HP sleeve. Love him forever 💗 pic.twitter.com/iNN1CVxyNP
— Beca🌈 (@beckaio_) May 2, 2018
Personally, Dobby’s death was one of the deaths in the series that actually made me sad. He was a good and loveable character.