JK Rowling apologises for Dobby's death on Battle of Hogwarts anniversary

Brenda Watkins
May 3, 2018

Each year, author J.K. Rowling commemorates the occasion by apologizing for killing a character from the acclaimed magical series.

Last year, Rowling honored the legendary Severus Snape, a character who ignited controversy throughout the series, especially for killing Dumbledore.

But now J.K. Rowling has finally apologised for killing the courageous and boundary-shattering House-elf, Dobby - and frankly it's about time!

"At first I didn't like Dobby, but I wish I could be more like Dobby, his death in the book and the film always makes me cry", wrote one of Rowling's Twitter followers, to which the author replied she was touched by these kind words. It happened in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series. Upon whisking Harry and Griphook away from the Manor and off to the safety of Shell Cottage, Dobby was struck by a dagger thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange seconds before he disapparated.

Given Dobby's love and appreciation for Harry, his death was particularly heartbreaking, as were his last words.

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R.I.P., Dobby, here's hoping you're snuggling in a huge pile of socks up in heaven.

The battle breaks Voldemort's grip over the wizarding world and sees Harry finally put a close to his long-running battle with the Dark Lord - proving the prophecy that led to his parent's deaths right. Kreacher, the Black family's house elf, led the charge there.

Perhaps by killing off beloved characters, J.K. Rowling is teaching us something about valor, and through Voldemort, teaching us about the corruption that can come from clinging to that which seems infinitely good: life itself.

For the past three years, Rowling has been marking the date with a heartfelt apology for the death of a beloved character.

A number of followers instructed her it was "about time" she apologised, or confessed they have been nonetheless not over it. In 2016 it was Lupin, and in 2017 it was Snape.

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