On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to apologize to fans for killing off Dobby, the beloved house-elf.
[If you'll remember, he was murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange as he helped Harry & his friends escape Malfoy Manor.]
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 has made it somewhat of a tradition to apologize for the deaths of her characters, choosing one to spotlight every May 2 -- but this year's was particularly emotional for Potter-Lovers.
I literally didn’t stop crying after Dobby died.. I cried for 2 days 😭💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/oUlVtbv729— 𝓱𝓪𝓲𝓭𝓮🧡✨ (@hxideee) May 2, 2018
@jk_rowling I can't explain why, but THIS death--and I should say *especially* the funeral that followed--THIS one made me burst into tears and put the book at the foot of my bed for the rest of the night.— Ellie Gold (@EllieGoldDearie) May 2, 2018
HERE LIES DOBBY, A FREE ELF. https://t.co/P0aTFDEGQ4
apology not accepted 😭 https://t.co/6ctMicEIWC— JUST SOMEONE (@inthisplanet7) May 2, 2018
I will never get over the death of Dobby in Harry Potter... NEVER.— Vicky Pattison (@VickyPattison) May 3, 2018