J.K. Rowling apologizes for killing off beloved Harry Potter character Dobby

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Jun 12, 2018, 3:36 PM EDT (Updated)

J.K. Rowling continues to mourn those who have fallen within the Harry Potterverse. On Tuesday, May 2 – the 20-year anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts – the Harry Potter author once again took to Twitter to apologize to fans for killing off a beloved character. 

“It's that anniversary again,” tweeted Rowling. “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.”

As fans will remember, Dobby was fatally stabbed by Bellatrix Lestrange while rescuing Harry and his companions from Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor. Following his death, Harry dug Dobby's grave in the gardens of Shell Cottage, carving into the headstone: “HERE LIES DOBBY, A FREE ELF.”

Rowling has made this public apology to fans an annual tradition, starting in 2015 with Fred Weasley…

The following year, she expressed remorse for the death of Remus Lupin…

And last year, she asked fans for their forgiveness for killing off Severus Snape (and not without some trepidation)... 

The Battle of Hogwarts took place on May 2, 1998, within the castle and on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that culminated in the final showdown between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Although the battle wound up being a decisive victory for Team Harry & Co., it resulted in heavy casualties, including not just the previously aforementioned Fred, Remus, and Severus, but also Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, and Lavender Brown. We guess we'll be getting apologies for them in the years ahead? 

So, Harry Potter fans. Do you accept her apology? Does this heal the wound a little? Or is this just a cruel reminder that elves in the Potterverse kind of got the fuzzy end of the lollipop? Let us know in the comments below. And please, keep it civil — no unforgivable curses. 

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