JK Rowling apologises for the killing of another beloved Harry Potter character

Tonya Becker
May 3, 2018

J.K. Rowling has apologised for killing off the character of Dobby the house elf, 11 years after his death at the Battle of Hogwarts.

In 2016, Rowling apologized to her fans for killing Remus Lupin; a year ago, she atoned for the death of Severus Snape.

As a once-enslaved house elf to the Malfoys, saving Harry Potter and company from the place where he was once technically a prisoner resonates deeply. She's also apologized for killing Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, and Fred Weasley.

J.K. Rowling has apologized to "Harry Potter" fans again Wednesday for killing off a beloved character in the popular series. As she points out, he didn't die during the final battle at the school.


Originally a mistreated house elf of the Malfoy family, Dobby gained his freedom when Harry slipped an item of clothing in Tom Riddle's diary, thereby tricking Lucius Malfoy to release Dobby from his service.

And now *drumroll* it's someone who wasn't actually at the Battle of Hogwarts.

The Battle of Hogwarts was the deadly war between Lord Voldemort and his army and Harry Potter and his allies in The Deathly Hallows.

This year, with the hashtag of #BattleofHogwarts, the authoress apologizes to her followers sincerely for the death of the supporting character "Dobby".


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 2017 she chose Snape tweeting: "OK, here it is".

Toward the end of the series, Dobby attempted to rescue Harry and his friends from the Death Eaters, but suffered a fatal wound in the process and died in Harry's arms. Throughout the rest of the series, Dobby became a loyal companion to Harry and the crew.


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