J.K. Rowling is sorry for killing Dobby the house elf

Her apology comes 11 years after the tragic event

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.

“It’s that anniversary again,” the Harry Potter author tweeted. “This year, I apologise for killing someone who didn’t die during the Battle of Hogwarts, but who laid down his life to save the people who’d win it. I refer, of course, to Dobby the house elf.”

The passing of Dobby also appeared in the Harry Potter film series, along with the books. The author’s decision to kill off Harry Potter’s loyal house elf tugged on the heartstrings of many Harry Potter fans at the time.

Many fans responded to her apology to express their sadness. “Dobby, our free elf!” replied one fan. “His death always reminds me that justice and freedom are not easy to uphold and maintain. And, in the way of fulfilling them, innocent souls would be lost. May Dobby rest in greatness!”

Though this is the first time J.K. Rowling has said sorry for Dobby’s untimely death, the Harry Potter author has a track record when it comes to revisiting fictional events from her novels. Last year, she apologised for killing off Severus Snape at the same battle, and on previous Battle of Hogwarts anniversaries, she has also apologised for killing Rowling has previously apologised for killing off two other characters – Fred Weasley and Remus Lupin.

Last summer J.K. Rowling also claimed that there are two Harry Potters,  and also alluded to the fact that Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore might be gay.