J.K. Rowling is sorry she killed Dobby the house elf.
She offered the apology on May 2, the 20th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Hogwarts in the Wizarding World universe. Rowling has marked the anniversary by apologizing for one character’s death for each of the past few years.
Even though Dobby’s death occurred several weeks before Voldemort’s forces attacked Hogwarts, Rowling felt it right to recognize his sacrifice:
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