Yes, J.K. Rowling is making a very public apology—again. May 2nd is the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. And each year the Harry Potter author atones for her character-killing sins. This year Rowling regrets killing off Dobby the House Elf.

So who has Rowling apologized for offing on the past few May 2’s? Well in 2015 the big apology went to Fred Weasley. Then, in 2016, she apologized for Remus “Moony” Lupin. The following year it was Severus Snape. And, of course, the 2018 apology went to Dobby.

If you’re thinking, “Um wait. This year’s character didn’t actually die in the Battle of Hogwarts. Right?”, you are correct. Rowling recently tweeted, “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.”

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Yeah, the iconic author might have broken from tradition this year. But the apology was still well-received. Hey, after all, an apology is an apology. We certainly can’t fault her on that (even though she is the one who killed off Dobby in the first place, in a totally literary sense).

Who will be next? Hmm. It looks like we’ll all have to wait an entire year to find out which character is next on Rowling’s apology list.

—Erica Loop

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