Though she already has an enormous Twitter following that seems to keep her busy all day long, J.K. Rowling is always ready to light up her mentions with a few controversial tweets. One of her favorite things to do is "apologize" for killing of characters in the Harry Potter series. Yes, you made us love them, then you took them away. It's what a writer does, but we're still mad.
Last year, she covered Snape:
OK, here it is. Please don't start flame wars over it, but this year I'd like to apologise for killing (whispers)... Snape. *runs for cover*— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2017
Snape is a controversial figure, but personally I felt owed this apology.
This ritual began with Fred Weasley:
Today I would just like to say: I'm really sorry about Fred. *Bows head in acceptance of your reasonable ire*— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 2, 2015
And a promise to go through one important character every year:
There are so many dead Harry Potter characters! Rowling could feast on this engagement for years.
But she blew it. Because in 2018, she apologized for the worst death of all:
Dobby is also a divisive character, mostly because he is kind of annoying. But his death still gets me every time. The happiest day of this elf's life was getting a sock, and he still got killed??
At first I didn't like Dobby, but I wish I could be more like Dobby, his death in book & on film always makes me cry— Anna Vancouver (@AnnaRoseVan) May 2, 2018
Answer honestly and you'll be seen by J.K. Rowling:
Not gonna lie, I'm at work, got a bit screachy and shed a tear. Pretty lovely to know for a moment your hero saw you— Anna Vancouver (@AnnaRoseVan) May 2, 2018
But lots of people aren't getting personal messages form their hero, and they're still pretty upset about Dobby:
This is the only death I cried over when reading it, I’ve never read something so sad— Paris (@parisvelvet) May 2, 2018
Literally just at the chapter in the book of Dobbys funeral. 😢— Vicki Brown (@vickibrown2018) May 2, 2018
In the books dear dobby explained the importance of freedom, the value friendship, the meaning of loyalty in a way that no one else could have.— Sandeep Kamble (@Sandeep29813253) May 2, 2018
No doubt he was the most lovable character.
And my queen I think everyone gave a second thought to all what he did only because he died.
But other people are kinda disappointed that she didn't get to a few other characters first:
Am sorry Miss Rowling. I love you but I just can't forgive Dobby, Sirius, and Lupin. Why I ask you why.— Dan Stubbings (@dan_stubbings) May 2, 2018
Cool but where’s my Tonks apology?— saw IW | lily evans | sizzy & bellarke will rise (@ladymultifandom) May 2, 2018
Hang in there. She's got many more years to say sorry.