20 Years Since the Battle of Hogwarts, Plus JK Rowling's Annual Death Apology

Author JK Rowling really did change the world with her young witches and wizards novels, an impact we're still feeling 20+ years later.  Aside from being hugely successful books on their own, the Harry Potter film universe remains as popular as ever.

May 2nd marks the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort's Deatheaters attacked the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which was defended by students and teachers, former and current.

I can count on my hand the number of times I've gotten goosebumps from reading a passage in a book, but the Battle got me twice.  When McGonagall sets the shield, and when it falls. Talk about a film living up to the book, I have to say the sequence in the movie got me just as much and still does today.

The cost was high, friends and lovers laying down their lives to protect 'the chosen one' from the forces of evil.  We lost many characters during the battle, and each year Rowling takes to her twitter to apologize for a death.  In 2016 it was Remus Lupin, and last year (2017) it was Severus Snape.

This morning, she apologized for perhaps one of the most heartbreaking deaths NOT associated with the Battle, Dobby the house elf who gave his life for his friend Harry Potter.

The comments, as always, are a mixed bag of people complaining that their favorite hasn't gotten an apology yet, or that it's silly to mourn fictional characters (first of all how dare you), but there are some like this one:

Thank you for your imagination, JK Rowling, we will honor the Battle and those who we lost.

Wands up.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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