“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. If you want to see the true measure of a wizard, watch how he treats his house elves. Rest in peace, Dobby, I love you.”
-J.K. Rowling, July 22, 2007; the first half of this quote was originally published in J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets. She later added to the quote in a press release the day after publication of her final book in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. Despite the fact she killed the character herself, Rowling was devastated by the death of Dobby the House-Elf and could not write for months after. In tribute to her beloved Dobby, she gave a single dirty sock to every person at every book signing for a full year after.