• Character Dobby was a house-elf, for years indentured to the Malfoy family, until his admiration for Harry Potter goaded him into trying to warn Harry against coming to school in his second year because he knew what Lucius was planning with the diary. Dobby interfered with Harry’s life a number of… Read More
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The name “Dobby” appears in A Fine Old Conflict, 1 Jessica Mitford’s memoir of her radical youth in 1950s America—and a book J K Rowling has almost certainly read. Rowling, as we know from interviews, admires Jessica Mitford—she even named her daughter after the left-wing political campaigner and journalist. “Dobby” Walker (no other… Read More
• Trivia It was Dobby who gave Harry the Gillyweed, after he heard a staged conversation between the fake ‘Mad-eye’ and Professor McGonagall. Read More
• Event Harry, having fallen asleep in the common room, wakes up from his recurring dream to find Dobby before him. The elf is wearing a tower of knitted hats with a cured Hedwig on top of them. Dobby tells Harry that Winky is still drinking and struggling emotionally, and asks Harry… Read More
• Event In an attempt to protect Harry by making him feel he has no reason to return to Hogwarts for his second year, Dobby intercepts and keeps all mail being sent to Harry by his new friends from school (CS2). Read More
• Event After being freed, Dobby begins searching for paid work. He travels all over the country looking for a job and being turned away by people who wanted nothing to do with a freed house-elf who wore clothes and wanted to be paid (GF21). Read More
• Event When sitting on a bench in the garden after breakfast and ruminating on the bad start to his twelfth birthday, Harry gets a surprise when he notices two big eyes watching him from a hedge (CS1). Read More
• Event The elf dies from a knife wound in rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Mansion . Bellatrix had kept the short, silver knife underneath her robes before she threw it toward where Harry and his friends are vanishing (DH22). It hits Dobby in the chest. His last words were “Harry…… Read More
• Event Professor Dumbledore agrees to let the dismissed house-elves Dobby and Winky work at Hogwarts, and even agrees to pay Dobby. Dobby is thrilled with his new situation, but Winky is deeply ashamed of being a free house-elf (GF21). Dumbledore originally offered Dobby ten Galleons a week plus time off,… Read More
• Event From a hiding spot where he has been watching for Harry, Dobby blocks the gateway to Platform 9 3/4 when Harry and Ron try to go through it, causing them to miss the Hogwarts Express (CS5, CS10). Read More
• Event Harry wakes up on Christas morning to find Dobby staring at him, eager to give Harry his present. Harry’s startled response wakes up the other boys, and they start opening presents. Pretending he had thought to get Dobby a gift, Harry opens his trunk and gives the elf an ugly… Read More
• Event Dobby wakes Harry up ten minutes before the second task, tells him that he will have to rescue Ron, and gives him Gillyweed (GF26). Harry had fallen asleep in the library, where he was doing research trying to solve the egg’s riddle. Luckily, the Invisibility Cloak slipped off his… Read More
• Event At night in the Hospital Wing after McLaggen injures him in a Quidditch match, Harry summons Kreacher and Dobby and orders them to tail Malfoy and figure out what he’s up to. Dobby punches Kreacher in the mouth after he insults Harry (HBP19). Read More