Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It’s where we get to discuss our favorite book characters and what we love about them!
Alright, folks. I decided to talk about one of my favorite characters of all time: probably without contest my favorite non-human character. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know all about Dobby. If you haven’t, I recommend stopping here because I’ll have some big Harry Potter spoilers in this post.
We first meet Dobby in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when he is desperately trying to keep Harry from returning to Hogwarts. We find out that Dobby works for the Malfoys and that he knows there are dirty deeds afoot that would put Harry’s life in danger, and Dobby wants to protect him at all costs. He keeps Harry from getting his mail, dumps a rather large pudding on a guest of the Dursleys, seals the train platform so that Harry can’t get to it, sends a rogue bludger after him in a Quidditch game, and all around does everything he can think of to save Harry’s life (even if some of those things ended up hurting more then helping, its the thought that counts people). Doing all these things means he has to punish himself by ironing his hands and otherwise harming himself. But that doesn’t stop our brave house-elf. He is rewarded in the end when Harry manages to find a way to have him freed from the Malfoy’s service.
When we next see Dobby, he has developed a penchant for collecting socks and seems even more odd and whimsical then ever. He is, of course, still a free elf at this point. He ends up helping Harry in his second Tri-Wizard Tournament task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which Harry would have otherwise bungled to an embarassing degree.
When Dobby next intervenes to save Harry’s life, he makes the ultimate sacrifice. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dobby dies in the heroic act of saving Harry and several others. You haven’t seen me cry until you’ve seen me reading that scene, let me tell you. Dobby is at last truly a free elf, in every meaning of the word. That made me sadder then anything else that happens before or after in that series. Really J.K. Rowling, you killed me.