Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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A house-elf whom Harry freed from service to the Malfoys in his second year, and who has remained unwaveringly loyal to Harry and Harry's friends ever since. Unusually for a house-elf, Dobby loves freedom and is proud of wanting to be paid for his work. Though it isn't clear what Dobby has spent his year doing—he was formerly in paid service at Hogwarts—he's in contact with Aberforth Dumbledore, who sends Dobby to rescue Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor. Dobby not only Apparates everyone out of the manor, but also drops a chandelier on his former masters and scolds Bellatrix Lestrange for trying to hurt his friends. Dobby dies when Bellatrix throws a knife at him while he's Apparating. Harry chooses to dig Dobby's grave by hand, believing that Dobby deserves the respect and loyalty shown to him in death that Dobby showed Harry in life. They bury Dobby in socks and hats, which he loved to collect.

Dobby Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Dobby or refer to Dobby. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Twenty-Eight Quotes

He did not want to express the doubts and uncertainties about Dumbledore that had riddled him for months now. He had made his choice while he dug Dobby's grave, he had decided to continue along the winding, dangerous path indicated for him by Albus Dumbledore, to accept that he had not been told everything that he wanted to know, but simply to trust. He had no desire to doubt again; he did not want to hear anything that would deflect him from his purpose.

Page Number: 563
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Dobby Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Dobby appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Twenty-Three
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
After Draco retrieves Griphook and closes the door, Dobby Apparates into the cellar and whispers that he's here to rescue Harry. Harry and Ron... (full context)
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...as the chandelier drops down on Hermione and Griphook. Harry wrestles back the wands as Dobby reprimands Narcissa and Bellatrix. Harry throws Ron a wand, grabs Griphook and Dobby, and Disapparates.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...Harry sees Voldemort punishing everyone at Malfoy Manor. Harry says that he wants to dig Dobby's grave by hand and he realizes that his grief and anger have finally allowed him... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...them both first. Harry thinks that he saw Dumbledore's eye in the mirror and then Dobby came. He wonders if Dumbledore knew Harry would struggle to know what to do, and... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...Griphook showed Harry to his vault at Gringotts years ago. Griphook mentions that Harry buried Dobby and says that Harry is an unusual wizard in that he dug the grave by... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...morning, Harry and Ron head outside to wait for Hermione and Griphook. Harry thinks that Dobby's grave is in the perfect spot, though he still wonders how Dumbledore sent the elf. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...Harry realizes that this is Aberforth. He has the other enchanted mirror, and he sent Dobby. (full context)