Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Elphias Doge Character Analysis

An elderly man and a contemporary of Dumbledore's. He and Dumbledore were best friends in their youth and remained good friends throughout their lives, and Doge writes a touching obituary for Dumbledore that runs in the Daily Prophet. Though Doge insists that Dumbledore was a good man through and through, Harry finds him hard to believe when he struggles to refute any of Auntie Muriel's gossipy assertions about Dumbledore at Bill and Fleur's wedding. For her part, Rita Skeeter suggests that Doge isn't entirely sane when she challenges his critiques of her biography of Dumbledore.

Elphias Doge Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Elphias Doge or refer to Elphias Doge. 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 Two Quotes

He had thought he knew Dumbledore quite well, but ever since reading this obituary he had been forced to recognize that he had barely known him at all. Never once had he imagined Dumbledore's childhood or youth; it was as though he had sprung into being as Harry had known him, venerable and silver-haired and old. The idea of a teenage Dumbledore was simply odd, like trying to imagine a stupid Hermione or a friendly Blast-Ended Skrewt.

Page Number: 21
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Chapter Eight Quotes

Harry looked into Doge's earnest, pained face and felt, not reassured, but frustrated. Did Doge really think it was that easy, that Harry could simply choose not to believe? Didn't Doge understand Harry's need to be sure, to know everything?

Page Number: 152-53
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Chapter Ten Quotes

The accusations he had heard from Muriel at the wedding seemed to have nested in his brain like diseased things, infecting his memories of the wizard he had idolized. Could Dumbledore have let such things happen? Had he been like Dudley, content to watch neglect and abuse as long as it did not affect him? Could he have turned his back on a sister who was being imprisoned and hidden?

Page Number: 177
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Elphias Doge Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Elphias Doge appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...of newspapers on his desk. He finds the issue containing an obituary written by Elphias Doge about Dumbledore and sits down to read it. Doge writes about how he met Dumbledore... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Doge writes that he and Dumbledore planned to tour the world after finishing school, but the... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...reads that she finished the 900-page book four weeks after Dumbledore's death. Skeeter laughs at Doge's insistence that the biography is devoid of facts, and promises to expose Dumbledore's youthful interest... (full context)
Chapter Eight
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Later that evening, Harry recognizes Elphias Doge sitting alone, joins him, and reveals his identity. They discuss that Doge knew Dumbledore well,... (full context)
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Muriel insists that the Dumbledore family kept Ariana a secret because of shame, while Doge insists that Ariana was just unwell. Muriel cackles as she says that Aberforth broke Dumbledore's... (full context)