Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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A house-elf whom Harry freed two years ago. Dobby used to work for the Malfoys, who abused him. Dobby wants to work for pay, get time off, and wear clothes, all things that other house-elves believe are uncouth and improper. Though Dobby is happy when Dumbledore employs him at Hogwarts, he does recognize that he's an outlier and is instrumental in explaining to Harry and Hermione that Winky, another freed house-elf, isn't adjusting to freedom. Similarly, while he's something of a poster child for Hermione's organization S.P.E.W., Dobby doesn't want everything that Hermione thinks he should have (like a pension or a higher salary) and realizes that most house-elves are happy in their posts. He adores Harry, as Harry was the person who orchestrated Dobby's freedom, and to repay Harry's kindness he helps Harry with the second Triwizard Tournament task. Because Dobby loves socks, especially mismatched ones, Harry buys Dobby socks to thank him.

Dobby Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Eight Quotes

"House-elves is not paid, sir!" she said in a muffled squeak. "No, no, no. I says to Dobby, I says, go find yourself a nice family and settle down, Dobby. He is getting up to all sorts of high jinks, sir, what is unbecoming of a house-elf. You goes racketing around like this, Dobby, I says, and next thing I hear you's up in front of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, like some common goblin."

Related Characters: Winky (speaker), Harry Potter , Hermione Granger , Dobby
Page Number: 98
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter Twenty-Eight Quotes

Harry looked over at the fireplace too. Winky was sitting on the same stool as last time, but she had allowed herself to become so filthy that she was not immediately distinguishable from the smoke-blackened brick behind her. Her clothes were ragged and unwashed. She was clutching a bottle of butterbeer and swaying slightly on her stool, staring into the fire. As they watched her, she gave an enormous hiccup.

"Winky is getting through six bottles a day now," Dobby whispered to Harry.

Related Characters: Dobby (speaker), Harry Potter , Hermione Granger , Winky
Page Number: 536
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dobby Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Dobby appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight
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...whom they're sitting with and sees a creature wearing a tea towel. Incredulously he asks, "Dobby?" but the house-elf introduces herself as Winky, a friend of Dobby's. She says that freedom... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...that it'd be unkind to free elves and insulting to pay them. When she offers Dobby as an example of what she's trying to do, Hagrid notes that Dobby is strange.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...a painting and ignores Ron's scathing comments about S.P.E.W., and leads them into the kitchen. Dobby throws himself at Harry, crying with happiness, and explains that Dumbledore hired him and Winky... (full context)
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...greet Winky, Winky bursts into tears. Elves bring tea for Harry, Ron, and Hermione as Dobby tells them about his quest to find paid work. The other elves act as though... (full context)
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...her, but Winky shrieks that Mr. Crouch is good and was right to fire her. Dobby explains that house-elves can't speak ill of their masters and that Winky is having a... (full context)
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...dissolves: she says that Bagman is bad, but she insists on keeping Mr. Crouch's secrets. Dobby talks over her about his plans to buy a sweater, and Ron offers him the... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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On Christmas Day, Harry wakes to Dobby's face close to his and yells. Dobby apologizes and offers Harry a present as Ron,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...prefects' bathroom is holding his Firebolt away from him and taunting him. He wakes to Dobby poking him and saying that the second task starts in ten minutes. Harry hopelessly says... (full context)
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...place early in June. As Harry walks back to the castle, he decides to buy Dobby more socks to thank him. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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...next afternoon, Harry, Ron, and Hermione take food down to Hogsmeade. They choose socks for Dobby and then walk to the edge of town, where they find Sirius waiting for them... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...sending a letter to Percy, Harry, Ron, and Hermione stop in the kitchen to give Dobby his new socks. Dobby cries from happiness as the other elves bring tea. Ron asks... (full context)
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...do. Hermione shouts to the elves that they have the right to be happy like Dobby is. At this, Dobby looks scared and the other elves angrily push the trio out... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...Harry listens incredulously as Moody explains how he guided Harry and easily manipulated Cedric and Dobby into helping. He admits to putting Krum under the Imperius Curse in the maze and... (full context)