Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Week: Dobby Stands Tall

Teen reviewer and MAJOR HP fan Mairead has chosen the very noble house elf, Dobby as her fave:

“Here lies Dobby, a Free Elf” were the most memorable words from the whole Harry Potter series, other than the iconic beginning of the story for me, but why? Dobby had an odd charm. He was not a character that came up very often, but when he did he always made a large impact. He was the one who told the trio about the room of requirement, lending to the training of Dumbledore’s Army. He assisted Harry even again when Kreacher and he went to spy on members of the Death Eaters. In his final heroic act, he saved those he loved from the bowels of Malfoy Manor, his old place of employment.

While he was brave and loyal to those he loved, he did not lack any sort of quirk. While his heart was always in the right place, his judgement was occasionally off, such as when he enchanted the bludger to attack Harry in hopes that it would save him. While he absolutely loved having and receiving socks, he did not understand people’s obsession with wearing matching ones. Dobby was not normal, even when it came to being a house elf. He was never properly ashamed by being unemployed after he caught the sock off of Tom Riddle’s diary.He didn't follow the norm of being a house elf either, from not being ashamed when he was fired (even if it was semi-unintentional), nor being afraid to ask for payment from Dumbledore for his work at Hogwarts. He was an unusual little being, but always trying to be the best he could be.

Dobby was a memorable character, and he was the hardest for me to say goodbye to at the end of the series. At the end of the day, he was just another fictional character, but he seemed so much more.

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