Tears, I tell you STREAMED down my face towards the conclusion of the first installment of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when loving, dear Dobby sacrificed himself to SAVE Harry Potter and his friends.
When we were first introduced to Dobby in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets I thought he was just a strange creature that would be in a few scenes now and then for our entertainment. But, when Harry freed Dobby from his duties as a house-elf, by giving him socks I knew that this was a friendship that would last throughout the series.
Those of you who believe I have gone badshit, devoting an entire blog post to Dobby the house-elf and his "legacy", please hear me out.
After the death of Sirius and Dumbledore, I believe that the death of Hedwig shook Harry. But so shortly after, it is the death of Dobby that sparks a darkness in Harry that allows him to have the courage, finesse, and the ability to kill Lord Voldemort. After all, it was the followers of "He-who-shall-not-be-named" that lead to Dobby's demise. If these "people" (if you can even call them that) can kill an innocent creature like Dobby what is stopping them from killing EVERY witch, wizard, goblin and creature that supports the name HARRY POTTER?????? Harry knows what he has to do- for the sake of wizard-kind.
The scene where they buried Dobby portrayed such a humanity to this magical world. It was such a raw scene, you almost forgot for a second they weren't burying somebody at a "muggle" funeral. It is scenes that like that make the story of harry potter as "fantasy" as it is, believable, because SO MANY of us have gone through the death of somebody we love. It doesn't matter Dobby is a make-believe creature that was killed with a wand, he was someone IMPORTANT to Harry and his friends, they LOVED him. The fact he is gone is going to haunt Harry for the rest of his life.
All of this loss is alot for a 17 year old to take, and Harry deals with it the only way he (or anyone) can, and would.............waiting for sweet revenge.