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November 07, 2014, 04:15:55 PM

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Chapter Twenty-One: The House-Elf Liberation Front
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Blast Ended Skrewts by raitala

Nothing puts a squelch on a good party like screeching Golden Egg - a development that helps Hermione figure out from Gred and Forge how to get into the kitchens. Rita Skeeter snoops around the Skrewts, Dobby and Winky turn up in the Hogwarts kitchens, and Hermione puts her foot in her mouth. Oh, and it turns out Winky has a Butterbeer-drinking problem.

A few questions to get you started:
1) When Dobby says something bad about the Malfoys, he immediately runs to punish himself. Is Dobby truly free or is he just reacting out of habit?

2) Given the exchange between the Trio and the House-Elves, we learn a lot about how Dumbledore treats the enslaved. Do you think he's more like Hermione or Hagrid in his approach?

3) Dobby seems to be the only Elf anywhere who wanted or embraced his freedom. Why is he different?


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November 07, 2014, 07:11:50 PM
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1) When Dobby says something bad about the Malfoys, he immediately runs to punish himself. Is Dobby truly free or is he just reacting out of habit?
I think it is habit, because he had done it for so long before he was freed. We do sometimes see Kreacher pushing against things he has been forbidden to do, and then punishing himself so it may be that Dobby's had been voluntarily punishing himself so he had control over it rather than being forced into something.
2) Given the exchange between the Trio and the House-Elves, we learn a lot about how Dumbledore treats the enslaved. Do you think he's more like Hermione or Hagrid in his approach?
I think Dumbledore is closer to Hagrid really as he is prepared to give what Dobby what he asks for, and even more than he wants, but he is prepared to let the House Elves take the lead.
3) Dobby seems to be the only Elf anywhere who wanted or embraced his freedom. Why is he different?
I think Dobby has had a harder life than most elves, but he also seems more rebellious than most. However Kreacher is the only other elf we see who isn't treated well by his family (neglected by Sirius) and he rebelled as well by going to Narcissa.
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November 26, 2014, 02:15:28 AM
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I agree roonwit, Dobby seems to have some rebellious blood in him.  He ventured out to warn Harry about the dangers in his second year at Hogwarts.  He even went far enough to try and prevent Harry from going back to school.  He went against his masters, the Malfoys, but still remained within their realm.  He would punish himself every time he met up with Harry but still had that bit of wanting to do as he pleased; just as a "free" elf would do.

His admiration and want to help Harry made Dobby feel truly free.   But old habits pop up when he thinks he should punish himself.  But his freedom outweighs his feelings and helping Harry seems to be his main mission in life.  He takes pride that Harry appreciates his help and treats him as an equal.
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