Why Dobby’s Death Was So Devastating

Why Dobby’s Death Was So Devastating

When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 hit movie theaters, I was of course right there at midnight. The night was all excitement, but even though I loved the movie it ended in tears. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried while watching Dobby die on the big screen. When the lights came up in the theater, my friends were appalled to see me in tears. They hadn’t read the books, so they didn’t fully understand.

To most of us fans, Dobby’s death in the book was heartbreaking. A lot of people I talk to said they were more upset about Dobby dying than some of the main characters. Why is that? I think it’s because Dobby represents everything good. He is pure and innocent. He ‘s always thinking of helping others even if it means he himself will pay in the end.

Think about it. Dobby warned Harry that something bad was happening at Hogwarts; he had to go home and iron his fingers. He was manipulated by Barty Crouch, Jr. into stealing Gillyweed for Harry at his own risk. If he had been caught, he could have been sent away from Hogwarts. His final act of selflessness was to save Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Dean, Mr. Ollivander, and Griphook from Malfoy Manor. This was the act that did him in. He knew what his previous masters were capable of, but he went to rescue them anyway, at great personal risk that ended up being fatal.

Killing off Dobby was a way to show that even the most pure and innocent will not be spared if evil is alive in the world. That’s why it was so devastating.


  1. I know ima seem crazy for this but I was always so annoyed with dobby. I always skip over his parts in movies and books. Not saying he deserved to die or anything but cmon you saw it comming at some point

    • Perhaps. Perhaps it could have been predicted. Or perhaps it could not have been predicted. That does not make the death any more shocking.

    • Well if you only watched the movies then you’d feel that way. It’s quite contrary if you’ve read the book. His parts in the books were intriguing to read and his death was- well honestly, they’re not enough words the English language to describe how painful his death was.

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