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Dobby bows to Harry in his bedroom in Privet Drive

Loyal magical creatures bound to their owners as servants for life

House-elves fact file


Large heads, long noses and fingers, very short, with bulging, tennis ball eyes and bat-like ears

Magic Abilities

Their own type of magic performed without a wand which includes the ability to apparate, disarm and make objects levitate


Bound to serve one owner unless freed by being given clothes by that owner

‘What’s in the box?’ he asked, pointing at it.

‘Funny you should ask,’ said Hermione, with a nasty look at Ron.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling

Dobby holds the sock which grants his freedom from the Malfoys.

Dobby is a free elf

Dobby drops the chandelier on the assembled Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor.

The Malfoy family

By J.K. Rowling

‘Harry Potter will do the task!’ squeaked the elf. ‘Dobby knew Harry had not found the right book, so Dobby did it for him!’


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling

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'Tis part of the house-elf’s enslavement, sir. We keeps their secrets and our silence, sir, we upholds the family’s honour, and we never speaks ill of them.

Dobby and Winky in the Hogwarts kitchens with the other elves.

Visiting the house-elves in Hogwarts kitchen