My notes on the book make the strange claim that he only appears in exactly three scenes. I cannot believe that I ever cared to count, but my memory of the book agrees with this count. I can only recall:

  1. Harry first encountering Dobby in his bedroom. I think there's a blink-and-you'll-miss it reference to Dobby before this, but I'm not sure.
  2. Harry and Dobby talking in a hospital bed.
  3. Dobby protecting Harry at the end.

Is my count accurate? Or are my notes as unreliable as I suspect?

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    The "blink and you'll miss it" is Harry thinking he sees two enormous green eyes like tennis balls in the hedge when he's in the garden. Sep 19, 2021 at 21:49

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Your notes and memory appear to be correct. A text search for "Dobby" in the e-book version turns up active results for the following:

  • Chapter Two "Dobby's Warning"
  • Chapter Ten "The Rogue Bludger"
  • Chapter Eighteen "Dobby's Reward"

Dobby is also passively referenced in the following chapters:

  • Chapter Three "The Burrow"
  • Chapter Four "At Flourish and Blott's"
  • Chapter Eleven "The Dueling Club"
  • Chapter Sixteen "The Chamber of Secrets"
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    If we're being more abstract he'd also have been present at King's Cross, and Quidditch game etc but I don't know if you'd really count those since you don't find out until later. Sep 20, 2021 at 9:04

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