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Ron's healing even with the dittany was slow. It also does not seem to help with blood loss, as per the comment about Ron's pallor. From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "Harry and Hermione half carried, half dragged Ron through the entrance of the tent... Even this short journey had turned Ron whiter still, and once they had settled him on the ...


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Dobby may have been directly ordered not to mess with the diary. House-elves are magically forced to obey their master’s orders. Once Kreacher passed into Harry’s ownership (despite his desire to belong to Bellatrix instead) and Harry told him to shut up, he did shut up even though he was trying very hard not to. “Give him an order,’ said Dumbledore. ‘If ...


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Dobby wants to help Harry Potter because he brought about the downfall of Voldemort and things were much worse for his kind under Voldemort and largely better (for his kind) after Voldemort's fall: 'I don't suppose you're going to tell me why you wanted me sent home in pieces?' 'Ah, if Harry Potter only knew!' Dobby groaned, more tears dripping onto ...


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"Why did Dobby cheat his master?" Because Proletariat has Nothing To Lose But Their Chains (Karl Marx (c)) Dobby was NOT on the side of his master - he was a "freedom minded" house-elf, didn't like that house-elves were subjugated to wizards (as evidenced by his post-freeing thoughts, speech and behavior); didn't like Dark wizards, and knew that DE's ...


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It seems that house-elves have limited avenues of disobedience. We can assume that if Dobby could have stolen or disposed of the diary he would have done so. Nearly all of Dobby's acts of disobedience harm or disadvantage Harry. Something that Dobby would have known that his master would not have disapproved of. So it seems that the restriction on what ...


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Dittany appears to be good for helping to heal wounds, not fix internal injuries that require immediate surgery. Healing his skin would have been pointless given that he'd been stabbed in the torso and was likely suffering from a perforated heart/lungs/tomach/spleen/liver, etc. Any of which could be almost instantly fatal Per Pottermore Sourcing your ...


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I think you might be misreading the sentence. When Harry asks, “He hasn’t got a brother, has he?”, the “he” is referring to Voldemort, not another person. He’s interpreting Dobby’s hint to mean that while Voldemort isn’t responsible, the plotter is somebody close or similar to Voldemort – so he’s asking if Voldemort has a brother, and if so, whether it’s ...


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Regarding Sectumsempra, specifically - what magic can do, magic can undo. (Disclaimer: obviously that isn't true of everything in the Harry Potter universe. In fact, the point is often made in The Deathly Hallows that some wounds inflicted by Dark Magic can't be cured. George's ear, for example, cannot be replaced. I simply bring up that nice old quote to ...


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The question of whether or not dittany would have been effective is a good one to debate. However, another thing to consider is the characters' state of mind at the time Dobby got injured. Hermione had just been tortured by Bellatrix, and all of them had just escaped imprisonment and certain death. So, I doubt any of them were thinking very clearly or ...


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Because he considers Harry Potter to be wizard without equal (in temperament and disposition at least, though perhaps also skill since he notes that Harry has defeated Voldemort twice so far). There is clearly some sort of hero-worship going on here because of this. Since Dobby holds Harry in such reverence, he feels the need to warn him of the dangers ...


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I think this is going to end up being slightly speculative, but I'll take a shot at answering this. As I mentioned in a comment, saying that Dobby betrayed his master's plans to Harry isn't entirely correct; Dobby didn't tell Harry what Lucius Malfoy was planning, only that Harry would be in danger if he returned to Hogwarts. So, why would he do that? Harry,...


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What was the order? Elf! You will not tell anybody what is talked about in this room, do you understand? That would allow Dobby to: Leave the house (he wasn't ordered not to) Tell Harry that he's in danger (he wasn't ordered not to warn anybody about events set in motion) Tell Harry secrets (the order wasn't "You will not divulge any family secrets!) ...


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He’d be magically forced to obey any direct orders he was given. Dobby only had a limited amount of free will about what he could do. House-elves can’t always help whether they betray their owners or not. They don’t need their master’s permission to do everything, and they can go against their owner’s wishes - as long as they weren’t specifically told not ...


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As I said in the comments, we don’t have an exact age, but I’ve tried to pull together the scraps. A few years ago, JK Rowling’s website listed the birthday of several characters, including Dobby. Sadly, she neglected to include a year, but we know he was born on 27 June, of an unknown year. The other thing we get is this snippet from Dobby in Chamber ...


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This is mostly speculation, but it could possibly be because it contradicts the most fundamental rule of house-elves: he is not allowed possessions. Likely as an extension of this, he is also not allowed to steal any of his master's things. If this type of thing was allowed, then in defiance of his master he could have taken any object and squirreled it ...


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It's Dobby's unique character and psychology that explains why he pops out of the blue and tries to save Harry from what he thinks is almost certain death. I would argue that it's the result of a combination of factors. Worship As pointed out by @Au101, Harry has become, although not voluntarily or knowingly, a reference point not only for freedom-seeking ...


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I recall that scene, and I always saw it as a look of nervousness or insecurity. Remember, his master is Lucius Malfoy. No doubt Dobby was always looking over his shoulder. I highly doubt they would have Dobby look at the camera, considering the time and effort to animate something like that.


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I do not know of any cannon statements that would answer this, so my answer is supposition. Take from it what you may. Voldemort used his power to make the entire wizarding world "darker" during the First Wizarding War. According to Hagrid: " [...] this wizard, about twenty years ago, started lookin' fer followers. Got 'em, too — some were afraid, some ...


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It probably depends on what he was actually told to do. If Dobby just overheard a conversation between Draco and Lucius, who would assume that Dobby would have no interest in betraying them. They might not have given him a direct order, but something might have carried over from a previous order that forbade him from telling directly. What I think is more ...


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The 2nd book was still very early in the series, and harry doesn't know much about voldemort except he's beaten him from the previous book. If you read the next lines: Dobby shook his head, his eyes wider than ever. "Well then, I can't think who else would have a chance of making horrible things happen at Hogwarts," said Harry. "I mean, there's ...


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I think stating that Dobby cheated his master is assuming more than we can know. The book goes to lengths to point out that Dobby might have been sent to Harry to keep him out of school. Perhaps Draco sent Dobby to the school? I've read the book many times, and were I to assume that Dobby did come to warn Harry to keep him safe, he did so without his masters ...


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