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Chamber of Secrets Chapter Two Dobby's Warning [2007 Feb. 27th|03:20 pm]
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It's time for Chapter Two of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby's Warning.

Thoughts should be kept to a low whisper so that Uncle Vernon can tell his Japanese golfer joke, but clearly there is much to be discussed.


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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-02-28 03:07 am (UTC)

CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 1

1) Dobby the House-Elf.</b> Dobby can be incredibly annoying at times, though probably less so to me than to Harry, but he can also be dead useful, and even amusing, so I'll forgive him his appalling speech patterns.

2) What has Dobby heard about Harry? Clearly quite a lot, and if it's from the Malfoys, it can't be very complimentary. That Dobby is so honoured to meet Harry speaks volumes about his low regard for his masters' opinions.

3) "Just Dobby, sir." House-elves have no family names.

4) What a polite boy! Even though Dobby's appearance has startled Harry, and his presence in Privet Drive is inconvenient, Harry is unfailingly polite. I still wonder where he learned such good manners, but it's nice that he is so conscious of not wanting to seem rude.

5) "Bound to serve one house and one family forever." I have often wondered how long house-elves live and how old Dobby might be. For how many generations has he served the Malfoys? And yet here he breaks with the sacred law of elfdom and betrays his "family" for the sake of someone he has never even met. Again, what has he heard?!

6) "Sometimes they reminds me to do extra punishments." Given the sorts of things we already see Dobby doing to himself in this book, this statement smacks of sadism. I wonder which of Dobby's "owners" usually orders these punishments, and whether they make suggestions about what the punishments should be?

7) "This makes the Dursleys sound almost human." I guess this is setting up the introduction of Lucius Malfoy in a couple chapters. We are here being told that the Malfoys are very, very bad people. That being said, who knows what Petunia would do if she had a house-elf?

8) He Who Must Not Be Named. I want to keep track of who refers to Voldemort how in these books. Most people call him "You-Know-Who", and his followers call him "the Dark Lord". Who else refers to him as Dobby does? Where has Dobby picked up this form of address? Not from his "family", surely!

9) Dobby knows Voldemort was at Hogwarts. Now, that is *not* common knowledge! Yes, the students at Hogwarts found out about the philosopher's stone and Harry's confrontation with Quirrell at the end of the last book, but only the trio, Dumbledore, and possibly Snape (and McGonagall?) knew that Voldemort was involved. Dumbledore wouldn't have wanted that information getting around the school. For one thing (as we learn in OotP) it would not be believed, and for another, it might cause panic. So how does Dobby know?

10) How much does Dobby know? Dobby knows something is up. He's heard his masters talking. He knows students are in danger and he has heard Harry's name. From later chapters, we learn that he knows the Chamber is being opened and that it has something to do with Voldemort, but does he know how? Has he seen the diary? Does he have any inkling what it is? We know Lucius Malfoy didn't know exactly what it was; just what it would do, so Dobby probably doesn't know about any other horcruxes.
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[User Picture]From: __incendiarywit
2007-03-02 02:27 am (UTC)

Re: CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 1

09.) I'd assume that he overheard from Lucius somehow, though I could be wrong. Perhaps it's just a loop hole?
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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-03-02 12:27 pm (UTC)

Re: CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 1

Then that begs the question, how did Lucius know Voldemort was at Hogwarts? He claims at the end of GoF that he had no idea where Voldemort was or that he was trying to come back.
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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-02-28 03:07 am (UTC)

CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 2

11) "Dobby has known it for months, sir." So, was Dobby's master waiting for that important 50 year mark to unleash the power of the diary? Does Lucius feel as bound by numbers and symbols as Voldemort seems to be?

12) "Harry Potter must not put himself in peril. He is too important, sir!" Does Dobby only mean the things Harry has already done, or has he heard about a certain prophesy? It would make more sense for Dobby to risk visiting Harry like this if he believes Harry is destined to do more than he has already done, rather than just because he thinks Harry has done good work in the past.

13) "He hasn't got a brother, has he?" *giggle* No! He has a sister! An eeeeeeeevil sister! At least, my theory is correct. I've been wrong before. Seriously, though. Dobby widens his eyes to give Harry the hint that the danger is Tom Riddle, not Voldemort, and his eyes are "wider than ever" at Harry's joking question about Voldemort having a brother. Could Dobby be trying to suggest something else?

14) "Albus Dumbledore is the greatest headmaster Hogwarts has ever had." It's easy to pass over this line without a second thought, since this is something that's been said quite a lot in this series. But I can't imagine the people Dobby is normally around ever say this, so where has he picked it up?

15) "Powers no decent wizard would..." Hmmm...maybe Dobby *does* know something about horcruxes.

16) Does anyone know the Japanese golfer joke? I'm curious about what it might be. Though given the Dursleys' collective sense of humour, it's probably not that funny.

17) Harry's post. How did Dobby get hold of all those letters? How long has he been watching Harry? Or did he use house-elf magic to divert the owls? It's a shame Harry never gets his letters.

18) Harry won't lie. Not a trait he always seems to show. Most kids his age would just say, "sure, whatever" to get rid of Dobby. Of course, then we wouldn't have the underage magic plot device to work with....

19) Letter from the Ministry. This is the first indication we have that underage magic is not just frowned up, but is actually illegal (and has been since 1875 at least). Also, that the Ministry has ways of detecting magic being used in places it shouldn't be, but not by specific people. And Harry's doubly in trouble because the magic occurred near Muggles. These two factors are covered by separate laws.

20) Uncle Vernon's reaction. Vernon thinks he's found a way to stop Harry using magic ever again. But did he really think no one would ever come looking for Harry?

21) Harry and Hedwig. Awww...Harry loves his owl! Even though he's starving, he still makes sure she gets some of his food.
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[User Picture]From: banana_cave
2007-02-28 06:57 am (UTC)

Re: CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 2

21 - I was happy that he shared his food with Hedwig too. And Hedwig even seems to understand what Harry says to her. She is a very smart owl!
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[User Picture]From: pica_scribit
2007-02-28 12:29 pm (UTC)

Re: CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 2

I have often wondered if wizarding owls are different from regular owls? Are How do they deliver the post correctly every time? Are they trained? Charmed? Some other kind of creature entirely?
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[User Picture]From: __incendiarywit
2007-03-02 02:28 am (UTC)

Re: CoS:02 - Dobby's Warning (Bloomsbury 1998) - 2

18. As I was re-reading this part I was actually really frustrated that Harry didn't just say "Okay, whatever you say bub."
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