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Dobby had to Die

Sorry guys, but it’s absolutely true. There was no way Dobby the house elf could have made it out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 alive. I don’t just mean that in the sense that it’s because that’s what happened in the books, either. I didn’t read the book, so I can’t say.

What I can say is that the instant Dobby showed up to help Harry and friends escape from imprisonment, he had a target on his chest. One no screenwriter could miss, he had to be written out.

It would have been easy enough to leave Dobby alive. As a fan favorite it would no doubt have pleased the crowds, but it would have left a giant dramatic hole for part two. No matter how much peril Harry is in, why doesn’t Dobby just transport him away from said peril? For Dobby not to do that would be ludicrous. Part one has clearly set up that Dobby has no limitations and can go where he wants.

The death of Dobby not only effects Harry on an emotional level, but it also sets up a part two where there is no easy escape and Harry must deal with the consequences of his actions.

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