Dobby Voted One of the “Most Downtrodden (Yet Inspiring) Characters in Movie History”

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Jan 28, 2010

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Empire Online has named Dobby as one of their eight “Most Downtrodden (Yet Inspiring) Characters in Movie History.” Wall-E, Spartacus and Napoleon Dynamite were amongst the other “luckless individuals who at least make our lives better.” The feature provides a background on both why Dobby is so miserable and so inspiring. Quotage:

Dobby continues to play a heroic role throughout the series, always putting the welfare of others before his own, and plays a role out of all proportion to his size.

The full feature can be found on the Empire Online website right here.

Thanks very much to Gazza for the tip!





71 Responses to Dobby Voted One of the “Most Downtrodden (Yet Inspiring) Characters in Movie History”

Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: Dobby is an inspiring person (house elf) and was a hero. RIP Dobby.Avatar ImageLauraKeaton says: I think I cried harder for Dobby's death that an other character's. He was definitely inspiring.Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: Wasn't too familiar with the other characters, but the inclusion of Dobby was nice. I think the best out of all of the ones listed. Dobby and sacrificial & self-sacrificial go together. And Dobby is free even when he's in slavery because he does the right thing and makes the right choices even despite his slavery & despite the consequences.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: Dobby is amazingAvatar Imagepottersocks says: Dobby was a really well written character all around. He really seemed to bring out the best in all of the other characters around him and certainly fits the downtrodden portion here. I do love Wall-E, but I think that Dobby is the rightful owner of this award!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Go Dobby! You deserve this award!Avatar ImageProfessor Witchard says: I agree with GadgetDon. I think he deserves the award, but not for his roll in the films, which are very minor (so far). I hope he's gets his moment in the Deathly Hallows films, though that does make me concerned that I'll cry during the movie; only scene in the HP series I cried over.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: dobby is the greatest elf ever he loved harry so muchAvatar ImageKami Malfoy says: I'm glad that Empire Online has recognized Dobby's contributions by including him on tis list. He certainly qualifies, poor Dobby!Avatar ImageBara says: A much deserved mention. Congrats to Dobby. RIP.Avatar ImageKami Malfoy says: It's too bad that Dobby and Winky got cut out of Goblet of Fire. The fact that Dobby couldn't find employment because he expected to be paid showed how he was again bucking the system in an effort to do the right thing and suffered the consequences for not just doing what was easy. Avatar Imagemolly43 says: I cried when Dobby died. He was always so loyal to hp and would do anything he could for hp including staying up three days straight to spy for hp or putting a Bludger to him if it would make hp go back home and be safe. He'd defend hp if someone talked about him. He was very caring with Winky to help her get a job and to care for her when she drank too much. I could go on and on. He was adorable, kind, thoughtful. He definitely deserved the award. Avatar Imagesnapevslaura says: RIP Dobby :D I love youu. Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Dobby was such a little sweetheart. :o) Interesting that he was listed based on the movies ... the currently available films have not yet shown him in his true glory.Avatar Imagemissdelbridge says: I've always loved Dobby, he's a brilliant character!! RIP and well done :)Avatar ImageGadgetDon says: Dobby clearly qualifies as one of the eight most downtrodden yet inspiring characters in book history. But for movies? Unfortunately, in the movies, Dobby doesn't continue to play a heroic role, or any role, throughout the series (though he will reappear in the last movie). Happy Dobby is getting the notice - wish the movie makers had understood his importance enough to show it.Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: dobby is amazing. RIP. he was always so greatAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am pleased that they included Dobby in this list, as his character served as a humble but inspirational example to us all. I hope that they do him justice in the last two films.Avatar ImageUnnamedHufflepuff says: Dobby definitely deserves this award. I too cried harder for Dobby than I did for the other deaths in Deathly Hallows combined. He deserves some recognition for what he has done.Avatar ImageUnnamedHufflepuff says: Dobby definitely deserves this award. I too cried harder for Dobby than I did for the other deaths in Deathly Hallows combined. He deserves some recognition for what he has done.Avatar ImageIt must be bunnies says: Dobby - a free elf - is very inspiring and deserving of this award. Love for Dobby!Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Yay!!!! <3 Dobby soooooo deserves that!!!!Avatar ImageMatea says: Dooby is the coolest!Avatar ImageSoCalSloGal says: Aww! Dobby, you're fantastic! =) Spectacular!!!!Avatar Imagescorpiprincess says: Thats great ,I love DobbyAvatar ImageTheHeirOfSlytherin2 says: Good for Dobby! Ya'know, I've always liked Dobby.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: RIP Dobby <3Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Aww go Dobby! Avatar Imagekingdomkey1121 says: Yeay Dobby!!Avatar Imagebeewell says: Dobby was a great elf and sacrifice himself for the good of others. If any character was to win award, it was Dobby. He loved Harry very much, not only for setting him free but for the choices his living gave others. He was a great asset to the films and it was a sad note when they cut him out of GOF. Rest in peace Dobby...you are loved by many!Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: Totally agree!!! I was so sad when Dobby died!!Avatar Imagewilliam 93 says: 8th!? He should be in at least the top 5 or top 3, Dobby deserves better than 8th, well thats my opinion anyway.Avatar Imagedeatheater111 says: Wow! Napoleon Dynamite and Dobby have SO much in common! Dobby did make my life a tad bit better( like 0.00000000001 better!), but was VERY downtrodden. Thank God he's going to die next movie!Avatar Imagedeatheater111 says: Well, I'm being to harsh on that poor little helpless creature. Yeah, I was a little sad when he died, only because Bellatrix threw a knife at him(OUCH! THAT'S MY BACK YOU WITCH!!)Avatar Imagetaylor819 says: Aww! I cried SO hard when he died. You deserve it, Dobby!Avatar ImageMiss RAB says: I love Dobby! One of my favorite characters, and my favorite house-elf!! I can't wait to see him in both HP movies! I hoe he's not changed too much. Avatar Imagepotterfan4lyfe says: Dobby deserves this award! R.I.P. Dobby, a free elfAvatar ImageKami Malfoy says: GadgetDon has a good point about the great reduction in Dobby's roles in the films, which I find unfortunate. But he still had to iron his hands for aiding Harry and he willingly put himself at great personal risk in his repeated attempts to interfere on Harry's behalf. As he said, "If Master knew Dobby was here...."Avatar Imagekellbell says: I love Dobby! They should have kept him in the movies!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: YAY for Dobby!! And for Wall-E too.... love them both!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: At least he didn't iron his hands for nothing!Avatar Imagehewy says: Go Dobby! He is a very deserving elf. He should have been included in the GOF but they gave his part to Neville. When will they stop messing with the basics of the book? Any way, Dobby deserves this award for sure!!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: YEAH!! Go Dobby!Avatar ImageQueen_Victoria says: Woo. I'm glad Dobby got some love. I also think it's great that he is on the same list as Napolean Dynamite.Avatar ImageAnna Weasley says: That's good for Dobby. I must admit i cried when realized that he was not going to make it in the end..."HERE LIES DOBBY A FREE ELF" That still gets me.Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: That's wonderful news!Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: Always loved Dobby!Avatar ImageHarryJamesPotterROCKS says: He's always been very inspiring.Avatar ImageLepidus says: Dobby is one of the best characters in Harry Potter. He was amazing. I was so sad when he died. He was so brave. He truly does deserve to be one of the "Most Downtrodden (Yet Inspiring) Characters in Movie History." Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: aw dobby sooo deserves this award! o love dobby soooo much! i cried for hours when he died!!Avatar Imageleigia says: Go Dobby. I liked him since CoS.Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Dobby is one of the most brilliantly written characters in the whole series and often overlooked a little, sadly. He's also one of the most important! If Harry hadn't set him free, there would have been no escape from Malfoy Manor.Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ohh! dobby! :( they should have included him more in the movies :((Avatar Imagewing says: dobby,support youAvatar ImageMiss RAB says: I love Dobby! One of my favorite characters, and my favorite house-elf!! I can't wait to see him in both HP movies! I hoe he's not changed too much. Avatar ImagePollytomat says: He deserved it! He always helped good people. Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: I LOVE DOBBY!!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: aww thats soo sweetAvatar ImageXzenoa says: Without Dooby we might not have 'Roonil (this was a reference to HBP)' (Roonil is Ron) today! Remember when he woke Harry up for the 2nd challenge to save Ron with the Gillyweed? Dobby you deserve this award! For the bestest house elf ever, support SPEW, and Winky don't worry we love you too.Avatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: Ohhhh, Dobby's awesome! 3 cheers for Dobby! Wait- did i say cheers? I meant socks!Avatar Imagenox avis says: go Dobby! ill always remember his actions and his awesome odd socks :)Avatar ImageLittleLoony says: way to go dobby! about time he got some proper appreciation!Avatar ImageAsta says: I really liked Dobby. It was so sad he had to die.Avatar ImageFifi says: Dobby really deserves it. Whenever he's talking during the books, I talk for him because he always talks really cutely!Avatar ImageLittleLoony says: way to go dobby! about time he got some proper appreciation!Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: Yeah Dobby! Woo Hoo!Avatar ImageSylvia says: I love Dobby. I was annoyed that he wasn't included in '...Goblet of fire' as well as the other noteable house elves in book four. I hope Dobby and Kreacher get the screen time they deserve in the last (sobs) movie. Avatar Imageenchantedsocks says: It's interesting that this is about downtrodden (yet inspiring) movie characters yet much of the content of that article refers to house elves in the books. But Dobby truly is inspiring - so positive despite suffering so much.Avatar Imageanabanana says: I loved Dobby, I cried so much when he died... it's nice to see that his heroism is recognised!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Go, Dobby!

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