The red socks include a Dobby design woven in gold metallic thread, while the grey socks make it clear that "Dobby is a free elf," with sock motifs sprinkled widely among the phrases. Dobby might be gone. He might be staying forever. But his socks still color-code his status.
Dobby, who was played by Bob Bennett, was a small gray elf who worked as a house-elf at Mr. Grunt's residence. Dobby helped clean the house and do other tasks for Mrs. Slocombe and her children. He also served as a kind of mascot for the family since Mr. Slocombe went to work at the Ministry of Magic many years ago.
When Mr. Slocombe failed to return from his mission one night, Mrs. Slocombe went to look for him. She found him dead next to his locked office door on which was written: "All I ask is that you use your magic wisely." This mystery had a lasting effect on Mrs. Slocombe, who after that abandoned her job as a secretary to go looking for her missing husband. Although she never found him, she took care of him well until her death several years later. Since then, Mr. Grunt has been alone ever since except for his servants.
House elves can only be let free if their owners give them clothing. Dobby's favorite piece of apparel is the sock, which he obtained after Harry tricked Lucius Malfoy by throwing one to him, which explains the rising number of them at his display on the tour.
There are two possible explanations as to why Dobby was given a sock: either as a joke or because Harry threw it to him. If it was a joke, then it was probably done to humiliate Malfoy; if not, then perhaps Dumbledore wanted him to know that they were friends. Either way, it shows that not all house elves are treated well.
House elves serve their masters loyally until they are no longer useful. Then they will go to any length to avoid being killed. This is shown by Dobby trying to save Harry from death when he was about to be thrown into Azkaban. He knew that if Voldemort found out that Harry was alive, then he would need to protect him at all costs. Therefore, he tried to escape so that he could fight against Voldemort with Harry's help.
House elves are very loyal to their owners and will do anything for them. This is shown by Dobby risking his life for Harry when he was being attacked by Voldemort's dog, Crookshanks.
Dobby is notorious in the Harry Potter films for wearing sad rags, which makes fitting for a house-elf who no one cares about. But once he's free in the books, he dresses up in a variety of amusing and frequently hilarious outfits, including a tea cozy, a slew of hats, a scarlet sweater, and various pairs of socks.
In the movies, Daniella Pineda, who plays Dobby, wears prosthetic appliances for his hands and feet. These were added to better reflect what Dobby can actually do with these limbs. He is also given tattoos to look more "elfy."
In the books, Dobby's appearance is much less defined. He has several different outfits throughout the series, but none of them really fit him well. It's clear that Daniella Pineda enjoys making fun of him by wearing bizarre clothes that don't quite go with her other elf clothes.
Here are some pictures of Dobby from the Harry Potter film series:
First, let's take a look at him in his sad rags:
Then here are some photos of him after he's been freed:
Dobby crocheted Harry a mismatched pair of socks for Christmas: "the left sock was brilliant red with a broomstick design on it; the right sock was green with a snitches pattern" (GF23).
Brooms are known for their colored handles, which can be black, white, yellow, or orange. Dobby had no choice but to make each pair by hand. He probably used different colors of wool and kept matching them up until he found two he liked. Then he'd have to use those colors again and again if he wanted more than one pair of socks like Harry had.
Socks are usually white or black, but there are some fun colors out there too. Have you ever worn purple socks? That's a rare color!
Dobby made several pairs of socks for Harry over time. Here are the times and dates that we know about from the books:
June 1, 1971 - January 1, 1977: Dobby gives Harry a pair of green socks.
December 25, 1980 - April 15, 1981: Dobby gives Harry a pair of red socks.
April 16, 1981 - November 30, 1981: Dobby gives Harry another pair of red socks.
House-elf Dobby, a beloved Harry Potter character, is a house-elf! Dobby was once owned by the Malfoy family until Harry Potter conned Lucius Malfoy into giving him a sock. Dobby dies trying to save Harry's life in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1.
Dobby is one of the few characters from the Harry Potter books who does not make an appearance in the films. However, actor Ian McKellen has said that he would like to play Dobby in future movies if the opportunity arose.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it is revealed that Dobby is well aware that Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived because Grawpy Figg had told him before his death. This means that Dobby knew who Harry Potter was even before he met him!
Dobby is one of the only characters from the Harry Potter books who is not human. They are also one of the few creatures in the series who is referred to as "elves". Humans believe elves to be small, magical beings who live in forests. In fact, elves are nearly identical to humans except they are smaller in size and have magic powers which humans don't have. Elves can become wizards or witches just like humans do although this is not common since most elves prefer living in forests rather than cities like humans do.
In the Harry Potter universe, elves date back many generations.