It’s officially been over one week
holy cheese, I feel so honored that you’d think of me as you were doing it! SEND PICS YO
well certainly not anonymously
It has come to my attention that this blog was much cooler when I was able to give it my full attention. But I’m an adult now so I can’t ever have fun, so I guess I’m saying I’m willing to co-blog.
So, auditions for co-running the blog staaaaaaart NOW
THAT is hard to say, and a very good question, actually. Because it delves into some interesting issues. Because frankly, we Muggles DO NOT have the equivalent beings when it comes to the humanoid peoples of Harry Potter.
But the parallels of what ACTUAL people have gone through at the hands of ACTUAL people and the creatures of the wizarding world (i.e. house elves, goblins, the like) is, of course, purposeful. Ms. Rowling was writing about suffering at the hands of people who hate rather than love…like, that’s what her story is about literally. Slavery, bigotry, sexism, racism, eugenics, segregation, torture, murder, dictatorships, genocide, war…these all have happened in the history of humanity over and over and over again worldwide because of lack of empathy people with power posses over those they refuse to understand as human (a la Voldemort…)
SO, is Dobby human? No.
Is his story human? Very very yes.
Does being not a human make him an animal? I dunno, is it fair to compare his story about overcoming slavery, gaining freedom, and dying bravely for friends at the hands of the very people who represent the system that brainwash and enslaved his kind in the first place as that of an animals? I guess that depends on your definition of an animal.
But those who have been enslaved were very often done so because they were culturally and socially considered animals as a way to dehumanize him.