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Ficbit: Dobby, gen. Or Dobby/Electricity. [Apr. 18th, 2005|10:12 am]
It got a bit out of hand so I cut it short, but I think I might take it a little further some other time. It was really the title that did it for me. :)

Dobby loves! Dobby loves. So many things for Dobby to love, as he rushes about the spic-span kitchen to make Harry Potter’s coffee and muffins. And eggs and toast and orange juice, and potatoes and ham and soup and bread, bread baking in Sharp, stew boiling on Gelco’s fireback. Dobby loves to make food for Harry Potter more than he loves to clean and wash and sing and dance when nobody is watching. Nobody leaves Harry Potter alone anymore, and Dobby does not leave Harry Potter with nobody.

All day the Muggle bell is ringing and ringing and Dobby is answering the door for magical masters and mistresses. Hermione Granger is coming from work every day to see how Harry Potter is. She is giving Dobby hats and cloaks when she sees Harry Potter finally eating and drinking, saying, “It’s your food, Dobby, he couldn’t resist it forever!” Forever! Dobby is taking the cloaks to the second bedroom, Harry Potter’s old room, and standing before the mirror in Dobby’s free time, swishing and swashbuckling – Dobby loves to swashbuckle like the puppets on Harry Potter’s Muggle stage inside LG, where they are acting and dancing and singing and squealing like on Lucius Malfoy’s ballroom dais. Dobby kept that ballroom clean as sparkles and he keeps Harry Potter’s LG of glass clean as two squeaks.

“It’s called electricity,” Hermione Granger is telling him when they first come to Harry Potter’s old house, where Harry Potter’s uncle and aunt and pig-cousin live no more because they are all moving across the sea. Dobby knows only horrible persons move across seas, going to places like Azkaban. “It’s like Muggle magic. Of course, it’s both good and evil depending on how you use it.”

She is smiling sadly when she tells Dobby this. Dobby loves Hermione Granger most after Harry Potter. She is showing him how to use Muggle magic, giving Dobby lots and lots more words – oven, toaster, juicer, tubelight, bulb, fan, air-conditioner, central heating, a name for LG that Harry Potter calls teevee, Compaq and Intel. Dobby reads all the strange electric elves’ names on them, names just like folk are giving to children, Kenwood and GE and Phillips. Dobby is still taking the names to bed at night when Harry Potter is asleep and practicing how they roll off Dobby’s tongue. Dobby decides that if he is ever going back to Hogwarts and finding Merly and having a little girl, he is calling her Sony.

In the dark, when Harry Potter is still sometimes crying out names of his friends, Ron and Hagrid and Cho and
Sirius, Dobby is holding his mouth shut and thinking of Sony and Philips and LG. Dobby is knowing that they are not house-elves and wizards, but they are better than ghosts.

Has anyone else noticed how MS Word protests loudly at Dobby PoVs?

[User Picture]From: fictualities
2005-04-17 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow.

Fantastic POV. Really REALLY great; the contrast between Dobby's innocent enthusiasm and what we can deduce has happened to Harry is just . . . ack. So much more gutwrenching for its restraint. The funny bits are really funny (Sony!) and they make that twist in the last line, with its little hint that Dobby is more aware than he lets on, all the more powerful. *fangirls you*
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-04-18 08:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was one of those things that pop into your head fully-formed and won't let go, and I was very surprised to be writing about Dobby, I can tell you. There was a bit I considered the highlight of the piece, about Draco and a cigarette and an emulsion rod, which I cut off ... ahem. Yes. I am very very pleased that you enjoyed it: poor Dobby's enthusiasm did seem immensely sad to me in the light of, all the losses I couldn't bear to think about. I do think between Dobby and Harry, Dobby's really the stronger, at the moment.

*fangirls right back* Yay!
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[User Picture]From: maggiehoneybite
2005-04-18 05:24 am (UTC)
Dobby decides that if he is ever going back to Hogwarts and finding Merly and having a little girl, he is calling her Sony.

I love that bit. And the last sentence, too. Such interesting things happen in your head, Nol... It makes me want to be one of your brain cells.
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-04-18 08:59 am (UTC)
I do believe that's the most romantic thing anyone's ever said to me. :)

Thank you Maggie! *grooves at you*
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[User Picture]From: maelipstick
2005-04-18 05:18 pm (UTC)
Dobby decides that if he is ever going back to Hogwarts and finding Merly and having a little girl, he is calling her Sony


I think only you could make me like a postwar screwed up Harry fic.
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-04-19 01:11 am (UTC)
Aw. Not my thing, really, since I'm not really into screwed-up Harry fics (you might try this one by fictualities, though, it made me cry). One always surprises oneself, I guess.

Thank you. *kiss*
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[User Picture]From: shaychana
2005-04-24 08:35 am (UTC)
oh! oh oh oh! oh my! this ficlet combines some of my absolute favourite things to find in fic: daring structures (that really paid off!) and house elf pov (too rare, seriously!). i'm SO glad i read it. i'm incredibly impressed by the whole barrage of nouns and labels you dropped into your sentences, like all these things that clutter and makes a life seem less hollow. and oh! the idea of electrical gadgets as house-elves and wizards! even more poignant, that they aren't things to dobby so much as... almost, friends.

will you post this to by_the_fountain? if you'd rather not, i'll make a recpost. you can't stop me from reccing mwahahah.
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[User Picture]From: shaychana
2005-04-24 08:40 am (UTC)
oh, and, i loved i sing the body electric, even if i don't really see a relation to the poem in your fic save for a quite literal interpretation of the title (correct me if i'm wrong). :)
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-04-24 09:08 am (UTC)
There is no relation to the poem whatsoever, I chose it purely for the pun, which made me laugh very hard when I first thought of it. ")
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-04-24 09:07 am (UTC)
*BLUSH OMG* Thank you, I feel rather small and wriggly right now. I'm really glad the Dobby-voice worked for you, it seemed like one of those things that could so easily just fail and fall flat. Dobby's such a revolutionary, he's quite amazing and deserves better than poor Winky.

I ... I guess I will, thanks so much for asking. The recpost sounds good because mmmrec! But I'll join up and post asap. Squee.
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[User Picture]From: finnygan
2005-05-01 03:24 am (UTC)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Brilliant use of paradox, using a comical voice, telling a tragedy. Oh, the ambiguity. I love it.

And how I've managed to forget to friend this journal, I don't know. But I'm doing it now, so I hope that's ok. :)
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2005-05-02 01:45 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it and shared in the Dobby love. And I'll friend you back, too. :)
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