With his birthday falling on 28th June, did you know this would make Dobby a Cancer? You could hardly call this house-elf crabby… but is he anything like his star sign? Let’s find out…

In Harry Potter’s world, there’s Divination, Astronomy and prophecies – all used to make sense of the mysteries of the universe and the great beyond. But what about astrology? We know Professor Trelawney did touch upon it, but do any of our favourite characters happen to display personality traits that are unique to their star sign?

Well, we thought it would be fun to find out! As it is Cancer season, we’re looking at Harry’s number one fan, Dobby. Of course, any similarities may be a total coincidence. We’ll leave that up to you to decide. Why not share this with your Cancerian friends and see what they think?


Loyalty is a trait closely tied to the Cancer star sign. If you want a friend that you know will stick by you no matter what (even when you might not technically be right) then you can’t go wrong with this water sign. They are the epitome of ride or die and we think that there is one particular house-elf who shares this trait.

In fact, if you were to look up the definition of loyalty, you would find a picture of Dobby staring back at you. He was devoted to Harry before he even met him! And that’s just one example of this house-elf’s dependability – there are so many we could choose from. His loyalty to Dumbledore (he staunchly refused to call him a barmy old codger despite having permission from the man himself), his loyalty to Hogwarts and (possibly one of our favourite examples) his loyalty to fellow house-elf Winky. He got her a new home, job and stood by her even when she pushed him away. Dobby was a rock.


Out of all the star signs, Cancerians are known for being the providers and nurturers of the zodiac. They’re the friend that will always bring you hot soup when you’re feeling under the weather, the one you can call at three in the morning for a chat and the only person you know who can keep that house plant alive. Nobody cares as fiercely as they do.

We think this is another personality trait that Dobby exemplified – even if his actions were often somewhat misguided. He always wanted to ensure that Harry was alive, safe and preferably wearing an excellent pair of homemade socks. So what if some of his more enthusiastic attempts at looking after Harry went unappreciated (in all fairness Harry really could have done without that rogue Bludger). Dobby’s heart was in the right place, and he was one of the most caring characters in the wizarding world.

Dobby stands on Harry's hospital bed.


Fancy a raucous night out on the town? Well, we wouldn’t recommend asking your Cancerian friends. They are the people most likely to be celebrating rather than commiserating when plans get cancelled at the last minute. In fact, they are the consummate homebodies with a real talent for turning their personal space into an oasis with perfect Hygge vibes.

Even after Dobby became a free elf, he was always doing his utmost to make things homely – whether that was putting up Christmas decorations in the Room of Requirement (with a stunning Harry theme), knitting pairs of odd socks, or even painting portraits that were, quite frankly, masterpieces. Dobby always had a wholesome activity on the go… just like his fellow Cancerians.

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Unafraid to take action

Cancer is the cardinal water sign. Like the other cardinal signs in the zodiac, this means that they dream big but crucially they get things done with their decisive actions. But how does this apply to our favourite house-elf? We’ll happily tell you.

Dobby was not afraid to come up with a grand scheme or two – Chamber of Secrets was littered with Dobby’s big plans to keep Harry safe. Whether that was using a Hover Charm to drop a mountain of cream and sugared violets in the Dursleys’ living room or sealing off platform nine and three-quarters so Harry and Ron missed the Hogwarts Express, this was one house-elf that could think of an idea faster than a speeding Firebolt… Whether they were all good ideas, well, nobody’s perfect.


Dobby? Intense? The jovial house-elf with an unrivalled enthusiasm for socks? Yep, that’s the one. This was a being who felt things deeply – a personality quirk you might have noticed amongst your other Cancerian friends, thanks to their strong connection to their emotions. On occasion that intensity can be overwhelming, but it mainly stems from a place of care.

Dobby’s feelings towards those he loved were powerful and his emotional depth certainly exceeded that of a teaspoon. He bravely looked danger in the eye if it meant he could protect his friends – sneaking away from his masters to warn Harry of danger despite the threat of painful punishment, shielding Harry from the wrath of Lucius Malfoy when Dobby was freed, rescuing his friends from the horrors of Malfoy Manor… we could go on and on.

Ultimately, Dobby loved with a ferocity that could barely be rivalled and the intensity of his feelings meant that he was even willing to lay down his life for those he loved. Without that passion? Well, we can’t say for certain, but Harry, Ron and Hermione’s story could have looked very different indeed.