I don’t think she thinks very hard about messages or politics. And not in the “oh I’m apolitical” way, but in the “you are including it, but I don’t think you are representing politics the way you think you are.” Like we’re clearly supposed to see Hermione as the naive liberal, but in reality, she’s protesting actual slavery.
It’s been a very long while since I’ve read the books but I thought I remembered Dumbledore offered to pay Dobby and he didn’t want it. I googled it and you’re right. Dumbledore paid him one Galleon a week after Dobby apparently haggled him down from higher.
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