He expected the elf's smile to vanish, his ears to droop; he expected him to say it was impossible, or else that he would try to find somewhere, but his hopes were not high. What he had not expected was for Dobby to give a little skip, his ears waggling cheerfully, and clap his hands together.
"Dobby knows the perfect place, sir!" he said happily.
I like Dobby so much more on this read, for some reason.
Also, Harry seems less angsty than I remember. Maybe I'm more understanding of it now? I dunno, but I don't think he's bad at all.