A form of elf appearing in the Harry Potter universe who are typically servants to magical families and act as housekeepers and protectors.

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How did Winky meet / know Dobby?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the main trio meet the Crouches' house-elf Winky. Winky indicates that not only does she know Dobby, she also knows of his freedom as well as his 'wanting ...
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Why was Nick surprised at Hermione's ignorance of the Hogwarts elves?

Nearly-Headless Nick clearly presumes that knowledge of Hogwarts' huge house-elf population should be common knowledge to the average student when Hermione asks about them here: "There are house-...
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How could Dumbledore summon the House-elf Kreacher in Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3?

Here is the relevant text from Half-blood Prince: "You see," Dumbledore said, turning back to Harry and again speaking as though Uncle Vernon had not uttered, "if you have indeed inherited the ...
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Why did Rowling seemingly make light of the house-elf situation?

According to J.K. Rowling, the house-elves are used as an allegory for slavery. The house elves is really for slavery, isn't it, the house elves are slaves, so that is an issue that I think we ...
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Are House Elves biologically compatible with humans?

In Harry Potter, House Elves exist as short servants to the wizarding world, despite their superior control over magic. As there are no wild elves mentioned, the question of how they came to be ...
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What was the point (out of universe) of house-elves?

When I first read about house-elves in The Chamber of Secrets, I thought they were introduced as a very clear ethical artifact to teach children reading the story about slavery and forced work. The ...
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How did the house-elves become enslaved to wizards? [duplicate]

House-elves are magical creatures, that are bound to serve their wizard masters until death, unless they're given an article of clothing. How did they become enslaved? Did wizards create them? Are ...
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Why did Harry and Co. completely ignore the existence of Kreacher?

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are hiding from Voldemort's supporters in Deathly Hallows, they keep complaining that they have no food, and that Hermione sucks at cooking. Harry even bemoans the fact ...
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What happens to Kreacher after Yaxley breach Grimauld's Place secret? [duplicate]

Kreacher is the house-elf of Grimmauld Place. From the death of the last black inhabitants, he was left alone until Sirius moved in. Then his ownership passed on to Harry. Harry had him work at ...
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Did the Malfoys replace Dobby?

It is known that Dobby was the house-elf (servant) which belonged to the Malfoy family; until he was set free by Lucius (as set-up by Harry with a sock in Tom Riddle's diary) in Harry Potter and the ...
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How did Aberforth Dumbledore know to send Dobby to help Harry at Malfoy Manor?

When Harry needed help escaping Malfoy Manor, Aberforth Dumbledore sent Dobby to apparate them out of there: ... the mirror fragment fell sparkling to the floor, and he saw a gleam of brightest ...
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How did Aberforth Dumbledore know to send a house-elf to help Harry at Malfoy Manor?

When Harry needed help escaping Malfoy Manor, Aberforth Dumbledore sent Dobby to apparate them out of there: ... the mirror fragment fell sparkling to the floor, and he saw a gleam of brightest ...
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Are there any more free elves in Harry Potter?

Are there any more free (born free) elves in Harry Potter. What is their place in the society? They have their own brand of powerful magic. What they do for their living? Moreover, I find no reason ...
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How did the house elves start serving wizards?

How/Why/When did the house elves start serving wizards? I tried on my own to find the answer but I couldn't find anything relevant to my subject but I am bad at searching.
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How do house elves breed?

Winky states in Goblet of Fire that that her mother and grandmother served the Crouchs before her. In Grimmauld Place, the heads of the house elves on the wall all share the same nose as Kreacher, ...
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Are there other types of Elves in HP?

In the Harry Potter universe, we obviously know of House-elves. They have their own brand of powerful magic etc. In general I love the thought of Elves as beings, ergo: Is there any mention of other ...
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Why are house-elves associated with rich families, if they are not paid?

In the second book, when Harry tells the Weasleys about Dobby, Fred says that "whoever owns him will be an old wizarding family, and they'll be rich", and George adds that house-elves "come with big ...
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Could a house elf be made into a Secret Keeper?

They are already extremely loyal to their master(s); They are certainly capable of telling the secret to their master(s) after the charm is cast and are almost completely unable to betray them; They ...
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Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with her knitted hats?

Could Hermione really free the Hogwarts house-elves with the little knitted hats she hides around Gryffindor Tower? ‘Why d’you wear that thing, Dobby?’ [Harry] asked curiously. ‘This, sir?’ said ...
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Who owns the Hogwarts house-elves?

Who owns the Hogwarts house-elves? ‘Well, whoever owns [Dobby] will be an old wizarding family, and they’ll be rich,’ said Fred. ‘Yeah, Mum’s always wishing we had a house-elf to do the ironing,’...
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Can house-elves do laundry without being freed?

Can house-elves do laundry without being freed? ‘Why d’you wear that thing, Dobby?’ [Harry] asked curiously. ‘This, sir?’ said Dobby, plucking at the pillowcase. ‘’Tis a mark of the house-elf’s ...
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Why didn't Harry go with Dobby from the infirmary in Chamber?

In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, chapter 10, we have Harry keeping a firm hold on Dobby's wrist to stop him from hitting himself with the water jug again.… ...
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How did Dobby intercept Harry's mail?

How did Dobby the house-elf intercept Harry's mail during Harry's summer holiday between Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets? ‘See what it’s like here?’ [Harry] said. ‘See why I’ve got to ...
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In the Goblet of Fire, what was the point of S.P.E.W.?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare) was created. How did its creation drive the plot of the book forward? To me, it doesn't seem to drive the ...