Questions tagged [house-elves]

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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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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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 go ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...