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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Are there other types of Elves in Harry Potter?

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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Can House-Elves Side-Along Apparate/Disapparate to/from Hogwarts?

I know that House Elves can Apparate inside Hogwarts, but this comment made me question whether they could Side-Along Apparate a human to/from Hogwarts. From what canon tells us, it is impossible for ...
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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 the House Elves become so adept at magic?

How did the House Elves become so skilled at magic? Was there a training program, or....?
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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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