A form of elf appearing in the Harry Potter universe who are typically servants to magical families and act as housekeepers and protectors.
Creatures in the Harry Potter universe that serve witch and wizarding families with extreme loyalty, usually doing the chores of a household servant. Obedience/loyalty to their wizarding families continues from generation to generation and ends only when offered clothing by their masters.
House-elves possess magical abilities.
Known House Elves from Harry Potter:
Dobby - Previosly house elf of Malfoy family. Freed by Harry Potter in his second year.
Kreature - House Elf of Black family and later Harry Potter provided to Dumbledore for working in Hogwarts kitchen.
Winky - House Elf of Crouch family. Later working in Hogwarts Kitchen.