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Why do house elves talk in third person?

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The house elves are fully intelligent persons with their own private culture, so the fact that they speak in such a disjointed way suggests that their own language is structured very differently from English, and that when they are speaking to humans they are using a creole or pidgin linguistic fusion. Read more

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Why don t the Weasleys have a house elf?

Owning house elves was more of a status symbol than affording them. As mentioned in the books, house elves came with ancient families, purebloods only. And since Weasleys had been branded as blood-traitors , they couldn't have had a house elf associated with their family line.

Do house-elves have their own language?

All the House Elves we meet speak English, some with grammatical “errors” which are so easy to adapt to that they remind us of creole languages. So House Elves probably have their own language, or even multiple languages.

What person does Dobby speak in?


Dobby always spoke in the third person in the Harry Potter books. The thing about this world is that it isn't just Dobby who does this, but every House-elf in the series. Even Winky and the ones that work at Hogwarts all spoke in the third person as well.

Do house-elves reproduce?

House-elves breed infrequently and then only with their masters' permission.

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Most frequently asked questions

How old is Kreacher the house elf?

Tributes were pouring in on Twitter last night when JK Rowling revealed the fate of Kreacher the house elf. Responding to a fan's question of what happened to him after the Harry Potter books ended, Rowling replied with the sad – and actually quite blunt – news that he had passed away. “He died, aged 666” she wrote.

How long does a house elf live?

According to the WOMBAT test, it is possible that house-elves have an average life expectancy of 200 years, cannot be ordered to kill themselves, breed infrequently and only with their master's permission, can override wizard enchantments, and have an allegiance to their home rather than its inhabitants.

Did aberforth send Dobby?

In 1998, Harry Potter and his friends were captured by Snatchers and imprisoned at the Malfoy Manor cellar. Harry asked for help while looking at a two-way mirror; Aberforth had the other mirror. He sent Dobby to rescue them; the house-elf did so, but was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Who was Dobby girlfriend?

Dobby and Winky had met sometime prior to the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, and were apparently on good enough terms for Winky to be informed on his current whereabouts.

Where is Dobby's grave?

The Dobby's grave location can be found tucked away in the sand dunes of the stunning Freshwater West Beach. This was the Harry Potter Beach filming location where they filmed 'Shell Cottage' from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2.

How Do House Elves Breed or Reproduce ?

Why are house elves enslaved?

They want to serve. They don't want payment for their services. If you freed a house-elf, it would either be incredibly sad (Winky) or, if the house was evil and treated the elf poorly, the elf would probably either pull a Dobby and ask for paid work or find a new household that was a better place.

Is parseltongue a Conlang?

Parseltongue is a fictional language spoken by snakes in the Harry Potter series of novels (author: J. K. Rowling), whose known human speakers include the Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. ... The reason for this is that Parseltongue is not as much a learnable language as an innate magical ability.

How old is Dobby the house elf?

Idk when houseelves start working, probably younger, but this would put Dobby at twenty-eight years old at least, more likely thirty- something.

Why do only rich Wizards have house elves?

Because there aren't enough house elves for everyone. Wizards don't need money to pay house elves a salary, but they need money to buy elves from other wizards and only rich wizards can afford it.

Do house elves eat?

J.K Rowling doesn't go into so much detail in the books about what Dobby eats. However, in the words of Hermione, "House-elves are people too." Knowing that house elve are creatures similar to humans, I would say that he eats what any other regular witch/wizard would eat.

How does a wizard get a house elf?

It's never fully explained but essentially the only way to get a house elf is to inherit one. Usually a house elf family belongs to a wizarding family and serves then for generations such as Kreacher and the Blacks. The only place that has multiple house elves seems to be Hogwarts.

What happens to Umbridge when the Centaurs take her?

There, Umbridge was confronted by a herd of centaurs, whom she shamelessly insulted with racial slurs and arrogance. Umbridge then attacked one of the centaurs near her, and as a result, she was chased and nearly killed by them. Although she survived, her wand was snapped in half when one of the centaurs stepped on it.

Why did Winky steal Harry's wand?

when he started gaining some lucidity from Imperious curse under Invisibility cloak when he and Harry shared the top box in the Quidditch World Cup final betweek Ireland and Bulgaria. Winky mistakenly took the wand from Barty when both were stunned together after Barty cast the curse to show the skull.

What is Dobby's last name?

Serving the Malfoy family (?–1993)

Dobby was the resident house-elf of Malfoy Manor, serving Lucius Malfoy, his wife Narcissa, and their only son Draco.

How did aberforth get the mirror?

Harry looking in the mirror During their years in school, James Potter and Sirius Black used a pair of two-way mirrors so they could talk to each other while they were in separate detentions. ... After Sirius' death, his mirror came into the possession of Mundungus Fletcher, who sold it to Aberforth Dumbledore.

Who was the GREY lady?

Helena Ravenclaw (c. late 10th century – early 11th century) also known as the Grey Lady, was a witch and Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Ravenclaw house.

How does a house elf become free?

They can often be found at large houses and mansions. They are supposed to be very loyal to the head of their family. An owner or master can 'free' a house elf by giving him or her clothes.

Did Hermione free the house elves?

Hermione Granger was all about freeing the house elves and dedicating her time to SPEW when she was in Hogwarts so what happened when she left school and was in charge? ... To be fair though, she did get into it because of Dobby and Winky but still, she managed to have SPEW all to herself.

Why can house elves Apparate in Hogwarts?

House-elves could also Apparate, but without some of the restrictions that wizards had, due to their unique type of magic. For example, they could Apparate inside Hogwarts and even the Crystal Cave, where powerful enchantments prevented witches and wizards from doing so.