Would you own a house elf? It sounds great right? To have an elf just like beloved Dobby cooking your meals and maybe even doing your homework. You would never have to clean your room again! Your house elf would live the good life with you and your family. Yay! When can we get one?
Would you own a slave? That’s okay, right? I mean it’s their choice. Right Kanye? They will cook your meals and maybe even do your homework. You would never have to clean your room again! Your slave would live the good life with you and your family. Yay! When can we buy one?
As you have clearly seen from both fantasies, house elves are Harry Potter’s equivalent of slavery. Except there was no civil war or civil rights movement to abolish it. Owning a house elf is basically owning a slave. Just take poor Winky’s word for it. She tried to run away from a riot in the Quidditch World Cup and she was thrown to the streets to starve for it. And the worst part is, the house elves settle for it. They have no hope for a better place and it’s horrible.
The Dirty Sock Foundation will work to abolish elf slavery just as much as we will work to fight against racism, sexism, and so many other kinds of intolerance. We hope you join us in our weekly dive into so many different topics regarding this stuff.
The Doge is out.