The House-Elf Liberation Front
Synopsis by William Silvester
Notes and links by Michele L. Worley
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 363 - 384
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 317 - 335
U.K. paperback edition: pages 398 - 420
Tuesday 24 November - Monday 7 December,
In which a surprise party is held for
Harry, he opens the
Hermione discovers how
to get into the kitchens.
In Care of Magical Creatures,
the Blast-ended Skrewts rebel
against hibernation, Rita arranges
an interview with Hagrid, and HRH
go to the kitchens where they find
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
"Sounded like a
"It was someone being tortured!"
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Bloody Baron, the
Fat Lady, the
(not named) the remaining Slytherins in Harry's Care of Magical Creatures
class, including Theodore Nott and Pansy Parkinson
(names unknown) the six or seven Hogwarts girls who are Krum's
unofficial fan club
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Each Gryffindor's guess as to what the horrible sounds from the
golden egg mean.
The twins' frank admission that the house-elves are eager to be
helpful in the matter of supplying food.
Dumbledore's willingness to hire a free elf and having attempted to
give Dobby higher wages and more time off than Dobby felt comfortable
with; also Dumbledore's relaxed attitude toward whether or not the
house-elves respect his dignity.
The other house-elves' disapproval of Dobby's status as a free elf.
Winky's anger at Hermione's unthinking assumption that all Winky
did for the Crouch family was housework, and that Crouch senior
can easily dispense with her help. It says a lot about Winky that
she manages to keep her silence in the face of this, particularly
since she's been drinking.
Ron's observation that Percy
has no sense of humour and wouldn't want to work for a boss who had
Links and Resources:
"Winky is a disgraced elf, but Winky is not yet getting paid!"
"Percy wouldn't recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him
wearing Dobby's tea-cosy."
This chapter begins on the evening after the
first task. After the surprise party
scene, the action moves into the month of December and
"the next lesson" in
Care of Magical Creatures.
The very next lesson in that subject after the
first task would actually have been in
November and not December, so there is a bit of a discrepancy at this point.
We have put Rita's visit on the
first Care of Magical Creatures
lesson in December, therefore, rather than the very next after the