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"My friendly, card-carrying cupids! ...They will be roving around the school today delivering your valentines!"
-- Gilderoy Lockhart (CS13)

Dwarf

Stocky magical creatures, about knee-high.

  • On Valentine's Day 1993, Professor Lockhart employed "surly-looking" dwarfs as cupids with harps and golden wings. One ran through a crowd kicking students in the shins until he found Harry, tearing open his backpack before singing a Valentine message from a secret-admirer (CS13).
  • There were "raucous dwarfs" staying at the Leaky Cauldron with Harry after he blew up Aunt Marge and left home in third year (PA4).
  • Hermione mentioned "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as a fairy tale she knew from the Muggle World instead of the Tales of Beedle the Bared (DH7)
  • Snape used a play-on-words with the creatures "dwarf" and "giant" to describe the sizes of two of the potions bottles used in his logic puzzle protecting the Philosopher's Stone:"Third, as you see clearly, all are different size,Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their insides..." (PS16)
  • Faris “Spout-hole” Spavin, who was the longest-running Minister for Magic from 1865 to 1903, was kicked by a Centaur and nearly killed after he told an objectionable joke about ‘a centaur, a ghost and a dwarf walk into a bar’ (Pm).

Commentary

Etymology

From Old English "dweorh" for "very short human"

Rowling uses the standard English plural "dwarfs" as opposed to J.R.R. Tolkien's use of "Dwarves" as one of the noble races of Middle Earth.

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