#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – K is for Kreacher

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As with the human characters, where there are few who are the cynosure of the plot of each books, even among the magical creatures, some rule the roost while a few others slip under the radar. While the house elf Dobby, who comes in to save Harry Potter in the second book, gets the attention of the readers because of that and also how devoted he is to Harry, another house elf goes somewhat away from the limelight. That, of course, is Kreacher.

Kreacher. Image Source: Harry Potter Wikia

House elves usually serve one wizard family their entire life unless they are freed by giving clothes. Kreacher was the house elf of the Black family. And he is devoted to that family, as can be seen from his despise toward those who he feels are against the family, and that devotion is in particular strongest to his former mistress, Warburga Black, Sirius’ mother.

Though not much is known about the Black family, it is known that they were particularly loyal to Slytherin. Professor Slughorn mentions that with the exception of Sirius, the Black family had been taught by him. And that loyalty is shown in their attitude which is oriented toward purebloods. This attitude had also seeped in to Kreacher, who shows despise for Hermione, the Muggle-born too. It is that loyalty, in addition to his dislike for Sirius who mistreats him, that pushes him to go to the Malfoys, closest relatives of the Blacks, and reveals information that ends up with Sirius’ death.

Kreacher’s character for me serves as a way to indicate the importance of kindness. He didn’t take Sirius seriously, nor did he respect Harry Potter who became his master after Sirius died, since both of them at first had been unkind to him. However, after Harry gives Kreacher the useless locket that was supposed to be one of the horcruxes, and spoke kindly to him, Kreacher begins to change. He serves Harry more willingly, and even becomes kind to Hermione. Servant or not, that change in attitude because of kindness is very touching. He even turns against the Dark Lord, leading the house elves of the Hogwarts kitchen in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Having been introduced as a main character only in the fifth book of the series, Kreacher’s is a character that doesn’t get a lot of time to make a big impact on the reader, especially with Voldemort back to strength and the impending battle between Harry and Voldemort being built up in those books. But looking back, his is a character that feels as important as Dobby’s in certain ways.


How fast time seems to fly by. I remember taking part in the first ever April A to Z Challenge, where for the month of April (except for Sundays) we write on themes around the 26 alphabets. This year marks the 7th Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my 7th as well. I’ve successfully completed 4 of the 6 years before, so hoping for a fabulous 5th year of blogging success. You can go here if you want to know more about what the challenge is. My theme this year is ‘The World of Harry Potter’.


(© 13th April 2016)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

14 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ #HarryPotter – K is for Kreacher

  1. As you said, I seriously need some brushing up. All I remember is how this elf didn’t like Black. Very faint memory on how he was loyal to the other blacks, to Malfoys and Voldemort and how he like HP and Hermoine later. The movie sucked big time, then. No mention of these right? Phew! I should get back to my re-reading.
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    • Yeah. You’d certainly need brushing up if you’re trying to remember the story based on a partial movie script, Shalzzz. 😛 Not everything can be covered in the movie, which is why I’m a bibliophile. 😉 Get back to re-reading.

  2. This elf taught me what hoarding was 😜 though I’d never like him as a character, the possessions he whisked away during book 5 and how they became major plot elements in subsequent books is something that makes me admire JKR.

    • Oh yes. That too. Hoarding. 😛 There is something to admire in JKR’s plotting, most definitely. 🙂 I don’t like the character as a reader, but it does go to show that even smaller characters make a difference to the tale, no? 🙂 Thank you, Dhivya.

    • Exactly. 🙂 That scene is one that I like too, Mithila. A common enemy and also, a common cause, in a way. Both Harry and Kreacher were loyal to the end, the former to the cause and Dumbledore, and the latter toward Regulus.

  3. Kreacher and Dobby were 2 of my favorite mythical creatures along with the hippogrig 😀
    There is a lesson to be learnt there – of loyalty and trueness. of friendship that went beyond the so called boundaries.

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