Kreacher’s Tale

chapter ten of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry searches Grimmauld Place, where he discovers an old letter from his mother to Sirius – and discovers that R.A.B. was Sirius’s brother, Regulus. He then calls Kreacher to tell him the story of the locket, and learns that Regulus indeed stole the locket but was killed in the process, and Kreacher never managed to destroy it. However, it was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher – so Harry sends Kreacher to find Mundungus, and gives him the replacement locket as a gift.
 

Can't Sleep, by Behindtheveil

Harry woke early next morning, wrapped in a sleeping bag on the drawing room floor.


 

Cute, by Catching-Smoke

Harry glanced over at the dark shapes [Ron and Hermione] made on the floor beside him….. Her arm curved to the floor, her fingers inches from Ron’s. Harry wondered whether they had fallen asleep holding hands. The idea made him feel strangely lonely.


 

Harry in Sirius' Bedroom, by Laurence Peguy

Harry’s extremities seemed to have gone numb. He [stayed] quite still, holding the miraculous paper in his nerveless fingers while inside him a kind of quiet eruption sent joy and grief thundering in equal measure through his veins.


 

Sirius's Room, by Chantelle

The letter was an incredible treasure, proof that Lily Potter had lived, really lived, that her warm hand had once moved across this parchment, tracing ink into these letters, these words, words about him, Harry, her son.


 

Kreacher's Tale, by TomScribble

Kreacher was gulping for air: His hollow chest was rising and falling rapidly, then his eyes flew open and he uttered a bloodcurdling scream. “- and the locket, Master Regulus’s locket, Kreacher did wrong, Kreacher failed in his orders!”


 

Kreacher's Tale, by deeterhi

“Kreacher needed water, he crawled to the island’s edge and he drank from the black lake… and hands, dead hands, came out of the water and dragged Kreacher under the surface….”


 

Regulus, by Elspethelf

“And he ordered – Kreacher to leave – without him. And he told Kreacher – to go home – and never to tell my Mistress – what he had done – but to destroy – the first locket. And he drank – all the potion – and Kreacher swapped the lockets – and watched… as Master Regulus… was dragged beneath the water….”


 

about the chapter

 

This chapter is a funny one to me, because in some ways for the attentive reader it’s probably the most predictable chapter of the series. It was widely assumed when Deathly Hallows was released that R.A.B. was going to be Regulus Black (he was the only character we had with the initials R.B., and as a former Death Eater, he certainly fit the bill), and that Slytherin’s locket would be the locket the trio had previously discovered in Grimmauld Place. Most of us also figured that Kreacher had stolen the locket out of the trash, and that Mundungus had stolen it from Kreacher. But there’s one thing that nobody was quite sure of: how Regulus found out about the locket in the first place. Which in some ways made this chapter a lot of fun to read – I remember going through it and thinking, we were right about Regulus! We were right about the locket! And then Kreacher dives into a beautiful, horrifying tale (that as far as I know, nobody predicted) of how the locket came to him in the first place. It’s fantastic how well it all ties together.
 

The Wizarding World

The history and plight house-elves is so beautifully illustrated in this chapter. Voldemort lost his horcrux because of his ignorance of the house-elves’ laws, leaving Kreacher to die in a place he could escape; Hermione describes the way Sirius was ultimately betrayed by Kreacher because of his unkindness toward him (in contrast to his brother, Regulus); and even Harry – who loves Dobby, remember – at first finds Kreacher a “distinctly unlovable object,” but by the end of Kreacher’s story feels nothing but pity for the for elf, and gives him a gift. The gift, of course, means quite as much to Kreacher as freedom meant to Dobby. And even Hermione shows how far she’s come in the three years since she started S.P.E.W., working to comprehend Kreacher’s perspective instead of simply assuming that Kreacher wants the same things she would want in his shoes. The house-elves are in many ways a sorry chapter in wizarding history, but their story is beautifully written throughout the series, and perhaps nowhere more so than here.
 

The Boy Who Lived

It’s funny to see the way Harry views his father and his friends, and I can’t help but wonder how accurate his image of them really is. For instance, when he spots a picture of the Marauders on the wall of Sirius’s bedroom, he describes Pettigrew as “flushed with pleasure at his inclusion in the coolest of gangs,” and then wonders if he only sees this because he “knew how it had been.” Really? Harry’s images of his parents have certainly been flawed in the past, and he frankly doesn’t know that much about what they were like (plus he’s certainly inclined towards bias). We do know that James and Sirius were troublemakers in Fred and George’s ilk, but I don’t know… they always seemed just a little bit dorky to me, like they thought they were super-cool, but everyone around them may not have agreed. At the same time, James was a Quidditch star, and the other kids around in Snape’s memory do seem to like them. And I don’t know if I can point to specific evidence that they weren’t popular. But I don’t know… I just wonder, I guess.
 

Some Things to Remember

It’s clear that Grimmauld Place has been searched (though Harry doesn’t know by whom) but the way it was searched is rather interesting. It’s not just papers or cabinets that someone was looking through – books were “shaken roughly enough to part company with their covers,” and bedclothes were even pulled back. In other words, the person doing the searching is in some kind of crazy emotional state; after all, why would any rational person search for anything under bedclothes? And what on earth was this person looking for?
 

Meanwhile, Harry doesn’t dwell on it too much, but while reading his mother’s letter, he does briefly think it’s odd when she says that Dumbledore had James’s Invisibility Cloak. At the time the book came out, however, savvy readers knew that this was more important than Harry realized, thanks to this quote from Rowling’s website:

NAQ
 
… which means, ‘never asked question’.
 
Why did Dumbledore have James’ invisibility cloak at the time of James’ death, given that Dumbledore could make himself invisible without a cloak?
 
Prior to posting this I had a quick look on-line, and realised that some fans have been speculating about this question. However, nobody has ever asked me about it, and they really should have done…. There IS a significant – even crucial – answer.

(cue dramatic music….)
 

The Final Word

(Quesion: “Voldemort never told anyone about his horcruxes, so how on earth did Regulus Black discover his secret?”)
“Horcrux magic was not Voldemort’s own invention; as is established in the story, other wizards had done it, though never gone as far as to make six. Voldemort dropped oblique hints; in his arrogance, he did not believe anybody would be clever enough to understand them. (He does so in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, in front of Harry). He did this before Regulus and Regulus guessed, correctly, what it was that made Voldemort so convinced he could not die.”–J.K. Rowling, July 2007
 


50 Responses to “Kreacher’s Tale”

  1. I totally agree with your “about the chapter” thing – this is where my respect for Jo increased even more! All the fans felt sure they had RAB all figured out – Regulus, locket in Grimmauld Place, Mundungus steals it, etc. Heck, I even made avatars saying “Kreacher has it” and “Mundungus has it.” So it would seem that for the first time, we have accurately guessed what would happen. And then Jo throws us yet another curveball – Regulus sacrificed himself to save Kreacher! In all the online debates I participated in, NO one saw that coming.

    I also think that one of the strongest lines here is when Hermione says (paraphrasing) – “Wizards have been mistreating house-elves for way too long. Voldemort paid the price…and so did Sirius.” And Harry doesn’t even argue with her much. It shows how far he’s come. In OotP the slightest word against Sirius would make him furious, and now it’s clear that Sirius has been removed from his pedestal. There’s really only one person left on a pedestal – Dumbledore – and his is crumbling FAST.

    Also, want to sya that the art of Regulus being dragged into the lake is so spine-chillingly AWESOME!

  2. Thanks for this chapter. I do love how we see Kreacher in an entirely new light and how Harry’s kindness toward him (as you point out, not freedom but the locket) also changes him.

    I worried about him later, waiting with the dinner the trio never got to eat, so it was nice that you do see him in the battle at the end.

  3. Harry’s job would have been a lot harder if Voldemort understood more about different types of magic. He wouldn’t have taken Kreacher to the lake, he wouldn’t have used Harry’s blood in his rebirth and he wouldn’t have underestimated Harry. But I guess not understanding those things makes him him. If he had understood the power of a house elf’s magic or the power of love then he probably wouldn’t have been so evil.

    I think James and Sirius were seen to be cool. They may have got really good grades but from what we’ve seen of them it seemed to come naturally. They might have crammed at night out of the sight of the rest of the school so they didn’t seem swots. Even if they were seen as slightly geeky I think James’ Quidditch skills and Sirius’ good looks would make up for it.

  4. You’re forgetting the Banner Archive page, Josie, is now two banners behind ;)

  5. hpboy13- I think the words “removed from the pedestral” and “crumbling” are not exactly right, Harry saw the flaws on both Sirius and Dumbledore, Saw that they weren’t perfect, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t admired them any more. He both showed appreciation and respect to both of them before and after he faced voldemort.

    and also on the comment Hermione makes, and which has been used by many fans, about Sirius treatment of Kreacher.

    I think it has very little to do with Kreacher being a house-elf and much more to do with what Kreacher Represented and mirrored- Everything Sirius Family, specially his bigoted, close minded everyone-who-isn’t-pureblood-or-Black- is Scum- Mother. Who Kreacher parroted through the entire fifth book. Kreacher never made any attempts to make Sirius feel welcome, and instead constantly reminded Sirius of the atmosphere/environment he had ran away.
    Yes, Sirius Did very Wrong to not attempt to treat Kreacher better considering Sirius was all Kreacher had left, But Kreacher wasn’t a complete little angel; constantly antagonizing Sirius and insulting his and Harry’s friends.

    the way I see it Kreacher was to Sirius what the Dursleys were to Harry, and no one is making excuses for them.

    still, i’m glad Kreacher had a change of heart in the end.

  6. Jose Lopes, I promise I’m not forgetting. These things just take time, and as I’m in tech rehearsals at work this week it’s about all I can do to keep updating. So don’t get too greedy too fast… I’ll get to that page, it’s just a lower priority. ;)

  7. Whether the Marauders were nerdy or cool means little to me. What they did for Remus goes beyond the most handsome or the best athlete in the school. It also shows how magically powerful they all were. Not many teenage wizards could draw a map of the school or transform themselves into animals to help a werewolf friend through a rough time.

  8. Yes, I was one of those who knew Regulus had swapped the lockets and that we had already seen the real horcrux. But I assumed that Voldy had murdered Regulus for leaving the Death Eaters – I never guessed that Regulus died in the act of rescuing the Horcrux.

    Anna, my children cried their eyes out at the dinner that was never eaten! They kept asking me through the narrative what would happen to poor Kreacher!

    Alex, I think Sirius paid house-elves the courtesy of treating them like individuals. He wasn’t cruel to them “in general”. He felt sorry for Winky and more or less understood her. He may even have understood that Dobby’s deviant politics were due to the extreme cruelty of the Malfoys (most likely far worse than Crouch’s). He would have justified his contempt towards Kreacher by Kreacher’s own behaviour – not all house-elves are good.

    I think Sirius’s real mistake was simply not recognising what he had contributed to the situation. He just couldn’t see that Kreacher was retaliating to actual mistreatment from Sirius himself (out of proportion, of course). He probably didn’t understand that he was mistreating Kreacher because this mistreatment was tied up in his rivalry with his brother and contempt for his parents. He completely failed to make allowance for the fact that house-elves automatically reflect the values of their masters – an allowance he would have made for a house-elf belonging to any family but his own.

  9. I wonder how Regulus found out about Voldemort’s Horcruxes…
    That would be an interesting tale I’m sure.

  10. Kreacher’s story in this chapter is one of my all time favorite parts in the whole series. It was just so sweet!
    The art of Regulus being dragged down is so beatiful as well. :)

  11. Lovely artwork in this chapter. The hitherto untold story of Regulus is one of my (many) favorite parts of the series. Unlike a certain other hero, who is at least given some posthumous honor, Regulus’ bravery and sacrifice are a small part of the story. I think it’s well-written that way. Just… sad.

  12. I wonder what happens to Kreacher after the story. In “Nineteen Years Later,” is he back at the Potters’ home, making lunch for Harry and Ginny?

    I also wonder what the legal changes to house elves’ status are that Hermione is able to accomplish.

  13. @ Billie, I’m sure I read an interview with JKR where she said Kreacher died not long after the battle as he was really old. I’ll have a look to see if I can find it.

  14. Hmm can’t seem to find it, I might have just assumed that. If not I guess he would stay at Hogwarts with the other house elves. I can’t imagine Harry wanting a house elf looking after him, he just doesn’t seem that type.

  15. Laura – your question made me realize that there was a quote from Rowling about Regulus that I’d intended to include on this page, but had forgotten. So I’ve added it now.

    Billie/Amy – I don’t recall ever hearing a quote about what happens to Kreacher (and can’t find one in the collection of interviews I use), so that quote must have either come from an obscure interview I’m not aware of, or been made up in Amy’s head. :) I always pictured Kreacher staying with Harry and Ginny, though, much like Billie. What I wondered more was whether they live in Grimmauld Place, or sell Grimmauld Place and move to Godric’s Hollow. They don’t strike me as the kind of people to live in London.

  16. I probably did make it up, oops. I really don’t think Harry would live in Grimmauld Place. I’ve seen quite a few discussions on this where some people think Harry will live there to have a link to Sirius. I think it would be the last place he would want to live. It may hold memories of Sirius but he was often depressed there and I doubt Harry would want to remember him like that. The house, even after extensive cleaning, still wasn’t a very nice place to live. I also don’t think Harry would want to live in Godric’s Hollow. He would be near his parents’ graves but it would be a constant reminder that his parents had died. He found it hard enough going back there in DH. If he wants to visit his parents’ graves he can easily apparate there. Harry and Ginny would be more suited to somewhere rural to try and get some privacy. Somewhere between Godric’s Hollow and the Burrow in terms of the number of neighbours. Not everything has to be symbolic with them. Just a nice house in the countryside with a few neighbours. Preferably with Ron and Hermione not too far away.

  17. What about what Lupin tells us in the OOTP? “I think James was everything Snape wanted to be–he was popular, he was good at Quidditch, good at pretty much everything…your father and Sirius were the best in school at whatever they did–everyone thought they were the height of cool…” (29).

    Perhaps Lupin is being boastful or not remembering accurately, but I think we all know how cool we were in high school. Certainly the picture Harry gets from Lupin, Sirius, and even others like Hagrid indicates that his parents were enormously popular in school.

  18. I agree with Amy. I also pictured Harry living in the country in a nice house. That has no ties to any dead people.

  19. I don’t comment much, but I always enjoy your analysis of the chapters – there’s always something I’d never even considered!

    I always find it slightly unsettling that Sirius and Regulus both died not knowing that the other had or would also die as a hero. So often in books you get that moment of reconciliation or realisation, but the Blacks don’t get that – they die the same, and yet poles apart. It’s sad, but also far more realistic and it’s one of those things that, to me, makes them all into real people.

  20. @ lovemelovemybooks: You know, what you said about Sirius and Regulus can be applied to that entire generation of Blacks. Andromeda was never made aware of Regulus’s heroics either and likely lumped him in with the rest of the family. Sirius and Regulus both thought the absolute worst of Narcissa, and never saw her finest hour when she saved Harry. That family is just screwed up in so many ways!

    alex, I think the phrase “removed from a pedestal” is actually quite appropriate. Do you remember how Harry grew fired up at Hermione in OotP when she doubted Sirius’s advice? And even in DH, there are moments when Harry is desperately thinking of Dumbledore, and Dumbledore’s plan, and the perfect Dumbledore who is supposed to save them all. As I read it, the whole point of bringing up Dumbledore’s backstory (other than the Hallows) was to prove to Harry that no one – not even the benign old wizard who solves all problems – is flawless. And it’s a lesson that had to be learned.

  21. I love how Jo doesn’t only give main characters backstories, but characters like Kreacher too. I love the fact that he’s more than just a nasty little house-elf.
    And Harry would never live at Grimmauld Place. I think he’d see it too much as the place where Sirius hated and was trapped.

  22. I think the reason I always pictured Harry living in Godric’s Hollow is because of his reaction to his mother’s letter. There’s such longing when he thinks about what it must have been like to have a cat, or what his life would have been like growing up with his own parents. Raising his kids in Godric’s Hollow would be a way to give his kids the childhood he always wanted (and that his parents wanted for him) and but that he never had the opportunity to realize.

    On the other hand, it also makes sense that he would want to break from his past as much as possible. There isn’t much about the first eighteen years of his life that Harry cared for. So moving to a brand new town would be a way for him to do that.

    I agree that he probably wouldn’t live in Grimmauld Place. For all the reasons mentioned above.

  23. @Billy

    At least Kreacher had attended the Battle of Hogwarts. So it may be assumed, that he went back to Hogwarts, after Harry, Ron and Hermione did not return.

  24. Josie, I’d like to take issue with the fact that there’s “not much about the first 18 years of his life that Harry cared for.” Isn’t the whole point of the books about Harry finding people and things to care for? His first 18 years included his time at Hogwarts, which it’s bvious he dearly loved. That also included all his time with Ron and Hermione, and the Weasleys, and the DA…
    I think he cares about a lot of things from the first 18 years. Now, if you said first 11 years, that I would agree with.

  25. hpboy13, I didn’t phrase that very well. I wasn’t trying to suggest that Harry doesn’t care for his friends, or anything like that. I just meant that there wouldn’t be much about his childhood that he would want to re-live. His life was constantly about fighting with Voldemort, getting more attention than he wanted, and not having any control over his life. It’s summarized neatly in the line at the end of Deathly Hallows, where he says he’s had enough trouble to last a lifetime. So I could see him wanting to break away from that part of his past, including steering clear of Godric’s Hollow which would always be a reminder of his ties to Voldemort (I mean, there’s a statue in the middle of the square….). Does that make more sense?

  26. I’m more or less convinced they live in Godric’s Hollow. If Harry didn’t want constant reminders of his past, he surely wouldn’t have named his kids after his parents and Dumbledore/Snape.

  27. Alex – an excellent point! I’m convinced. ;)

  28. The only doubt I have is because of what happened at Bathilda Bagshot’s house. Like, walking down the street and being reminded of that. I would like to know JKR’s thoughts on where she sees Harry living. It is definitely a possibility, but in my mind I am not positive.

  29. Godric’s Hollow does seem like a good place to live in general but for Harry….well I just don’t know.

    I think there is a bit of a difference from naming his children after his parents,Dumbledore and Snape and living in the place where his parents had actually been murdered and Dumbledore’s family died…

    I mean what if their children had wandered along on their own and stumbled upon the house where their grandparents had died and his father could have died as well….Don’t know about James but I think it would have given Albus quite a few nightmares if that had occurred…

  30. Agreed.

  31. AS for where they’d live – where do you think GINNY’d want to live? Judging by as much as we know about her personality, would she want to live in a town like Godric’s Hollow – or in a muggle town like London (Harry and Ron have both learned – sort of – to drive, so must be there a lot more than just apparating in for work at the Auror’s office); or somewhere out in the country with her family and large garden and such, like the way she grew up? I do think Harry would take her opinion into account, so what do you imagine HER opinion would be?

  32. I think Ginny will also want to live in the countryside. She is a famous Quidditch star so will also want her privacy. I also think she might want to keep Harry away from the prying eyes of his female admirers ;)

  33. I think a small part of me wants Harry to keep Grimmauld Place place as a second (or even 3rd home). There is no reason he couldn’t keep his primary residence in one part of the country and use the one in London if he wants to. Remember, he is really well off and I can’t see him wanting someone else to own Grimmauld Place, so what is he going to do with it? In some ways, it has already been “redeemed” from it’s dark past and I think Harry would want to keep it, even if he doesn’t live there on a regular basis. A London residence could come in very handy at times, and I think Harry would keep it.

  34. Ditto with the “About this Chapter”. I remember reading the chapter title and getting really, really excited and preparing to see that darn locket!

    Also, the picture by Elspethelf is STUNNING.

  35. I think it is very awesome that harry thinks about those things again while he sees the picture. He tried very hard to forget about his fathers and godfathers behaviour during the Half-Blood-Prince.

  36. Re: The Boy Who Lived

    I laughed at the comment that James & Sirius “always seemed just a little bit dorky… like they thought they were super-cool.” I always had this perception too! I remember reading the 800 word prequel that J.K. Rowling wrote for charity, and thinking the young James & Sirius were outright annoying and trying a bit too hard to be cool. As a high school teacher though, I see teenagers everyday who think they are cool and actually *are* cool to their peers… but to my fellow teachers and me they seem immature, self-centred & with learn a lot about life. Sometimes it’s really hard not to laugh actually because cool kids can look pretty dorky when they are swaggering around. :) I’m sure Hogwarts teachers felt the same way about James & Sirius, even if their peers looked up to them. J.K. is great at writing characters at their believable developmental level.

  37. Two things in this chapter always take me out of the story.

    The first is, how could it be that they spent all of that time in the house in book 5 and never explored every room in it?

    The second is why was RAB’s room locked? If somebody tore the house apart searching it did they skip that room just because it was locked?

  38. @ Roger spoilers for the end of the book but we only know of two people who searched the house and they were Snape and Mundungus. Snape was after Lily’s letter which wasn’t going to be in Regulus’ room so I doubt he even tried it. As for Dung, I never thought he was that clever. Even if he bothered to go all the way upstairs, if he found a locked door I can picture him trying to force it open with his shoulder, looking at his wand knowing there is a spell to do it but then giving up without much effort.

  39. I always figured that Snape and Dung had each opened the door using ‘Alohomora,’ and that it had simply re-locked itself when it closed. Although I’m realizing now, there was no mention of the contents of his room being strewn about the say the other rooms’ contents were, so you may be right, Amy.

    Now that you mention it, it’s sort of funny that Snape searched the other rooms at all. Why not just head straight for Sirius’s room? What are the odds that something of Lily’s would be located anywhere else in the house? Or was he looking for something else, too?

  40. I thought there was mention of a “freshly broken” bottle of ink in Regulasl room.

  41. Sorry to double post, I found the passage I was referring to: “Harry looked around for likely hiding places and approached the desk. Yet again, somebody had searched before them. The drawers’ contents had been turned over recently, the dust disturbed, but there was nothing of value there: old quills, out-of-date textbooks that bore evidence of being roughly handled, a recently smash ink bottle, its sticky residue covering the contents of the drawer.”

  42. gingercat, Snape’s been here pretty recently – when Harry watches his memories, he visits Grimmauld Place after the Seven Potters, and that was only a few days ago.

  43. I personally lean more to them living in Number Twelve for a couple of reasons. Yes, it remind him of his godfather, but it doesn’t take much for that to happen, really, and we do have mentions of the house actually seeming a cheerful place (granted, usually in reference to Sirius being happy at Christmas, or with Kreacher’s attitude change). Also, it’s a fairly large place, and the Potter’s end up with at least three children. And, I imagine Ginny would like living in London, if nothing more than for the change of pace and being physically closer to places her family members usually are. Bill works for Gringotts. George lives (or at least, lived) and works in Diagon Alley. Percy lives in a London flat. Ginny’s father, two brothers (Ron and Percy), a sister-in-law (Hermione), and her husband all work at the Ministry.

  44. I feel pretty convinced that they end up living somewhere close to London, but still somewhat remote. Harry would want to live somewhere where he won’t be bothered, just like I’m sure Ginny would for reasons previously stated. I really like Amy’s comment “Not everything has to be symbolic with them.” I think us as fans want them to live somewhere that means something to us or to him from these books, but Harry simply wouldn’t want that. I think it’s highly unlikely that they live in Godric’s Hollow, and if they visit the graves with their kids then they don’t also explore the town for the simple fact that they wouldn’t want their kids to see the ruin that was his childhood home or the statue. They could possibly explain that away as pertaining to other people, but I just don’t see them even wanting them to see those two places, and they certainly wouldn’t have them removed. That would be extremely insulting to whoever put it up and the rest of the wizarding world who loves them and would want to show their own kids to the place.
    It says in the epilogue that the kids don’t know about Harry’s past (although, how they’ll keep that quite their whole lives, I really don’t know). Even without the influence of his kids, I still think he would want to live and raise a family in a whole new place. He can visit GH whenever he wants to, anyway.

  45. Something worth thinking about (in response to Lesharo’s comment, especially) is that for wizards, living close to something is totally irrelevant. Grimmauld Place isn’t any *closer* to the Ministry than Hogsmeade is, when you consider the fact that travel time via Apparition is literally identical. So I’m not sure that argument makes a lot of sense to me.

  46. Sorry there is a mistake.

    It should say
    The history and plight OF house-elves

  47. SPOILERS****@Ari, does it say in the epilogue that the kids don’t know about Harry’s past? I always thought that that bit with Ron saying he was extremely famous was just Ron being sarcastic bc clearly Harry is the famous one, and everyone knows that. IMO I could see Harry and Ginny taking their kids to see the house and the monument in Godric’s Hollow. I’m sure the kids have asked about their grandparents and it would be an insult to their memory to downplay the event.

    That said, I can’t see them living in GH. I don’t think Harry (or Ginny) would like the attention, and GH would be the place they’d get the most attention due to the monuments. Young Albus asking why everyone was staring could actually be an indicator of their location. I think that the kids know of the story of Harry Potter vs. Voldemort and know, in theory, that Harry is famous, but have not seen much evidence of the fame. I bet that they live someplace fairly secluded.

  48. Purplesparklies, now that you said they might know he’s famous, but aren’t used to seeing people staring at him because they live somewhere secluded, I could see that going either way. Both our conclusions seem to make sense depending on how you look at it. I wonder if JK ever answered that question.

  49. Oi gente, eu estava relendo hp esses dias e me ocorreu algo: quando eles (Ron, Mione e Harry) fogem do ministério da magia, eles tem medo de voltar a chamar monstro, mas depois disso não a nenhuma citação dizendo o q aconteceu com o elfo, ou seja, o que aconteceu realmente com ele…. será que alguém sabe?

    (Editors’ note: I don’t speak Portuguese but this is my best shot at translating with the help of Google translate):
    Hi guys, I was rereading hp recently and something occurred to me: when they (Ron, Hermione and Harry) are out of the Ministry of Magic, they are afraid to call back Kreacher, but after that there is no reference to the elf, that is, what really happened to him …. does anyone know?

  50. **possible spoilers**

    I really hope that someone can clear this up. It has been nagging at me since I first read Deathly Hallows.

    Why didn’t creature just apperate Regulas out of the cave?? We know it can be done, even in magically protected areas, by house Elves.
    As an example, Dobby apperates with Harry, Ron and Hermione from Malfoy Manor.

    You might say that Kreacher was ordered to go home but he still stayed there long enough to see Regulas get pulled completely under and he wasn’t ordered not to rescue him…

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