Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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The elderly house-elf whom Harry inherited from Sirius when Sirius died. At first, Kreacher is a horrifying being: he's dirty, he's cruel, and he uses foul language and often insults "Mudbloods" like Hermione. Two years ago, when the Order of the Phoenix was cleaning out number twelve, Grimmauld Place to use as their headquarters, Kreacher built up his reputation as a pathetic attempted savior of Black family heirlooms. When Harry discovers that R.A.B. is Regulus Black, he forces Kreacher to tell him what happened to the locket Horcrux. He discovers through this story that what Kreacher truly wants is to be recognized for his service and treated kindly, as Regulus treated him. Once Harry begins to show Kreacher this recognition, Kreacher completely transforms into a loyal and obedient servant. He captures Mundungus, who stole the locket; cleans himself up; and reveals himself to be a fantastic cook. Kreacher presumably keeps Harry's secrets and remains loyal even after Harry loses the ability to return to number twelve, Grimmauld Place safely. During the final battle, Kreacher arrives to rally the Hogwarts house-elves to Harry's cause.

Kreacher Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Kreacher or refer to Kreacher. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Ten Quotes

"Elf magic isn't like wizard's magic, is it?" said Ron. "I mean, they can Apparate and Disapparate in and out of Hogwarts when we can't."

There was silence as Harry digested this. How could Voldemort have made such a mistake? But even as he thought this, Hermione spoke, and her voice was icy.

"Of course, Voldemort would have considered the ways of house-elves far beneath his notice, just like all the purebloods who treat them like animals...It would never have occurred to him that they might have magic that he didn't."

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Kreacher
Page Number: 195
Explanation and Analysis:

"Sirius was horrible to Kreacher, Harry, and it's no good looking like that, you know it's true. Kreacher had been alone for a long time when Sirius came to live here, and he was probably starving for a bit of affection. I'm sure 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' were perfectly lovely to Kreacher when he turned up, so he did them a favor and told them everything they wanted to know. I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house-elves. Well, Voldemort did...and so did Sirius."

Page Number: 198
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kreacher Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Kreacher appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Ten
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...remembers that they found a locket that none of them could open. Harry reasons that Kreacher could've stolen it, so they search his bedroom. Finally, Harry calls Kreacher and Kreacher appears... (full context)
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Crying, Kreacher says he saw Mundungus steal the locket. Harry asks Kreacher to tell them what Regulus... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Mortality and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
A while later, Regulus asked Kreacher to take him to the cave. There, Regulus drank the potion and told Kreacher to... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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Harry is sure that Kreacher's mission will only take a few hours, but the elf isn't back by night. Ron... (full context)
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Kreacher Apparates into the kitchen with a crack, bearing Mundungus. Hermione takes Mundungus's wand and Ron... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...Place. Harry Apparates onto the front step, nearly losing his balance, and lets himself in. Kreacher is now clean and has turned out to be a fantastic cook. Harry tosses the... (full context)
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They only get a few hours of sleep and then, after breakfast, Kreacher shows them out the door and promises to have dinner ready when they get back.... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...he begins to think horrible, exhausted thoughts. His scar prickles and he feels awful for Kreacher. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...his friends as even more people arrive and join the fray. The house-elves, led by Kreacher, swarm in and attack Death Eaters with knives. (full context)