Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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At the beginning of the novel, Winky is Mr. Crouch's house-elf. She takes her job seriously and lectures Harry on the proper way for a house-elf to behave--a house-elf, in her opinion, does as they're told and keeps their master's secrets. Because of this, she looks down on Dobby, a free elf who wants to be paid. Hours later, when Mr. Crouch fires Winky, it seems to Hermione that her firing was unjust and unprompted, but the reader later learns that for the last twelve years, Winky had been caring for Barty Crouch and was tasked with keeping him in the tent, which she failed to do. Later in the fall she and Dobby take jobs in the Hogwarts kitchens. Winky never adjusts to life outside the Crouch home. She neglects her clothes, remains loyal to the Crouch family, refuses payment, and continues to lecture Harry and Hermione about how house-elves should behave. Eventually she turns to butterbeer, which is extremely strong for a house-elf, and becomes an alcoholic.

Winky Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Winky or refer to Winky . 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 edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Eight Quotes

"House-elves is not paid, sir!" she said in a muffled squeak. "No, no, no. I says to Dobby, I says, go find yourself a nice family and settle down, Dobby. He is getting up to all sorts of high jinks, sir, what is unbecoming of a house-elf. You goes racketing around like this, Dobby, I says, and next thing I hear you's up in front of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, like some common goblin."

Related Characters: Winky (speaker), Harry Potter , Hermione Granger , Dobby
Page Number: 98
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Chapter Twenty-Seven Quotes

"Yes," said Hermione in a heated voice, "he sacked her, just because she hadn't stayed in her tent and let herself get trampled--"

"Hermione, will you give it a rest with the elf!" said Ron.

Sirius shook his head and said, "She's got the measure of Crouch better than you have, Ron. If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."

Related Characters: Ron Weasley (speaker), Hermione Granger (speaker), Sirius Black (speaker), Harry Potter , Mr. Crouch , Winky
Page Number: 525
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"Crouch let his son off? I thought you had the measure of him, Hermione! Anything that threatened to tarnish his reputation had to go; he had dedicated his whole life to becoming Minister of Magic. You saw him dismiss a devoted house-elf because she associated him with the Dark Mark again--doesn't that tell you what he's like? Crouch's fatherly affection stretched just far enough to give his son a trial, and by all accounts, it wasn't much more than an excuse for Crouch to show how much he hated the boy...then he sent him straight to Azkaban."

Page Number: 528
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Chapter Twenty-Eight Quotes

Harry looked over at the fireplace too. Winky was sitting on the same stool as last time, but she had allowed herself to become so filthy that she was not immediately distinguishable from the smoke-blackened brick behind her. Her clothes were ragged and unwashed. She was clutching a bottle of butterbeer and swaying slightly on her stool, staring into the fire. As they watched her, she gave an enormous hiccup.

"Winky is getting through six bottles a day now," Dobby whispered to Harry.

Related Characters: Dobby (speaker), Harry Potter , Hermione Granger , Winky
Page Number: 536
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Winky Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Winky appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eight
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...creature wearing a tea towel. Incredulously he asks, "Dobby?" but the house-elf introduces herself as Winky, a friend of Dobby's. She says that freedom isn't suiting Dobby well, as he wants... (full context)
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...the Bulgarian minister, but there appears to be a massive language barrier. He says that Winky is Mr. Crouch's house-elf and as Lucius Malfoy arrives with his wife and Draco, he... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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...but discovers it's gone. He feels very vulnerable without it. Harry, Ron, and Hermione see Winky appear out of bushes, terrified of the "bad wizards" and looking as though she's moving... (full context)
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...conjuror stood, several others investigate the dark woods. Mr. Diggory emerges from the trees with Winky unconscious in his arms. Mr. Crouch investigates where she was found while Mr. Diggory tells... (full context)
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Winky starts sobbing immediately and denies conjuring the Mark. As Mr. Diggory shows her the wand... (full context)
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With Mr. Weasley's gentle questioning, Winky shares that she found the wand in the trees where she was cursed, but she... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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Mr. Weasley notes that it's lucky Rita Skeeter hasn't found out what happened with Winky, which sparks an argument on house-elf welfare between Hermione and Percy. Mrs. Weasley breaks it... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...Dobby throws himself at Harry, crying with happiness, and explains that Dumbledore hired him and Winky to work at Hogwarts. He's wearing an assortment of neat clothing items. (full context)
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...in the Great Hall. A hundred elves smile and bow, all dressed in tea towels. Winky is sitting by the fire wearing clothes that she's clearly not caring for. As Harry... (full context)
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Hermione kindly asks Winky what she's being paid, which makes Winky look Hermione in the eye and furiously say... (full context)
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...to be doing just fine. When she mentions that he's judging the Tournament with Bagman, Winky dissolves: she says that Bagman is bad, but she insists on keeping Mr. Crouch's secrets.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven
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Hermione suggests that Mr. Crouch is paying for firing Winky and though Ron rolls his eyes, Sirius is very interested to hear about Winky's activities... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...asks for eclairs for himself and extra food for Sirius, and then Hermione asks where Winky is. Dobby points to the fireplace, where Winky is sitting on a stool with a... (full context)
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Harry asks Winky if she has any idea what Mr. Crouch might be doing, since he's not coming... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...is incredulous that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Hermione says that this is what Rita Skeeter and Winky were talking about in reference to Bagman. Ron wonders if Fudge's suspicion of Madame Maxime... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...this man isn't Moody, and sends Snape to fetch a Truth Potion as well as Winky. He then tells McGonagall to take the dog in Hagrid's pumpkin patch to his office.... (full context)
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Snape and McGonagall return and Winky throws herself at Barty. Dumbledore administers the Veritaserum to Barty, revives him, and asks how... (full context)
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At Dumbledore's prodding, Barty says that Winky talked Mr. Crouch into letting him see the Quidditch World Cup. He and Winky sat... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...asks McGonagall to fetch Hagrid and Madame Maxime and sends Madam Pomfrey to care for Winky. With them gone, he asks Sirius to take his human form. Mrs. Weasley screams, while... (full context)