Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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The house-elf that serves the Black family at number twelve, Grimmauld Place. He's ancient and the towel he wears is so filthy as to be nearly unrecognizable. He seems to entirely subscribe to the Black family’s arrogant, prejudiced views, and is sympathetic to Voldemort’s cause. Kreacher is thus extremely unhappy serving Sirius; he adored Mrs. Black and the rest of the Black family and detests that the family's home is now the headquarters of the resistance effort against Voldemort. While Harry is there, Kreacher spends much of his time skulking around and trying to steal family heirlooms that Sirius intends to throw away, especially family photographs. Hermione attempts to be kind to Kreacher, but Kreacher regularly insults her by calling her a “Mudblood.” Dumbledore and others caution that Kreacher should be treated with kindness, especially because he could be a liability given that he's not at all loyal to Sirius. This proves an appropriate warning, as Dumbledore discovers that starting around Christmas, Kreacher has been visiting Narcissa Malfoy and her family—who are members of the Black family and therefore, technically people that Kreacher can serve—and telling them important information. Kreacher then participates in the plot to lure Harry to the Ministry by injuring the hippogriff Buckbeak so that Sirius is upstairs tending to his wounds when Harry tries to confirm Sirius's whereabouts.

Kreacher Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 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 edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Thirty-Seven Quotes

"Like the fact that the person Sirius cared most about in the world was you," said Dumbledore quietly. "Like the fact that you were coming to regard Sirius as a mixture of father and brother. Voldemort knew already, of course, that Sirius was in the Order, that you knew where he was—but Kreacher's information made him realize that the one person whom you would go to any lengths to rescue was Sirius Black."

Page Number: 831
Explanation and Analysis:

"Sirius did not hate Kreacher," said Dumbledore. "He regarded him as a servant unworthy of much interest or notice. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike...the fountain we destroyed tonight told a lie. We wizards have mistreated and abused our fellows for too long, and we are now reaping our reward."

Page Number: 833-34
Explanation and Analysis:
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Kreacher Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Kreacher appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...apologize to Harry for not telling him more. Then, Hermione and Ron tell Harry about Kreacher, the house-elf who lives at Grimmauld Place and who is, according to Ron, crazy. The... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...and Hermione upstairs. Harry and Ron climb into bed and Ron bolts the door so Kreacher doesn't wander in. They begin to talk about what they heard when Fred and George... (full context)
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...noses and mouths and pick up bottles of Doxycide. Mrs. Weasley wonders out loud what Kreacher's been up to since the house is such a mess, which offends Hermione, but Sirius... (full context)
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...Mundungus can't store stolen goods here. George starts to shut the door but the house-elf Kreacher slides into the room first. Kreacher ignores everyone and mutters to himself about how Mundungus... (full context)
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Sirius accuses Kreacher of trying to sneak things away so Sirius can't throw them out and sends Kreacher... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...to his knees as he arrives in the kitchen of Grimmauld Place. Sirius angrily shouts Kreacher to leave and approaches his guests with concern. Harry tells everyone what he saw, but... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...for him. Harry and Ron accompany Hermione to the boiler room so she can give Kreacher a patchwork quilt, but he isn’t there. Harry notices that Kreacher has saved some of... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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Trauma, Silence, and Speech Theme Icon
Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Sirius finds Kreacher in the attic, but Harry is uneasy, since Kreacher seems strangely docile. Sirius becomes more... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
Prejudice and Discrimination Theme Icon
...sticks his head in the fire. When he's at Grimmauld Place, he shouts for Sirius. Kreacher is in the kitchen and delightedly says that Sirius is in the Department of Mysteries. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
War: Excitement vs. The Mundane Theme Icon
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...Occlumency and that he tried to check if Sirius was home. Calmly, Dumbledore says that Kreacher lied to Harry. Over Christmas, Kreacher left the house, went to Narcissa Malfoy (who is... (full context)
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Choices, Family, and Love Theme Icon
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...feels his rage return and spits angrily that Hermione wanted them to be nice to Kreacher. Dumbledore says that Hermione had the right idea, but Sirius never took it seriously. He... (full context)