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Why do house elves love Harry Potter so much? Does he make them latte?

There are many differences between Harry Potter books and movies, although it remains one of the best adaptations of written work to this day, in my opinion. The differences, however important they may be, are good to know, but the movies did pull through without them.

I watched the movies first, before reading the books, and I remember the time I was watching the second movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, that some things bothered me, even though I was a kid. This house elf, we all know well as Dobby the House Elf, appears in the first scenes…

How does Dobby know about Harry from before they met?

In the beginning of the first book and movie, the scenes where Dobby comes to the Dursley’s home to try and stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts for his second year are virtually the same, with very little difference.

Of course, we later find out that it was Lucius Malfoy that sent Dobby to try and stop Harry from going back to school. But Dobby also tells Harry that he is aware of his fame as the boy who lived, as is everybody.

Why does he like Harry?

While it is not Hard to imagine that house elves know of famous human wizards, like Harry, it remained a mystery as to why Dobby likes Harry, even before Harry made the move to trick Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby his freedom.

The answer to this is also the answer to the third question, why all elves feel that way about Harry.

Why do all house elves know and love Harry Potter?

All house elves, or at least all of them that appear in the books and movies, know about Harry and almost all of them like him. Of course, Kricher doesn’t, but that’s just because of the family he served.

And why is that?

Well, it is explained in the books, particularly in the first few chapters of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, that house elves used to be even worse off while Voldemort was in power.

While they are not doing that great after Voldemort was vanquished when his own curse rebounded from baby Harry and killed him, the pureblood families were getting away with much more malice and cruelty while he was in power.

Naturally, when Harry ended him that day in 1981, when he was only 1 year and three months old, it echoed throughout the wizarding world, and through house elf world as well.

House elves were mostly happy that Voldemort’s rule was ended, and they got slightly better treatment, although they were still abused and treated poorly by most. So, Harry was their hero of sorts. Later on, in the books, Hermiony takes up the mantle of fighting for house elf rights and she even organizes a society dedicated to this cause, of which there is no mention in the movies.