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Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Elf Manifesto

Part two - The Issue

Whereas the elf is helpful the goblin is selfish, greedy and aggressive. The greediness for example, has most likely been developed during goblin’s work a various wizard banks (although they seem to have been greedy earlier, implying that was not their first encounter with gold and riches). In the matter of appearance the elf and goblin are very much alike. Thus, they are presumably closely related. And since they do not only share appearances but they are both aware of their own existence, possess the ability to think and reason and come to conclusions and they are not ruled by instincts. Very much like the human being. And the human is shaped by its society, being raised under bad circumstances can force you to walk a criminal path in life. The human is not born a criminal, society makes you criminal.
The same goes for the elf and the goblin, they are not born but raised as they grow up to be.
If the elves were not being physically and mentally manipulated they too could start bloody rebellions, just like the goblin. But currently the elf does not have a say about his or her own quality of life or when given an order.
The elf is brainwashed, saying that slaving for the human is in the nature of the elf is as stupid as saying the suicide bomber figured out all for him-/herself that blowing yourself up is the best way to escape poverty. Suicide bombers are often poor and are promised a place in heaven for doing the assigned work, and maybe their whole family has been killed, with a little brainwashing a human in that state will easily do what she or he is commanded. Or, if the person has got a family the “employer” might threaten to kill them, if this person does not suicide bomb.
The witch and wizard have told and taught the elf that work is the most important thing in an elf life, and the only way to uphold the family honour, hence making freedom disgraceful.

Then we have the fact that the families who own an elf are mostly old and wealthy.
This strengthens the theory of the witch and wizard having manipulated the elf’s magic. Those who need the help the least gets it. And since this kind of wizard or witch often despise so called half-bloods, makes them even less deserving of this help.
Except elves working at private households they also work at different sorts of businesses, such as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. About a hundred elves work in the school’s kitchen, without payment, something that Professor Dumbledore surely would have given them if they wanted it. But because of the brainwashing mentioned above, they have of coursed turned down the offer.
The problem for elves who wants a salary is that they are frozen out by the other elves; they do not want to concern themselves with such acts as accepting a payment.

There are three elves whose lives are fairly well documented. All these elves belonged to families with ancestry way back.

The elf called Dobby belonged to the family Malfoy, a family with a great interest in the dark arts and contempt against those who are not pure-blooded, and are hence followers of Lord Voldemort. For how long Dobby slaved for the Malfoy’s is not known, however we know he did not like it there. He did not possess the same perverted hatred his family had, which did not pass them by.
Dobby was therefore many times forced to punish himself, and simply badly treated.
Despite his unwillingness to stay with this family his magic forced him.
Common punishments for Dobby were to bang his head against the wall or squeeze his ears in the oven door. Each time he did something he was not supposed to he had to punish himself.
A while later he was set free, but now he required payment for his labour.
However, people thought it to be very insolent, and Dobby had a hard time finding a job. After searching for about a year he thought of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (where he also brought the elf, Winky), where Dumbledore offered Dobby ten galleons a week, however he turned down the offer, saying it was enough with one galleon. The other elves working in the kitchen thinks Dobby is out of his mind.

And then there is Kreacher, who slaved for the Black family, a large and very old, pure-blooded family. The family did not exclusively consist of dark wizards who followed the agenda of Voldemort, Nymphadora Tonks (her mother married a muggle, which is probably the reason why she didn’t follow in her older relative’s footsteps) and Sirius Black are examples of this. Kreacher and his family have slaved for a family, obsessed with the dark arts, surely for two centuries, hence getting heavily influenced by their opinions. How Kreacher was treated we cannot know, but I am guessing, since he was satisfied with his master, they treated him okay (why he adopted their opinions). Though he wanted to have his head hung on a wall (symbolising loyalty to his family), together with the rest of his family. Kreacher’s preceding (his current master is Harry Potter) owner was Sirius Black, since all other males in the Black family were dead. Kreacher did not like this at all; in fact his situation was and is a lot similar to Dobby’s. He hated Sirius Black, since he was a blood traitor and therefore “broke his mother’s heart”, who Kreacher adored.
He was constantly looking for loopholes in the orders he was given and whispering insults to both Black and those staying at his place.
When Sirius Black died the ownership of Kreacher passed on to his godson, Harry Potter, who inherited number twelve, Grimmauld Place, in which Kreacher was included. And Kreacher hated him as much as he had hated Sirius Black. So Professor Dumbledore figured the best thing for them both would be to send Kreacher to Hogwarts’ kitchen to work together with the other elves, including Dobby.

The elf Winky belonged to the family Crouch. Where she was often forced to do things she was scared of. For instance, during the Quidditch World Cup she had to hold a seat in one of the top rows of the stands, even though she is afraid of heights.
However, Winky liked her family. I have reasons to believe this was due to the fact she spent so much time with Bartemius Crouch jr, she was set to watch him, since he was officially dead. The truth is, as we all know, that Bartemius Crouch jr switched places with his dying mother, adapting her appearance using Polyjuice Potion.
I believe Mrs Crouch often sought Winky’s comfort, none them knew (or didn’t want to know) whether Crouch jr was guilty or not. Mrs Crouch probably told sentimental childhood stories about her son, with Winky immediately gaining sympathy for him.
And then when Winky was to watch Crouch jr it was not hard for him to manipulate her in order to gain enough benefits to break the Imperius curse put upon him and find his master, Lord Voldemort. Winky felt sorry for him and persuaded Crouch sr to let him come see the Quidditch World Cup. At the World Cup he took his chance, he was too strong for Winky, and succeeded in conjuring the Dark Mark. Bartemius Crouch sr was furious with Winky and fired her on spot, Winky was devastated.
Nowadays Winky is drenching her sorrows in alcohol at the Hogwarts’ kitchen, the loss of Crouch sr and Crouch jr struck her little heart hard.

Distinguishing oneself in the world of elves is almost suicidal, as amongst humans and mainly women, you will be looked upon like some kind of freak; people will talk behind your back and they will definitely not talk with you. You will be rejected by society; it’s an ancient way of shaping people into a certain form, determined by those who rule society.
As I have already stated the elf is not allowed to show dissatisfaction (though Kreacher can, probably because neither he nor his family thought of Sirius Black as a “real” Black, due to his sympathies), the elf’s opinion does not matter, the decision lies with the master alone. Both Dobby and Kreacher wanted another master, but that was out of the question. This resembles slavery, which was officially illegalised long ago - but is all but extinct.
Kreacher development is unusual; I believe most elves (slaving for private persons) are either hateful (which they are not allowed to express in words nor gestures) or apathetic in their attitude towards their “families”. I have already given a reason for this conclusion, but it is worth repeating, the elf is slaving for the wealthy and pure-blooded, those who often despise non-human creatures and half-bloods. Therefore it is only natural that they do not treat their non-human slaves with respect.
Winky was an exception since the mother of the family was a wreck and the son gained her trust through sympathy. On the other hand, Crouch sr did not put much love into his relation with Winky. Her love to him was not of devotion but of tradition.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Elf Manifesto

And finally, here's the english translation, with some new content.


For a long time I have looked over the need of a manifesto like this, and come to the conclusion that the public consciousness in this subject is terrifyingly low. Hermione Grangers comrade’s nonchalance towards her when she presented them with her ideas and the fact that they countered them with nonsense like “but house-elves are happy working!” (And why that is wrong you will find out by reading this manifesto), verifies my observations.
That is why I now begin writing this manifesto, beneath which we can all gather and conduct a common struggle against the elf oppression.

Part one – The Background

Knowing and understanding the history behind this oppression is necessary to get the beset out of our struggle.

Professor Dumbledore claimed that the elf possessed a different kind of magic, a magic that, amongst other things, would tie the elf to his or her master and force the elf to remain loyal until released, which is granted by giving the elf any sort of clothing. If, for some reason, breaking the rules the elf is, by that special kind of magic, forced to punish herself or himself.
We claim that the elf is being oppressed by this state of order, living a life decided by someone else.
Why the elf situation has not been recognized earlier is due to the fact that the elf often states that him or her is satisfied with this situation or “this is the way of life for an elf”. With this bringing us to the release of the elf, in most cases him or her doesn’t want to be released. People then comes to the rather rash conclusion that the elf simply doesn’t want to be free. Nobody (except Hermione Granger, more about her later) has taken the time to analyse this, and therefore the conclusion turns out wrong. People overlook the fact that the elf knows very little of the great wide world, and being left alone where you have never been, abandoned by everthing you know, isn’t the best start of a new life. And then having to carry the weight of guilt (for insulting the memory of his or her family, an elf family is forever tied to a family, unless given clothes), built up by humans brainwashing the elf for centuries, doesn’t really help at all.

How these circumstances have occured we cannot know, due to the Ministry of magic’s history revisionism, the elf aswell as the woman doesn’t have a big part in history, sometimes you might even wonder if they existed.
Due to this no one really knows why the elf has this bound to the witch and wizard.
Hence I have had to develop my theories from scratch.
The elf existing for the one and single purpose of serving the witch and wizard is highly unlikely, aren’t they capable of taking care of themselves? Then why would evolution supply us with these creatures, and what if the elf existed before men?
Professor Dumbledore spoke of the elf’s magic, which is one of kind, but how it came to be, not even Dumbledore could know.
However, I have some theories on this matter.
The elf is in general a very helpful creature, that, when discovered by the witch and wizard, was exploited to do their dirty work. A time passed and they realised it would be easier if the elf couldn’t object a command given by his or her master, if the elf was forced to obey. They performed a series of complicated charms to change the elf’s magic, making it work in the ways it does today. This magic was somehow inherited and the elf has since then been enslaved by the human race. And finally, for better cooperation, the elf was brain washed with rubbish about family honour.

The only known attempt to expose the elf slavery was made by Hermione Granger during her fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, when she formed Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare.
The society’s short-term goals was to give the elf reasonable salarys and fair work conditions, like breaks, working hours and such. Conditions which are obvious to humans.
The long-term goals involved an amendment in the matter of the prohibition of elf’s use of wands, and to get an elf into the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, at the Ministry of Magic.
However, the society didn’t enjoy any success, since Hermione’s friends obviously don’t know compassion. She was constantly opposed by Ronald Weasley (who is quite amused by the elf situation), who evidently enjoys slavery as long as it benefits himself. Her other friend, Harry Potter, doesn’t really oppose the slavery and mostly takes Ronald’s in their conflicts, although two years later his opinions in the matter seem to have matured a little.
All in all this attempt was a failure, much due to her friends insufficient empathy, if they had been in larger numbers it would have looked more assuring and convincing and the spreading of propaganda more effective. However, this attempt was still both important and necessary to the continuing struggle, it has exposed errors. Now we know how to prevent them. It’s very important to have a core of faithful members and followers before you begin the struggle, otherwise the enemy can easily shatter you.
That is one of the functions this manifesto fills, to unite and convince, if not many, at least a few wizards and witches to start the struggle for a worthy elf life.
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