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{{Quote|Kreacher is what he has been made by wizards, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. Yes, he is to be pitied. His existence has been as miserable as your friend [[Dobby]]'s. He was forced to do [[Sirius Black|Sirius]]'s bidding, because Sirius was the last of the family to which he was enslaved, but he felt no true loyalty to him. And whatever Kreacher's faults, it must be admitted that Sirius did nothing to make Kreacher's lot easier.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Kreacher|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Kreacher is what he has been made by wizards, [[Harry Potter|Harry]]. Yes, he is to be pitied. His existence has been as miserable as your friend [[Dobby]]'s. He was forced to do [[Sirius Black|Sirius]]'s bidding, because Sirius was the last of the family to which he was enslaved, but he felt no true loyalty to him. And whatever Kreacher's faults, it must be admitted that Sirius did nothing to make Kreacher's lot easier.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Kreacher|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
'''Kreacher''' was an aged [[house-elf]] who served the [[House of Black]] with fanatical loyalty for most of his life, until he was left to [[Harry Potter]] upon the death of [[Sirius Black]] in [[1996]]. He was particularly fond of "his mistress" [[Walburga Black]], who died in [[1985]], but [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|whose portrait]] still shrieks orders from the wall in the front hall of the [[12 Grimmauld Place|Black house]]. After Mrs. Black's death, Kreacher let [[12 Grimmauld Place|the home]] fall into disarray, doing little, if any, cleaning.<ref name=OOTP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> He was also fiercely loyal to [[Regulus Black]], for whom he fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]along with many other house-elves.
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'''Kreacher''' was an aged [[house-elf]] who served the [[House of Black]] with fanatical loyalty for most of his life, until he was left to [[Harry Potter]] upon the death of [[Sirius Black]] in [[1996]].
He is described to have many folds of skin as well as white hairs in his ears, and he is supposed to have a deep "bullfrog" voice.
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He was particularly fond of "his mistress" [[Walburga Black]], who died in [[1985]], but [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|whose portrait]] still shrieked orders from the wall in the front hall of the [[12 Grimmauld Place|Black house]]. After Mrs Black's death, Kreacher let [[12 Grimmauld Place|the home]] fall into disarray, doing little, if any, cleaning.<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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He was also fiercely loyal to [[Regulus Black]], and later to Harry Potter whom he fought for in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] alongside many other house-elves. Kreacher survived the final battle of the [[Second Wizarding War]]; it is unknown what happened to him later in life.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Serving masters===
 
===Serving masters===
 
====Under Master Regulus Black====
 
====Under Master Regulus Black====
[[File:Kreacher_portrait_OOTP_1.jpeg|thumb|left|250px|Kreacher polishes [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|Walburga Black's portrait frame]].]]
 
In 1979, when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] told [[Regulus Black]] that he needed a house-elf, Regulus volunteered Kreacher, saying it would be an honour to serve the Dark Lord. Voldemort took Kreacher to the [[Horcrux cave]] and forced him to drink the potion in the basin so that Voldemort could place [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in the basin. The potion, (the same one [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] drank) caused Kreacher to have nightmarish delusions, intense stomach pains and made him dehydrated. Voldemort then left, leaving Kreacher to drink from the lake (as any water conjured evapourates) and die at the hands of the [[Inferius|Inferi]]. However, Voldemort did not remember (or did not realize or thought that the cave's magic was too strong for anyone or anything to disapparate out of) that house-elves have their own [[House-elf magic|special type of magic]] and Kreacher was able to [[Apparition|Disapparate]] from the cave as Regulus told him to come home when he finished his task.
 
   
Regulus later had Kreacher take him back to the Horcrux Cave. Regulus drank the potion himself and ordered Kreacher to switch Slytherin's Locket with a fake locket and then go home and destroy the "real" locket, leaving Regulus to die in the cave. For the last few seconds Kreacher was there, he saw the Inferi's hands pulling Regulus into the water. Regulus also ordered Kreacher to never tell his family what had happened to him. Kreacher left as ordered but was unable to destroy the locket, despite his many attempts. This inability to complete an order of his master may have driven him to insanity, explaining his muttering and devotion to his [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|mistress' painting]].
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In 1979, when [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] told [[Regulus Black]] that he needed a house-elf, Regulus volunteered Kreacher, saying it would be an honour to serve the Dark Lord. Voldemort took Kreacher to the [[Crystal Cave]] and forced him to drink the potion in the basin so that Voldemort could place [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in the basin. The potion, (the same one [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]] drank) caused Kreacher to have nightmarish delusions, intense stomach pains and made him dehydrated. Voldemort then left, leaving Kreacher to drink from the lake (as any water conjured evapourates) and die at the hands of the [[Inferius|Inferi]]. However, Voldemort did not remember (or did not realise or thought that the cave's magic was too strong for anyone or anything to disapparate out of) that house-elves have their own [[House-elf magic|special type of magic]] and Kreacher was able to [[Apparition|Disapparate]] from the cave as Regulus told him to come home when he finished his task.
 
====Under Master Sirius Black/Order of the Phoenix====
 
[[File:006pa8xx.jpg|thumb|right|168px|Kreacher serving under the Order in [[1995]].]]
 
{{Quote|I warned Sirius when we adopted twelve Grimmauld Place as our headquarters that Kreacher must be treated with kindness and respect. I also told him that Kreacher could be dangerous to us. I do not think that Sirius took me very seriously, or that he ever saw Kreacher as a being with feelings as acute as a human's.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] after Sirius's death|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
   
Kreacher was loyal only to [[pure-blood]] wizards in general, [[Walburga Black]] in particular. After her death, however, [[Sirius Black]] became Kreacher's master, despite having been considered a [[blood traitor]] and disowned from his family. Kreacher was hostile to Sirius and to the entire [[Order of the Phoenix]] when they used [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as their Headquarters, but was forced to serve Sirius. He was known to steal Black family heirlooms during the Order's cleaning efforts and hide them in his den in the kitchen cupboard. In turn, Sirius took the items and threw them away, and berated Kreacher in harsh and cruel words.
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Regulus later had Kreacher take him back to the Crystal Cave. Regulus drank the potion himself and ordered Kreacher to switch Slytherin's Locket with a fake locket and then go home and destroy the "real" locket, leaving Regulus to die in the cave. For the last few seconds Kreacher was there, he saw the Inferi's hands pulling Regulus into the water. Regulus also ordered Kreacher to never tell his family what had happened to him. Kreacher left as ordered but was unable to destroy the locket, despite his many attempts. This inability to complete an order of his master may have driven him to insanity, explaining his muttering and devotion to his [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|mistress' painting]].
   
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====Under master Sirius Black/Order of the Phoenix====
 
{{Quote|Nasty brat, standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of [[mudblood]]s and blood-traitors alike.|Kreacher after he met [[Harry Potter]] in [[12 Grimmauld Place]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Nasty brat, standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of [[mudblood]]s and blood-traitors alike.|Kreacher after he met [[Harry Potter]] in [[12 Grimmauld Place]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)}}
   
Kreacher was considered somewhat of a liability by the Order of the Phoenix, who used the Blacks' house as headquarters; as a house-elf, Kreacher overheard things of a sensitive nature. He was forbidden, however, to speak of the most important things, but sometime in December [[1995]], when he witnessed Harry and the Weasley children arrive by [[Portkey]] after [[Arthur Weasley|Arthur]] was attacked, Sirius told him to "get out"(of the kitchen). Taking that to mean literally leaving the house, he went to the [[Malfoy family]], close relatives of the Blacks, and told [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa Malfoy née Black]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange née Black]] several details that were not considered to be of any importance, which ultimately led to Sirius' demise. Narcissa and Bellatrix treated Kreacher kindly to get him to cooperate with them. Thus, when [[Harry Potter]] used the [[Floo Network]] to check with 12 Grimmauld Place in June asking if Sirius was there, Kreacher lied. This convinced Harry that his vision of Sirius being tortured in the [[Department of Mysteries]] was true, and led him and his friends to attempt to rescue him. This resulted in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] in which Sirius was killed by Bellatrix.<ref name=OOTP />
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[[File:006pa8xx.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Kreacher serving under the Order in [[1995]].]]Kreacher was loyal only to [[pure-blood]] wizards in general, [[Walburga Black]] in particular. After her death, however, [[Sirius Black]] became Kreacher's master, despite having been considered a [[blood traitor]] and disowned from his family. Kreacher was hostile to Sirius and to the entire [[Order of the Phoenix]] when they used [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as their Headquarters, but was forced to serve Sirius. He was known to steal Black family heirlooms during the Order's cleaning efforts and hide them in his den in the [[Kreacher's den|kitchen cupboard]]. In turn, Sirius took the items and threw them away, and berated Kreacher in harsh and cruel words.
   
====Under Master Harry Potter====
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Kreacher was considered somewhat of a liability by the Order of the Phoenix, who used the Blacks' house as headquarters; as a house-elf, Kreacher overheard things of a sensitive nature. He was forbidden, however, to speak of the most important things, but sometime in December [[1995]], when he witnessed Harry and the Weasley children arrive by [[Portkey]] after [[Arthur Weasley|Arthur]] was attacked, Sirius told him to "get out"(of the kitchen). Taking that to mean literally leaving the house, he went to the [[Malfoy family]], close relatives of the Blacks, and told [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa Malfoy née Black]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix Lestrange&nbsp;née&nbsp;Black]] several details that were not considered to be of any importance, which ultimately led to Sirius' demise. Narcissa treated Kreacher kindly to get him to cooperate with her. Thus, when [[Harry Potter]] used the [[Floo Network]] to check with 12 Grimmauld Place in June asking if Sirius was there, Kreacher lied. This convinced Harry that his vision of Sirius being tortured in the [[Department of Mysteries]] was real, and led him and his friends to attempt to rescue him. This resulted in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]] in which Sirius was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]] .<ref name="OOTP" />
{{Dialogue a-b-c|Dumbledore|Give him an order. If he has passed into your ownership, he will have to obey. If not, then we shall have to think of some other means of keeping him from his [[Bellatrix Lestrange|rightful mistress]].|Kreacher|Won't, won't, won't, WON'T!|Harry|Kreacher, shut up!|Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore and Kreacher in the [[Dursley Family]]'s house|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
[[Image:062507 kreacher full.jpg|thumb|left|260px|Kreacher inside the House of Black.]]
 
   
[[Sirius Black|Sirius]] left all his belongings, including Kreacher, to his godson. Harry, who had no desire to have anything to do with Kreacher, ordered him to work in the kitchens at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] with the other house-elves at Dumbledore's suggestion, where he and the other house-elves could keep a close watch on him. This eventually turned out to Harry's advantage, as Kreacher — along with [[Dobby]], another house-elf working at Hogwarts — tailed [[Draco Malfoy]] for him when he suspected Malfoy to be up to no good. Kreacher disliked Harry at the time, and only followed his orders because he had to. For Christmas in 1996, Kreacher gave Harry a box of maggots.<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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====Under master Harry Potter====
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{{Dialogue a-b-c|Dumbledore|Give him an order. If he has passed into your ownership, he will have to obey. If not, then we shall have to think of some other means of keeping him from his [[Bellatrix Lestrange|rightful mistress]].|Kreacher|Won't, won't, won't, WON'T!|Harry|Kreacher, shut up!|Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore and Kreacher in the [[Dursley family]]'s house|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a-b-a-b|Harry|Have you ever seen this before? Kreacher?|Kreacher|It's [[Regulus Black's locket|Master Regulus's locket]].|But there were two, weren't there? Where's the other one?|It was here, in this house.|Where is it now? Did someone take it?|He came in the night. He took many things, including the locket.|Who did? Who was it, Kreacher?|Mundungus...[[Mundungus Fletcher]]!|Harry asking Kreacher about the whereabouts of [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1}}
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[[Sirius Black|Sirius]] left all his belongings, including Kreacher, to his godson. [[Harry Potter|Harry]] , who had no desire to have anything to do with Kreacher, ordered him to work in the [[Hogwarts kitchens|kitchens]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] with the other house-elves at Dumbledore's suggestion, where he and the other house-elves could keep a close watch on him. This eventually turned out to Harry's advantage, as Kreacher along with [[Dobby]], another house-elf working at Hogwarts tailed [[Draco Malfoy]] for him when he suspected Malfoy to be up to no good. Kreacher disliked Harry at the time, and only followed his orders because he had to. For Christmas in 1996, Kreacher gave Harry a box of [[maggot]]s.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
[[File:Kreacherlocket.jpg|thumb|right|Harry showing [[Regulus Black]]'s locket to Kreacher.]]
 
   
In [[1997]], Harry made Kreacher tell him about [[Regulus Black|Regulus Arcturus Black]], who he had correctly deduced was the R.A.B. who took Salazar Slytherin's Locket from the Horcrux Cave. Kreacher told Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] the story of the two lockets and his inability to destroy the real one. He told Harry that [[Mundungus Fletcher]] stole the real locket and Harry rewarded him with Regulus's fake locket for tracking down Mundungus. Kreacher's joy at being given a Black family "heirloom" as his own caused him to drastically change his view of Harry. He even started to treat Hermione, whom he had previously disdained as a "[[Mudblood]]", a bit better. Hermione turned out to be right about Kreacher; he was nice to those who treat him well.<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 12 (''Magic is Might'')</ref>
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[[File:Kreacherlocket.jpg|thumb|220px|Harry showing [[Regulus Black]]'s locket to Kreacher.]]
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In [[1997]], Harry made Kreacher tell him about [[Regulus Black|Regulus Arcturus Black]], who he had correctly deduced was the R.A.B. who took [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Slytherin's Locket|Locket]] from the [[Crystal Cave]] . Kreacher told Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] the story of the two lockets and his inability to destroy the real one. He told Harry that [[Mundungus Fletcher]] stole the real locket and Harry rewarded him with Regulus's fake locket for tracking down Mundungus. Kreacher's joy at being given a Black family "heirloom" as his own caused him to drastically change his view of Harry. He even started to treat Hermione, whom he had previously disdained as a "[[Mudblood]]", a bit better. Hermione turned out to be right about Kreacher; he was nice to those who treat him well.<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 12 (''Magic is Might'')</ref>
   
 
The morning of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's attempt to [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|break into the Ministry of Magic]] to find the real locket of Salazar Slytherin, Kreacher served them a breakfast of rolls and coffee and promised a meal of steak-and-kidney pie to be waiting for them when they returned, but after successfully obtaining the real locket of and escaping the Ministry, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were no longer able to go back to Grimmauld Place because they let [[Yaxley]] inside the [[Fidelius Charm]]. Harry and Hermione concluded that it would be too risky to summon Kreacher since Grimmauld Place was most likely taken over by [[Death Eaters]].
 
The morning of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's attempt to [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|break into the Ministry of Magic]] to find the real locket of Salazar Slytherin, Kreacher served them a breakfast of rolls and coffee and promised a meal of steak-and-kidney pie to be waiting for them when they returned, but after successfully obtaining the real locket of and escaping the Ministry, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were no longer able to go back to Grimmauld Place because they let [[Yaxley]] inside the [[Fidelius Charm]]. Harry and Hermione concluded that it would be too risky to summon Kreacher since Grimmauld Place was most likely taken over by [[Death Eaters]].
   
 
Kreacher's whereabouts during the following period is unknown, but it's known that sometime before the Battle of Hogwarts he somehow came to the Hogwarts kitchens.
 
Kreacher's whereabouts during the following period is unknown, but it's known that sometime before the Battle of Hogwarts he somehow came to the Hogwarts kitchens.
 
{{Quote|Fight! Fight for my master, the defender of the house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!|Kreacher leading the house-elves during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
   
 
Kreacher led the house-elves of Hogwarts in the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] against the [[Death Eaters]] during the attack on Hogwarts, for Harry Potter, defender of the house-elves, and for the sake of the memory of his long-dead master Regulus, bringing to mind that, although he was a Death Eater, he had died fighting Lord Voldemort.<ref name="DH36">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 36 (''The Flaw in the Plan'')</ref>
 
Kreacher led the house-elves of Hogwarts in the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]] against the [[Death Eaters]] during the attack on Hogwarts, for Harry Potter, defender of the house-elves, and for the sake of the memory of his long-dead master Regulus, bringing to mind that, although he was a Death Eater, he had died fighting Lord Voldemort.<ref name="DH36">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 36 (''The Flaw in the Plan'')</ref>
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==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
Like all house elves, Kreacher was considerably smaller than a human. He was described as having a bulbous, snout-like nose, bloodshot eyes, many folds of skin, and white hair growing out of his bat-like ears. Dobby also knocked out half of his teeth with a punch in 1997, and its unclear as to whether he had them magically grown back.
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Like all house elves, Kreacher was considerably smaller than a human. He was described as having a bulbous, snout-like nose, bloodshot eyes, many folds of skin, and white hair growing out of his bat-like ears. Dobby also knocked out half of his teeth with a punch in 1997, and it is unclear as to whether he had them magically grown back.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|I don't understand you, Kreacher. Voldemort tried to kill you, Regulus died to bring Voldemort down, but you were still happy to betray Sirius to Voldemort? You were happy to go to Narcissa and Bellatrix, and pass information to Voldemort through them…|Hermione|Harry, Kreacher doesn't think like that. He's a slave; house-elves are used to bad, even brutal treatment; what Voldemort did to Kreacher wasn't that far out of the common way. What do wizard wars mean to an elf like Kreacher? He's loyal to people who are kind to him… I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house-elves. Well, Voldemort did… and so did Sirius.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] discussing Kreacher|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Harry|I don't understand you, Kreacher. Voldemort tried to kill you, Regulus died to bring Voldemort down, but you were still happy to betray Sirius to Voldemort? You were happy to go to Narcissa and Bellatrix, and pass information to Voldemort through them…|Hermione|Harry, Kreacher doesn't think like that. He's a slave; house-elves are used to bad, even brutal treatment; what Voldemort did to Kreacher wasn't that far out of the common way. What do wizard wars mean to an elf like Kreacher? He's loyal to people who are kind to him… I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house-elves. Well, Voldemort did… and so did Sirius.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] discussing Kreacher|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:DH_Kreacher_concept_artwork01.jpg|thumb|left|Kreacher.]]
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[[File:DH_Kreacher_concept_artwork01.jpg|thumb|left|205px|Kreacher.]]
 
Kreacher was very loyal to the entire Black family except [[Sirius Black]], whom he hated. However, his hatred was justified since Sirius was horrible to him. He had a strong bond with Sirius' brother, [[Regulus Black]] and was devastated by his death. Kreacher was usually hostile, bitter and miserable and had a habit of insulting people, including his masters. He frequently called [[Hermione Granger]] "[[Mudblood]]".
 
Kreacher was very loyal to the entire Black family except [[Sirius Black]], whom he hated. However, his hatred was justified since Sirius was horrible to him. He had a strong bond with Sirius' brother, [[Regulus Black]] and was devastated by his death. Kreacher was usually hostile, bitter and miserable and had a habit of insulting people, including his masters. He frequently called [[Hermione Granger]] "[[Mudblood]]".
   
Like most members of the Black family, Kreacher believed that [[Muggle-born]]s or [[Blood traitor|blood traitors]] were scum. Because of this belief he frequently insulted Hermione even though she tried to be nice to him. However, he gradually grew more respectful towards both Muggle-borns and blood traitors giving Hermione what was supposed to have been a respectful salute just prior to the [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic]]. Kreacher was also very loyal to people who treated him with kindness and respect, particularly Regulus Black. He later grew loyal to Harry Potter and started to be friendly towards Harry, Ron and Hermione. However, when people were horrible to him, he in turn was disloyal. This ultimately led to him being partially responsible for the death of Sirius Black. Had Sirius treated Kreacher the same way his brother had, his death could have been avoided.
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Like most members of the Black family, Kreacher believed that [[Muggle-born]]s or [[blood traitor]]s were scum. Because of this belief, he frequently insulted Hermione even though she tried to be nice to him. However, he gradually grew more respectful towards both Muggle-borns and blood traitors giving Hermione what was supposed to have been a respectful salute just prior to the [[infiltration of the Ministry of Magic]]. Kreacher was also very loyal to people who treated him with kindness and respect, particularly Regulus Black. He later grew loyal to Harry Potter and started to be friendly towards Harry, Ron and Hermione. However, when people were horrible to him, he in turn was disloyal. This ultimately led to him being partially responsible for the death of Sirius Black. Had Sirius treated Kreacher the same way his brother had, his death could have been avoided.
   
 
Because of years of solitude Kreacher hadn't bothered cleaning the Black family home for a long time and even when the Order of the Phoenix used it as a headquarters, he was rarely seen cleaning. He also had a habit of stealing items that reminded him of his loyalty to the Black family. Kreacher was also considered to be slightly mad, probably from being stuck in the Blacks house alone for so long. Ron Weasley claimed that he was a nutter, saying that his greatest ambition was to have his head chopped off and mounted on a plaque like his mother. Sirius Black also claimed he'd gone round the twist. His misery and insanity was most probably a combination of drinking the [[Drink of Despair]], Regulus Black's death, not being able to complete his master's order of destroying the locket, living alone with the locket and Walburga's portrait and Sirius Black's cruelty to him.
 
Because of years of solitude Kreacher hadn't bothered cleaning the Black family home for a long time and even when the Order of the Phoenix used it as a headquarters, he was rarely seen cleaning. He also had a habit of stealing items that reminded him of his loyalty to the Black family. Kreacher was also considered to be slightly mad, probably from being stuck in the Blacks house alone for so long. Ron Weasley claimed that he was a nutter, saying that his greatest ambition was to have his head chopped off and mounted on a plaque like his mother. Sirius Black also claimed he'd gone round the twist. His misery and insanity was most probably a combination of drinking the [[Drink of Despair]], Regulus Black's death, not being able to complete his master's order of destroying the locket, living alone with the locket and Walburga's portrait and Sirius Black's cruelty to him.
   
A tradition for the Black family House Elves was for their heads to be cut off and stuck on a plaque. Kreacher and Ron both, once, expressed this wish for this to be done to Kreacher. Ron later regretted this statement.
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A tradition for the Black family house elves was for their heads to be cut off and stuck on a plaque. Kreacher and Ron both, once, expressed this wish for this to be done to Kreacher. Ron later regretted this statement.
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{{Quote|Fight! Fight for my master, the defender of the house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!|Kreacher leading the house-elves during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Eventually, after being given back the locket Regulus had switched for the real Horcrux locket of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort's]], Kreacher grew less hostile and was happier than he had been in a great number of years. He was also courageous, leading the house elves into the fray during the battle of Hogwarts.
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Eventually, after being given back the locket Regulus had switched for the real Horcrux locket of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s, Kreacher grew less hostile and was happier than he had been in a great number of years, resuming most of the duties expected of him (including cleaning the formerly-filthy kitchen). He was also courageous, leading the house elves into the fray during the battle of Hogwarts.
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
'''[[Apparition]]:''' Like all house elves, Kreacher was able to apparate even in areas that forbade apparition such as the cave which contained one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, and on the grounds of Hogwarts itself. He is also able to perform Side-Along Apparations (Apparations with another person in tow).
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'''[[Apparition]]:''' Like all house elves, Kreacher was able to apparate even in areas that forbade apparition such as the cave which contained one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, and on the grounds of Hogwarts itself. He is also able to perform Side-Along Apparation (Apparation with another person in tow).
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
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{{Quote|Oh, my poor mistress, what would she say if she saw Kreacher serving [[Sirius Black|him]]?|Kreacher complaining about his master|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Oh, my poor mistress, what would she say if she saw Kreacher serving [[Sirius Black|him]]?|Kreacher complaining about his master|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
Kreacher was extremely devoted to all members of the Black family except Sirius Black, whom he hated. Sirius claimed that he was slightly less devoted to Sirius' father than he was to his mother but also said he caught him snogging a pair of his fathers old trousers. Kreacher was often seen taking orders from [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|a portrait of Sirius' mother]]. Considering Kreacher was disloyal to people who treated him in a horrible manner, the [[House of Black|Black family]] must have treated him with kindness.
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Kreacher was extremely devoted to all members of the Black family except Sirius Black, whom he hated. Sirius claimed that he was slightly less devoted to Sirius' father than he was to his mother but also said he caught him snogging a pair of his father's old trousers. Kreacher was often seen taking orders from [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|a portrait of Sirius' mother]]. Considering Kreacher was disloyal to people who treated him in a horrible manner, the [[House of Black|Black family]] must have treated him with kindness.
   
 
====Regulus Black====
 
====Regulus Black====
[[File:RegulusBlackCloseUps.jpg|thumb|Regulus Black.]]
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[[File:RegulusBlackCloseUp.jpg|thumb|145px|[[Regulus Black]]]]
Out of all members of the Black family, Kreacher's bond with [[Regulus Black|Regulus]] appeared to be the strongest. In fact it was partially because of Kreacher that Regulus turned against Voldemort; after discovering the cruel way his master treated Kreacher, and realising that his immortality came from creating Horcruxes, Regulus and Kreacher went to the cave to steal Voldemort's locket. Regulus sacrificed himself to retrieve the locket, even though he could have ordered Kreacher to drink the Drink of Despair for him, showing that he truly did care about Kreacher. The elderly house elf was still devastated by Regulus' death, eighteen years after it happened. He felt he had failed Regulus by being unable to destroy Voldemort's locket.
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Out of all members of the Black family, Kreacher's bond with [[Regulus Black|Regulus]] appeared to be the strongest. In fact it was partially because of Kreacher that Regulus turned against Voldemort; after discovering the cruel way his master treated Kreacher, and realising that his immortality came from creating Horcruxes, Regulus and Kreacher went to the cave to steal Voldemort's locket. Regulus sacrificed himself to retrieve the locket, even though he could have ordered Kreacher to drink the Drink of Despair for him, showing that he truly did care about Kreacher. The elderly house elf was still devastated by Regulus' death, eighteen years after it happened. He felt he had failed Regulus by being unable to destroy Voldemort's locket, and later led his fellow House Elves into battle in Regulus' name during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
   
 
====Sirius Black====
 
====Sirius Black====
[[File:SiriusBlack.jpg|150px|right|Sirius Black.]]
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{{Quote|I warned Sirius when we adopted twelve Grimmauld Place as our headquarters that Kreacher must be treated with kindness and respect. I also told him that Kreacher could be dangerous to us. I do not think that Sirius took me very seriously, or that he ever saw Kreacher as a being with feelings as acute as a human's.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] after Sirius's death|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
Unlike Regulus, [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] was horrible to Kreacher, treating him as though he was not worth anything, but also ordering him about. Sirius' behaviour originated from his hatred of his family and the house of Black itself. However Albus Dumbledore said that he was usually kind to house elves. Kreacher hated Sirius, because of his cruel attitude towards him, and he betrayed Sirius to Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy which resulted in Sirius' death. Had Sirius treated Kreacher kindly his death might have been avoided.
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[[File:Sirius-Black-Wallpaper-sirius-black-32913977-1024-768.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Sirius Black.]]
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Unlike Regulus, [[Sirius Black|Sirius]] was horrible to Kreacher, treating him as though he was not worth anything, but also ordering him about. Sirius' behaviour originated from his hatred of his family and the house of Black itself. However Albus Dumbledore said that he was usually kind to house elves. Kreacher hated Sirius, because of his cruel attitude towards him, and he betrayed Sirius to Narcissa Malfoy which resulted in Sirius' death. Had Sirius treated Kreacher kindly his death might have been avoided.
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Kreacher called them 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' and in 1997, when Harry, Ron and Hermione were staying in [[Grimmauld Place]] , Hermione immediately realised that Kreacher was very fond of them. She told Harry and Ron that since 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' must have been lovely to him, Kreacher must have been willing to do a job for them, especially against [[Sirius Black|Sirius,]] the man who treated him horribly. Harry, who at first hated Kreacher, for good reason for it was Kreacher that lied to Harry that made him go to [[Department of Mysteries]] , resulting in Sirius's death, took a while to come to terms with the fact that [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange|Bellatrix]] 's tactics must have been a better idea than Sirius's pure hatred.
   
 
===Harry Potter===
 
===Harry Potter===
[[File:Harry_Potter_HP6D-01760r_v2.jpg|thumb|left|Harry Potter.]]
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{{Quote|Master has not finished his soup, would Master prefer the savory stew, or else the [[treacle tart]] to which Master is so partial?|Kreacher fully acknowledging [[Harry]] as his new master|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
At first [[Harry Potter|Harry]] and Kreacher had an antagonistic relationship. When Harry attempted to discover if Lord Voldemort had captured Sirius, Kreacher lied to him and claimed he was alone in Sirius' house. After Sirius' death, Harry placed part of the blame on Kreacher and part on Severus Snape, but put most of the blame on himself. Under Harry's ownership, Kreacher was ordered to work in the Hogwarts kitchens. Harry then ordered him and [[Dobby]] to spy on Draco Malfoy and made sure there were no loopholes in the instructions he'd given Kreacher. When Kreacher and Dobby returned from spying on Malfoy, Harry congratulated Dobby but ignored Kreacher.
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[[File:2009-Harry-Potter-and-the-Half-Blood-Prince-Promotional-Shoot-harry-potter-8869550-1499-1999.jpg|thumb|128px|Harry Potter, his current master]]
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At first, [[Harry Potter|Harry]] and Kreacher had an antagonistic relationship. When Harry attempted to discover if Lord Voldemort had captured Sirius, Kreacher lied to him and claimed he was alone in Sirius' house. After Sirius' death, Harry placed part of the blame on Kreacher and part on Severus Snape, but put most of the blame on himself. Under Harry's ownership, Kreacher was ordered to work in the Hogwarts kitchens. Harry then ordered him and [[Dobby]] to spy on Draco Malfoy and made sure there were no loopholes in the instructions he'd given Kreacher. When Kreacher and Dobby returned from spying on Malfoy, Harry congratulated Dobby but ignored Kreacher.
   
 
However whilst living in the house of Black, Harry learned a bit about Kreacher's past and began to feel more sympathetic towards him. He tried to be kind to Kreacher and gradually their relationship improved. Harry then gave Kreacher the fake Slytherin's Locket with the note from [[Regulus]], saying Regulus would have wanted him to have it, as Kreacher adored having a [[House of Black|Black family]] heirloom for himself. Kreacher eventually grew quite friendly towards Harry and company, especially after Harry gifted him the locket, and started cooking for them, cleaning the house, and reminding him to wash his hands before dinner, during their hideout there in 1997. Harry also congratulated him when he succeeded in capturing [[Mundungus Fletcher]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Kreacher led the house elves against Lord Voldemort and his followers, telling them to fight for Harry and the deceased Regulus.
 
However whilst living in the house of Black, Harry learned a bit about Kreacher's past and began to feel more sympathetic towards him. He tried to be kind to Kreacher and gradually their relationship improved. Harry then gave Kreacher the fake Slytherin's Locket with the note from [[Regulus]], saying Regulus would have wanted him to have it, as Kreacher adored having a [[House of Black|Black family]] heirloom for himself. Kreacher eventually grew quite friendly towards Harry and company, especially after Harry gifted him the locket, and started cooking for them, cleaning the house, and reminding him to wash his hands before dinner, during their hideout there in 1997. Harry also congratulated him when he succeeded in capturing [[Mundungus Fletcher]]. During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], Kreacher led the house elves against Lord Voldemort and his followers, telling them to fight for Harry and the deceased Regulus.
   
 
===Hermione Granger===
 
===Hermione Granger===
During the Order of the Phoenix's time at the 12 Grimmauld Place, [[Hermione Granger]] was the only person who made an effort to be kind to Kreacher. Despite this Kreacher was disdainful towards her because she was a "Mudblood". Hermione insisted that Kreacher wasn't in his right mind, and despite his insults she continued to treat him kindly, giving him a present at Christmas which no one else had bothered to do.
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[[File:HermioneGrangerpic.jpg|thumb|right|Hermione Granger.]]
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During the Order of the Phoenix's time at the 12 Grimmauld Place, [[Hermione Granger]] was the only person who made an effort to be kind to Kreacher. Despite this Kreacher was disdainful towards her because she was a "Mudblood". Hermione insisted that Kreacher wasn't in his right mind, and despite his insults she continued to treat him kindly, giving him a present at Christmas which no one else had bothered to do.
   
 
When Hermione discovered that Kreacher's [[Regulus Black|master]] had been killed during his and Kreacher's mission to retrieve one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, she tried to comfort him with a hug but Kreacher appeared revolted. However Hermione's kindness towards Kreacher eventually started to change his attitude towards her, and before going on his search for Mundungus Fletcher he gave her a little spasm, which was supposed to be a respectful salute. Because of Hermione, Kreacher grew more respectful towards Muggle-borns.
 
When Hermione discovered that Kreacher's [[Regulus Black|master]] had been killed during his and Kreacher's mission to retrieve one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, she tried to comfort him with a hug but Kreacher appeared revolted. However Hermione's kindness towards Kreacher eventually started to change his attitude towards her, and before going on his search for Mundungus Fletcher he gave her a little spasm, which was supposed to be a respectful salute. Because of Hermione, Kreacher grew more respectful towards Muggle-borns.
   
 
===Ron Weasley===
 
===Ron Weasley===
[[File:Kreacheranddobby.jpg|thumb|left|Kreacher and Dobby speaking to Harry Potter.]]
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[[File:Ron_Weasley_(HBP_promo).jpg|thumb|130px|Ron Weasley]]
 
[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] thought that Kreacher was a nutter and thus they didn't have a close relationship. Ron felt disturbed at the thought of Kreacher wandering around his room in the middle of the night and said that his life's ambition was to have his head chopped off and put on a plaque. Kreacher thought of Ron and the rest of the Weasley family as "blood traitors". However, as with Harry and Hermione, Kreacher grew more friendly towards Ron during the trio's time in Grimmauld Place. Ron even displayed some affection for Kreacher and said that he no longer dreamed of chopping off his head.
 
[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] thought that Kreacher was a nutter and thus they didn't have a close relationship. Ron felt disturbed at the thought of Kreacher wandering around his room in the middle of the night and said that his life's ambition was to have his head chopped off and put on a plaque. Kreacher thought of Ron and the rest of the Weasley family as "blood traitors". However, as with Harry and Hermione, Kreacher grew more friendly towards Ron during the trio's time in Grimmauld Place. Ron even displayed some affection for Kreacher and said that he no longer dreamed of chopping off his head.
   
 
===Dobby===
 
===Dobby===
Kreacher had a bad relationship with [[Dobby]] mainly because they had, at first, opposite opinions of Harry Potter. The two house elves even got into a brawl at one point after Kreacher insulted Harry. However they did work together to spy on [[Draco Malfoy]].
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Kreacher had a bad relationship with [[Dobby]] mainly because they had, at first, opposite opinions of Harry Potter. The two house elves even got into a brawl at one point after Kreacher insulted Harry. However they worked together to spy on [[Draco Malfoy]].
   
 
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:KreacherLEGO.jpg|thumb|Kreacher in [[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]].]]
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[[File:KreacherLEGO.jpg|thumb|left|Kreacher in [[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]].]]
 
*[[Timothy Bateson]] voiced Kreacher in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film]] and [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)|video game]] adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''.
 
*[[Timothy Bateson]] voiced Kreacher in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film]] and [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)|video game]] adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''.
 
*[[Simon McBurney]] replaced [[Timothy Bateson]] as Kreacher in the film and video game adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', after [[Timothy Bateson|Bateson]]'s [[death]]<ref>[http://mugglenet.com/app/news/full_story/2486 Simon McBurney cast as Kreacher in Deathly Hallows]</ref> in [[2009]].
 
*[[Simon McBurney]] replaced [[Timothy Bateson]] as Kreacher in the film and video game adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', after [[Timothy Bateson|Bateson]]'s [[death]]<ref>[http://mugglenet.com/app/news/full_story/2486 Simon McBurney cast as Kreacher in Deathly Hallows]</ref> in [[2009]].
 
*The character of Kreacher was written in the first few drafts of the film of ''Order of the Phoenix'', but later cut from the film in order to decrease the page count. He was added back after [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] read that draft and insisted the character be featured, due to his later importance.<ref name="pts153">''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', Page 153</ref>
 
*The character of Kreacher was written in the first few drafts of the film of ''Order of the Phoenix'', but later cut from the film in order to decrease the page count. He was added back after [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] read that draft and insisted the character be featured, due to his later importance.<ref name="pts153">''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', Page 153</ref>
*[[Harry Potter]]'s role in inheriting Kreacher through Sirius's will and having him work in Hogwarts kitchen has been omitted from the films.
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*[[Harry Potter]]'s role in inheriting Kreacher through Sirius's will and having him work in Hogwarts' kitchens was omitted from the films.
*Kreacher's role in the Harry Potter saga has been compared to the role of Gollum in the ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, in that he is unwilling servant of the story's protagonist. His desire to protect all the heirlooms of the [[House of Black]] can be linked to Gollum's desire for the One Ring.
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*Kreacher's role in the Harry Potter series has been compared to the role of Gollum in the ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, in that he is unwilling servant of the story's protagonist. His desire to protect all the heirlooms of the [[House of Black]] can be linked to Gollum's desire for the One Ring.
 
*Kreacher is so far the only named house-elf known to have a name that does not end with the letter "y".
 
*Kreacher is so far the only named house-elf known to have a name that does not end with the letter "y".
*Unlike the book, Kreacher did not cry in the film adaptation of ''Deathly Hallows''. He was not given the fake locket in the film adaptation as well. However, in the video game adaptation Harry gave him the locket.
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*Like the book, Kreacher did not cry in the film adaptation of ''Deathly Hallows Part 1 ''and was not given the fake locket by Harry in the film, however, in the video game adaptation Harry gave him the locket.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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== Battle of Hogwarts ==
 
During the battle of Hogwarts, Kreacher was seen to have been leading the house elves into battle. He himself weilded knives and used the to cut at the legs of the Death Eaters and others on Voldemort's army.
 
 
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Krech
Kreacher
Physical information
Species

House-elf

Gender

Male

Hair colour

White

Eye colour

Blueish

Skin colour

Light

Family information
Family members

Mother

Affiliation
Occupation
Loyalty
"Kreacher is what he has been made by wizards, Harry. Yes, he is to be pitied. His existence has been as miserable as your friend Dobby's. He was forced to do Sirius's bidding, because Sirius was the last of the family to which he was enslaved, but he felt no true loyalty to him. And whatever Kreacher's faults, it must be admitted that Sirius did nothing to make Kreacher's lot easier."
Albus Dumbledore on Kreacher[src]

Kreacher was an aged house-elf who served the House of Black with fanatical loyalty for most of his life, until he was left to Harry Potter upon the death of Sirius Black in 1996.

He was particularly fond of "his mistress" Walburga Black, who died in 1985, but whose portrait still shrieked orders from the wall in the front hall of the Black house. After Mrs Black's death, Kreacher let the home fall into disarray, doing little, if any, cleaning.[1]

He was also fiercely loyal to Regulus Black, and later to Harry Potter whom he fought for in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside many other house-elves. Kreacher survived the final battle of the Second Wizarding War; it is unknown what happened to him later in life.

BiographyEdit

Serving mastersEdit

Under Master Regulus BlackEdit

In 1979, when Lord Voldemort told Regulus Black that he needed a house-elf, Regulus volunteered Kreacher, saying it would be an honour to serve the Dark Lord. Voldemort took Kreacher to the Crystal Cave and forced him to drink the potion in the basin so that Voldemort could place Salazar Slytherin's Locket in the basin. The potion, (the same one Dumbledore drank) caused Kreacher to have nightmarish delusions, intense stomach pains and made him dehydrated. Voldemort then left, leaving Kreacher to drink from the lake (as any water conjured evapourates) and die at the hands of the Inferi. However, Voldemort did not remember (or did not realise or thought that the cave's magic was too strong for anyone or anything to disapparate out of) that house-elves have their own special type of magic and Kreacher was able to Disapparate from the cave as Regulus told him to come home when he finished his task.

Regulus later had Kreacher take him back to the Crystal Cave. Regulus drank the potion himself and ordered Kreacher to switch Slytherin's Locket with a fake locket and then go home and destroy the "real" locket, leaving Regulus to die in the cave. For the last few seconds Kreacher was there, he saw the Inferi's hands pulling Regulus into the water. Regulus also ordered Kreacher to never tell his family what had happened to him. Kreacher left as ordered but was unable to destroy the locket, despite his many attempts. This inability to complete an order of his master may have driven him to insanity, explaining his muttering and devotion to his mistress' painting.

Under master Sirius Black/Order of the PhoenixEdit

"Nasty brat, standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of mudbloods and blood-traitors alike."
—Kreacher after he met Harry Potter in 12 Grimmauld Place[src]
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Kreacher serving under the Order in 1995.

Kreacher was loyal only to pure-blood wizards in general, Walburga Black in particular. After her death, however, Sirius Black became Kreacher's master, despite having been considered a blood traitor and disowned from his family. Kreacher was hostile to Sirius and to the entire Order of the Phoenix when they used 12 Grimmauld Place as their Headquarters, but was forced to serve Sirius. He was known to steal Black family heirlooms during the Order's cleaning efforts and hide them in his den in the kitchen cupboard. In turn, Sirius took the items and threw them away, and berated Kreacher in harsh and cruel words.

Kreacher was considered somewhat of a liability by the Order of the Phoenix, who used the Blacks' house as headquarters; as a house-elf, Kreacher overheard things of a sensitive nature. He was forbidden, however, to speak of the most important things, but sometime in December 1995, when he witnessed Harry and the Weasley children arrive by Portkey after Arthur was attacked, Sirius told him to "get out"(of the kitchen). Taking that to mean literally leaving the house, he went to the Malfoy family, close relatives of the Blacks, and told Narcissa Malfoy née Black and Bellatrix Lestrange née Black several details that were not considered to be of any importance, which ultimately led to Sirius' demise. Narcissa treated Kreacher kindly to get him to cooperate with her. Thus, when Harry Potter used the Floo Network to check with 12 Grimmauld Place in June asking if Sirius was there, Kreacher lied. This convinced Harry that his vision of Sirius being tortured in the Department of Mysteries was real, and led him and his friends to attempt to rescue him. This resulted in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in which Sirius was killed by Bellatrix .[1]

Under master Harry PotterEdit

Dumbledore: "Give him an order. If he has passed into your ownership, he will have to obey. If not, then we shall have to think of some other means of keeping him from his rightful mistress."
Kreacher: "Won't, won't, won't, WON'T!"
Harry: "Kreacher, shut up!"
— Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore and Kreacher in the Dursley family's house[src]

Sirius left all his belongings, including Kreacher, to his godson. Harry , who had no desire to have anything to do with Kreacher, ordered him to work in the kitchens at Hogwarts with the other house-elves at Dumbledore's suggestion, where he and the other house-elves could keep a close watch on him. This eventually turned out to Harry's advantage, as Kreacher — along with Dobby, another house-elf working at Hogwarts — tailed Draco Malfoy for him when he suspected Malfoy to be up to no good. Kreacher disliked Harry at the time, and only followed his orders because he had to. For Christmas in 1996, Kreacher gave Harry a box of maggots.[2]

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Harry showing Regulus Black's locket to Kreacher.

In 1997, Harry made Kreacher tell him about Regulus Arcturus Black, who he had correctly deduced was the R.A.B. who took Salazar Slytherin's Locket from the Crystal Cave . Kreacher told Harry, Ron, and Hermione the story of the two lockets and his inability to destroy the real one. He told Harry that Mundungus Fletcher stole the real locket and Harry rewarded him with Regulus's fake locket for tracking down Mundungus. Kreacher's joy at being given a Black family "heirloom" as his own caused him to drastically change his view of Harry. He even started to treat Hermione, whom he had previously disdained as a "Mudblood", a bit better. Hermione turned out to be right about Kreacher; he was nice to those who treat him well.[3]

The morning of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's attempt to break into the Ministry of Magic to find the real locket of Salazar Slytherin, Kreacher served them a breakfast of rolls and coffee and promised a meal of steak-and-kidney pie to be waiting for them when they returned, but after successfully obtaining the real locket of and escaping the Ministry, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were no longer able to go back to Grimmauld Place because they let Yaxley inside the Fidelius Charm. Harry and Hermione concluded that it would be too risky to summon Kreacher since Grimmauld Place was most likely taken over by Death Eaters.

Kreacher's whereabouts during the following period is unknown, but it's known that sometime before the Battle of Hogwarts he somehow came to the Hogwarts kitchens.

Kreacher led the house-elves of Hogwarts in the battle against the Death Eaters during the attack on Hogwarts, for Harry Potter, defender of the house-elves, and for the sake of the memory of his long-dead master Regulus, bringing to mind that, although he was a Death Eater, he had died fighting Lord Voldemort.[4]

It is not specified whether he survived the Battle of Hogwarts, but Harry, who wanted to go to bed after the battle, wondered if Kreacher could bring him a sandwich, implying that he did in fact survive. It is unknown if he continued to work in the Hogwarts kitchens or entered the service of the Potter family, or possibly both.

Physical appearanceEdit

Like all house elves, Kreacher was considerably smaller than a human. He was described as having a bulbous, snout-like nose, bloodshot eyes, many folds of skin, and white hair growing out of his bat-like ears. Dobby also knocked out half of his teeth with a punch in 1997, and it is unclear as to whether he had them magically grown back.

Personality and traitsEdit

Harry: "I don't understand you, Kreacher. Voldemort tried to kill you, Regulus died to bring Voldemort down, but you were still happy to betray Sirius to Voldemort? You were happy to go to Narcissa and Bellatrix, and pass information to Voldemort through them…"
Hermione: "Harry, Kreacher doesn't think like that. He's a slave; house-elves are used to bad, even brutal treatment; what Voldemort did to Kreacher wasn't that far out of the common way. What do wizard wars mean to an elf like Kreacher? He's loyal to people who are kind to him… I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house-elves. Well, Voldemort did… and so did Sirius."
Harry and Hermione discussing Kreacher[src]
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Kreacher.

Kreacher was very loyal to the entire Black family except Sirius Black, whom he hated. However, his hatred was justified since Sirius was horrible to him. He had a strong bond with Sirius' brother, Regulus Black and was devastated by his death. Kreacher was usually hostile, bitter and miserable and had a habit of insulting people, including his masters. He frequently called Hermione Granger "Mudblood".

Like most members of the Black family, Kreacher believed that Muggle-borns or blood traitors were scum. Because of this belief, he frequently insulted Hermione even though she tried to be nice to him. However, he gradually grew more respectful towards both Muggle-borns and blood traitors giving Hermione what was supposed to have been a respectful salute just prior to the infiltration of the Ministry of Magic. Kreacher was also very loyal to people who treated him with kindness and respect, particularly Regulus Black. He later grew loyal to Harry Potter and started to be friendly towards Harry, Ron and Hermione. However, when people were horrible to him, he in turn was disloyal. This ultimately led to him being partially responsible for the death of Sirius Black. Had Sirius treated Kreacher the same way his brother had, his death could have been avoided.

Because of years of solitude Kreacher hadn't bothered cleaning the Black family home for a long time and even when the Order of the Phoenix used it as a headquarters, he was rarely seen cleaning. He also had a habit of stealing items that reminded him of his loyalty to the Black family. Kreacher was also considered to be slightly mad, probably from being stuck in the Blacks house alone for so long. Ron Weasley claimed that he was a nutter, saying that his greatest ambition was to have his head chopped off and mounted on a plaque like his mother. Sirius Black also claimed he'd gone round the twist. His misery and insanity was most probably a combination of drinking the Drink of Despair, Regulus Black's death, not being able to complete his master's order of destroying the locket, living alone with the locket and Walburga's portrait and Sirius Black's cruelty to him.

A tradition for the Black family house elves was for their heads to be cut off and stuck on a plaque. Kreacher and Ron both, once, expressed this wish for this to be done to Kreacher. Ron later regretted this statement.

"Fight! Fight for my master, the defender of the house-elves! Fight the Dark Lord, in the name of brave Regulus! Fight!"
—Kreacher leading the house-elves during the Battle of Hogwarts.[src]

Eventually, after being given back the locket Regulus had switched for the real Horcrux locket of Voldemort's, Kreacher grew less hostile and was happier than he had been in a great number of years, resuming most of the duties expected of him (including cleaning the formerly-filthy kitchen). He was also courageous, leading the house elves into the fray during the battle of Hogwarts.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

Apparition: Like all house elves, Kreacher was able to apparate even in areas that forbade apparition such as the cave which contained one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, and on the grounds of Hogwarts itself. He is also able to perform Side-Along Apparation (Apparation with another person in tow).

RelationshipsEdit

Black familyEdit

"Oh, my poor mistress, what would she say if she saw Kreacher serving him?"
—Kreacher complaining about his master[src]

Kreacher was extremely devoted to all members of the Black family except Sirius Black, whom he hated. Sirius claimed that he was slightly less devoted to Sirius' father than he was to his mother but also said he caught him snogging a pair of his father's old trousers. Kreacher was often seen taking orders from a portrait of Sirius' mother. Considering Kreacher was disloyal to people who treated him in a horrible manner, the Black family must have treated him with kindness.

Regulus BlackEdit

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Regulus Black

Out of all members of the Black family, Kreacher's bond with Regulus appeared to be the strongest. In fact it was partially because of Kreacher that Regulus turned against Voldemort; after discovering the cruel way his master treated Kreacher, and realising that his immortality came from creating Horcruxes, Regulus and Kreacher went to the cave to steal Voldemort's locket. Regulus sacrificed himself to retrieve the locket, even though he could have ordered Kreacher to drink the Drink of Despair for him, showing that he truly did care about Kreacher. The elderly house elf was still devastated by Regulus' death, eighteen years after it happened. He felt he had failed Regulus by being unable to destroy Voldemort's locket, and later led his fellow House Elves into battle in Regulus' name during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Sirius BlackEdit

"I warned Sirius when we adopted twelve Grimmauld Place as our headquarters that Kreacher must be treated with kindness and respect. I also told him that Kreacher could be dangerous to us. I do not think that Sirius took me very seriously, or that he ever saw Kreacher as a being with feelings as acute as a human's."
Albus Dumbledore after Sirius's death[src]
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Sirius Black.

Unlike Regulus, Sirius was horrible to Kreacher, treating him as though he was not worth anything, but also ordering him about. Sirius' behaviour originated from his hatred of his family and the house of Black itself. However Albus Dumbledore said that he was usually kind to house elves. Kreacher hated Sirius, because of his cruel attitude towards him, and he betrayed Sirius to Narcissa Malfoy which resulted in Sirius' death. Had Sirius treated Kreacher kindly his death might have been avoided.

Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix LestrangeEdit

Kreacher called them 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' and in 1997, when Harry, Ron and Hermione were staying in Grimmauld Place , Hermione immediately realised that Kreacher was very fond of them. She told Harry and Ron that since 'Miss Cissy' and 'Miss Bella' must have been lovely to him, Kreacher must have been willing to do a job for them, especially against Sirius, the man who treated him horribly. Harry, who at first hated Kreacher, for good reason for it was Kreacher that lied to Harry that made him go to Department of Mysteries , resulting in Sirius's death, took a while to come to terms with the fact that Narcissa and Bellatrix 's tactics must have been a better idea than Sirius's pure hatred.

Harry PotterEdit

"Master has not finished his soup, would Master prefer the savory stew, or else the treacle tart to which Master is so partial?"
—Kreacher fully acknowledging Harry as his new master[src]
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Harry Potter, his current master

At first, Harry and Kreacher had an antagonistic relationship. When Harry attempted to discover if Lord Voldemort had captured Sirius, Kreacher lied to him and claimed he was alone in Sirius' house. After Sirius' death, Harry placed part of the blame on Kreacher and part on Severus Snape, but put most of the blame on himself. Under Harry's ownership, Kreacher was ordered to work in the Hogwarts kitchens. Harry then ordered him and Dobby to spy on Draco Malfoy and made sure there were no loopholes in the instructions he'd given Kreacher. When Kreacher and Dobby returned from spying on Malfoy, Harry congratulated Dobby but ignored Kreacher.

However whilst living in the house of Black, Harry learned a bit about Kreacher's past and began to feel more sympathetic towards him. He tried to be kind to Kreacher and gradually their relationship improved. Harry then gave Kreacher the fake Slytherin's Locket with the note from Regulus, saying Regulus would have wanted him to have it, as Kreacher adored having a Black family heirloom for himself. Kreacher eventually grew quite friendly towards Harry and company, especially after Harry gifted him the locket, and started cooking for them, cleaning the house, and reminding him to wash his hands before dinner, during their hideout there in 1997. Harry also congratulated him when he succeeded in capturing Mundungus Fletcher. During the Battle of Hogwarts, Kreacher led the house elves against Lord Voldemort and his followers, telling them to fight for Harry and the deceased Regulus.

Hermione GrangerEdit

Harry: "Who's Kreacher?"
Ron: "The house-elf who lives here,... Nutter. Never met one like him"
Hermione: "He is not a nutter,"
— Ron and Hermione argue over Kreacher[src]
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Hermione Granger

During the Order of the Phoenix's time at the 12 Grimmauld Place, Hermione Granger was the only person who made an effort to be kind to Kreacher. Despite this Kreacher was disdainful towards her because she was a "Mudblood". Hermione insisted that Kreacher wasn't in his right mind, and despite his insults she continued to treat him kindly, giving him a present at Christmas which no one else had bothered to do.

When Hermione discovered that Kreacher's master had been killed during his and Kreacher's mission to retrieve one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, she tried to comfort him with a hug but Kreacher appeared revolted. However Hermione's kindness towards Kreacher eventually started to change his attitude towards her, and before going on his search for Mundungus Fletcher he gave her a little spasm, which was supposed to be a respectful salute. Because of Hermione, Kreacher grew more respectful towards Muggle-borns.

Ron WeasleyEdit

"Bless him, and to think I use to dream of chopping off his head."
—Ron in regards to Kreacher[src]
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Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley thought that Kreacher was a nutter and thus they didn't have a close relationship. Ron felt disturbed at the thought of Kreacher wandering around his room in the middle of the night and said that his life's ambition was to have his head chopped off and put on a plaque. Kreacher thought of Ron and the rest of the Weasley family as "blood traitors". However, as with Harry and Hermione, Kreacher grew more friendly towards Ron during the trio's time in Grimmauld Place. Ron even displayed some affection for Kreacher and said that he no longer dreamed of chopping off his head.

DobbyEdit

Kreacher had a bad relationship with Dobby mainly because they had, at first, opposite opinions of Harry Potter. The two house elves even got into a brawl at one point after Kreacher insulted Harry. However they worked together to spy on Draco Malfoy.

EtymologyEdit

Kreacher's name is most likely derived from the word "creature." Reminiscent of the German "Kriecher" derived from "kriechen," meaning "to creep, crawl, cringe, grovel, tuckle, or fawn upon."

Behind the scenesEdit

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Kreacher in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.

  • Timothy Bateson voiced Kreacher in the film and video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Simon McBurney replaced Timothy Bateson as Kreacher in the film and video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after Bateson's death[5] in 2009.
  • The character of Kreacher was written in the first few drafts of the film of Order of the Phoenix, but later cut from the film in order to decrease the page count. He was added back after Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling read that draft and insisted the character be featured, due to his later importance.[6]
  • Harry Potter's role in inheriting Kreacher through Sirius's will and having him work in Hogwarts' kitchens was omitted from the films.
  • Kreacher's role in the Harry Potter series has been compared to the role of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in that he is unwilling servant of the story's protagonist. His desire to protect all the heirlooms of the House of Black can be linked to Gollum's desire for the One Ring.
  • Kreacher is so far the only named house-elf known to have a name that does not end with the letter "y".
  • Like the book, Kreacher did not cry in the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows Part 1 and was not given the fake locket by Harry in the film, however, in the video game adaptation Harry gave him the locket.

AppearancesEdit

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Kreacher, house-elf of the Black family.

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Notes and referencesEdit

Order of the Phoenix
Phoenix
Founder:
Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | Hestia Jones (possibly) | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Minerva McGonagall | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Dobby | Filius Flitwick | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Horace Slughorn | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | Muriel |
Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Ted Tonks | Westinburgh family | Winky | Karkus | Karkus's wife
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)

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