Discussion #1: House elf rights
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So, here's the first of our new set of discussion topics:
As Hagrid here summarizes in OotP, house-elves are magical creatures who seem to have devoted their kind to the use of Wizards and Witches. However, not every Wizard/Witch/Elf is happy with this. In the books, Hermione devotes herself to teach the elves the concepts of freedom and payment, while Ron and Hagrid seem more inclined to accept them as they are.
It'd be doin' 'em an unkindness, Hermione…It's in their nature ter look after humans, that's what they like, see? Yeh'd be makin' 'em unhappy ter take away their work, an' insultin' 'em if yeh tried ter pay 'em . . . I'm not sayin' there isn't the odd elf who'd take freedom, but yeh'll never persuade most of 'em ter do it - no, nothin' doing, Hermione.
What is your opinion of House-elf rights? Would you side with Hermione and promote SPEW? Are you more inclined to agree with Hagrid and leave them be? Or would you have an entirely different standpoint?
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Name: XhayleeXblackX or Haylee
Title: Generations See Differently
Responding to: You Learn Something New Every Day, Phia Phoenix, Post Four.
kehribar: I really like this drabble, but that's more of expanding on Phia Phoenix's drabble than adding anything to the topic at large. This would be perfect if you'd, for example, give more lines to Draco in order to show us what he thinks and why he treats the elves the way he does. Three points.
Scorpius watched scathingly as his father directed their house-elf around the kitchen. He had spent sixteen years silently watching his father and grandfather’s treatment of the little creatures, but recent discussions with a certain friend had sparked his voice.
“Honestly, Father, I think that they know what they are doing. You needn’t remind them how to wash the flatware,” he stated calmly, crossing his arms in annoyance.
“Since when do you tell me how to run my household?” his father snapped. "Besides, they do not seem to know their place. House-elves are lowly beings. If you do not remind them constantly were their service lies, they will disobey you.”
“Yes, but I’ve been talking to Rose, and she sees differently. She says that they are equal creatures and deserve the same respect as they give us.” Scorpius rolled his eyes as his father’s change in attitude at the mention of Rose.
“Well, coming from her mother, I can see why; however, I will not steep to their level,”
“I have to say that I quite agree with her, though. If they are willing to serve us freely, then the very least they deserve is our respect.”
“I thought that I specifically told you not to associate with that family?” Draco questioned, taking no notice to his son’s statement.
“You did. Shame your family can’t obey you in the same fashion as your house-elves,” declared Scorpius before turning and walking out of the room.