15 Mar '16, 1pm

Harry Potter and the Absence of Animal Rights - Ecorazzi

being treated as slaves. For those who haven’t read the books, house elves are a species in the Potterverse who are widely mistreated and abused as free laborers. While some elves come across as cheery, characters like Dobby demand freedom from under the thumb of wizard lords and ladies, while Winky, another elf, is an example of an aggressively abused elf with nowhere to go and finds herself in a deep depression after being set free. The idea that they “like being treated this way” sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? Think back to the way cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and other livestock beings in our own world are depicted through advertising. They’re more than happy to give up their milk, their babies, and their lives to make other people happy, just as Hermione is told the house-elves are! It’s been argued by many readers that Hermione was speaking over house-elves whe...

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