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Winky Character Analysis: Fired House-Elf

Winky Character Analysis: Fired House-Elf

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Winky was the house-elf of the Crouch family until she was freed following an incident at the Quidditch World Cup.

This devastated the loyal and traditional house-elf, but Hogwarts took her in among their many house-elves.

About Winky

Blood StatusHouse Elf
OccupationCrouch Family Servant Hogwarts House Elf
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Winky Biography

Winky was a house-elf that belonged to the house of Barty Crouch Snr.

She probably worked there for a very long time, and her mother and grandmother worked there before her.

Barty Crouch Snr had his own son, Barty Crouch Jnr, sent to Azkaban as a Death Eater in 1981. But not long after this, he devised a plan to fake his son’s death and bring him home.

There he kept his son under house arrest using the Imperius Curse. Winky’s primary duty was to care for Crouch Jnr.

One day, Bertha Jorkins came to the Crouch home and saw Winky speaking to Crouch Jnr, who was hidden under an invisibility cloak.

The snooping witch soon figured out what was happening and confronted Crouch Snr. He placed a Memory Charm on her to deal with the problem.

But this did not prove sufficient, as Jorkins soon fell into the hands of Lord Voldemort, who discovered that one of his most loyal Death Eaters was not in Azkaban.

With his servant Peter Pettigrew, they made plans to release Crouch Jnr.

Winky at the World Cup

Winky would often convince her master to give Crouch Jnr treats. This included taking him to the Quidditch World Cup in 1994.

Crouch Cnr allowed his son a seat under an invisibility cloak, with Winky there to keep an eye on him. When questioned, she claimed to be saving a seat for Crouch Snr.

Due to her fear of heights, Winky covered her eyes the whole time. Therefore, she did not see Crouch Jnr, who was fighting the Imperius Curse, steal Harry Potter’s wand.

He later tried to use the wand to attack the Death Eaters that made a display at the match because he considered them insufficiently loyal for not looking for Lord Voldemort.

Winky prevented him from doing this by using her magic to drag him into the woods. He retaliated by firing a Dark Mark into the sky above them.

Winky and Crouch Jnr were both stunned when Ministry officials arrived.

Since Crouch Jnr was hidden under an invisibility cloak, they initially suspected that Winky had cast the spell.

Despite knowing the truth, Crouch Snr dismissed Winky and freed her to avoid a scandal.

This devastated the House-Elf, whose identity was based on service to her family.

My poor Mr Crouch, what is he doing without Winky? He is needing me, he is needing my help! I is looking after the Crouches all my life, and my mother is doing it before me, and my grandmother is doing it before her… oh what is they saying if they knew Winky was freed? Oh the shame, the shame!

Winky, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Winky became very depressed following these events. She started to drink Butterbeer, which doesn’t contain much alcohol, but is a lot for a house-elf.

While Barty Crouch Snr had given her nice new clothes, she did nothing to care for them and soon looked like a mess.

Winky at Hogwarts

Dobby, another free house-elf, took Winky under his wing and founds a place for her at Hogwarts.

She worked in the kitchens but did not do much in her weeping, and the other house-elves were wary of her.

When, after the Triwizard Tournament, Barty Crouch Jnr was caught impersonating Alastor Moody, Dumbledore summoned Winky to the interrogation room.

She was shocked to see Crouch Jnr and saddened to hear that Crouch Snr was dead. She was able to confirm elements of Crouch’s story.

Knowing that Crouch Jnr suffered the Dementors Kiss further broke Winky. She was placed in the care of Madam Pomfrey in the hospital wing and then back in the care of Dobby.

It took Winky a long time to recover from this trauma, and while she continued to work at Hogwarts, she also continued to drink.

She participated in the Battle of Hogwarts in a battalion of house elves led by Kreacher.

She continued to work at Hogwarts after the war and eventually overcame her drinking but never recovered from the shock of what happened to her family.

Winky Personality Type & Traits

Winky was an extremely loyal house-elf who loved her family deeply and considered them hers to care for.

She was devastated in herself when she failed in that task. When she was removed from her family, she fell into a deep depression since she felt like her life now lacked purpose.

This led to self-destructive behaviors such as heavy drinking.

Winky Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Winky’s birthday, but her personality suggests that her zodiac sign could be Cancer.

People born under this sign are very devoted to their families and tend to take responsibility for things that are not their fault.

They can find it hard to forgive themselves for their perceived failings.