Things You Probably Didn't Know About S.P.E.W. In 'Harry Potter'

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The extent of moviegoers' knowledge of Harry Potter's house-elves is limited to Dobby and Kreacher. In actuality, the books go into deep length over the plight of the house-elves and the poor way they are treated by many wizards. Hermione takes a stand against such treatment by establishing the organization known as the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, more commonly known as S.P.E.W. 

S.P.E.W. greatly carves out Hermione's characterization, and film fans generally have no clue about the efforts Hermione places in her attempts to get S.P.E.W. going. With the factions so important to Hermione's role in the series, it's worth looking into the finer points about it.


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    House-Elves Were Wildly Not In Favor Of S.P.E.W.

    House-Elves Were Wildly Not In Favor Of S.P.E.W.
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    S.P.E.W. fails to gain traction at Hogwarts mainly due to the fact house-elves themselves aren't in favor of it. Since they are largely subservient in nature, the house-elves avoid badmouthing the group to Hermione and take to ignoring it altogether.

    Hermione refuses to acknowledge the house-elves' disdain for S.P.E.W. by arguing they've been conditioned to believe serving wizards is their only purpose. While Dobby is in favor of S.P.E.W., he's candid about how unpopular it is with the other house-elves.

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    Most Members Only Joined To Stop Hermione From Guilting Them

    Most Members Only Joined To Stop Hermione From Guilting Them
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hermione didn't really have a plan to promote S.P.E.W. and resorted to guilting people into joining. It's unclear how many students were inducted, but what's known is none of them actually wanted to be in the group.

    Hermione's strategy was essentially to parade around prospective members to lecture them about house-elf rights - when they didn't respond, Hermione would start glaring at them while admonishing them for not standing up for house-elves' freedom.

    Ultimately, S.P.E.W. saw new participants who paid the two Sickles required to join because they wanted to make Hermione leave them alone.

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    Ron And Harry Were The Only Members With A Designated Role

    Ron And Harry Were The Only Members With A Designated Role
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Ron and Harry barely see Hermione in the days leading up to the official formation of S.P.E.W. She eventually calls them for what is supposed to be their first meeting - the pair are told they are now part of S.P.E.W.

    Ron and Harry don't really get a say in joining S.P.E.W. because Hermione appoints them as treasurer and secretary by herself. Harry's role was meant to raise awareness for the organization while Ron was supposed to handle the money, although neither really shows any interest.

    The friends nevertheless join Hermione's cause when they see how passionate she is about S.P.E.W., but don't take an active part in fulfilling their designated roles. 

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    Fred, George, And Hagrid Opposed The Group

    Fred, George, And Hagrid Opposed The Group
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hermione hopes to get those close to her to join S.P.E.W. like Harry and Ron, but she is surprised when Hagrid and the Weasley brothers, Fred and George, strongly oppose S.P.E.W. Hagrid argues the house-elves will have nowhere to go if they are freed from Hogwarts and freedom seekers such as Dobby are very rare exceptions.

    Fred and George take to mocking Hermione's campaigning because they've seen firsthand how happy house-elves are at Hogwarts. The twins also claim house-elves, in general, prefer to serve wizards, so they don't see any need for S.P.E.W. to exist. 

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    Hermione's First Role In The Ministry Of Magic Was To Put Her S.P.E.W. Mission Into Effect

    Hermione's First Role In The Ministry Of Magic Was To Put Her S.P.E.W. Mission Into Effect
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    S.P.E.W.'s mission is finally legitimized after Hermione joins the Ministry of Magic as an employee. Hermione begins her career in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where her first order of business is to be a progressive voice for house-elves.

    Under Hermione's term, the Ministry of Magic abolishes the oppressive rules against house-elves to employ the rights Hermione sought to gain when she began S.P.E.W. Although the organization itself isn't recognized by the Ministry, S.P.E.W.'s mission is ultimately successful.

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    Hermione Sought To Place Dobby As The S.P.E.W. Representative For House-Elves

    Hermione Sought To Place Dobby As The S.P.E.W. Representative For House-Elves
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Dobby is the only house-elf who's sympathetic toward S.P.E.W.'s cause and voices his support to Hermione when he learns about her efforts. Hermione is glad to have a house-elf on her side and begins to use Dobby as an example of why S.P.E.W. is needed.

    Hermione also asks Dobby to spread the word among his fellow house-elves at Hogwarts to raise awareness for S.P.E.W. in his kind. Dobby's loyalties toward S.P.E.W. are limited, though, as he refuses to endorse the group when Hermione attempts to place him as a figurehead when she tries to appeal to the house-elves en masse.

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