LONDON, Great Britain – The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, otherwise known as S.P.E.W, was an organization founded in 1994 as a very small group and was originally considered laughable by many in the wizarding world.
However, few are laughing anymore. S.P.E.W is now a significant organization with thousands of followers, who have not only voiced their opinions on the House-Elf Rights debate, but has made a big impact on it as well.
It is soon expected that the House-Elf Rights Protection Act (HERPA) will pass into law in Great Britain. At its core, the Act requires that any work performed by a House-Elf in tending to the needs of any witch or wizard be treated just as any other job, where they are to be compensated properly for their services, and treated like an equal to witches and wizards alike.
We tried to talk to some House-Elves on the matter, but the vast majority still seems indifferent about it.
We questioned Lorian Maboli, a S.P.E.W. representative, about this seemingly odd response.
“In time they will come along. It’s only natural that they find it absurd to be paid for what they do, for being seen as an equal. We have been the root cause of it being quite natural to them. If you were raised to constantly care for someone during your every waking moment, taking orders, no matter how harshly they’re given, and knowing nothing other than that sort of life, wouldn’t you be the same way?
“Once we can manage to get the House-Elves to see it from our point of view, they will understand the unacceptable form of slavery they have been going through this entire time. They will embrace HERPA and the freedom and equality it provides without the need for gifting laundry items to them.”
We will continue to closely monitor the progress of this story and watch for any developments that come with the passage of HERPA. Specifically, we’ll keep a keen eye on how Britain’s changes on this important matter could affect House-Elf rights here in the U.S.