Kreacher's tale

Kreacher the house-elf tells the tragic story of his beloved Master Regulus

Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Master Regulus was very worried, very worried,’ croaked Kreacher. ‘Master Regulus told Kreacher to stay hidden, and not to leave the house. And then ... it was a little while later ... Master Regulus came to find Kreacher in his cupboard one night, and Master Regulus was strange, not as he usually was, disturbed in his mind, Kreacher could tell ... and he asked Kreacher to take him to the cave, the cave where Kreacher had gone with the Dark Lord ...’

And so they had set off. Harry could visualise them quiteclearly, the frightened old elf and the thin, dark Seeker who had so resembled Sirius ... Kreacher knew how to open the concealed entrance to the underground cavern, knew how to raise the tiny boat; this time it was his beloved Regulus who sailed with him to the island with its basin of poison ...

‘And he made you drink the potion?’ said Harry, disgusted.

But Kreacher shook his head and wept. Hermione’s hands leapt to her mouth: she seemed to have understood something.

‘M – Master Regulus took from his pocket a locket like the one the Dark Lord had,’ said Kreacher, tears pouring down either side of his snout-like nose. ‘And he told Kreacher to take it and, when the basin was empty, to switch the lockets ...’

Kreacher’s sobs came in great rasps now; Harry had to concentrate hard to understand him.

‘And he ordered – Kreacher to leave – without him. And he told Kreacher – to go home – and never to tell my mistress – what he had done – but to destroy – the first locket. And he drank – all the potion – and Kreacher swapped the lockets – and watched ... as Master Regulus ... was dragged beneath the water ... and ...’

‘Oh, Kreacher!’ wailed Hermione, who was crying.

Extract from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling