If you’ve only ever seen the Harry Potter films, you don’t know who Winky is and that is truly a problem. So here’s why she should have been included!
The Harry Potter series has a long and confusing past filled with devoted fans. Some of those fans are only devoted to the movies while others love both the films and books. Here’s the problem with not reading the books though: you miss out on important information.
I’m not saying this as someone who read those books as a kid but rather as a fan. For instance, you don’t know about S.P.E.W or Peeves or really any of the ghosts other than the select few the movie cared to address.
You miss out on a lot of information that makes this series so special to us all. And you miss out on another little house-elf that fans love so much. Winky.
Who is Winky?
Our little depressed house-elf who has a convoluted backstory and is probably more complex than most characters on television today. Winky has a long and colorful past. But according to film makers, those house-elves were just too expensive to create.
According to the Harry Potter wiki, here is what Winky did:
"Winky was a freed female house-elf who neither wanted freedom nor took to being a free elf. She was employed at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when released from the Crouch family where for years, Winky had been devoted to Barty Crouch Senior The elder Barty Crouch sacked Winky when she was found holding a wand in suspicious circumstances, which not only publicly associated him with Dark magic, but demonstrated that her guardianship of his son might be unreliable.After being freed Winky fell into a depression and began drinking heavily. At one point Dobby got Winky a job at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she for the second time met Harry Potter. On 2 May, 1998 Winky participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, led by Kreacher into battle against the Death Eaters."
So now you know of the importance of this little house-elf. She is brave and smart and we love her oh so much. Too bad the movies didn’t see her as important.