Who doesn't like goblins


“We're talking about a different kind of living being. Business between wizards and goblins has been strained for centuries - but you will know all of this from the history of magic. Mistakes were made on both sides, I would never say the wizards were innocent. However, some goblins believe, and perhaps those at Gringotts most inclined, that wizards cannot be trusted when it comes to gold and valuables, that they do not respect the goblin's property.
- Bill Weasley speaks to Harry Potter about goblins[src]

Goblins are a highly intelligent race of little hominids with long fingers and feet who coexist with the wizarding world. Their diet consists of meat, roots and mushrooms. Kobolds converse in a language known as Koboldogack and are skilled metal smiths, notable for their silver work; they mint coins for the magic currency themselves. Due to their ability to deal with money and finances, they control the wizarding economy to a large extent and run the Gringotts wizarding bank.

Kobolds have their own type of magic and can create magic without a wand. They are represented by the Kobold Liaison Office of the Department for the Management and Supervision of Magical Creatures in the Ministry of Magic. Goblins are viewed as inferior by many wizards who foolishly believe that the goblins are satisfied with this arrangement.


The goblin was about a head shorter than Harry. He had a dark-skinned, intelligent face, a goatee and, Harry noticed, very long fingers and feet.
- Harry Potter[src]

Goblins are short and fair-skinned because they spend very little time outdoors. They have very long fingers and feet, domed heads, and are slightly larger than house-elves. Griphook, one of the hundreds of goblins who work at Gringotts, is bald, pointed nose, and pointed ears. Some have dark, slanted eyes, and some goblins even wear pointed hats.



There have been several goblin riots in the history of the wizarding world. These uprisings were most common in the 17th and 18th centuries. A rebellion, in 1612, took place near Hogsmeade; the three brooms were used as headquarters for the rebellion. The uprisings have been described as "bloody and vicious". The rebel names are usually "Bodrod the Bearded" and "Urg the Unclean," according to Ron Weasley.

According to the Daily Prophets There are still subversive goblin groups working in secret against the ministry today, but the validity of these statements is uncertain.

The reasons for starting some of the various goblin rebellions are all but one of the following (as per the 3rd AMEZ test on J.K. Rowling's official website, all but one of the following is true):

  • A claim by Ragnuk the First that Godric Gryffindor stole his sword
  • The persecution and imprisonment of Ug the unreliable who sold Leprechan's gold
  • The accidental death of Nagnok, Gringott's wizarding bank goblin, by the hands of an untrained security troll sent by the Ministry of Magic
  • Imprisonment of the notoriously violent Hodrod with the cornea who attempted to kill three wizards
  • The public immersion in the village pond of the goblin activist Urg des Unclean by a gang of young wizards
  • The 1631 decree of the Ministry of Magic preventing magical beings from using a wand, unlike wizards and witches.

Wizarding wars

The goblins suffered their share of the losses in Lord Voldemort's first ascent in the 1970s. A family living near Nottingham had been murdered by Voldemort's followers at the time, and Bill Weasley approached the goblins, citing their sense of belonging to the wizarding community. This proved problematic, however, because a ministry official, Ludo Bagman, cheated a group of goblins out of a large amount of gold during the Quidditch World Cup in the summer of 1994, causing the goblins to distrust both sides and remain neutral during the War. When the trio broke into Lestrange Dungeon in 1998, Voldemort personally murdered many of the goblins present in the bank in anger and to eliminate witnesses who knew about his Chalice Horcrux.


Kobolds are very clever and have used the wizarding species effectively over the years. They are still subservient in the minds of most wizards, but they have established themselves as an important part of wizarding society. The goblins run Gringotts, the wizard's bank. Hence they control the wizarding economy to a large extent. It is unknown whether Gringotts is the only bank in the wizarding world. Kobolds are very smart and more than capable of holding their own against wizards. The fact that the wizarding population treats them badly demonstrates the grave injustice in wizarding culture. Ironically, the fountain of the magical siblings in the atrium of the Ministry of Magic shows a goblin, along with a house-elf and a centaur, looking up admiringly at a witch and a wizard.

Aside from their shrewdness with money and finances, goblins are also very skilled metal smiths. Her silver work is known and appreciated (Sirius Black's wealthy family had dishes made from "the finest goblin-forged silver from the fifteenth century, embossed with the Black family crest"). When Rubeus Hagrid visited the Giants, one of the gifts he brought was a goblin-forged helmet, which was described as "indestructible". Kobolds actually shape the Galleons, Sickels, and Knuts used in the Wizarding World; each coin has a serial number that identifies the goblin who cast it.

It is possible that part-goblin Filius Flitwick inherited this cleverness since he is in Ravenclaw. He has also shown this brilliance in many cases, such as at the Battle of Hogwarts, with his successful magic.

Known goblins

  • Ragnuk the First: maker of Godric Gryffindor's sword.
  • Gringotts: Founder of the Gringotts wizard's bank.
  • Filius Flitwick's goblin ancestor: distant ancestor of Filius Flitwick.
  • Eargit the Ugly: a goblin speaker.
  • Urg the unclean: an activist.
  • Ug the unreliable: a con artist.
  • Alguff the repulsive: a businessman.
  • Brodrig the cross-eyed: Kobold spokesman for the Kobold Brotherhood.
  • Twisted Feet Ragnok: a writer and activist.
  • Ragnok: an employee of Bill Weasley.
  • Bogrod: Employee at Gringotts.
  • Griphook: Employed at Gringotts.
  • Gornuk: Employee at Gringotts.
  • Nagnok: Employee at Gringotts.
  • Gringotts Leprechaun Manager: Gringotts employee and manager.
  • Goblin believer Ludovic Bagmans: some goblins who put Bagman under pressure because he couldn't pay the money.
  • Unidentified Kobold employee of Oswald Beamish: a Kobold who was an ally of Beamish.
  • Unidentified goblin killed by Voldemort: former Gringotts employee.
  • Unknown goblin philosopher: a goblin philosopher.
  • Unidentified Gringotts bank clerk: a goblin counting the cash.
  • Unknown goblin stockbroker: a goblin who works at the Ministry of Magic.
  • Unknown Gringotts goblin guard: a goblin who guards the silver doors at Gringotts.
  • Unidentified Gringotts Goblin Spokesperson: a goblin who reports on serious events.
  • Leprechaun who painted himself in portraits: a famous goblin.
  • Big Leprechaun: Employee at Gringotts.
  • Magical Leprechaun: Employee at Gringotts.
  • Clever goblin: employee at Gringotts.

Known part-goblins

Human relationships

Gold, black gold! We can't live without it, but I admit I regret the need to hang out with our long-fingered friends.
- Travers, a Death Eater, on his dislike of goblins[src]

Throughout history there has been an argument between wizards and goblins due to mistakes on both sides. Goblins can be bloodthirsty and cruel to wizards and consider them arrogant, while many wizards consider goblins to be inferior. In the past, goblins have resented their occupation as second-class citizens and therefore resorted to violence in the form of rioting and rioting.

Goblins can practice magic without the help of a wand, but they are offended by the wizards' refusal that they are not allowed to use wands. Again, goblins hide the secrets of their own magic from wizards. Your weapons and armor are virtually indestructible after manufacture and have their own set of magical properties.

Leprechaun values

Bill: "You don't understand, Harry, nobody can understand it, except when he's lived among goblins. For a goblin, the rightful and true owner of any item is not the buyer, but the producer. All goblin-made objects rightfully belong to them in their eyes. "
Harry: “But if it was bought - | - then they would consider it rented by whoever paid the money. However, they have great difficulty with the idea that goblin-crafted items are passed down from wizard to wizard. You saw Griphook's face when the tiara was passed before his eyes. He disapproves. I believe, like the fiercest of his kind, he thinks it should have been returned to the goblins once the original buyer died. For them our custom to keep goblin-made objects and to pass them on from wizard to wizard without further payment is nothing more than theft. "
- Bill Weasley explains Leprechaun's ideas about payment and ownership (Source)

Overall, goblins' ideas of payment and repayment are not the same as those of humans. Leprechauns do not like theft but use a different definition of the word. According to Kobold standards, the manufacturer, not the buyer, is the rightful owner of an item; the item must be returned to the manufacturer after the death of the buyer. Goblins believe that when the wizard paid for a goblin-forged artifact, he was merely renting it and not owning it. Leprechauns consider the transfer of an item from one wizard or witch to another without further payment to its maker "little more than theft," as Bill Weasley says.

Leprechauns also consider debt extremely as they hunted Ludo Bagman after he lost a bet with them, and although they took all of value after he cheated on them with Leprechan Gold, they kept chasing him as it wasn't enough to to cover his debts. When Bagman fled after his last defeat to the goblins, they refused to associate with the humans because of his betrayal.


  • The goblin is an evil, vicious creature from European mythology. Although not consistently described in the myths of different countries, common traits are short stature, magical ability in some form and a love of money.
  • According to the AMEZ, it is possible that goblins fear sunlight, which could explain why humans guarded the outside doors of Gringotts.
  • At Gringotts, goblins seem to have a lounge where they can relax and dance. It is housed in in dungeon 712.
  • Kobolds are known for failing to endorse the 1692 Summit Conclusion of Sorcery Secrecy.
  • Former Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge was nicknamed "Goblin Smashers" by the tabloid The quiver due to questionable claims that Fudge kills goblins in ways that may seem ridiculous, such as putting them in cakes.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 the goblin who asked Hagrid about the keys for Harry seemed to have notes. However, when the goblin went to get Griphook, Hagrid caught a glimpse of the paper and revealed that it was simply a child's drawing of a house.
  • Since no female goblins were ever featured in Harry Potter, it is possible that goblins have stereotypical sexist beliefs that women should do housework, and therefore female goblins do the housework for their working husbands.
  • Leprechaun notions of property are similar to the theory of Georgism.
  • Rowling may use the fact that the goblins were an important part of wizarding life by controlling their only bank, regardless of wizards viewing goblins as an inferior race, inspired by the Nazis' prejudice against Jews (previously anti-Semitism) and Adolf Hitler's theory, that Jews desire world domination by controlling banks around the world. This is supported by the fact that some wizards, like Hermione Granger, view this prejudice in a negative way.
  • Kobolds have the power to do magic. But in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 only come with a key.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Many of the Gringotts goblins were portrayed by members of Willow Management, an agency founded in part by Warwick Davis that specializes in the representation of actors under five feet.
  • Leprechaun culture doesn't seem to have family names.


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