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LUNA: But for the other three founders, the only question was how to minimize the risk of a rebellion that could affect their students... which led them to demand that their elves be raised carefully from birth to believe that the only meaning of their lives was to serve wizards... Their agents used a combination of punishment and mind altering magic–

An image illustrates four house-elves – short beings with tiny limbs, large heads, and pointy ears – moving in perfect synchrony. A bored wizard is holding a wand with rays that touch the elves' heads. Godric Gryffindor watches this, and is pleased.

Harry interrupts Luna.

PAST HARRY: So people are okay with this, we should kill them all, every last person who knows and does nothing–

LUNA: No, Harry! Remember what we planned! We're only–

PAST HARRY: only killing the worst of the worst, I know... the ones who... who...

Harry's face becomes pained.

DRACO: After all this time, you still can't say it out loud.

PAST HARRY: It doesn't matter if I can–

DRACO: Excuse me if I want to know you're not just so fucked in the head that you're going to lead us on some kind of suicidal revenge spr–

Harry gets angry leans towards Draco aggressively. Draco looks back calmly.

DRACO: –Please don't hurt me.

Luna grabs Harry's arm. Luna is still smiling calmly; it seems ze always is, no matter how tense the situation is or how dark the topic of conversation is.

LUNA: You can hurt me instead, I'm okay with it! I don't feel pain, remember?

PAST HARRY: You're both barking.

Harry turns away from the other two.

PAST HARRY: ...I'll tell you a story. Then you can decide if you think I'm crazy for revenge.

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Approximate readability: 10.42 (1290 characters, 298 words, 13 sentences, 4.33 characters per word, 22.92 words per sentence)

The house-elves will not appear again. The trio's mission is full of despair: Although they can kill a few evildoers, they have no hope of fixing the evils of their society.

In the bubble at the top, I knew I wanted the elves' training to be overseen by one of the founders, but it took me a while to decide who it should be. I sketched in Slytherin at first, but ze seemed too obvious. Plus, I'd expect the actual Salazar Slytherin to be more of a “hands-off” person – someone who wants to profit from this dirty business, but not actually be involved in it. Between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, I settled on Gryffindor for two reasons:

  1. I wanted to play up the “Gryffindor may seem like a good guy, but ze's not” idea from the previous page.
  2. With the sword and the boots, I'm going for a fighter/conquerer image, and that fits perfectly with the subjugation of another race.

That said, there was a point in Ravenclaw's favor, too. Using Ravenclaw would enhance the “Ze thought about the elves' lives purely as a logistical problem” angle.

As a side note, I've recently learned that in J.K. Rowling's vision, Helga Hufflepuff brought the elves to Hogwarts. In that version, ze did it because no one would be cruel to them in the Hogwarts kitchens, which was the best ze could achieve in an era of history when nobody would accept actually freeing them. I think there's some merit to that version of the story, but it fits much too easily into the books' narrative of Harry's and Hermione's interactions with the elves (especially Kreacher), where the moral of the story seems to be “It's okay to have slaves, but you should treat your slaves nicely”.