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Book of the House-Elf
House-Elf Book infobox
Dalian's counterpart using the Book of the House-Elf.

Original Name

屋敷妖精の本

Romanized Name

Burauni no Hon

Author

Unknown

Debut

Fragment 2 (light novel 4);
Chapter 8 (manga)

Powers

It summons house-elves that grant small wishes.

User

Dalian;
Kamilla Sauer Keynes

Status

In Dalian’s possession

Book of the House-Elf is a Phantom Book used by Dalian to summon a house-elf that keeps the collection of books in the Disward estate organized. It’s present in The House-Elf's Rough Time fragment.

In the manga adaptation, the Phantom Book has an illustration depicting a kobold.[1]

Background[]

The house-elf had many different owners throughout the years, until his Phantom Book fell into Dalian’s hands. The creature cleans and organizes Wesley’s collection of books.[2] In the manga, the Phantom Book is sealed inside the Dantalian's Bookshelf.[1]

Powers[]

After reading the Phantom Book, the user has the power to summon a house-elf that can grant small wishes by working on tasks such as cleaning, arranging and lightning a furnace. The creature possesses ability to talk and a will of his own, so he can ask for another owner if he thinks that his job is too exhausting or unreasonable.[2]

In the manga, more than one house-elf can be called forth. Although house-elves are not described in the light novel, the adaptation shows them as tiny black shadows in the shape of a devil, including small horns and a tapering tail. They seem to be less rational in this version. For instance, a house-elf tried to eat Hugh’s golden key, exposing his tiny fangs and his single eye.[1]

House-Elf

A house-elf, as seen in the manga.

Plot[]

The Phantom Book in which the house-elf is sealed changed hands over many years before falling into Dalian’s hands. The Biblioprincess read it and ordered the creature to clean the library of the mansion. Although the house-elf worked for days, he couldn’t see an end to the task. He eventually asked permission to leave for another owner.

Kamilla, who happened to be around, received the Phantom Book. After reading it, she told the house-elf to clean her house. However, the place was messy once again in the next evening, since Kamilla had invited a lot of children from the neighborhood. The house-elf can't keep the mansion cleaned for very long. Kamilla played with stray dogs and tried to pilot her father’s motorcycle inside the house in the next days. For her disappointment, the exhausted house-elf said that he would like to work for another owner.

Rasiel reads the Phantom Book and orders the creature to give Phantom Book Eggs to those filled with misery. That way, she plans to obtain complete Phantom Books. Completely frightened, the house-elf decides that he can't work there. After being briskly dismissed by her, the creature ends up meeting Hal. The Book Burning Officer never opened the Phantom Book. The unfriendly man tells the creature to burn his own Phantom Book. Hal uses his staff to blow flames over the house-elf.

The house-elf was slightly burned when he returned to Dalian, who accepted him back. To this day, the house-elf cleans the books in the basement of the Disward estate.[2]

In the manga adaptation, Dalian's counterpart uses the house-elves to take care of Hugh, who got sick while organizing the library of the mansion. The creatures light the furnace and remove the germs of the room. One of them tries to bite Hugh’s golden key, but the girl stops the creature in time, sealing it again inside the Phantom Book.[1]

Trivia[]

  • Kobold is a supernatural entity from German folklore. The creatures are house spirits of ambivalent nature. Although they sometimes perform domestic chores, they play malicious tricks if insulted or neglected. Some legends claim that every house has a resident kobold who can chase away pests, clean the stables, feed and groom the cattle and horses, scrub the dishes and pots, and sweep the kitchen.[3]
    • It's said that people tried to appease evil kobolds with offerings of gold and silver.[3] In the manga, one of the creatures is attracted by Hugh's golden key.[1]
  • The creature mentioned in the light novel is a brownie[2], a mythical household spirit from English and Scottish folklore. They are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and will only work at night in exchange for small gifts of food.[4]
    • They usually abandon the house if their gifts are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them.[4] In the light novel, the house-elf chooses not to follow Rasiel and Hal's orders.[2]
  • The house-elves are magical creatures part of the Harry Potter series.[4]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian manga, Chapter 8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Fragment 2, volume 4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kobold. (2017, November 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:01, November 15, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kobold&oldid=809278995
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Brownie (folklore). (2017, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:17, November 15, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brownie_(folklore)&oldid=809721618
Phantom Books
72 Sacred Notes of the Shem-ha-mephorash - Atargatis Scripture - Book of a Thousand Sorrows - Book of Adventure - Book of Atonement - Book of Avalon - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fairy - Book of Fetus - Book of Gap - Book of Humanization - Book of Hypnosis - Book of Lifetime - Book of Relationship - Book of Styx - Book of the Eleusis Ritual - Book of the House-Elf - Book of Imprint - Book of Meditation of Supreme Cooking - Book of Oblivion - Book of the Outer God - Book of Paradise - Book of Royal Power - Book of the Sage - Book of the Salamander's Seal - Book of Sleep - Book of the Descendant of the Mist - Book of the Feast of the Dead of the Windowless Hall - Book of the Flatterer - Book of the Jealous Girlfriend - Book of the King's Coffin - Book of the Ritual of the Migratory Locusts - Book of the Silver Well - Book of Those Who Want Beauty - Book of Twilight - Book of Wisdom - Catalogue - Collection of Visions - Crastinus Dies Nunquam Sciat - Decorative Plywood of Merneith - Depiction of Mountains and Rivers - Divine Encyclopedia of the Yin Kings - Divine Pattern of Floating Silk - Faceless Book - Fata Morgana - Go in an Instant - Hezār Afsān - Hymn of Hel - Logbook - John Wilkes Booth’s Diary - Kairos’ Dynastic History - Loge - Memories of That Day - Old Bradshaw’s Timetable - Pioneer Book - Phantom Book of Resurrection - Phantom Score - Rahōto Reihō Kaigen - Ritual of Reality - Template Book - The Aggregate of Burning Golden Beads - The Clay Tablet of Ugarit - The Dictator's Book - The Great Queen Poem - The Harlequinade - The Nāgārjuna’s Manuscript - The Ophiuchus Manuscript - The Pedigree of All Creations - The Sage's Slate - The Scent God's Scripture - The World - Vignette of Eternal Twilight

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