Griphook is a fictional character from the Harry Potter Universe.
Griphook with Godric Gryffindor's Sword.
Griphook was a goblin who was working for Gringotts. He hates wizards because of how goblins have been mistreated throughout history by them.
Griphook first meets Harry Potter together with Hagrid in 1991, shortly after Harry has learned that he is a wizard. Griphook opens Harry's Gringotts vault for him, revealing Harry's huge fortune which his parents passed down to him. He also takes Harry and Hagrid to another vault, vault 713, where Hagrid quickly snaps an item Harry later learns is the Philosopher's Stone.
During the Second Wizarding War, Griphook is on the run from Voldemort and his Death Eaters with Dirk Cresswell, Ted Tonks and Dean Thomas. They are finally found by Snatchers, who kill Tonks and Cresswell.
Dean and Griphook are taken prisoner and incarcerated in Malfoy Manor. Here, they are rescued by Harry, Ron and Hermione when Dobby arrives in response to Harry's cry for help. Dobby dies in the process, a terrible loss to Harry, who honors the house elf with careful and personal funeral preparations. Griphook watches from a window of Shell Cottage.
Griphook is surprised by the respect Harry and Hermione show to non-human magical creatures. Grateful to Harry for saving his life, Griphook eventually agrees to help the trio break into Gringotts.
In exchange for his services, he demands Godric Gryffindor's Sword. Gryffindor stole the sword from its rightful goblin owners, he tells Harry. Bill Weasley later explains that goblin laws of ownership and inheritance are different from wizard laws. Though objects made by goblins may be purchased by wizards, goblin law indicates that the items revert to goblins at the death of the owner.
Reluctantly Harry agrees to the deal. He plans, however, to give Griphook the sword after all the Horcruxes are destroyed, a detail he keeps from the goblin. Harry's unease about the deception is perhaps increased after hearing Bill's warning against making agreements with goblins.
Griphook's hatred and mistrust of wizards becomes evident to Harry in the Lestrange vault where the next Horcrux (the Hufflepuff Cup) is being kept. When the intruders are discovered, Griphook takes advantage of the confusion. He seizes the sword and melts into the crowd of approaching goblins, who accept him without question. He then disappears through the back of the crowd, taking Gryffindor's sword with him.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, Griphook's location is unknown. But he no longer has the sword, as Neville Longbottom retrieves it using the Sorting Hat.
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