Goblins

“We are talking about a different breed of being. Dealings between wizards and goblins have been fraught for centuries … There has been fault on both sides, I would never claim that wizards have been innocent. However, there is a belief among some goblins, and those at Gringotts are perhaps most prone to it, that wizards cannot be trusted in matters of gold and treasure, that they have no respect for goblin ownership.”
—Bill Weasley

Goblins are a highly intelligent race of small hominids with long fingers and feet that coexist with the wizard world. Their diet consists of meat, roots and fungi. Goblins converse in a language known as Gobbledegook, and are adept metalsmiths notable for their silverwork; they even mint coins for wizarding currency. Due to their skills with money and finances, they control the wizarding economy to a large extent and run Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Goblins have their own type of magic and can do magic without a wand. They are represented by the Goblin Liaison Office of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures in the Ministry of Magic. Goblins are considered to be inferior by many wizards, who foolishly believe that the goblins are comfortable with that arrangement.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

Goblins are short and fair-skinned, as they spend very little time outside. They have very long fingers and feet, dome shaped heads and are slightly larger than house-elves. Griphook, one of the hundreds of goblins working at Gringotts, has a bald head, pointed nose, and pointed ears. Some have dark, slanted eyes, and some goblins even wear pointed hats.

HISTORY

Throughout the history of the Wizarding world, there have been several goblin rebellions. These rebellions were most prevalent in the 17th and 18th centuries. One rebellion, in 1612, took place in the vicinity of Hogsmeade; the Three Broomsticks Inn was used as headquarters for the rebellion. The rebellions have been described as “bloody and vicious”. The names of the rebels tend to run along the lines of “Bodrod the Bearded” and “Urg the Unclean”, according to Ron Weasley.

According to the Daily Prophet, even today there are subversive goblin groups who work in secret against the Ministry, although the validity of these claims is uncertain.

The goblins suffered their share of losses during the first rise of Lord Voldemort in the 1970s. A family living near Nottingham had been murdered by Voldemort’s followers at that time, and Bill Weasley has been approaching the goblins, appealing to their sense of belonging to the Wizarding community. This proved problematic, however, because a Ministry official, Ludo Bagman, swindled a group of goblins out of a large amount of gold at the Quidditch World Cup in the summer of 1994, leading the goblins to distrust both sides and became neutral during the war. When the trio broke into the Lestrange Vault in 1998, Voldemort personally murdered many goblins present in the bank in fury and to eliminate witnesses of those who knew of his cup horcrux.

INTELLIGENCE

Goblins are extremely clever and over the years have dealt with wizard-kind effectively. They are still subservient in the minds of most wizards, but they have established themselves as a vital part of wizarding society. The goblins run Gringotts, the wizarding bank. Therefore, they control the wizarding economy to a large extent. It is unknown if Gringotts is the only bank in the wizarding world. Goblins are extremely clever and more than able to stand up to wizards. The fact that the wizarding population treats them poorly is evidence of the severe injustice built into wizard culture. Ironically, the Fountain of Magical Brethren in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic shows a goblin, along with a house-elf and a centaur, gazing admiringly at a witch and wizard.

Apart from their cleverness with money and finances, goblins are also very capable metalsmiths. Their silverwork is well known and prized (Sirius Black’s wealthy family had dishes which were ‘finest fifteenth-century goblin-wrought silver, embossed with the Black family crest’). When Rubeus Hagrid visited the Giants, one of the presents he brought was a goblin-wrought helmet which was described as “indestructible”. Goblins actually mint the Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts used in the Wizarding world; each coin is stamped with a serial number identifying the goblin who cast it. They are also able to tell the difference between genuine and counterfeit, as Griphook easily discerned the Sword of Gryffindor, while Leprechaun gold cannot fool them.

It is possible that part-goblin Filius Flitwick has inherited such cleverness since he is in Ravenclaw. He has also demonstrated such brilliance in many occasions, such as during the Battle of Hogwarts, with his successful charmswork.

GOBLIN TRAITS

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Goblins mature at the same rate as humans, but can live many hundreds of years.
Size. Goblins are a fairly consistent 4 feet tall at maturity, and weigh between 75-125 lbs. Your size is small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Frugal. You begin play with twice the starting gold as normal for your class. If you choose the default equipment you receive for your class, you also begin with average starting gold in addition to the equipment.
Identify Item. You can cast Identify a number of times equal to your Intelligence modifier. After you take a long rest, you regain all uses of this feature.
Lie Detector. You are proficient in Insight. You also have advantage on Insight skill checks to determine if someone is lying or telling falsehoods.
Wandless Sorcery. You require neither a wand nor material components for Sorcery spells. For spells as a wizard, alchemist, or any other spellcasting class, a wand is required as usual.
Languages. You can speak ,read, and write English and Gobbledegook.

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