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About those house elves . . .

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

I'm rocketing through the Harry Potter series with great enjoyment, but I have a problem with J. K. Rowling's portrayal of the house elves. I appreciate her obvious anti-slavery stance, but the elves themselves come across a bit too much like a bad variation of Jar-Jar Binks. Couldn't she have accomplished her purpose without the dialect and the physical mannerisms?