Yumboes are a kind of African house-elf. They are spiteful creatures, and tend to steal food from humans as revenge for crossing them. They also have intrinsic magic power, and can vanish at will.[1]


During the 1998 Quidditch World Cup, more stringent security measures were put in place (as a response to the riots that broke out on the night of the final of the previous World Cup). One notable incident was the arrest of the Senegalese team mascots, Yumboes, outside the stadium. The Yumboes responded to the arrest by stealing every bit of food within a ten-mile radius in revenge and vanishing into the night.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Yumboes are a type of fairy from the mythology of the Lebou people who lived in what is today Senegal. One of the traits attributed to them is the theft of corn from humans.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film), two house-elves are seen riding camels at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Camels are native to Africa, making it possible that these so-called house-elves are African Yumboes.
  • Yumboes' status is never stated, though it is likely they are considered Beings.


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