Voldemort feared death more than anything. In that case, why would he take Nagini with him to the battle of Hogwarts where she could be killed, in turn destroying a piece of Voldemort's soul?

Why would he let a poorly protected piece of his soul strut about on the battlegrounds? A simple Avada Kedavra (a legal curse during the war) by one of the Order's stronger magicians would have killed it.

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    "Why would he let a poorly protected piece of his soul strut about on the battlegrounds?" Never saw a snake strut. Slither? Yes, but not strut.
    – RichS
    Mar 3, 2017 at 17:43
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    This leads to broader question - why make a horcrux out of a living object to begin with? It is easier to kill something which is alive than it is to destroy something which is not. A rational Evil Lord would make horcruxes out of titanium balls buried deep underground in random locations. Voldemort is a wacko.
    – void_ptr
    Mar 3, 2017 at 18:28
  • @void_ptr - That's addressed here. Voldemort styles himself as the supreme master of evil. Making a horcrux out of something mundane simply wouldn't occur to him.
    – Valorum
    Mar 3, 2017 at 19:15
  • Nagini couldn't be killed with Avada Kedavra...
    – user931
    Mar 3, 2017 at 20:03
  • @Ferdaem - Voldemort has a massive inferiority complex to go along with his megalomania. Note that he refuses to admit to his parentage, styles himself as the "heir to Slytherin" (and a Lord to boot), deadnames his original name, etc etc.
    – Valorum
    Mar 3, 2017 at 20:12

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This is addressed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

  • Voldemort is convinced that the safest place the snake can possibly be is with him

He would visit the Gaunt shack first, then, and take Nagini with him: he would not be parted from the snake any more … And he strode from the room, through the hall and out into the dark garden where the fountain played; he called the snake in Parseltongue and it slithered out to join him like a long shadow …

  • Voldemort seems to be casting some sort of high-level continuous protective spell to keep Nagini from harm. Presumably when he takes her to Hogwarts he's also periodically casting charms to keep her safe.

‘It is the only way, Nagini,’ he whispered, and he looked round, and there was the great, thick snake, now suspended in mid-air, twisting gracefully within the enchanted, protected space he had made for her, a starry, transparent sphere somewhere between glittering cage and tank.
With a gasp, Harry pulled back and opened his eyes; at the same moment his ears were assaulted with the screeches and cries, the smashes and bangs of battle. ‘He’s in the Shrieking Shack. The snake’s with him, it’s got some sort of magical protection around it. He’s just sent Lucius Malfoy to find Snape.’

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