I was wondering what would happen if a Muggle was made into a Horcrux. In the first place, would he/she be able to survive the transformation?

Even if he/she is able to survive the process, would it incorporate magical abilities in the Muggle? For example, Harry famously became a Parselmouth when a piece of Voldemort's soul latched onto him. We cannot know if he gained magical abilities by these means, as he was already a wizard.

But would a Muggle gain magical powers if a wizard made him/her into a Horcrux? I am sure no references about a living Horcrux are in the books, except for Harry and Nagini. But are there any references elsewhere?

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    Didn't you know? That's how all wizards are made. Jan 9 '18 at 10:03
  • @Fabian What??I did not get it?~ Jan 9 '18 at 10:05
  • That was just a joke. I think there can't be a proper answer to your question, because probably nobody tried it canonically. Jan 9 '18 at 10:25

The short answer is, YES!.

There hasn't been any such thing seen (in books, movies or canon even). But there is a possibility. Here's the long answer.

Like you mentioned, using a living life-form as horcruxes has been seen in the books & movies (Harry and Nagini). In the Half-blood Prince,

“I don’t think so,” said Dumbledore. “I think I know what the sixth Horcrux is. I wonder what you will say when I confess that I have been curious for a while about the behavior of the snake, Nagini?”

“The snake?” said Harry, startled. “You can use animals as Horcruxes?”

Well, it is inadvisable to do so,” said Dumbledore, “because to confide a part of your soul to something that can think and move for itself is obviously a very risky business. However, if my calculations are correct, Voldemort was still at least one Horcrux short of his goal of six when he entered your parents’ house with the intention of killing you.

Answering the second part: yes. The muggles will definitely survive the process. The best example is once again NAGINI. The snake was, in a way, is a muggle with no "magical blood" in it. It did survive. So it is possible for muggles too provided the horcrux-ing process is done properly.

And finally about inheriting "magic" via horcruxes. I think it depends on the horcrux vessel. Harry, being a wizard already, was able to inherit magical characteristics such as parseltongue, seeing into Voldemort's memories (with some sort of Legilimens etc.). But the snake didn't show any signs of magical incense in it. So non-magical horcrux vessels may not inherit magic.

PS: Just a remark though. If I am a Dark wizard, I would kill the muggle rather than using him/her as a horcrux (That's what they are famous for; hating muggles and muggle-borns).

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    magical creature != muggle on at least two fronts. Not a human. Magical. This answer is a stretch.
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 9 '18 at 14:54
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    @NKCampbell but Nagini is just a normal snake right? (not considering the theory which says Nagini is a maledictus wizard who eventually turned to a snake)
    – Shreedhar
    Jan 9 '18 at 15:10
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    Nagini is at least as intelligent as Crookshanks, who was half Kneazle.
    – NKCampbell
    Jan 9 '18 at 15:24
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    scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/14541/… there doesn't seem to be any clear consensus ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – user13267
    Jan 9 '18 at 19:09
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    Asked: Are snakes magical creatures?
    – Dacio
    Jan 9 '18 at 23:05

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