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Wondering about the mechanics of a Living Horcrux [closed]

I have very little experience with this series, I have only fully seen Fantastic Beasts and bits and pieces of the main films and never read the books, so forgive me if this is a rookie or obvious ...
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Could Voldemort have remorsed his soul back together in Deathly Hallows?

I am specifically talking about the moment before final battle with Harry, after Neville chops Nagini in half. In the beginning of Deathly Hallows, Hermione says that remorse can put the soul back ...
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In Deathly Hallows, how did Dolores Umbridge manage to conjure a Patronus while wearing the locket when Harry wasn't able to? [duplicate]

Note: This is NOT a question asking why Umbridge can cast a Patronus When Harry wears the locket he is unable to cast a Patronus, why can Umbridge cast a Patronus while wearing a Horcrux, when it was ...
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If death lifts the caster's spells, then how are the Horcruxes still defended?

Half-Blood Prince clearly establishes that death lifts the caster's spells. Voldemort died quite early in the series. It follows that Voldemort's spells, such as the protections on his horcruxes, ...
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Does Harry suspect that he is a horcrux?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore never mentions that Harry is a Horcrux. But in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore tells Snape that he believes sometimes that Harry ...
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Why is Slughorn an expert on Horcruxes?

Why does Slughorn even know anything about Horcruxes, never mind something super-advanced like having more than one? They seem to be a fairly-unadvertised deep dark magic, and he's neither a Dark ...
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Did Snape have a failsafe method for giving his memory to Harry Potter? What if Harry wasn't around? [duplicate]

Did Snape have a failsafe method for giving his memory to Harry Potter? What if Harry wasn't around? Since Harry wanted to find Voldemort to end him, finding Snape wasn't part of his current mission. ...
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What are the differences between Horcruxes and phylactery?

Something has been bothering me quite a lot for a few weeks, and I can't find the answer. In the Harry Potter saga, it is stated that one can prevent one's own death by making one or more Horcruxes. ...
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How was the Horcrux in Nagini destroyed, when only a few specific things can destroy one; those being Basilisk venom, Fiendfyre and the Killing Curse?

There's no reason that the Horcrux in the snake should have been destroyed with just lopping off her head. If that were possible, then any other sort of spell would be able to destroy them. Instead ...
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Did Voldemort's Horcrux that latched to Harry make the Wand-matching and House-sorting processes more complicated? [duplicate]

A lot of characteristics of Harry's were passed to him via Voldemort: parseltongue telepathic connection to voldemort the iconic scar These were caused by a portion of Voldemort latching onto Harry ...
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What part of Voldemort got resurrected?

We know that Voldemort had a bunch of Horcruxes, plus one soul piece in his body. In Book 1, when he "died" the first time (in Godric's Hollow), the rebounding curse destroyed that one soul ...
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Why would Neville dying in the battle of Hogwarts affect Harry's survival?

Mild spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As I don't have a copy to hand, nor intend to touch one again, I can't provide exact quotes. As I recall, one of the premises in Act 3 is as ...
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Why does Harry tell Dumbledore's Army that the unknown Horcrux is something of Ravenclaw's when he can't rule out Gryffindor?

In chapter 29 of Deathly Hallows, Harry tells his allies that he's looking for something. Unknown to his allies, it's the last Horcrux. He tells them the following: It’s here at Hogwarts, but we don’...
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Why didn't Dumbledore bring Fawkes, along with Harry, to the Horcrux Cave?

Since Dumbledore couldn't apparate into or out of the Horcrux Cave, wouldn't Fawkes have been a great asset to bring since his status as a phoenix means that he can nullify the effects of the Anti-...
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Why did Voldemort expect that killing Harry would split his soul?

In chapter 23 of Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore guesses that Voldemort planned to use Harry's death to split his soul one last time: He seems to have reserved the process of making Horcruxes for ...
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Once he found out that the diary was gone, why didn't Voldemort make more Horcruxes?

Voldemort originally made six Horcruxes because he thought that seven was the most powerfully magical number, meaning that it was best to have his soul in seven pieces. However, during Half-Blood ...
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is a Horcrux single-use or can it be used multiple times? [duplicate]

can one get resurrected with a single Horcrux multiple times, or can the Horcrux only be used once? for example, back when Voldemort was alive and had 7x Horcruxes, would killing Voldemort's body be ...
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Was the order of destruction of the Horcruxes a coincidence?

I just realized that the order in which the Horcruxes were destroyed was the same as in which they were created: the diary, the ring, the locket, the cup, the diadem, the snake, and Voldemort himself. ...
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How could Dumbledore be confident there were no more pieces of soul remaining to destroy?

Dumbledore had guessed the reason of the Harry's connection with Voldemort lies in one piece of his soul accidentally detaching when he tried to kill the former and latching onto Harry. This makes it ...
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Did Voldemort's soul only rip apart when he decided to make a Horcrux?

I don't need to enumerate much about Voldemort's killings. He sometimes kills randomly (for example, recall the scene from the movie where just after Harry destroys the Diadem, Voldemort gets weakened ...
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What is known about the spell to make a Horcrux?

Do we know what spell is used to make a Horcrux? If not, how much do we know about it? Do we know any words used, or other special requirements?
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How does the soul split when making multiple Horcruxes? [duplicate]

My question is regarding the size of the torn soul portions - are all the portions equal size? If yes how could it be? The soul doesn't know how many times it's going to be split. There are two ways; ...
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Did Harry being a Horcrux affect himself?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ch. 22): At once, Harry's scar burned white-hot, as though the old wound had burst open again - and unbidden, unwanted, but terrifyingly strong, there ...
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How much time would Voldemort have lived if Harry didn't destroy the Horcruxes?

In the book Voldemort created several Horcruxes which supposedly if undiscovered would make him immortal. However, wouldn't it only mean that he would live approximately 1000 years? Wizards live ...
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Did Voldemort ever worry about Slughorn's Horcrux memory?

Did Voldemort ever show concern about the conversation that he had with Slughorn (as a young Tom Riddle) about Horcruxes? Did he ever feel the need to kill Slughorn? Is this the only known ...
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Why Dumbledore didn't tell Harry how to destroy horcruxes? [duplicate]

Knowing that it is difficult to destroy a horcrux, why didn't Dumbledore just tell Harry (during his meetings in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) that he had to use the Sword of Gryffindor to ...
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When Voldemort's spell originally rebounded and almost killed him, was a Horcrux 'used' to stop his death? [duplicate]

I think I misunderstand Horcruxes here - are they used up? Or do they just exist to stop the person dying but are not actually 'used up' in the process? By this logic someone could be killed infinite ...
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How does a Horcrux work? [duplicate]

We know from the series that a Horcrux is an object to hide a "part of your soul" so you can never die before the Horcrux is destroyed. I would like to know how the resurrection process work. Say you ...
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How can Harry be a Horcrux? [duplicate]

Since Voldemort has already broken his soul into different Horcruxes before attacking baby Harry, there is no part of a soul left inside him to create a new Horcrux. How can Harry be a Horcrux?
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Did Voldemort kill his father before finding out about Horcruxes?

During Harry's time in the Pensieve in Half-Blood Prince he saw the young Tom Riddle with Professor Slughorn. The book states that Tom was already wearing Marvolo Gaunt's ring, indicating he had ...
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Why are there 7 total horcruxes when Voldemort intended for 7 original horcruxes? [duplicate]

All the horcruxes are as follows: Tom Riddle's Diary Marvolo Gaunt's Ring Salazar Slytherin's Locket Helga Hufflepuff's Cup Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem Nagini Harry Potter My question is though why ...
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Why bother with the search for Horcruxes? [duplicate]

The biggest plan in defeating Voldemort is to hunt down and destroy all his Horcruxes, and a significant part of the last two books is spent doing this. Dumbledore, the most powerful wizard able to ...
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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Dumbledore's hand was visibly affected by a curse Voldemort placed on Marvolo Gaunt's ring. Why wasn't Voldemort alerted that perhaps Dumbledore has found one of his Horcruxes based on the appearance ...
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How exactly did Voldemort look before his Killing Curse rebounded? [duplicate]

When he came to Dumbledore asking for a job at Hogwarts, he hid Ravenclaw's diadem in the Room of Requirements. When Harry saw the memory, he noticed that although he did not look like the handsome ...
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What steps did Voldemort intend for his diary to take to prove he was the Heir of Slytherin?

I know a really similar question has been asked here (and I have been trying to convince myself with half-baked answers to avoid creating a duplicate) but please do note, my question isn't about why ...
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2 Way Horcrux Chain

Lets say you had 3 wizards, let’s call them A, B and C. If A were to turn B & C into Horcruxes, B were to turn A & C into Horcruxes and C were to turn A & B into Horcruxes. Would killing ...
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Do the Horcruxes know about each other?

I’m sure this must be a duplicate, but I can’t find it. The implication in "Chamber of Secrets" seems to be that diary-Horcrux Tom could become (is) the new Dark Lord with minimal intervention from ...
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How does memory work among Horcruxes?

At the time of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we have 2 conscious and functioning Horcruxes - young Tom Riddle from the Diary and the "main piece" hiding somewhere in Albania. Young Tom ...
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How was Voldemort able to create Nagini Horcrux in his current condition?

It is known that creating a Horcrux is very dark and complicated magic. As per Pottermore Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to ...
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Differentiation: Horcrux vs. Hogwarts painting imprint

A Horcrux contains a shard of someones soul. On a physical level it is a passive object. The paintings in Hogwarts contain imprints of people who lived with it and are dead now. The imprints are ...
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Can a Muggle inadvertently create a horcrux-like object?

I think that we have it well-established (regardless of whether or not one sees this as flawed logic) that Harry is not a Horcrux. A Horcrux has to be made intentionally, and the recipient is cursed ...
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Is a horcrux made everytime someone kills? [duplicate]

I want to say the answer is "no", because Voldemort probably killed way more people than the amount of horcruxes he has and not every evil murderer wants to make horcruxes. Also it seems to be a ...
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Did Voldemort know about his mother by the time he created his first Horcrux?

It is indicated that he already created the ring Horcrux by the time he approaches Slughorn, it is, presumably, later than he discovers basilisk and kills Myrtle. Though there is no clear indication ...
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Did making Horcruxes affect Voldemort's power?

Voldemort made 7 pieces of his soul by making Horcruxes. Did it affect his power? Was his power 7 times greater than the movie before the attack at Harry's parents at Godric's Hollow?
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Why didn't Voldemort make a Dementor a living Horcrux? [closed]

We know that Dementors are not immortal creatures, they cannot die as per se, but we know by fact that they can diminish by not sucking fear and souls out of people. Even though, they are still ...
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Will Horcruxes show up in the Fantastic Beasts series? [closed]

Do we know if Horcruxes will make an appearance in the Fantastic Beasts series? Did J.K. Rowling ever mention anything about Grindelwald and Horcruxes?
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Why didn't Snape work out Voldemort had Horcruxes?

Snape is repeatedly referred to as a highly intelligent wizard, most skilled in the Dark Arts. We don't know for sure, but it seems probable he would know about Horcruxes, at least in theory. He ...
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Is there any possibility that Harry's wand was a Horcrux?

I came upon this possibility due to Dumbledore's words: “I believe that your wand imbibed some of the power and qualities of Voldemort’s wand that night, which is to say that it contained a little ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore tell the Order about Horcruxes? [duplicate]

We know that Harry didn't have to destroy the Horcruxes himself: "Ron - ?" The sword flashed, plunged: Harry threw himself out of the way, there was a clang of metal and a long, drawn-out scream. ...
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Does Tom Riddle/ Lord Voldemort remember the Chamber of Secrets Incident? [duplicate]

I was rewatching the movies and was wondering if Voldemort remembered his encounter with Harry in the Chamber of Secrets since he makes no mention of it when he gains his body again in Little ...
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