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What happens to UnHorcruxed Soul Fragments?

We know from Half Blood Prince that the soul splits when murder is performed. A horcrux is merely a receptacle that stores the portion of soul that has split off from the original by means of a spell. ...
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Would a phoenix Horcrux be indestructible?

Inspired by the first revision of this question, later edited to focus on a different topic: The phoenix is emblematic of good in the Harry Potter series. Dumbledore, the leader of the fight against ...
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Is there a time limit (after committing murder) within which the Horcrux can be created?

There have been several questions here discussing about Horcruxes. I came across this question that discusses about the living being (human or otherwise) that should be killed to create a Horcrux. I ...
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In Deathly Hallows, why did they have to wear Slytherin's locket?

Obviously, heavy spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, do not read if you don't want to be spoiled. So they find the locket horcrux, and before they figure out how to destroy it, they ...
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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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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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When did Dumbledore destroy the Horcrux ring?

In book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in Chapter 4, when Dumbledore takes Harry to meet Slughorn, he is using Gaunt's ring to attract Slughorn: He shrugged and spread his hands wide, ...
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Fiendfyre to destroy Horcrux

In the book, after the diadem is destroyed by Fiendfyre caused by Crabbe, Hermione mentioned that she had read that this fire could destroy Horcruxes. Still, it was difficult to control. In The Order ...
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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 did Dumbledore tell Harry there were 6 Horcruxes when he already knew Harry was a horcrux?

Harry: "He made seven Horcruxes?" Dumbledore: "...Not seven Horcruxes: six. The seventh part of his soul, however maimed, resides inside his regenerated body..." (HP6, US Hardback, ...
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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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Was Voldemort intending to create a horcrux when he attacked Harry Potter?

Now I'm not talking about part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry which he never intended to put there. What I am asking is when he went to the Potter's house, was he only intending to destroy Harry ...
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Why did Harry let Ron destroy the locket horcrux?

Dumbledore's hand was badly affected by using the sword of Gryffindor to destroy the ring Horcrux. (The after-effects were killing him, IIRC.) They were about to destroy the locket by the same ...
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Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand?

Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape in hopes of claiming the Elder Wand's ownership. Let's suppose that Snape was indeed the owner. In this scenario, would the Elder Wand's ownership truly pass ...
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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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Why did Voldemort need a house-elf?

(I’m currently travelling with no access to the books, so bear with my paraphrasing from memory.) During Deathly Hallows, we see through Kreacher’s retelling how – Voldemort told his Death Eaters he ...
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Why should the Horcruxes be destroyed first?

In Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore tells Harry that: "The seventh part of his soul, however maimed, resides inside his regenerated body. That was the part of him that lived a spectral existence ...
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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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If Voldemort killed Harry, and Harry stayed dead, who would kill Voldemort?

Dumbledore said that Harry must die, and Voldemort himself must do it. If that were to happen, and Harry was to actually permanently die, how would Voldemort be killed?
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What would happen to the Elder Wand if a living Horcrux killed its current wielder?

What happens if a Horcrux (or indeed, any other non-wizard being containing part of a wizard's soul) kills the owner of the Elder Wand? For example, consider when Dumbledore was still the master of ...
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Did Dumbledore make a horcrux?

There are some popular theories flying around the internet about the possibility that Dumbledore may have accidentally made a horcrux and that the object containing the fragment was either Fawkes the ...
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Was Voldemort aware that he had created another Horcrux?

Voldemort set out to create Horcuxes to ensure his immortality, but he inadvertently created an additional one in a living being, Was Voldemort aware that this happened? It seems to me that if he ...
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Why doesn't Voldemort wear the Horcrux ring himself, to protect the Horcrux from destruction by his enemies?

Voldemort has a habit of telling his pet snake Nagini to keep close to him, presumably so that Voldemort can protect him. If this is the case, why didn't Voldemort simply wear the Horcrux ring (...
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Why didn't Voldemort make his Horcruxes out of normal objects?

What would have happened if Voldemort was sensible and made a Horcrux out of any simple object such as a stone or something and flung it anywhere? It will be highly difficult to know the position of ...
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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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What does the word 'Horcrux' mean?

In the Potterverse, the names of characters, objects and places often have a fascinating meaning and can reveal a lot about their attributes or characteristic. As for the names of the spells, they ...
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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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How could Tom Riddle's diary know what happened between Tom and Hagrid?

It is said that Tom Riddle's diary was made into a Horcrux via the murder of Moaning Myrtle via Basilisk. If that was the case, the soul piece that went into the diary was split off when this ...
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Why Was It 'Essential' That Voldemort Kill Harry Potter?

‘So the boy ... the boy must die?’ asked Snape, quite calmly. ‘And Voldemort himself must do it, Severus. That is essential.’ Deathly Hallows - page 551 - UK Hardcover - chapter 33, The Prince's ...
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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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Why Wasn't the Resurrection Stone Destroyed Along With the Ring Horcrux?

Dumbledore destroyed the Horcrux element of Marvolo Gaunt's Peverell ring with the Sword of Gryffindor, splitting the Resurrection Stone portion of the ring in half in the process. Harry noticed a ...
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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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If killing splits one's soul, why does Slughorn say Voldemort was the first person to split his soul more than once?

Killing splits the soul, right. Using whatever spell then puts that piece of soul into an object, creating a Horcrux. I think it was Slughorn who said that no man ever split his soul more than once, ...
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Why didn't Voldemort hide his Horcruxes in impossible-to-reach places?

Nobody knew about his Horcruxes (even Slughorn wasn't 100% sure). But still, there was a small probability that someone could discover his secret. So, he hid his Horcruxes very well. But, there was ...
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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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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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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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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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Would the Horcrux Cave Potion Have Killed Dumbledore?

Would the Horcrux cave potion have killed Dumbledore if: Kreacher survived the potion: ‘There was a b – basin full of potion on the island. The D – Dark Lord made Kreacher drink it ...’ [...] ‘...
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Why wouldn't Voldemort create new Horcruxes?

Once Voldemort realized that Harry Potter was hunting for Horcruxes and knew where they were (e.g. after visiting the cave), why wouldn't he simply pause, and make at least one MORE replacement ...
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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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Why did Voldemort not use a Horcrux to return?

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Voldemort is trying to return using the Sorcerer’s Stone. In The Chamber of Secrets, he does use a Horcrux, but the idea seems more about eliminating mud ...
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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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Why do Harry and Dumbledore need to get the memory from Slughorn?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore orders Harry to retrieve the memory about the talk with Tom Riddle/Voldemort from Slughorn. The memory is said to be needed because it contains ...

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