After Harry & friends raided the Lestrange's Gringotts vault and took Hufflepuffs cup. When Voldemort found out, he killed all that delivered the message in Gringotts.
What did you say to me?" His voice was high and cold, but fury and fear burned inside him. The one thing that he had dreaded, but it could not be true, he could not see how...
He didn’t leave the diary at Hogwarts.
He left the diary with Lucius Malfoy for safekeeping, thinking that he would later pass the diary to another Hogwarts student, and open the Chamber of Secrets by proxy. Quoting Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix:
“There could be no doubt that Riddle really wanted that diary read, wanted the piece of his soul to ...
In the novel, his decision to allow Ron to destroy the locket was based on gut instinct, presumably a crude form of divination:
‘No, you should do it.’
‘Me?’ said Ron, looking shocked. ‘Why?’
‘Because you got the sword out of the pool. I think it’s supposed to be you.’
He was not being kind or generous. As certainly as he had known that the doe was ...
The information Voldemort is asking Slughorn is not help for how to create a Horcrux, but for an idea of what would happen if a wizard created multiple of them, or more specifically if the wizard split their soul into 7 parts. This is something that goes beyond what any previous wizard is supposed to have gone, as Dumbledore comments in Half-Blood Prince (I ...
The sorting hat is not a Horcrux
From the "Rumors" section of Rowling's old website:
Rumour: The Sorting Hat is a Horcrux
JKR: No, it isn't. Horcruxes do not draw attention to themselves by singing songs in front of large audiences.
The old jkrowling.com - Rumours
Voldemort never knew Dumbledore found his Horcrux
The last time Voldemort saw Dumbledore was when he dueled him in the Ministry of Magic, at the end of Book 5. Dumbledore acquired the Resurrection Stone/Marvolo Gaunt's ring some time in between the end of The Order of the Phoenix and the beginning of The Half-Blood Prince. Remember that Harry saw Dumbledore'...
It's very likely to be Riddle's diary.
Ginny herself says that she came across Riddle's diary when unpacking the books which they'd bought in Flourish and Blotts.
"Why didn't you show the diary to me, or your mother? A suspicious object like that, it was clearly full of Dark Magic!"
"I d-didn't know," sobbed Ginny. "I found it inside one of the books ...
Simply put, they didn't know how to and (probably) didn't have the skill to do it without seriously injuring themselves.
Creating a Horcrux
And so we arrive at creating a Horcrux, one of the – if not the – most difficult and extreme pieces of magic the wizarding world has to offer, for various reasons.
A Horcrux is created when a wizard ...
From Dumbledore himself in HBP, while discussing Voldemort's horcruxes with Harry:
"I am confident, however, that the only known relic of Gryffindor remains safe."
HBP, Chapter 23, p505, Scholastic Edition. Emphasis added
So, I believe we can take this as confirmation that no other family has another heirloom. Else, Dumbledore and other magical ...
Voldemort did not want to make seven horcruxes. He wanted to split his soul into seven parts, six of them would be protected by horcruxes and the seventh would reside in his body.
In The Half Blood Prince we learn of Voldemort's plan of splitting his soul into seven pieces:
Wouldn't it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul in more pieces, I ...
Harry didn't die because he can't die while Voldemort lives. Voldemort carries Lily's protection inside himself when he took Harry's blood to rebuild his body.
'Precisely!' said Dumbledore. 'He took your blood and rebuilt his living body with it! Your blood in his veins, Harry, Lily's protection inside both of you! He tethered you to life while he lives.
Horcruxes were a fairly obscure topic, even among Dark wizards.
Though Snape had an interest in the Dark Arts, Horcruxes aren’t a common topic in Dark Arts. When Hermione searches the books in the restricted section, none of them give details on Horcruxes, and only one of them even mentioned Horcruxes.
“I haven’t found one single explanation of what ...
Of course he did not have to wear it... but that doesn't mean Rowling had him wear it "just to get rid of him".
Dumbledore also knew the stone set in the ring was the Resurrection Stone. This was his one great curiosity/weakness/fear (depends on how you look at it). Dumbledore was tempted by having at least a chance, no matter how small, of ...
If we trust Dumbledore, Riddle had already killed his father long before he made the ring into a Horcrux.
Dumbledore deduces that the ring was turned into a Horcrux only after Voldemort had decided that he no longer wanted to wear it. Since he was wearing it when he asked Slughorn about Horcruxes then he must have killed his father and captured the ring ...
And now Harry stood in the headmaster’s office yet again. It was nighttime, and Dumbledore sagged sideways in the thronelike chair behind the desk, apparently semiconscious. His right hand dangled over the side, blackened and burned. Snape was muttering incantations, pointing his wand at the wrist of the hand, while with his left hand he tipped a goblet full ...
The phoenix would be, but the Horcrux would not
There doesn't seem to be any reason a phoenix couldn't be made into a Horcrux. We have precedent. We know Horcruxes can be made from living creatures, because Nagini was made into a Horcrux.
“I don't think so,” said Dumbledore. “I think I know what the sixth
Horcrux is. I wonder what you will say when I ...
He did not
Few people even knew of Horcruxes. The subject was banned at Hogwarts by Tom Riddle's time, and not many books in the library went into any detail.
"No...well...you'd be hard-pushed to find a book at Hogwarts that'll
give you details on Horcruxes, Tom, that's very Dark stuff, very Dark
indeed," said Slughorn.
—Harry Potter and the Half-...
Harry was never an official Horcrux, according to J.K. Rowling. And, yes, once the fragment of Voldemort's soul that Harry contained was destroyed by Voldemort, Harry lost the ability to speak Parseltongue. I'm not sure what other powers you're referring to, but JKR has stated that Harry did lose the ability to speak and understand Parseltongue.
To destroy a Horcrux, you must destroy the object it lives in beyond magical repair.
“It doesn’t have to be a basilisk fang,” said Hermione patiently. “It has to be something so destructive that the Horcrux can’t repair itself. Basilisk venom only has one antidote, and it’s incredibly rare--”
“--phoenix tears,” said Harry, nodding.
“Exactly,” said ...
Harry (and later when Hermione and Ron took their turns) put it on because that was the safest place to keep it. As Harry said (page 276 of Scholastic paperback):
"Keep it safe till we work out how to destroy it," Harry replied, and, little though he wanted to, he hung the chain around his own neck,"
My guess is that Harry felt that ...
There are two parts to this question:
Why make a fake locket at all?
Why insert a note explaining the deception?
I’ll answer them both separately:
A fake locket would prolong Voldemort discovering the deception.
When he goes to investigate the locket in the final book, he doesn’t part the water; he can just look straight through it:
As she said it, a ...
You're (probably) right that his remaining soul wasn't 1/8th of what he started with, but it also wouldn't have been 0.0078% of his total after being split that many times. There's simply no evidence that explicitly states it's a 50/50 split of the soul. The words most commonly used are "piece" and "fragment", and while they don't explicitly indicate a ...
Dumbledore wasn't killed by the ring being a Horcrux; he was killed by the curse on it.
The curse was in addition to, and separate from, the Horcrux nature of the ring. It was placed upon the ring by Voldemort as one of his precautions to protect his Horcruxes.
"The ring, Harry. Marvolo's ring. And a terrible curse there was upon it too."
It may not be the Dark Lord’s unique curse.
Though the Dark Lord does invent spells, there’s nothing that says that specific curse is unique to him. He also uses more well-known Dark magic that other wizards can cast as well, like the Unforgivable Curses, which predate him by centuries.
“19 The Cruciatus, Imperius, and Avada Kedavra curses were first ...
For one simple reason... all the founders died.
(Or at least I assume so... the only "confirmed" death we have is Rowena Ravenclaw)
Then my mother fell ill – fatally ill.
Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31, The Battle of Hogwarts
But beyond that J.K. Rowling does not mention anything remotely like a Horcrux or the Four Founders putting their souls ...
I think you’re misunderstanding how a horcrux works.
A horcrux anchors your soul to the mortal world, it isn’t a “replacement” soul. You don’t “use it up” when you replace your body.
Suppose you have a single intact horcrux, and your body is killed. The horcrux tethers your soul to the mortal world, and stops the portion of soul in your body from going in ...
We know that she couldn't see them due to the Cloak, but snakes have other senses other than sight. Snakes can sense the vibrations on the ground made by their prey's movements, have infrared sensors that detect body heat and an acute sense of smell. Nagini couldn't sense this. Why?
She was floating above the ground.
The room beyond was dimly lit, but he ...
No, Harry’s wand didn’t have a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul in it.
Harry’s wand absorbed something of the Dark Lord when their wands connected, but not a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul. Dumbledore means that Harry’s wand absorbed some of the Dark Lord’s style of magic which his wand would have learned from him and contained a bit of - his skill and power.
"Dumbledore wouldn't have had to curse himself" - that's a wrong premise. He was cursed because he put on a Hallow, without thinking things and realizing that it was a Horcrux which are always cursed. Moreover, he DID know how to destroy it, and did so (by using the Sword) or he WOULD have died from the curse right away.
When I discovered it, after all ...