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01.21.12 I have found the answer to this question from J.K. Rowling herself: Q: When Harry was stabbed by a basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, since he was a Horcrux, shouldn't it have been destroyed then? JKR: I have been asked that a lot. Harry was exceptionally fortunate in that he had Fawkes. So before he could be destroyed without repair, which is ...


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Quirrell was not yet possessed by Voldemort at the time when he shook Harry's hand in the Leaky Cauldron. Quirrell spent the 1991-1992 school year – Harry’s first at Hogwarts – working on an attempt to steal the Philosopher’s Stone, and thus bring Voldemort back to life. His first attempt to steal it, from Gringotts, was thwarted when Hagrid took it from ...


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J.K. Rowling addresses whether or not Harry is a proper Horcrux in Pottercast with The Leaky Cauldron (citation below) and reveals that Harry is not a Horcrux. Read on: "Here is the thing: for convenience, I had Dumbledore say to Harry, "You were the Horcrux he never meant to make," but I think, by definition, a Horcrux has to be made intentionally. So ...


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I believe it has to do with the fact Harry didn't die from it. Everything else was given the chance to die from whatever destroyed it, but Harry was saved from death by the phoenix tears. Maybe the logic works that his body can last longer with the poison than a book, locket, cup or ring and theoretically if a phoenix had cried on those immediately after ...


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As was discussed previously on SFF, Harry's blood protection initiated by his mother's sacrifice seems to ONLY work against Voldemort, not against other people. In other words, Harry, if killed by someone other than Voldemort, would die 100%, despite Voldemort having taken his blood into the new body. Therefore, it's quite possible that the "essential" ...


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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... The ...


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I go back and forth on whether the purpose of the diary Horcrux was to reincarnate Tom Riddle (and note the difference between reincarnate -- to give another body to; to incarnate anew -- and to protect a person, Voldemort, from death). The purpose of a Horcrux is not to create a new individual, but to protect its creator from death. That said, the diary ...


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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 ...


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He only figured it out when Harry, Hermione, and Ron broke into Gringott's Bank. He then traveled to the location of the ring, and then the locket to see if they had been taken. By that time Harry and the others had fortified themselves in Hogwarts, in their quest to find the other suspected Horcrux (the diadem). While it is apparent in the movies that ...


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I disagree with your premise. They didn't need the true memory to find out that Riddle had Horcruxes; Dumbledore already had pretty solid reasons to believe that he did, even before they got the true memory. From HBP chapter 17 ("A Sluggish Memory"), when they first visit the (edited) memory, Riddle said: "Sir, I wondered what you know about... about ...


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I thought it had to do with the protection Harry's mother gave him by sacrificing herself. There's a scene where Dumbledore says that it was a mistake for Voldemort to take Harry's blood as part of his new body - that by doing so the protection was enhanced to the point that Voldemort couldn't really kill him. So it was essential because anyone else really ...


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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 ...


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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


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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 ...


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Here's what I came up with: Diary of Tom Riddle - circa September 1943 - Following the death of Myrtle in circa May 1943, when Riddle released the Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle's age: 16 Tom Riddle says that he placed his "sixteen-year-old self" into the diary ([CS17]), so he must have done it in the fall after the summer when he ...


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Given that he originally hid them so well, the protective magic surrounding them, their incredible difficulty in being destroyed, and that fact that only one person definitively knew they might exist (Slughorn), he probably felt pretty comfortable they would never be disturbed. All of the Horcruxes were conceivably designed to defend themselves. He couldn't ...


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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'...


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WARNING: Possible spoiler for Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows follows! Yes, he said "6" to Harry for a reason: He didn't yet want Harry to know he was a Horcrux. He confirmed that when talking to Snape, (when Harry was viewing Snape's memories at the end of DH, Ch 33). Emphasis mine. “Harry must not know, not until the last moment, not until it is ...


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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 ...


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Simply put, they didn't know how to and (probably) didn't have the skill to do it without seriously injuring themselves. Per Pottermore; 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 ...


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The general consensus, supposedly from JKR, but I can't find the quote, is that there could only be one Lord Voldemort. He would have been stronger than the Voldemort that was later resurrected. I think what the pseudo-vodemort would have first done was to combine his soul with the wraith Voldemort, such that there was one somewhat more powerful Voldemort. ...


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Harry himself asked this question, and Dumbledore explained that it was Voldemort's titanic ego and flair for the dramatic that made him chose well-known items or locations. The book implies that a person who was mentally all-together would have made that choice, but Voldemort, by the very fact that he'd make Horcruxes in the first place, wasn't all there, ...


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Lady Bella: Whose murders did Voldemort use to create each of the Horcruxes? J.K. Rowling: The diary – Moaning Myrtle. The cup – Hepzibah Smith, the previous owner. The locket – a Muggle tramp. Nagini – Bertha Jorkins (Voldemort could use a wand once he regained a rudimentary body, as long as the victim was subdued). The diadem – an Albanian peasant. The ...


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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 ...


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Canon doesn't indicate that Dolores Umbridge had the locket Horcrux prior to or during Order of the Phoenix. After she acquired it, she was able to produce a Patronus without any trouble while wearing the locket; it fostered her abilities, though, rather than negatively affecting them. J.K. Rowling addresses this: Question: How did Umbridge manage to ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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ETA 02.13.12: According to JK Rowling, the Sorting Hat did indeed detect the portion of Voldemort's soul within Harry: "I always imagine that the Sorting Hat detected the presence of that piece of soul when Harry first tried it on, because it's strongly tempted to put him in Slytherin. So that's how I see it." JK Rowling - Pottercast 12.23.07 - The Leaky ...


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A few points. I don't know if in Godelot's Magick Moste Evile¹ there were directions on how to destroy a Horcrux and a list of items that were magically powerful enough to actually do so. If not, it may be possible that Voldemort believed no one would ever discover how to destroy his Horcruxes even if they were found. Of course this supposition leaves ...


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