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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 ...


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A Spell for Chameleon, the first book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, is probably the book you want. “What question did you bring?” Bink inquired somewhat nervously, trying not to brace himself too obviously for flight. In an open space, he was no possible match for the manticora. “I asked whether I have a soul,” the monster said seriously.


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The novel is The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer. From the Amazon.com review: In this fast-paced thriller, Dr. Peter Hobson's investigations into death and afterlife lead him to create three separate electronic versions of himself: one has no memory of physical existence and represents life after death; one has no knowledge of death or aging and ...


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There’s no indication that making a Horcrux splits the soul in half. It’s unclear exactly how much of a soul the Dark Lord had left when he was done making Horcruxes (and accidentally left a piece in Harry). There’s nothing that states what percentage of the soul is split off to make a Horcrux - it’s just described as a piece or a portion. “Killing rips the ...


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As noted by Lorendiac, this does match with "Pact", by Poul Anderson (under the pen name of Winston P. Sanders), available here. This was the answer to Short story fantasy elections in Hell, where they note that Ashmadai is trying to win an election in Hell, and makes a deal with Professor Clipp to have him retrieve the Seal of Solomon in exchange for one ...


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Yes, a living being can be turned into a Horcrux. It’s definitely possible to use a living being as a Horcrux. The Dark Lord does so with Nagini, and Harry unintentionally having a piece of the Dark Lord’s soul shows that humans presumably can be turned into intentional Horcruxes (though they’ll have even more independence than animals). “The snake?’ said ...


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Splitting the soul has only two canonical, confirmed effects: 1) It will allow the person to survive (in a fashion) the physical death of their body. The do not quite die, but they are no longer alive. The residual wraith-state allows them to posses others and (given the proper magics and support) eventually regain life. 2) It makes the soul easier to ...


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I suppose it was based on the legend of Koschei the deathless. He kept his soul inside an egg and he couldn't be killed while his soul was kept safe, pretty much as a lich (except for the different recipient). Another possibility was the jars where the ancient Egyptians used to kept the organs of the dead as part of the mummification process.


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Dementors use Dementor’s Kiss to suck out the soul. A human can survive without a soul in something like a vegetative state. “They call it the Dementor’s Kiss,” said Lupin, with a slightly twisted smile. “It’s what Dementors do to those they wish to destroy utterly. I suppose there must be some kind of mouth under there, because they clamp their jaws ...


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Summary: The Necrons as they exist today (in the 41 Millennium, of course) are not robots as we understand them, so they were not programmed in the classic sense. They are the product of merging nanotechnological materials (called 'living metal' by the Necron'tyr) with the spiritual and mental essence of the formerly living Necron'tyr using the vast psionic ...


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Because Harry was the only living thing in the room. JKR: So because Voldemort never went through the grotesque process that I imagine creates a Horcrux with Harry, (SU: Mm-hm.) it was just that he had destabilized his soul so much that it split when he was hit by the backfiring curse. And so this part of it flies off, and attaches to the only ...


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There's no good evidence to suggest that Eywa is a supernatural being. She/it may well be intelligent though. Grace Augustine's theory (and one backed up by the events of the film) is that Eywa is a pan-planetary hivemind, utilising the Tree of Souls and the Tree of Voices to communicate directly with the Na'vi and connecting the living creatures of Pandora ...


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Sounds like "To Live Again" by Robert Silverberg. It's been a long time since I read it and the summary on Wikipedia doesn't mention the power struggle in your description, but I'm pretty sure that's in the Silverberg book.


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This is an old question, but it's gotten bumped, so I am sharing some old research that I was a part of about twenty-five years ago. There are not (to my knowledge) any archives of the bulletin board where this was discussed, but I remember the rough conclusions that we came to. We were coming to the question from the point of view of Dungeons & ...


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It seems clear from the Harry Potter books and films that animals (or at least certain animals) have souls and can become ghosts. Members of the Headless hunt, for example ride on ghostly horses: Through the dungeon wall burst a dozen ghost horses, each ridden by a headless horseman. The assembly clapped wildly; Harry started to clap too, but stopped ...


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“I miscalculated, my friends, I admit it. My curse was deflected by the woman’s foolish sacrifice, and it rebounded upon myself. Aaah... pain beyond pain, my friends; nothing could have prepared me for it. I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost... but still, I was alive. What I was, even I do not know... I, who have ...


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While the other answers are correct in showing why Voldemort didn't die, I think they're missing a key point in your question - namely, why the soul fragments were unharmed after being hit with the Killing Curse. The answer is...Avada Kedavra doesn't harm souls! The series implies that your soul is the part that "moves on" after death. As such, it cannot ...


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It might be Vitalics by Miracle Jones? It's about a priest visiting an AI to determine whether it has a soul.


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The only way is if its creator felt remorse and repaired their soul. The only way that pieces of soul in Horcruxes can be released from the object they’re bound to is if the person who created it feels enough remorse for their actions to repair their soul. “Isn’t there any way of putting yourself back together?’ Ron asked. ‘Yes,’ said Hermione, with a ...


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The Lucifer Code by Michael Cordy? "What happens to us when we die? Oblivion.Or so believes Dr Miles Fleming, a brilliant, young neuroscientist who has developed a device capable of reading human brainwaves. But when his own brother contacts him after being certified dead for six whole minutes, Fleming wonders if he's got it all wrong. His search for the ...


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I think you are misunderstanding how a Horcrux works. The part of the soul held in a Horcrux doesn't replace the rest of your soul if you are killed - while Slughorn's description is vague, if it worked that way, then at least one of Voldemort's Horcrux's would not have still contained a fragment of soul after he was first killed. Instead, the fragment of ...


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TL;DR: The "trope" of "Light/White vs Dark/Black" is different from one to the other. Dark Souls uses this more as a physical descriptor, whereas The Elder Scrolls uses it as an adjective for morality. Additionally, In Dark Souls, yes; it is specific to Humans, in TES, it is not. Firstly, in Dark Souls, Humanity and Souls are very ...


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Your question is based on a wrong assumption: that the Killing Curse (or any other form of dying) kills only one soul at once, so that if you have multiple souls, something is left over. This assumption is wrong. Under normal circumstances the Killing Curse would have simply killed both souls in Harry's body and he would simply be dead. The reason the ...


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As others have already pointed out, it's not having an additional soul as a "second life" that lets Harry survive, it's the fact that Voldemort has used Harry's blood for his resurrection. When Harry tells Dumbledore the Voldemort used his blood, there is this observation: For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like ...


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Throughout all the described events, Voldemort clearly does not understand exactly what is happening. He does not expect to lose part of his soul to Harry, nor does the dark lord expect that seventh part of his own soul to protect Harry from a killing curse. None of how this soul transfer worked was understood by Voldemort, or probably by anybody; so there ...


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His Horcruxes tied his main soul to life. When the Dark Lord’s Killing Curse rebounded on him, it both ripped his soul from his body as his body was killed and fractured a piece off of his main soul, which went on to live in Harry. “Tell him that on the night Lord Voldemort tried to kill him, when Lily cast her own life between them as a shield, the Killing ...


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It probably wasn't the earliest, but Lloyd Alexander had a bad guy put his soul in his finger which was cut off and hidden inside the trunk of a tree. That book series was written in the 1960s.


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