Chapter 1: Harry Potter vs. October 31st, began as a fairly normal day — arranging raids, crucioing incompetents, lazing about on my throne — yet it seemed that everything my followers did irked me. Bellatrix crouched at my feet, sneaking glances and occasionally emitting dreamy sighs — exactly the sort of behavior that caused me to turn myself into a nose-less snake. Rabastan Lestrange was playing a game called Curse the Recruits, the recruits were screaming, Nott was paging through one of my Dark tomes, and Lucius had disappeared to go brush his hair or something. There were worse ways to spend Halloween, I supposed.
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The process for the creation of a Horcrux involves a spell and a horrific act is performed soon after the murder has been committed. There are usually protective measures made to prevent a Horcrux from being stolen and destroyed, such as Counter-Charms and Jinxes.
The Horcrux is considered the most terrible of all Dark magic. The only other known creator of a Horcrux was Lord Voldemort , who was likely the only person to have successfully created more than one Horcrux.
Hogwarts banned any study of the subject of Horcruxes; Albus Dumbledore was particularly adamant in enforcing this rule. Very few books, even those revolving around the Dark Arts, would mention Horcruxes even in the slightest detail: Magick Moste Evile , a book that contained much information of advanced dark arts, barely skimmed the subject of Horcruxes as a subject so evil that will not be spoken of. In fact, only one known book, Secrets of the Darkest Art , had detailed information on the method and consequences of creating a Horcrux.
No document in existence has information regarding a single individual creating multiple Horcruxes, as no wizard before Voldemort even thought of attempting such a feat; he only dared to when he asked the experienced Horace Slughorn for an expert opinion, under the guise of creating more than one Horcrux in theory. Nature and creation "A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body.
It was believed that Tom Riddle had found the information necessary to make a Horcrux in this book before Dumbledore managed to get hold of it. While a Horcrux could be anything at all, including a living being, it was most advisable to create a Horcrux out of an inanimate object to decrease the chances of it being destroyed.
Horcruxes by their nature appeared to be extraordinarily durable, as only very destructive magics and processes could truly destroy them. To create a Horcrux, a wizard first had to deliberately commit murder. This act, said to be the most supreme act of evil, would result in the murderer metaphysically damaging their own soul.
A wizard who wished to create a Horcrux would then use that damage to their advantage by casting a spell which would rip the damaged portion of the soul and encase it in an object. If the maker was later killed, he or she would continue to exist in a non-corporeal form, although there were methods of regaining a physical body.
Voldemort, for instance, created a Horcrux during what was presumably his fifth year at Hogwarts. As such, the fragment of soul contained within the Horcrux took on the appearance and mannerisms of Voldemort as he had been when he was 16 years old. Horcruxes were said to be essentially the opposite of a person. If the container was destroyed, so too would be the fragment of soul within it.
Horcruxes were originally conceived of as being a singular act. As such, it was unknown for many centuries what the attempted creation of multiple Horcruxes would result in, as nobody thought it possible to accomplish such an act. However, Voldemort planned to create six Horcruxes in the hope that it would make him stronger than just creating one, due to his belief in the power of the number seven.
It was stated at one point that Voldemort had already "pushed his soul to the limit"  in creating his Horcruxes. This implied a finite number of Horcruxes any one person may create before the process became too dangerous to attempt again. It also implied that the creation of a Horcrux used a set amount of soul, and that this amount was the same every time the process was undertaken.
Creating multiple Horcruxes rendered the soul unstable and liable to break apart if the creator of the Horcruxes was killed.
Without his Horcruxes, Voldemort will be a mortal man with a maimed and diminished soul. It was unknown if the creator of the Horcrux would be able to sense that their soul fragment was destroyed, although Dumbledore stated that in the particular case of Voldemort, he would not feel their loss because his soul had been split too many times and had been in that state for too long.
Ron Weasley destroying the locket Horcrux with the Sword of Gryffindor All known methods of Horcrux destruction required the "receptacle" to be damaged beyond repair  which, in the case of living receptacles, meant that they must be killed  . However, Harry Potter was never an intentional Horcrux and so it may not work on a proper animate Horcrux like Nagini , and probably had unforeseen side effects. This was only achievable as basilisk venom was a destructive enough substance capable of destroying Horcruxes.
Although beyond repair when exposed to this venom, living Horcruxes could potentially be saved through the speedy administration of phoenix tears , an extremely rare substance. Fawkes demonstrated this ability for Harry when he was bitten by the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Because he was a living Horcrux himself, Harry was not destroyed then because the tears saved his life.
This was only achievable as goblin-wrought silver was a destructive enough metal capable of absorbing qualities that strengthened. The sword demonstrated this ability for Harry Potter when he used it to slay the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets.
Because it was made of goblin-wrought silver itself, the sword was imbued with basilisk venom and became capable of destroying Horcruxes. How does that work, then? I mean close emotionally. Ginny poured her heart out into that diary, she made herself incredibly vulnerable. Hence, if the body is destroyed, the soul will remain as a lingering spirit instead of passing through to the other side. Because of this purpose, a Horcrux is usually kept hidden and dormant, and its other powers are rarely explored or utilised.
They were also unable to summon their Patronuses while wearing the locket since the soul fragment inside was darkening their thoughts. The diary Horcrux takes possession of Ginny Weasley If a person is more emotionally vulnerable, it is possible for the soul inside the Horcrux to take control of him or her, as Ginny Weasley using her.
In fact, Voldemort took advantage of this possessive power over Ginny to reopen the Chamber of Secrets, using the diary as a weapon rather than a safeguard. This quasi-sentient entity that is capable of sapping life-force to create a physical form differs from a "mere memory.
Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Horcruxes
Overview[ edit ] For the definition of a Horcrux, see Horcrux. The entire Harry Potter series revolves around the defeat of the Dark Lord , which cannot be complete until all the Horcruxes are destroyed. This article lists the Horcruxes and details about them as best they are known. Extended Description[ edit ] Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level. Would, perhaps, seven be a better number, as seven has so many mystical properties? Professor Slughorn is revolted at the idea, but Riddle does come away with the idea that it is not impossible. Professor Dumbledore , then Transfiguration professor, may have suspected that Riddle was studying Horcruxes; it is likely that he had already removed the books about Horcruxes from the library, as Riddle apparently claimed he could not find them.
Seventh Horcrux [HP, AU]
Even Slytherin House no longer supports him, owing to him having killed most of their parents. Though the reforms of magical creature rights are nice. Acceptable Targets invoked: The Dursleys and Hufflepuffs. Also, Dolores Umbridge.
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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley received seven O. Ls for their Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations. Hermione Granger continued with seven subjects during her sixth year. Sybill Trelawney believes that the Seven of Spades means an ill omen. When a wizard turns seven years old, they start showing magical properties. There are seven described uses for the Room of Requirement: Hiding objects, as performed by Tom Riddle , Harry Potter , Draco Malfoy , and Sybill Trelawney A restroom, as used unintentionally by Dumbledore Recuperating from drunkenness, as used by Dobby for Winky Finding cleaning materials, as used by Filch Hiding from Filch , as used by Fred and George Hiding from the Carrows , as demonstrated first by Neville Frank Bryce was nearing his 77th birthday when he was murdered by Voldemort.