The Seven Horcruxes

The Harry Potter series captured the imagination in a fantastical and compelling style never before seen. The seven Horcruxes are bench marks that lead you through the full story. Understand the Horcrux and why the seven were important.

What is a Horcrux anyway?

A Horcrux is a magical invention, a powerful object that houses a bit of the soul of a dark witch or wizard. The purpose of housing a portion of one's soul within a Horcrux is to reach the ultimate-true immortality, states a diary entry of J.K. Rollings noted on Harry Potter Lexicon.

How is a Horcrux created?

The laws of nature are violated by a disgusting act of dark magic. The creation of a Horcrux is an abomination. The Horcrux is evil, so evil no one will speak of it directly. A supreme act of evil is the only way to create a Horcrux-murder. Killing rips the soul apart and the damaged, torn portion is encased to create a Horcrux, according to the official Harry Potter Wiki.

The seven Horcruxes of Voldemort

While another wizard, Herpo the Foul, was able to create a Horcrux, Lord Voldemort (or he who shall not be named) created seven Horcruxes to house his soul. It was a novel idea at the time he thought of it, as a very young child. Harry and Dumbledore learned of the entirety of Voldemort's (then Riddle) questioning of Slughorn about Horcruxes by watching his memory of that moment magically. Dumbledore joins with Harry in destroying all the Horcruxes at that time, in chapter twenty-three of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What were the seven Horcruxes?

Voldemort created seven Horcruxes to protect him against death, even though it meant living in a state worse than death. One of the Horcruxes was the body of Voldemort himself. The rest of the Horcruxes were discovered and destroyed throughout the Harry Potter series of books, thus killing Voldemort completely.

  1. The ring: Marvolo Gaunt's ring was a
large ring of gold with a black stone. It was engraved with the Peverell coat of arms. This ring had been in the Gaunt family for centuries. After Marvolo's death, his grandson Tom Riddle stole the ring on the night he framed his uncle for the murders of the rest of the Riddle family. Tom turned it into a Horcrux. Dumbledore destroyed the Horcrux, so it no longer could work as a Horcrux and he kept the ring even wearing it at one point.
  1. The diary: Lucius Malfoy hid the diary of Riddle, a Horcrux as well. It was planted on Ginny Weasley and destroyed by Harry by stabbing it with a basilisk's fang.
  1. The locket: Slytherin's locket was hidden in a cave that Riddle had visited when a young child. A relative of Riddle inherited the locket. The locket was pawned for money only to be purchased by an unsuspecting woman who was murdered for the locket, by Tom Riddle.
  1. The cup: the Hufflepuff's cup wich was hidden in a vault at Gringotts was a small magic cup. The Smith family inherited the cup and a Smith family member was murdered and the cup stolen by Tom Riddle.
  1. The tiara: Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem or tiara is thought to be a Horcrux, although certainty is awaiting future works of J.K. Rollings. The tiara was hidden in the Room of Requirement and destroyed by the fiendfyre.
  1. The snake: Voldemort's giant snake, Nagini, is thought to be a Horcrux. Voldemort was especially close to the snake. The snake was destroyed and due to its mortality, it seems a rather unlikely choice for a Horcrux.
  1. Harry: It is possible that the last Horcrux was not the snake but perhaps Harry Potter himself. Dumbledore once held this as his theory, however since Voldemort tried to kill Harry, it seems doubtful that Harry was a Horcrux.
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