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Dumbledore's Horcrux

by Jan-Marie Spanard

How does a wizard learn about the existence and properties of Horcruxes? Who knows what they are, how to make them, what they can do? What wizard would make a Horcrux? Under what circumstances? And for what reasons? And why are they so evil? Hermione is working very hard to answer these questions. As Hogwarts virtual library search-engine, she is coming up empty. But Tom Riddle did it, somehow.

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I don't remember in which book it says this, but I'm pretty sure it is established that the no-apparation enchantment on Hogwarts is an ancient one, possibly put on the castle by the founders themselves. It's for the student's protection.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on November 28, 2006 6:29 PM

Hogwarts. A History
(i can just see the look of diapointment on Hermione's face)

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 29, 2006 09:04 AM

Regrettably we cannot have HOGWARTS, A HISTORY (like your humour Kevin) yet, but if we look up Chapter Nine GRIM DEFEAT in PoA, we find the explanation of Apparition just as Dave said.

We all know that Dumbledore added some more protection to the school. Now if he should be �still alive� the extra protection is still working, but Snape was still able to disapparate because the enchantments end at the castle gates. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on November 29, 2006 11:33 AM

I'd wager that what ever spells or enchantments DD created would be added to the schools protections on a more permanent basis...

I'd be surprised if even DD could alter the defences of Hogwarts on his own..
I imagin he would have enlisted the aid of the staff(including snape) to protect the students.

As far as I can tell, DD's spells stopped PEOPLE from flying in and out of the Hogwarts' grounds...
I have to believe there are other enchantments in place to keep beasts out..
picture a rampaging dragon interupting exams...

and if I was going to hide a horcrux somewhere on the grounds,
I'd leave it with the Centaurs...

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 29, 2006 12:19 PM

Kevin, you have a good point with the centaurs. Anyways, I remember hearing that J.K wanted the statue of Salazar Slytherin designed in a certain way because it would become important later in the series. Is this correct? Does anybody have any idea?

Posted by Jacob Stewart from SC on November 29, 2006 3:04 PM

I bet there would be a lot of clues attached to any of the fouders statues....
does any one remember ever hearing anything about the founders having thier portraits in the headmaster/mistress' office?
They would have to be there wouldn't they?

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on November 30, 2006 3:24 PM

In regaurd to your theory about the horcrux, it does not seem possible. Not only is the act of ing evil, It is PERMANANTLY removing a part of your soul that is evil. Also you are forgetting DD own veiw on . In the first book it states that "To the well organised mind is like going to sleep....."

Posted by Anonymous on November 30, 2006 7:45 PM

I have a question I have not been able to find an answer for yet. In GoF, Voldemort is "reborn" again in the cemetery with help from "scabbers". Wouldn't he have to have used one of his Horcrux' then? If so, then either his ancestors bone or Harry's Blood would have been it (both were used in the spell) right?

Posted by Sharon from Michigan on December 1, 2006 10:28 AM

I think you're thinking about horcruxes wrong. I don't think six horcruxes means you can come back to life six times.

I think having horcruxes around allows you to come back whenever you want. A horcrux is part of your immortal soul. I think as long as it's around, you can come back, you are, in essence, immortal. So, they're not "used up" when you come back. Their presence allows you to come back.

Normally, having one horcrux would be fine for most evil people. However, Valuemart has taken out insurance in effect, having six horcruxes, the possibility of them all being destroyed is lesser, so he's always assured of having immortality.

Make sense?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 1, 2006 10:35 AM

Thanks Dave, for that exellent comment on Horcruxes.

Jacob. You wanted to know if anybody had any idea if Jo said something about the statue of Salazar Slytherin.

I checked her interviews but as far as I know she said nothing particularly about that statue...but I found that there's one thing in Chamber, actually, that Jo indicated play later in the series. You can watch her interview with STEVE KLOVES from February 2003, on the second disc from CHAMBER of SECRETS.

This could mean that we, or better Harry, RETURN to the Chamber as some of you have speculated.

About the Centaurs, no way that they would hide a Horcrux for anybody. They avoid wizards and it would have been beneath Voldemort to mingle with beasts!

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 1, 2006 11:59 AM

ok, crazy idea here, but could dumbledore have been godric gryffindor? like he's kinda like a pheonix, ing and being reborn after living a normal lifespan? also, how does dumbledore know how bad life with a horcrux is unless he has experienced it? it's not like he interviewed voldemort or something. another thing, how does slughorn know so much about horcruxes? any comments are welcome. and to aditi, i think i read it on jkr's website, that harry didn't see the horcruxes when he first got to hogwarts because he was too young when his parents d to understand , and because the first time he saw and understood it was when cedric d, that's when he started seeing the thestrals. one more thing: where exactly in the fifth book does it talk about that locket? i went about crazy looking for it, and couldn't find it.

Posted by angie from nampa, idaho on December 1, 2006 7:08 PM

Before you go crazy, (I know that feeling when I am searching something in the HP books) you find your answer about the LOCKET in OotP Chapter six THE NOBLE AND MOST ANCIENT HOUSE OF BLACK US hardcover, page 116.

You bring up very interesting questions. Dumbledore being Godric Gryffindor I don�t know, though it has also crossed my mind once. Dumbledore and Fawkes being one and the same sounds possible but then, we have to explain how it is, that we see them together in the headmaster�s office!

You ask why Dumbledore seems to know how life would be with having Horcurxes? I guess a great wizard like him, being hundred and fifty years old, would have known and seen a hundred times more than the rest of the wizarding-world. Professor McGonagall when talking with Dumbledore about Voldemort�s powe�sr said, in the first Chapter of in SS: �Only because you�re too � well-noble to use them.�

It is Slughorn who tells Tom Riddle that Dumbledore�s �particularly fierce about� the students not knowing anything about horcruxes, since it was a banned subject! Wow, a bit odd is it not, Dumbledore not even being the Headmaster at that time!

Maybe in that forbidden section in the library or in the Room of Requirement Dumbledore found out earlier in his life that wizards in the middle ages had tried their luck with Horcruxes. I wouldn�t be surprised to learn that Dumbledore at one time or more used a Time-Turner to get answers.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 2, 2006 05:09 AM

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