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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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Mistral,
you make a lot of sense! and thank you for that hint...angie and i have been trying to figure it out for a while now. i've read the book a lot and whenever i try to figure it out about the whole locket thing...and it doesn't work. so, thanks again for your help.

Posted by Sela from nampa, idaho on December 7, 2006 3:22 PM

I found something that I think is interesting, I don't know if anyone brought it up and if you did I might have some new insight. Remember when we found that someone else had taken the necklase that they thought a Horcrux would be in but it had a note and the initials, well I was looking in my book for someone it could be and finally found in book five when Sirius and Harry were looking at the drapes and his relative had been blasted off because he went against voldemort and he had the first and last initial right so I was thinking if Harry could figure that out then he might be able to find a place to start as to where the other one might be but those are only my opinions.

Posted by Charlotte from Maryland on December 7, 2006 5:33 PM

Just a thought but we are not actually told at the end of Philosophers Stone that Quirrel has Died as a result of Harry, DD tells Harry that he arrived just in time to pull Quirrel off of him, but then what.. perhaps DD finished him of and we only have DD's word that the stone was destroyed, perhaps it is now DD horcrux

Posted by Clair from North West on December 7, 2006 11:52 PM

DD could have done any thing with the sorceror's stone at any time he wanted..
Quirrol(sp) was already , it was DD showing up and scaring off Morty that finished him off.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 8, 2006 10:01 AM

To Angie and Sela
I am glad that I was able to help with the locket. Isnít it amazing how the HP books
Unite HARRY POTTER FANS all over the world?
This is also thanks to this great Website here. Thanks again to Dave who has made this possible and of course to JO who has written these amazing books.
Swish and flick;-) Mistral

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 8, 2006 10:41 AM

Good thought Adiki because in the first book Harry, Ron, and Hermione are going to the third floor to retrieve the sorcerer's stone and they run into Peeves. Harry pretends he's the Bloody Baron to ward off Peeves and says the Baron has his reasons for being invisible. Maybe that's a clue.

Posted by Neil from Fort Dodge, IA on December 9, 2006 5:56 PM

really, I do not see your argument as really all that convincing. one, Dumbledore wouldn't do it. two, I was under the impression that creating a horcrux required the s of many people, not just one. Three, if indeed Fawkes was a Horcrux, does that mean the Harry and Voldemort's wands both contain parts of Dumbledore's soul.

Posted by Derek from Rochester, NY on December 10, 2006 4:01 PM

Horcruxes are obviously very complex, but here are my thoughts on your comments:

1. Dumbledore wouldn't do it. On this, we agree. I think you have to be really evil to make a horcrux.

2. Making a horcrux involves s of many people? Where did you get that from in the books? Only one is required, that rips your soul and allows you to place that ripped part of your soul in a horcrux.

3. It depends when Fawkes became the horcrux, doesn't it? (Before or after feathers were taken from him to make the wands.) In any event, there's no information we've ever been given to lead us to believe that if a living thing is the container of the horcrux, a small portion of that living thing neccessarily contains the horcrux soul fragment.

In any event, this just illustrates how complex horcruxes could be and how much we really don't know about them.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 10, 2006 4:53 PM

Just as DD was able to become invisible with out a cloak, perhaps DD has other ways of extending his life..
not nessisarily making him immortal, but something more than just eatting right and exercising.

I strongly doubt that DD ever went so far as to create a horcrux, but I would not doubt that he has at least experimented with ways of increasing his "active" life.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 12, 2006 06:42 AM

First of all I'd like to say how much I've loved reading this site. There are so many amazing theories here that I would NEVER have thought about.

To begin with I loved the idea of Dumbledore having a Horcux in the form of Fawkes but as I read on I began to realise that it was more and more unlikely as- as everyone said Dumbledore wouldn't choose that way to live, although I do believe he ed Grindlewade (sp?). I do also believe Fawkes plays a big part in DD's . Hagrid too as when I re-read the last few chapters it was also Hagrid who moved DD from the bottom of the tower. (It was atop the Lightning Stuck Tower that DD's occured not the Astronomy Tower btw). I do still think that something isn't quite right about DD so quickly/easily and Snape too.

I think it's Sirius that hasn't d not DD. Again re-reading the last few chapters of HBP Harry "said" (you know what I mean!) that there had been no body of Sirius' to bury. Plus Sirius would be able to give more information about RAB as it seems pretty likely that it's his brother (then again with JKR you never really know!). I did also like the idea that it was THE locket from OftP but wouldn't Harry even faintly remember seeing it there? Still could be likely though.

I'm sure I'll have more to say later!

Posted by Mia on December 12, 2006 1:35 PM

This may be like way out of the picture but could Dumbledore be an animagus or metamorphis?

Posted by Dragon from Hawaii on December 12, 2006 6:26 PM

When Luna Lovegood states that she can still see her mother across the veil, can't harry see Dumbledore across the veil?

Posted by Dragon from Hawaii on December 12, 2006 6:35 PM

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