Horcruxes: The helping hand of Lord Voldermort
In this blog we were going to read about Harry Discovering wizarding world but today we'll see how Lord Voldermort survived after the curse rebounded. The horcruxes he made saved him. So in this blog we'll read about the origin, creation.
“Of the Horcrux, wickedest of magical inventions, we shall not speak nor give direction ”
–the introduction of Magick Moste Evile, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
A Horcrux is a powerful object in which a Dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality. Creating one Horcrux gives one the ability to anchor one's own soul to earth if the body is destroyed; the more horcruxes one creates, the closer one is to true immortality.
The first Horcrux was created by Herpo the Foul. The only other known creator of them was Lord Voldemort, who is possibly the only one to have successfully created more than one Horcrux. In fact, Voldemort created seven horcruxes. Slughorn mentioned that the fate of those who use Horcruxes to survive is what only few would prefer, suggesting that few others have created their own Horcrux.
The nature and concepts of Horcruxes are so terrifying, they were kept secret from most of the wizarding world, and only few ever knew what they were. Hogwarts banned the subject of Horcruxes, and even books such as Magick Moste Evile only skim the subject at best. The only known book that explains Horcruxes in detail is Secrets of the Darkest Art. As little is known of the subject, no one knew what the effects of creating more than one Horcrux would be, because, aside from Voldemort, nobody has done so.
# Due to the book's extremely dark and dangerous nature, Albus Dumbledore hid it away in his office; however, he did not destroy it. It is believed that Tom Riddle found the information necessary to make a Horcrux in this book.
A Horcrux is one of the darkest arts in existence as it involves splitting the soul, which is intended to remain whole, through the most supreme act of evil, murder.
“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. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged.”
–Horace Slughorn, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The specific processes involved are known to involve a spell and a very horrible act. To split one's soul, one must also commit the most supreme act of evil—murder—and then encase a portion of their fractured soul into a chosen object with the spell. The detached soul fragment will always remain as it was when it was divided; for example, Tom Riddle's diary portrayed Tom Marvolo Riddle as a teenager, and the eyes inside Salazar Slytherin's locket resembled Voldemort's eyes as they were when he looked more human.
# Though a Horcrux can be made from anything (including living creatures), Lord Voldemort chose to use objects of great significance or importance. The process makes the part of the soul remaining in the witch or wizard unstable. If the maker's physical body is later destroyed, he or she will live on in non-corporeal form, although there are methods of regaining physical form.However, according to Horace Slughorn, few would want to live in such a form and death would be preferable
# It is stated at one point that Voldemort had already "pushed his soul to the limit" in creating his seven Horcruxes. This implies a finite number of Horcruxes any one person may create before the process becomes too dangerous to attempt again. Though this limit is never explicitly stated, the number seems to set solidly at seven intentional Horcruxes, and creating seven Horcruxes in addition to the person's own body renders the soul unstable and liable to break off when the person whose soul it is commits murder. Dumbledore explicitly stated that Voldemort's soul had become so unstable that it finally "broke apart" when Voldemort tried to murder Harry for the first time.