Tom Riddle murders an Albanian peasant and creates a Horcrux

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Tom Riddle murders an Albanian peasant and creates a Horcrux


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  • Librarywitch

    Nope didn’t happen. He didn’t have the power until regained his body and his wand in the graveyard in GOF. Then he made Nagini the last one. The diary, the ring, the cup, the locket, Harry, and Nagini with the last bit inside of him. Seven Horcux.

    • This is what Rowling has stated, so we’re going with it. Just to be clear, Harry was definitely not one of the seven Horcruxes. Rowling stated that he wasn’t even actually a Horcrux, since the required spells weren’t cast. He was a receptacle of a piece of Voldemort’s soul, but never an actual Horcrux. Again, all this has been clearly stated by Rowling, so that’s what we list here on the Lexicon. Here’s the actual quote, from the Bloomsbury Live Chat after book eight:

      Lady Bella: Whose murders did Voldemort use to create each of the Horcruxes?
      J.K. Rowling: The diary – Moaning Myrtle. The cup – Hepzibah Smith, the previous owner. The locket – a Muggle tramp. Nagini – Bertha Jorkins (Voldemort could use a wand once he regained a rudimentary body, as long as the victim was subdued). The diadem – an Albanian peasant. The ring – Tom Riddle Sr. (BLC)

      Also in BLC:

      Angela Morrissey: Were there seven Horcruxes, not six as Dumbledore intimated to Harry? If so, does this mean that Voldemort had an eight-part soul not a seven?
      J.K. Rowling: Yes, Voldemort accidentally broke his soul into eight parts, not seven.

      Also of interest might be this statement from Rowling on Pottercast (PC-JKR1):

      JKR: Well, I tell you– You know what, this will not end the discussion. I know that, and you know that. But here is the thing. For convenience, I had Dumbledore say to Harry, “You were the Horcrux he never meant to make.” But I think, by definition, a Horcrux has to be made intentionally. So, because Voldemort never went through the grotesque process that I imagined creates a Horcrux, with Harry, it was just that he had destabilized his soul so much that it split when he was hit by the back-firing curse. And so this part of it flies off and attaches to the only living thing in the room. A part of it flees in the very close-to-death limbo state that Voldemort then goes on and exists in. I suppose it’s very close to being a Horcrux. But Harry was not– did not become an evil object. He wasn’t– he didn’t have curses upon him that the other Horcruxes had. He himself was not contaminated by carrying this bit of parasitic soul. The only time he ever felt it stirring and moving was in “Order of the Phoenix”, when he himself goes through a very dark time. And there’s a moment where he’s looking at Dumbledore and he feels something rear like a snake inside him. And of course at those times, it’s because the piece of soul inside him is feeding off his emotions. He’s going through a dark time and that piece of soul is enjoying it and making its presence felt. But he doesn’t know what he’s feeling, of course. Also I always imagined the Sorting Hat detected the presence of that piece of soul when Harry first tried it on. Because it was strongly tempted to put him in Slytherin. So that’s how I see it. Now, I know that won’t end the debate, but I do think that the strict definition of Horcrux … will be: the receptacle is prepared by dark magic to become the receptacle of a fragmented piece of soul and that that piece of soul deliberately detached from the Master Soul to act as a future safeguard or anchor to life and to safeguard against death. So that doesn’t clear anything up but it elucidates what I believe.