Chapter 6-23 Horcruxes
- Getting back to the castle Nearly Headless Nick tells Harry that Dumbledore has returned. Harry goes to his office. Dumbledore gets the Pensieve and they watch the memory.
- They watch the conversation between Riddle and Slughorn and the other students in the club. Riddle again asks about Horcruxes. Slughorn explains it is the word for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul. By committing murder the soul rips apart and with a spell one can split the soul and create a Horcrux. Riddle also asks if creating more then one Horcrux would even be better. Slughorn says Horcruxes are a banned subject at Hogwarts anyway so Riddle needs to keep everything quiet.
- Harry and Dumbledore leave the memory. Dumbledore says this confirms the theory he's been working on. Voldemort probably created more then one Horcrux of his soul. Dumbledore considered Riddle's Diary which Harry handed four years ago to him certain proof that Voldemort had split his soul. He instructed Lucius Malfoy to reveal it, he wanted people to know he was Slytherin's heir. The loss of one Horcrux made Dumbledore suspect Voldemort must have made more, to secure his immortality. Voldemort would have preferred Horcruxes instead of the Sorcerer's Stone since he one day could run out of Elixer of Life, making him dependant. Voldemort believed seven the most powerful magical number, he undoubtedly created six Horcruxes, the seventh part residing in his regenerated body. After the six Horcruxes, also his mortal body needs to be destroyed to completely kill Voldemort.
- Harry already destroyed the Diary, Dumbledore found and destroyed the gold ring of Marvolo Gaunt recently. There was a terrible curse on the ring, had it not been for Dumbledore's great skill, and for Snape's quick action, Dumbledore might not have survived, his hurt hand the result of it. Dumbledore found the ring hidden in the ruins of Gaunts' house, protected by powerful enchantments.
- Four Horcruxes remain. Likely Voldemort used objects of importance, like his love for trophies. The gold locket and Helga Hufflepuff's cup are likely to be Horcruxes too. The other too Dumbledore suspects would be objects owned by Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. The only known relic of Gryffindor, his sword, is safe in Dumbledore's office. Dumbledore thinks the sixth Horcrux might be the Snake of Voldemort, Nagini. Although inadvisable to use a living object for a Horcrux, he might have done so. He likely reserved creating the last Horcrux with the killing of Harry, so to destroy the danger the prophecy had outlined. After some years, he used Nagini to kill an old Muggle man, and it might have occurred to Voldemort to use Nagini as a last Horcrux.
- Dumbledore thinks he might be close to finding another of the Horcruxes. When he will go to find it Harry may come with him. Harry asks if Voldemort feels it when a Horcrux is destroyed, Dumbledore doubts he does. Even with all the Horcruxes destroyed and Voldemort mortal it will still take uncommon skill and power to kill him. By picking Harry and trying to kill him, Voldemort created his own mortal enemy. Harry is protected from the Dark Arts and lure of power like Voldemort's by love. Harry still has to kill Voldemort, not because the Prophecy said so but because Voldemort marked Harry as his equal and Harry would choose to try to kill Voldemort out of his own choice regardless of the Prophecy.