I KNOW WHAT A HORCRUX IS (go team!)
Wait for it…
…wait for it…
I KNOW WHAT A HORCRUX IS!
(uproarious applause is heard from the crowd)
Now let’s talk…
I had it. I knew exactly what a Horcrux was and you all kept your mouths shut while I went on about it, as if I was wrong. You made me second guess myself. Sneaky! All of you! Very sly.
Forever-and-a-day ago, I went on this long rant about the legal wizarding age and whether or not 17 was a cunning plot device or a last ditch effort to keep the series at 7 books. Your response was a resounding “7 is a magical number”, sung in unison (with a full choreographed dance) as if you all knew something I didn’t. And here we have Harry blatantly saying “7 is a magical number” (which makes you all posers).
7 books. 7 Horcruxes.
Harry must find and destroy 7 Horcruxes 4 Horcruxes during the course of the 7th book in order to kill Voldemort. Does this sound vaguely like the plot of a video game to anyone else? Collect them all, then face the boss! Right now, I’m picturing this whole process taking place in 8-bit format, set to the Mario Bros theme song. Hermione can throw fireballs while Ron jumps on Goombas.
Marvolo’s Ring was a Horcrux. I was completely right about that (gold star for me!). Tom Riddle’s Diary being a Horcrux eluded me, but I attribute that to the fact that the 2nd book is nothing but a vague memory right now – a blur of stuff that I probably should have remembered.
The Hufflepuff cup and Merope’s necklace are two remaining Horcruxes. Nagini is a third, which makes perfect sense, considering the encounter with Mr. Weasley in the Ministry of Magic. Interestingly, this opens up the possibility of the remaining two Horcruxes being living beings. So what could they be?
While Dumbledore cautioned Harry from blindly assuming they are valuable Slytherin and Gryffindor trinkets, I wouldn’t be surprised if things go that direction. That said, since the possibility of a Horcrux being a live creature has been introduced, I feel at least one of the remaining two will be alive.
When I saw the sixth film, I claimed as the credits rolled “Harry is a Horcrux!” and I remained pretty convinced of this as I read the books. Think about it: If Harry has to destroy all the Horcruxes to kill Voldemort, the idea that he would have to sacrafice himself is compelling. Plus, doesn’t he belong to Gryffindor in a way? All that said, there are a lot of holes in this theory. If Harry was a Horcrux, part of his soul would have to be mixed with Voldemort’s, which there is no evidence of. However, Voldemort can read Harry’s mind, so it’s not impossible. More importantly, though, how could Harry destroy himself as a Horcrux and then kill Voldemort? If he is the only one who can kill V., he can’t kill himself in the process. This is what we call counterproductive.
Granted, maybe there’s a loophole – a way for him to destroy the Horcrux inside him without destroying himself – but whether or not this is possible will depend partially on how the Nagini situation is handled. Marvolo’s Ring wasn’t destroyed; it’s just no longer a Horcrux. If Nagini can be rid of her Horcruxness (the power of Christ compells you!), maybe the same can be done with Harry, if need be.
I know this was a popular theory when the books first came out. For this reason alone, I’m actually almost abandoning it. I’m not saying it’s not still in my mind – I just don’t think it’s true.
I have my eyes on a different living Horcrux.
I heard a rumor Hedwig dies. True? False? Don’t tell me! But this made me think, “Maybe Hedwig’s a Horcrux…”
I bounced this idea off Ben, who called me evil (in not so many words) for hatching a plot in which Harry would have to kill his poor pet owl. Think: Old Yeller. I still think it’s an excellent idea for the story, which is why I’m not allowed to write children’s literature.
So maybe one of the remaining two Horcruxes is Hedwig, or maybe not. What could the other one(s) be? If the Gryffindor sword is definitely ruled out, I can’t think what could be left. I’m sure they are things that have been mentioned somewhere in the trillion pages of this series and I’m just not able to pick them out. It’s like “Where’s Waldo?”, Harry Potter style.
Something of value…something of value…
Something Snape owns?
This flies in the face of my theory that Snape is an unsung hero who will prove himself in the end. Seems like a lot is flying in the face of this theory recently.
Okay, so let’s leave the question of what the Horcruxes are for a minute, and focus instead on how the hell Harry is going to find them!
Let me sum up this past chapter for you:
“Harry, listen. There are 7 Horcruxes that must be destroyed before you can kill Voldemort. We’ve destroyed 2 of them so far, but I also destroyed my hand in the process. I have a pretty good idea what the 3 others are, but I haven’t the slightest idea where the 3 others are. And your guess is as good as mine on the remaining 2. My bad! Oh gosh, Harry. Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I’m arguably the world’s most powerful wizard who completely sees the big picture in this situation and it took me years to find that one Horcrux. But hey, you’re a pretty good Quidditch player. I’m sure you can figure this out on your own. I’m going to go back to being old now, okay? Awesome! TTYL! KIT” -Dumbledore
So let me get this straight. Harry has to figure out what the Horcruxes are, find them, and destroy them – then face Voldemort.
He’s totally going to die.
Okay, no he’s not. I know he’s not. But seriously?
Part of me wants to know how he’s going to pull this off, while part of me is more curious as to how J.K. justifies him pulling it off. I’m sure it’s absolutely brilliant (since no one has ever claimed the end of this series was disappointing or forced – trust me, I asked), but if I had to wait 2 years to find out, I think I’d be more worried for the author than the lead character. I’m glad to be going into this with the confidence that she has nailed it.
So there we are – HORCRUXES!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have plot!
I have a lot more to say on this. Harry’s interpretation of the prophecy and Dumbledore’s response is fodder for an entry all of its own. Actually, I’m going to leave this here now. Let that sit, talk about the prophecy later – cause that’s a whole other can of worms (to completely forgo creativity and rely on a cliché).
Side note: My spell check absolutely hates the word Horcrux.