Every Horcrux Voldemort Had
When reading the final 2 books about Harry Potter or watching the films, it’s hard to keep track of all the Horcruxes of the main villain, Voldemort.
Just for the Harry Potter fans out there, 5-Minute Crafts has prepared a list of all the Horcruxes of Voldemort.
What a Horcrux is
A Horcrux is a material object a person hides a part of their soul in. Its purpose is to save the owner’s body from physical destruction and make them immortal.
To create a Horcrux, a person shatters their soul, says a special curse, and hides a part of their soul into a living or a non-living object. After that, if the Horcrux owner is attacked, they can’t die because a part of their soul is still connected to this world. A soul can be broken through the most terrible crime — trying to take someone’s life. This is why creating a Horcrux in the Harry Potter universe is consideed dark magic.
After the attack, the Horcrux owner has to exist between life and death until they can find a way to regain their body. This is how Voldemort described how he felt after the Avada Kedavra curse rebounded and hit him: “I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost... but still, I was alive.”
How Horcruxes are destroyed
The owner can remove the spell from a Horcrux. They need to repent for what they did, and then, maybe, they can make their soul whole again.
Also, Horcruxes can be destroyed by really powerful spells and magical objects. For example, the Fiendfyre spell, the basilisk venom, or the Gryffindor sword can do this.
Horcrux № 1: Tom Riddle’s diary
The story of the diary goes back to the time when Voldemort was still Tom Marvolo Riddle. When he was at Hogwarts, he opened the Chamber of Secrets and used the monster living there, the basilisk, to attack a student, Myrtle Warren. This is how he took the first life necessary to create the first Horcrux.
Voldemort trusted Lucius Malfoy with keeping the diary. Malfoy sent the diary back to Hogwarts. He gave the book to Ginny Weasley who trusted the diary and put her soul into its pages. The Riddle spirit took control of Ginny and used her to open the Chamber of Secrets again and free the basilisk. When Ginny got scared, she tried to get rid of the diary, and it ended up in Harry Potter’s hands.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Harry Potter, using the basilisk venom.
Horcrux № 2: Marvolo Gaunt’s ring
The ring belonged to Voldemort’s grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt. After he died, his son, Morfin Gaunt, got it. When he was still at Hogwarts, Voldemort met his uncle and saw the family relic. He also found out that his father, Tom Riddle, lived nearby. Voldemort snuck into his house, took his life, and the lives of his grandmother and grandfather. That was when he created the second Horcrux and also made his uncle Morfin believe that he had killed the Riddles. Then Morfin went to Azkaban.
For some time, Voldemort wore the ring — well, we saw him wear it in Professor Slughorn’s memories. But later, Voldemort brought the ring into the Gaunt house and protected it with spells. This was where Albus Dumbledore found it.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Albus Dumbledore, using the sword of Gryffindor.
Horcrux № 3: Slytherin’s locket
Slytherin’s locket is another relic of the Gaunt family.
Voldemort’s mother, Merope Gaunt, stole it from her family’s home and ran away to London with Tom Riddle, Voldemort’s father. Sometime later, her husband abandoned her. She was alone, pregnant with her son, and without any money. She was desperate, so she sold it to Borgin and Burkes, and then it ended up in Hepzibah Smith’s collection.
After Voldemort finished Hogwarts, he found a job at the same store and met Hepzibah. He stole the locket from her, took the life of a homeless person, and made another Horcrux. Then Voldemort hid it in a cavern and protected it with many spells.
The Horcrux was found and stolen by a former ally of Voldemort, Regulus Black. After that, the locket was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher from the Black house, and he gave it to Dolores Umbridge as a bribe. Then Harry Potter and his friends stole it from Umbridge when they snuck into the Ministry of Magic.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Ron Weasley, using the sword of Gryffindor.
Horcrux № 4: Helga Hufflepuff’s cup
Helga Hufflepuff’s cup was stolen together with the Slytherin’s locket from Hepzibah Smith. The Horcrux was created after Voldemort attacked Hepzibah. Voldemort made the witch’s house-elf believe that she had killed her master.
Voldemort left the cup to his closest ally, Bellatrix Lestrange, who kept it in her family vault in Gringotts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione got into the vault and took the Horcrux.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Hermione Granger, using the basilisk fang.
Horcrux № 5: Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem
Young Voldemort learned about the location of the legendary Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem. After that, he went to Albania, found the lost diadem, took the life of a peasant, and made the Horcrux. During the job interview at Hogwarts, he hid the diadem in the Room of Requirement where Harry Potter found it during the Battle for Hogwarts.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Vincent Crabbe. He did it accidentally when he attacked Harry, Ron, and Hermione with the powerful Fiendfyre spell. It got out of control and killed the diadem and Crabbe himself.
Horcrux № 6: Harry Potter
Harry Potter was the Horcrux Voldemort wasn’t going to make.
During the night when Harry was attacked, his mother sacrificed her life to save him and made a living shield between Voldemort and her son. This caused Voldemort’s curse to rebound and hit him. A part of Voldermort’s soul got into the only living thing that was around — Harry. A part of Voldermort’s soul living in Harry Potter allowed him to speak to snakes and read Voldermort’s mind.
Creating the sixth Horcrux made the soul so fragile and unstable that it could break, even when the owner didn’t want it to happen.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: the curse that Voldemort used when he tried to attack Harry Potter again.
Horcrux № 7: Nagini
Voldemort created his last Horcrux a short time before he regained his body. Voldemort was hiding in Albania. At the same time, a witch, Bertha Jorkins was on vacation there. Voldemort took her life, made another Horcrux, and put a part of his soul into the body of the snake, Nagini.
Later, Voldermort got attached to Nagini, he cared for it, and even gave it tasks. When he realized that most of his Horcruxes were destroyed, he put a magical sphere around his snake to protect it. After he attacked Harry, he thought that his worst enemy was dead, so he removed the shield around Nagini. She was killed along with Voldemort.
The Horcrux was destroyed by: Neville Longbottom, using the sword of Gryffindor.
Why there were 7 Horcruxes
Voldemort didn’t want to create just 1 Horcrux because what was the point? He thought it would be better to split his soul into several pieces, 7 in this case.
Voldemort was going to make 6 Horcruxes that would split his soul into 7 pieces. The last piece would be in his own body. But when he attacked Harry Potter, he created another Horcrux without intending to.
At the end of the story, after all the Horcruxes were destroyed, Voldemort used Avada Kedavra against Harry Potter again. Harry used Expelliarmus to protect himself and destroyed the body and the last pieces of Voldermort’s soul.