Is Four the Magic Number?
An original editorial by Ginny S.
Is Harry really looking for four horcruxes? No.
Let's go back to the beginning and assume that Dumbledore is
correct in that Voldemort successfully split his soul into seven parts.
One resided in his body, and six were hidden in horcruxes. When
Voldemort attacked Harry, it is my belief that the rebounding curse DID
kill that 1/7 of Voldemort's soul, along with his body. His most
trusted followers (Bellatrix?) had to then resurrect him from a horcrux
(receptacle unknown - the hypothesized relic of Ravenclaw/Griffindor?),
and that piece of him now resides in his body.
That leaves 5 horcruxes in place. One was destroyed in the diary, so down
to four. One was destroyed in the Gaunt family ring, so down to three.
One was in the Slytherin locket, and presumably destroyed by Regulus
Black (see below), leaving just two horcruxes - one is Nagini, and the
other is the Hufflepuff cup. Where is the cup? Why did Voldemort wish
to return to Hogwarts? Why was it so valuable to him to have an
insider there (spying on Dumbledore aside, which I never believed)?
The cup must reside at Hogwarts in the Room of Requirement, along with
everything else that people wanted to hide. As an aside, do you really
think Harry would not have recognized Snape's handwriting after all these years?
I think the handwriting is LILY's ("you have your mother's natural abilities." Plus, Snape using
Peppermint? Yeah right!), and her book was nicked by the "half-blood prince,"
but that a thought for another day. So, I believe that
Harry will return to Hogwarts next term, because the cup will be there.
Where is Nagini? We must try to trace Voldemort's hiding locations:
the diary in the Chamber of Secrets, the Ring in the house of the
Gaunts, the Locket in the cave he visited as a child. Besides the
Ministry, where have we seen Nagini before? In the RIDDLE family
house, and that is where I believe she remains. So to summarize:
Harry is looking for only TWO horcruxes:
1. The Hufflepuff Cup, which I believe is hidden in the Room of
Requirement at Hogwarts.
2. Nagini, who is hiding in the Riddle family house.
OK, I can hear some of you asking if we really know the Slytherin
locket horcrux was destroyed by "R.A.B."/Regulus Black.
My answer is yes, and I think it explains one very big question: Why
were the Longbottoms tortured into insanity by Bellatrix, et al? It
doesn't make sense that after the fall of Voldemort this would
occur. No, I don't think they were attacked because of the prophesy -
there is no evidence that they were looking for, or attacked, Neville.
What information did they want? It had to be information they were after, since
they otherwise would have killed the Longbottoms outright.
I think that Voldemort/his followers found out that Regulus had
deserted them and found at least the one horcrux/Slytherin locket.
Or, Bellatrix went to retrieve the Locket to resurrect her master only
to find out it was gone, and that put her on the trail of the Locket
and Regulus (and she would recognize the initials). Why would Regulus
seek out the Longbottoms? Who better to ask for help in destroying it
than two Aurors (who, as pure-bloods, were probably related to the Blacks)? I
think Bellatrix traced Regulus's steps to the Longbottoms, and the
Longbottoms failed to disclose the location of either the horcrux or
Regulus Black (or both).
So who is the key to discovering whether the
locket was destroyed? It might be Neville, but I doubt it (theories on
memory charms aside). My vote is for Kreacher; he obviously adored
his Mistress and her favorite son. Could he have passed on the locket
(presumably as an empty horcrux, or, if I'm wrong, as an intact one) and
commanded Kreacher to hide it, guard it with his life and NOT to
disclose the location, especially if he knew he was close to being
If so, then Harry may be able to retrieve it simply by
commanding Kreacher to hand it over. Although, the conversation may
start innocently once Harry discovers R.A.B. is Regulus Black; he may
simply ask Kreacher for information on Regulus before
discovering that Kreacher is in possession of the locket. I don't
think we've heard the last of him (nasty little thing that he is), and
Harry will discover that the Locket is no longer a horcrux.
I hope you enjoy my theories, and I'm looking forward to reading
Posted by: Sharon