Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince – Chapter 23

  • A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul > tying part of your identity to a possession = letting go of these possessions is like letting go of a part of yourself
  • “Well, you split your soul, you see,” said Slughorn, “and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one’s body is attacked or destroyed,one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged.” > our possessions will outlive us, acting as memories of our identities 
  • “Lord Voldemort liked to collect trophies, and he preferred objects with a powerful magical history. His pride, his belief in his own superiority … Voldemort would have chosen his Horcrux with some care, favouring objects worthy of the honour.” > the possessions chosen all meant something to Voldemort (sentimental, power, childhood, achievements)
  • “…crucial parts of himself have been detached for so long, he does not feel as we do” > losing identity = possessions only thing left



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