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Horcrux thoughts

bibliophile20 has posted an essay about the possible locations for the horcruxes in book seven. I recommend that you read that before proceeding with my entry below. Go on it won't take you very long.

Okay are you back? Good.

Here are my thoughts on the subject:

I tend to agree with bibliophile20 that there will most likely be some link to the element that is associated with the house that the Horcrux object is from and the location in which it is hidden. (Hufflepuff=earth, Ravenclaw=air,Slytherin=water and the ocean cave, Gryffindor=fire) He states that Hufflepuff's Cup maybe in an "underground cave, mine or dry well" somewhere in England or Europe. But I have to say that while that may be the case, I have a more specific idea of what may be the location of Hufflepuff's cup.

Here is my reasoning:

In HBP it is noted that Hepzibah Smith's sitting room contained "many potted plants in brass containers" and "looked like a cross between a magical antique shop and a conservatory." (HBP American version pg 434)

Professor Sprout is the head of Hufflepuff house and teaches Herbology. Potions which has to do with water and liquids is a decidedly Slytherin subject. Charms, where we first learn how to make things fly through the air, is taught by a Ravenclaw, and Gryffindors have taught Transfiguration and DADA (Professor Lupin as the only one who has been a decent teacher) fire is a very basic defense as seen with the inferi and Dumbledore is most notedly linked with the Phoenix Fawkes(and if anyone has any better ideas about how Gryffindor and Fire are linked I would be glad to see them).

I think a logical jump is that Hufflepuff's relation to the element of earth causes the earth to be more fruitful and plants to flourish. I think that this could be one of the powers that the cup has before it became a horcrux. I think that is why Hepzibah's plants are flourishing

Where do we know of that plants flourish? So much that in places it looks like "twilight" in the middle of the day and that snow flakes cannot even reach the ground through the branches of the trees?

I think there is a reason that the Forbidden Forest has become even more forbidding in the past few years. With the death of Aragog, the Acromantula colony is no longer safe for even Hagrid. The Centaurs are even less tolerant of humans after the defection of Firenze. And even Grawp has been moved out to a cave in the mountains. There are no saftey factors there anymore.

Another point is that if you look at the time line in which the reader is shown Riddle getting the horcruxes, we see the ring, the diary (as we know that the piece of his soul there was a teenager and still school age), the locket and then the cup. The diary I think is different than the other as it serves a dual purpose as Dumbledore said. But the ring was hidden in the place of his ancestors, the locket was hidden in a place that was significant to Voldemort in his pre-Hogwarts youth, and I think that another logical progression may be that the cup is hidden at Hogwarts in the Forbidden Forest. The places that Horcruxes are hidden follow Riddle/Voldemort's own personal timeline. (Which could also lend precedence to Hrcruxes further down the line being hidden abroad, most imprortantly the idea that we will see Krum again in his native Bulgaria.)

This presents the Horcrux-related reason for Voldemort to make his request of Dumbledore to become the DADA teacher. It gave Voldemort access to the Hogwarts grounds and the Forbidden Forest so that he could hide the cup horcrux there.

Feel free to refute, comment or support these thoughts. I look forward to the discussion.



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Apr. 19th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I like it; good solid reasoning.

Do you mind if I add a link to this entry to my essay after class?
Apr. 19th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
link away!

Sorry I meant to leave you a comment after the essay, but I had to get my little sister to the airport adn I was pressed for time.
Apr. 19th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Linked. :)
Apr. 20th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
I found both your aguments very persuasive and interesting. I agree that one of the horcruxes must be somewhere on the grounds of Hogwarts as we have been shown that riddle had his strongest connection to the school. It has given me some things to ponder. Other then that I don't really have any real theory's myself, am happy to see what JK comes up with, and i most cirtainly don't write fanfic, although i do enjoy reading them from time to time.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
The Forbidden Forest... what an excellent point. Very interesting. You're right, it has been getting a lot more foreboding. I never thought of that. However, why would Voldemort put a peice of himself so close to Dumbledore? Why would he put at Hogwarts?

But you do make a very good point about the FF. It has been, very subtly, growing ever-more dangerous. And knowing JKR, who likes to spring things, that seem so obvious later, on us, that is quite probable. (too many commas in that sentance!)

Lauren x
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