October 23rd, 2007

Knight

Off The Mark 10/23

Description: A Horcrux is a "receptacle in which a Dark wizard has hidden a part of his soul for the purposes of attaining immortality." With part of a wizard's soul thus stored, the wizard becomes immortal so long as the horcrux remains intact, typically hidden away in a safe location. If the wizard's body is destroyed, part of the soul remains preserved within the horcrux. However, the destruction of the creator's body leaves the wizard or witch in a state of half-life, without corporeal form. The dark magic involved in the creation of a horcrux is considered most despicable and is therefore rarely published, even in books devoted to the Dark Arts.

A horcrux can be made from any normal object, including living organisms. Destruction of the horcrux destroys the fragment of soul contained within it, ending its protection, and returning the creator to a state of normal mortality, unless of course, the creator has more horcruxes. This destruction requires the use of powerful magical means that damage the horcrux so it can't mend itself, like basilisk's venom or cursed fire. If a wizard has created more than one horcrux, he will remain immortal until they have all been destroyed. Without horcruxes, the wizard will die normally if mortally wounded. - Source.