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Old December 27th, 2010, 2:06 am
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Re: Grindelwald: Character Analysis

The subject of Horcruxes was banned at Hogwarts during Riddle's time there and Slughorn said that one would be hard-pushed to find a book giving details about them. We can therefore conclude that it wasn't simply a matter of going to the library if one wanted to learn how to split the soul etc.

Dumbledore is said to have been particularly fierce about it, long before he even became Headmaster and it is reasonable to assume that he wasted no time in making sure that any book bearing information about Horcruxes was kept out of reach for students. He most likely stored these books in the office that he occupied at the time and naturally took them along upon relocating to the Head's Office. Once again, it's safe to assume (given the canonical evidence) that Riddle had no access to information about Horcruxes and was thus forced to ask Slughorn about them.

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"Sir, I wondered what you know about... about Horcruxes?" [...] He [Harry] could tell that Riddle wanted the information very, very much;
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"A horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul."
"I don't quite understand how that works though, sir," said Riddle. His voice was carefully controlled, but Harry could sense his excitement.
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But Riddle's hunger was now apparent; his expression was greedy, he could no longer hide his longing. "How do you split your soul"
"Well," said Slughorn uncomfortably, "you must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature."
"But how do you do it?" [it's the second time he asks this, with notable urgency; he really wants to know]
"By an act of evil - the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damage to his advantage: he would encase the torn portion - "
"Encase? But how - [this is the fourth time he shows clear signs of incomprehension] "
Riddle's reaction to this very basic information about Horcruxes strongly indicates genuine curiosity and prior lack of knowledge. Nowhere in the canon is it even vaguely implied that he was faking ignorance here (on the contrary, it's pretty clear that he wasn't) and the only reasonable conclusion would be that he knew nothing about Horcruxes at the time of his conversation with Slughorn and it's almost just as unreasonable to assume that he learned how to make one during his remaining time at Hogwarts.


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