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List of All Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes (with their histories)

The stories of Voldemort’s Horcruxes are long and complex, intertwined with many lives along the way…

What are Horcruxes and what are the different Horcruxes?

Harry Potter horcruxes they are one of the most important magical elements of the sagaboth in the books and in the movies, as they are instrumental in defeating Lord Voldemort, the great villain. In the words of JK Rowling herself, a Horcrux is “a receptacle in which a dark wizard has hidden a fragment of his soul for the purpose of obtaining immortality”, but for this he has to create several. As the disastrous Lord Voldemort had been creating various throughout his life, he was a truly fearsome adversary because he could not be definitively defeated until all his horcruxes had been destroyed.

How is a Horcrux created?

To create a Horcrux a magical ritual is necessary that implies the commission of a murder, for which it is considered the vilest technique of the dark arts. The act of killing breaks a person’s soul, allowing them to separate one of those fragments to house in the receptacle. This can be an object and/or a living being, but the second is not recommended since with them there is a risk that would not be run if that soul were hidden in an object.

1. Riddle’s Diary

The journal dates back to when Voldemort was still Tom Marvolo Riddle. After opening the Chamber of Secrets, used the Basilisk to kill Myrtle Warrenproviding the assassination necessary to create a Horcrux.

Voldemort entrusted his diary to Lucius Malfoy, who later took the opportunity to reintroduce it to Hogwarts. Malfoy passed the book to Ginny Weasley, who poured her heart and soul into her pages. Riddle’s spirit possessed Ginny and used her to reopen the Chamber, freeing Slytherin’s Basilisk to Petrify Argus Filch’s cat, Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Nearly Headless Nick, Penelope Clearwater, and Hermione Granger.


When a terrified Ginny tried to get rid of the diary, it fell into the hands of Riddle’s future nemesis, Harry Potter. Harry destroyed the diary with a basilisk fang and then used the remains of it to trick Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby.

The diary showed preserved memories, such as a Pensieve, which included former Hogwarts headmaster Armando Dippet, a teenage Rubeus Hagrid, the infant Acromantula Aragog, and the young professor Albus Dumbledore. Another link to the past was Riddle’s victim, Myrtle Warren, who never left Hogwarts and now lives her life after her death as Moaning Myrtle.

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2. Ring of Marvolo Gaunt

This Horcrux was intrinsically linked to Voldemort’s family. His father was his murder victimwhile his mother’s side provided the curious relic.

Riddle left Mrs Cole’s orphanage to attend Hogwarts, but this new wizarding life could not break the resentment he harbored towards his parents. As a teenager, Voldemort traveled to his mother’s old house and met his uncle, Morfin Gaunt, who wore the family ring. The ring already had a remarkable history, as it contained the Resurrection Stone, owned by Cadmus Peverell and immortalized in “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. Ironically this fable warns of the folly of trying to cheat death and Voldemort used Horcruxes to do exactly that.

Learning of his father’s location, Voldemort murdered Tom Riddle Sr., as well as his own grandparents, for good measure. Morfin was left with a false memory that made him confess to murders he didn’t commit, and a stint in Azkaban for his troubles. In the muggle world the Riddle’s gardener Frank Bryce was a suspect. The ring disappeared, but a memory from Pensieve showed Voldemort wearing it as he questioned Horace Slughorn about multiple Horcruxes.

The ring was eventually destroyed by Albus Dumbledore, but that came at a price. Recognizing the stone and tempted to see his parents and his sister again, Dumbledore fell victim to a powerful curse that was partially contained by Severus Snape. The stone, now defunct as a Horcrux, was placed inside a Snitch and passed to Harry by Rufus Scrimgeour. It was last used to remember Lily and James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin as Harry prepared to face death.

Harry, accompanied by the spirits of his dead family and friends, approaches Lord Voldemort prepared to die.

3. Hufflepuff Cup

When Voldemort searched for items from the founders of Hogwarts, two turned up at once: Helga Hufflepuffff’s mug and Salazar Slytherin’s locket.

A portrait above the wooden mantelpiece (carved with decorative badgers) shows Helga Hufflepuff, one of the four founders of Hogwarts School, toasting her students with a small, two-handled gold cup.
Hufflepuffff common room, Pottermore

This cup was passed down through Hufflepuff descendants until it reached Hepzibah Smith. The old witch glossed over a young Borgin and Burkes clerk, inviting him to view his most prized belongings. Two days later, Hepzibah was dead and her own house, Hokey, seemed to remember poisoning her lover’s cocoa. The cup and locket were gone.

The cup, which became a Horcrux with Hepzibah’s death, was left in the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange, who kept it at Gringotts. Griphook and an Imperiused Bogrod helped Harry, Ron, and Hermione break into Bellatrix’s vault and retrieve the Horcrux. The cup was destroyed by Hermione Granger, using a fang from the Basilisk’s corpse.

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Harry and Dumbledore watch Tom Riddle inspect Slytherin's locket in a memory from the Half-Blood Prince.

4. Slytherin’s locket

The locket was another prized possession of the Gaunt family.

Voldemort’s mother, Merope, stole the gold locket from her family home and fled to London, where she pawned it out of desperation. She finally made it to the Hepzibah Smith collection.

After stealing Hepzibah, Voldemort made another Horcrux killing a homeless muggle, and then hid the locket in a remote cave protected by dark magic and Inferi. Surprisingly, his defenses were breached twice: first by Kreacher and Regulus Black, and then by Harry and Dumbledore, who discovered Regulus’ decoy.

The real Horcrux was taken to Twelve Grimmauld Place where Kreacher, following his master’s orders, attempted to destroy it. When he disappeared, Kreacher stopped Mundungus Fletcher, who had stolen the locket and gave it to Dolores Umbridge. Following a daring mission to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic during Mary Cattermole’s trial, Harry – along with Ron (disguised as Mary’s husband Reginald) and Hermione – retrieved the locket. It was eventually destroyed by Ron Weasley, using Godric Gryffindor’s sword.

Rum saves Harry from the ice lake.

5. The Ravenclaw Diadem

The lost diadem captivated generations of Ravenclaws. Professor Flitwick would tell the story to his students and Xenophilius Lovegood built an unorthodox replica.

One person who might have known a thing or two about the headband was Florean Fortescue, owner of the Diagon Alley ice cream parlor:

I figured the historical Florean might have a small amount of information on matters as diverse as the elder wand and the Ravenclaw diadem.
Florean Fortescue’, Pottermore

Unfortunately we will never know, since Florean was kidnapped and killed during the Second Wizarding War.. His is one of several ‘ghost plots’ that never made it to the final draft.

Voldemort used his talent to manipulate the Gray Lady, Rowena Ravenclaw’s daughter, Helena. It was no easy task, as the Lady was a shy ghost and reluctant to discuss such matters, but Voldemort’s persuasion prevailed. It turned out that Helena had stolen her mother’s diadem and hidden it in Albania before being tracked down and mortally wounded. Helena’s killer took aim at himself, becoming the bloody baron of Slytherin.

Having persuaded Helena’s secret, Voldemort traveled to Albania and retrieved the diadem, murdering a peasant to create the Horcrux. He took it with him to Hogwarts while inquiring about a teaching position and stored it in the Room of Requirement. Notable users of this room include members of Dumbledore’s Army and Draco Malfoy.

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Strangely, the diadem was accidentally destroyed by the son of a Death Eater. Vincent Crabbe unleashed the powerful Fiendfyre Curse, which quickly spiraled out of control – destroying both the diadem and Crabbe himself. Gregory Goyle and Draco escaped thanks to Harry, Ron and Hermione.

Harry hides his copy of Advanced Potion-Making in the Room of Requirement

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Voldemort used this vicious snake and the murder of Bertha Jorkins to create her latest Horcrux.

In addition to reinforcing connections with Salazar Slytherin, Nagini proved to be extremely helpful. Wormtail milked the poison from her for Voldemort and acted as a sentinel when they took refuge in Riddle’s old house, alerting them to the presence of an eavesdropping Frank Bryce.

Nagini could attack Voldemort’s enemies like Arthur Weasley, dispose of his victims (Charity Burbage), and threaten his followers, including Thorfinn Rowle. She was also used to set up Harry at Bathilda Bagshot’s house and to assassinate Severus Snape at the Battle of Hogwarts. During the battle, Nagini was decapitated by Neville Longbottom, using the Gryffindor sword.

Snape is bitten by Nagini in the Shrieking Shack.

7. Harry Potter

In Godric’s Hollow, Voldemort left Harry with more than one scar.

When Voldemort tried to kill the boy, a piece of his mutilated soul joined Harry Potter. As a result, some of Voldemort’s thoughts and abilities were shared with him, until Harry was struck with the Curse of Avada Kedavra.

To complete his collection, Voldemort attempted to create a Horcrux with Gryffindor affiliations and – in Harry, who would be sorted into Gryffindor – he did indeed do so by mistake. Thanks to Harry’s actions, Godric Gryffindor’s sword became a weapon that could be used against the other Horcruxes. Voldemort’s failure to corrupt Harry, or the sword by turning it into a Horcrux, ultimately meant his downfall.

Harry reads the engraving on Gryffindor's Sword with Dumbledore.

Although it was not a ‘true’ Horcrux, Quirrell temporarily contained part of Voldemort’s soul. Unlike the other Horcruxes, the soul fragment escaped before the vessel was destroyed.


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