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...his curse rebounded, hitting him and apparently destroying his powers and his physical form. 

I've wondered about this for a good while now. I was of the opinion that a Horcrux was like a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card in the game Monopoly - good for one use only. Therefore, I was thinking there was a real plot hole here with the number of Horcruxes and the fact that Voldy was already 'killed' once.

However:

The HP Wiki quotes Slughorn on Horcruxes:

"Slughorn: "Well, you split your soul, you see, 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. "

If a Horcrux simply acts as an anchor to Earth to keep one from dying, it sounds like it is not destroyed.  It is essentially a permanent way to ensure immortality - as long as it is not destroyed.

Oh.  So that's why Tom Riddle wanted to make more than one - as extra insurance against a Horcrux being destroyed and taking away his anchor of immortality.

... I think I just answered my own questioning/confused mind.  

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starduchess
Jul. 6th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Also, there is a special place in mythology that even Riddle finds out about the number '7'. For some reason it's considered to be the perfect number representing Heaven and God and Eternity and Immortality (hence why Riddle wanted it). One less than that, '6', represents Imperfect and Mortal and Evil, which is why 666 is said to be the Devil's number.

So, yes, he wanted more than one Horcrux to ensure his immortality, and he decided on six Horcruxes so that he himself would be the seventh perfect piece.
unseen1969
Jul. 6th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
He was such a modest and humble chap.
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