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"This is the one that gives explicit instructions on how to make a Horcrux. Secrets of the Darkest Art — it's a horrible book, really awful, full of evil magic..."
Hermione Granger.[src]

Secrets of the Darkest Art is a tome, possibly of medieval origin, that discusses Dark Arts. It is the only known source of written instructions on the creation and destruction of a Horcrux. It is a large volume, bound in faded black leather.

History

This book was housed in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library until Albus Dumbledore removed it.[1] It's unknown when, but the school banned the subject prior to the 1940s and Dumbledore (then a teacher) was very strict about it.[2] Tom Marvolo Riddle may have found it and read it to research how to create a Horcrux, but the book does not give any information on creating multiple horcruxes. He later asked Professor Slughorn for advice.[3][4]

It's unknown when, but Dumbledore removed it from the library and stored it in his office. In 1997, Hermione Granger managed to summon the book just before leaving Hogwarts at the end of her sixth year by shouting "Accio Horcrux books", thinking correctly that it would be worth a try to test her luck. Hermione took the book with her on the year-long quest to destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.[5]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes) - "a banned subject at Hogwarts, you know ... Dumbledore's particularly fierce about it ..."
  3. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes), Dumbledore thought that Tom knew how to create Horcruxes, but that he just wanted to know whether it was possible to create seven because "no book could have given him that information".
  4. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas), Hermione says she would "bet Voldemort got all the instruction he needed from here". Harry agreed that it "could" be "where he got the information".
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)
  6. "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more" at MuggleNet
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