The Harry Potter villain ripped apart his soul into fragments, hiding them in objects throughout the Wizarding World. Lord Voldemort did this to attain immortality and created six of them, not including Harry himself. However, there’s a mystery surrounding their creation that JK Rowling is yet to reveal to fans.
What we do know is that Horcruxes can only be created after committing murder, the supreme act of evil.
But it’s the step after the soul fragmentation as a result of this that is still unknown.
Rowling has previously said it's a “horrific act”, one that made her editor feel sick, so the author keeps it secret.
Nevertheless, a popular fan theory reckons the final step in creating a Horcrux is cannibalism.
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Harry Potter theory: Voldemort’s Horcruxes were made through CANNIBALISM (Image: WB)
Qurriell drinking unicorn blood to sustain Voldemort (Image: WB)
Reddit user sirlionel13 wrote: “My theory is that in order to make a Horcrux, you must consume the flesh and blood of your victim.
“Cannibalism has, throughout history, been associated with gaining strength, power, or health from the dead.
“Whether it be to gain the strength of a defeated enemy, share the metaphysical power of a deceased member of the community, or a simple medicinal practice to rid the body of ailments, humans have had the idea that eating other humans could aid them in some way.
“This was fairly common up until the arrival of modern medicine throughout the world.”
Tom Riddle's diary horcrux being destroyed (Image: WB)
They continued: “Even when Europeans were criticizing cannibals in the Americas, they were eating dried human tissue as medicine. However, by today's standards, talking about cannibalism can easily produce a gag reflex in the people listening.
“Necromancy (the more fantastical version of it, at least) is the art of using the dead for power and was one of the reasons witches were so feared in the middle ages. That is essentially what a Horcrux is: killing to gain power. Why not take it a step