Re: The Origin of Horcrux' ?
- From: "Tim Behrendsen" <tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 20:44:59 -0700
"Opie" <pissoff@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> An exerpt from an appendix in the official e-book version Witch Week
> by Diana Wynne Jones published 1993:
> Of course, not everyone is qualified to take on the post of
> Chrestomanci - it's not a job you can simply apply for. Only the
> strength and special skills of an enchanter can possibly begin to
> tackle the task. But Chrestomanci is no ordinary enchanter - he has to
> be a nine-lifed enchanter. Most people, whatever their magical
> status, just have one life each - but they also have counterparts, or
> double, in other worlds. People with nine lives (and they are
> exceedingly rare) exist only in their own world, with no counterparts
> anywhere else, which means that all the talents and energies and
> abilities that would have been spread out across the others are all
> concentrated in the one person. This makes Chrestomanci a very
> powerful enchanter, indeed.
> Once they are aware of their nine lives, it's up to them to make
> sure they take care of the ones they have left - especially the last
> one. The best way to do this is to detach it from the body and keep
> it in a secret, protected location where it cannot be attacked or
> enchanted. Removing a life intact is a delicate operation.
> Any of this sound somewhat familiar?
Actually, no. Having nine lives that merge to give one nine times the
normal talent sounds nothing like murdering to split one's soul for evil
purposes and to cheat death, not to mention that the nine lives is
considered a good thing, while the splitting of the soul is butchering
it, leaving V hardly human any longer (as DD put it). The only thing
slightly in common is that the "Chrestomanci" protect their lives, and
an evil wizard who creates Horcruxes also protect them.
You might as well say that JKR got the concept from the myth of cats
having nine lives. That would be a closer match, since, after all, we
all know that cats are evil. :)
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