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Salazar Slytherin's locket

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A heavy, golden locket that can be opened by speaking Parseltongue

Salazar Slytherin's locket fact file



Magical properties

Brings out the negative emotions of the wearer

Where it is likely to be found

Kept in a remote cave until it was replaced with a decoy

Who made or first owned it

Salazar Slytherin

Who it belongs to

Passed through generations of Gaunts before being pawned by Merope, after which it changed hands many times. Destroyed by Ron Weasley

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

Inspecting Slytherin's locket

Covered in rags and pretty far along ... going to have a baby, see. She said the locket had been Slytherin’s.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling

Illustration of Slytherin's locket Horcrux

Slytherin's locket

Dumbledore and Harry in Horcrux Cave

In the cave

Inferi being fought off with Dumbledore's flames in Horcrux Cave


By J.K. Rowling

‘Call ’im off, call ’im off, ’e should be locked up!’ screamed Mundungus, cowering as Kreacher raised the heavy-bottomed pan again.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

An Umbridge character illustration.

Dolores Umbridge

Ron saves Harry from the ice lake.

The chapter that made us fall in love with… Ron Weasley


It cracked with a sound like a bullet in the silence: the surface of the pool broke and chunks of dark ice rocked ...


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

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You’ve just got the sword, I know it’s supposed to be you who uses it. Please, just get rid of it, Ron

Harry Potter
Ron holding up the destroyed locket Horcrux.

Destroying a Horcrux

Illustration of Salazar Slytherin's broken locket

The broken locket