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What happened to the three-headed dog in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Why didn't the Basilisk destroy the Harry-hosted Horcrux? And why on Earth did the Muggle-loathing Black family settle down in a Muggle community? These are the three questions J.K. Rowling answered for fans this week on Twitter. Let's take a look at how J.K. Rowling answered them, because they've actually left us with more questions...
At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry faces off with the Basilisk, which manages to sink one of its giant fangs into Harry before it dies. We know for a fact that Basilisk venom is one of the few substances strong enough to destroy a Horcrux. Not only does it destroy the one in Tom Riddle's diary, but Ron and Hermione also use one of the fangs to destroy Helga Hufflepuff's cup. So why wasn't the Horcrux residing in Harry's head destroyed when he was bitten by the Basilisk?
Rowling's answer is simple enough. Harry wasn't destroyed by the Basilisk or its venom. He came very close, but Fawkes' tears healed him, and apparently that helped preserve the Horcrux.
But wait, what about the resurrection stone in the ring? The stone still worked, but the Horcrux was destroyed. Someone actually managed to get that question in before Rowling had to jet...
.@hanzandz The crack in the stone was irreparable. Only Dumbledore cd have extracted the soul fragment but left the original charm intact.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 6, 2015
I feel like this answer might've needed more characters than Twitter allowed, but Rowling seems to have managed to answer it as a two-parter nonetheless. Technically, the stone was cracked irreparably, so that ensures the Horcrux is destroyed. But Dumbledore's super powerful and magically precise, so he'd be able to destroy the pesky Horcrux without rendering the stone useless. If that's not enough -- pure speculation here -- maybe the fact that the stone came from Death itself, adds a bit more durability to its magical properties. That the stone could even be made into a Horcrux in the first place is a bit perplexing, seeing as it was already brimming with intense magical powers. But I'm sure there's an added argument there about Voldemort's own level of power and precision.
But I'm going to throw a followup question out there anyway. Was Harry destroyed irreparably at the end of Deathly Hallows? Because he did die, but he recovered, so I mean, define "irreparably."
There are other questions answered, unrelated to Horcruxes, so let's move on...
.@CharlsEC A Black ancestor coveted the beautiful house, so 'persuaded' the Muggle occupant to leave & put the appropriate spells on it.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 6, 2015
It does seem a bit out of character for a family as intolerant as the Blacks to reside in such close proximity to Muggles. But it's not out of character that they would use (presumed) magical means to take what they wanted from Muggles.
My followup question: What ever happened to Grimmauld Place? The last we saw of it, Harry, Ron and Hermione were fleeing the residence, which had just been exposed to the Death Eaters. Did Harry ever go back there? Is anyone living there now? It'd be great of Rowling provided an update on the Black House at some point (perhaps when Deathly Hallows finally unlocks at Pottermore?)
Moving on to the last question....
.@EmyBemy2 He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid's more foolish acquisitions back where they belong - not the forest.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 6, 2015
So, Fluffy went back to Greece, and isn't lurking somewhere in the dark forest. That's comforting to know. But now I'm wondering how a three-headed dog is transported from the U.K. to Greece undetected.
Alas, that's all J.K. Rowling Tweeted for now, so I'll just have to add my curiosity about Fluffy's trip from Hogwarts to Greece to my list of questions related to witch/wizard transportation.
As for J.K. Rowling, she has some interesting things on the horizon, including the anticipated Harry Potter-related feature adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the small screen adaptation of her novel A Casual Vacancy.