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The Gryffindor sword, the anti-HorcruxFor a very long time, I have been annoyed with the finale of HP and the Chamber of secrets because of the timely actions of Fawkes showing up with the Sorting Hat who, surprise, produced the sword that Harry used to kill the Basilisk. To me Rowling had just pulled a huge Deus Ex Machina to save Harry from a dead end plot.
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Reading that book again with all the books out, especially for HP and the Half Blood Prince, I’ve been trying to solve some of its mysteries, I became determined to figure out what’s with that sword. How did it became linked to the Hat, and how could Harry pulls it out just when he needs a sword. I found the answer in a Pensieve memory Dumbledore shows Harry in HP and the Half Blood Prince.
Back in the Chamber in second year, it was clear that Harry couldn’t kill the snake, or at least seriously injure it using magic. He didn’t master the Avada Kedavra spell, but had he used it properly, I don’t think he would have been shipped to A