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Horcruxes by Denorii Horcruxes by Denorii
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"Draw a short comic based on a scene from a book" seems like my concept of short is weird


"Sir, I wondered what you know about. . . about Horcruxes?'
Slughorn stared at him, his thick ringers absentmindedly clawing the stem
of his wine glass.
"Project for Defense Against the Dark Arts, is it?"
But Harry could tell that Slughorn knew perfectly well that this was not
"Not exactly, sir," said Riddle. "I came across the term while reading and
I didn't fully understand it."
"No . . . well. . . you'd be hard-pushed to find a book at Hogwarts that'll
give you details on Horcruxes, Tom, that's very Dark stuff, very Dark
indeed," said Slughorn. "But you obviously know all about them, sir? I mean, a wizard like you
— sorry, I mean, if you can't tell me, obviously — I just knew if anyone
could tell me, you could — so I just thought I'd –“
It was very well done, thought Harry, the hesitancy, the casual tone, the
careful flattery, none of it overdone. He, Harry, had had too much
experience of trying to wheedle information out of re-luctant people not to
recognize a master at work. He could tell that Riddle wanted the information
very, very much; perhaps had been working toward this moment for weeks.
"Well," said Slughorn, not looking at Riddle, but fiddling with the ribbon
on top of his box of crystallized pineapple, "well, it can't hurt to give you an
overview, of course. Just so that you understand t he term. A Horcrux is the
word used for an object in which a per-son has concealed part of their soul."
"I don't quite understand how that works, though, sir," said Riddle.
His voice was carefully controlled, but Harry could sense his excitement.
"Well, you split your soul, you see," said Slughorn, "and hide part of it in
an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed,
one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. But
of course, existence in such a form ..."
Slughorn's face crumpled and Harry found himself remember-ing words
he had heard nearly two years before: "I was ripped from my body, I was
less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost. . . but still, I was alive." "... few would want it, Tom, very few. Death would be preferable."
But Riddle's hunger was now apparent; his expression was greedy, he
could no longer hide his longing.
"How do you split your soul?"
"Well," said Slughorn uncomfortably, "you must understand that the soul
is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting n it I an act of violation, it
is against nature."
"But how do you do it?"
"By an act of evil — the supreme act of evil. By commiting murder.
Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would
use the damage to his advantage: He would encase the torn portion —"
"Encase? But how — ?"
"There is a spell, do not ask me, I don't know!" said Slughoin shaking his
head like an old elephant bothered by mosquitoes. " Do I look as though I
have tried it — do I look like a killer?"
"No, sir, of course not," said Riddle quickly. "I'm sorry ... I didn't mean to
offend . . ." "Not at all, not at all, not offended," said Slughorn gruffly, "It is natural to
feel some curiosity about these things. . . . Wizards of a certain caliber have
always been drawn to that aspect of magic. . . ."
"Yes, sir," said Riddle. "What I don't understand, though — just out of
curiosity — I mean, would one Horcrux be much use? Can you only split
your soul once? Wouldn't it be better, make you stronger, to have your soul
in more pieces, I mean, for instance, isn't seven the most powerfully magical
number, wouldn't seven — ?"
"Merlin's beard, Tom!" yelped Slughorn. "Seven! Isn't it bad enough to
think of killing one person? And in any case . . . bad enough to divide the
soul . . . but to rip it into seven pieces . . ."
Slughorn looked deeply troubled now: He was gazing at Riddle as though
he had never seen him plainly before, and Harry could tell that he was
regretting entering into the conversation at all.
"Of course," he muttered, "this is all hypothetical, what we're discussing,
isn't it? All academic . . ."
"Yes, sir, of course," said Riddle quickly.
"But all the same, Tom . . . keep it quiet, what I've told — that's to say,
what we've discussed. People wouldn't like to think we've been chatting
about Horcruxes. It's a banned subject at Hogwarts, you know. . . .

Dumbledore's particularly fierce about it. ..." "I won't say a word, sir," said Riddle, and he left, but not before Harry had glimpsed his face, which was full of that same wild happiness it had worn when he had first found out that he was a wizard, the sort of happiness that
did not enhance his handsome features, but made them, somehow, less human. . . .
- Horcruxes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. JK Rowling.


It's like my one of my favourite scenes of the saga, after the Hour of Gaunt, which I didn't draw because it's longer and required to design six characters that don't appear on the movie (Ogden, the three Gaunts, Tom Riddle Sr and Cecilia), and that's too much for me.
I kept the look of the Tom Riddle pictured in the second movie. In my opinion, that design keeps the characteristics of handsome, charming and evil, and when I read it I felt it that way.

And sorry if the lines and the colouring are creepy. It was suposed to be a sketchy comic and then I liked it enough to spend three days on the coloruing, lighting effects and that stuff...

opinions are well recieved :)
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Pilinonamae Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
When the harry potter evil guy looks cool or... creepy.
Xxunknown227xX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this right here is so awesome :iconyeahplz:
Popinns Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love the way you drew slughorn!
Ca-Cha Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
mmh it's awesome but actually with the character design from the movie, it reminds me more of the Movie than the book, I have to admit. But It's still very good. ^^
Emma-Jen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love love love this. you portrayed this scene so perfectly, if a little more comically than it was intended to be c: lol :heart:
Rippershadow6116 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
what's that he's holding in the third to last panel?
Neetapeeta Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student General Artist
yes that was very short :iconyeahplz: hehe tommy boys face in the last panel kills me :icondurrhurrplz:
SuckMyLadyBalls Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011   Writer
Haha, amazing!
MaggiSakura Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it :heart:
Miko-Kanji Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
I am equally impressed with your determination to type all that out as I am with your comic, fantastic job :)
allthatjazz123 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a very good. I think their facial expressions are really great for this scene, especially the Tom's in the last panel :)
Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Writer
That one is an amazing scene, it's a shame that Riddle's parents weren't included in the movies. It'd have been more interesting
basserandstuff Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Photographer
Haha, I love their expressions! :iconteheplz:
JoeTisCool Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Omg Tom Riddle was scary..
Denorii Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and that was when he was hot. In Voldemort form is way scarier.
JoeTisCool Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
for sure.
TheSimpsonsFanGirl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student General Artist
panictowel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
tom's grin =D thanks for sharing, this is great. glad you decided to spend more time on it!
vJamesLily Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Haha, funny, that smiling Riddle, Riddle with tears in his eyes :D (fifth row, first image), etc. Perfect! :D :)
Navybrat121 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
That was really cool! I especially like the shading on the last two boxes and all of the expressions. :D
Shineless Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Y esto es muy explicativo para alguien que solo leyó hasta el cuarto libro y cree que las peliculas no explican para nada los libros...
Denorii Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De hecho, no se como hay gente que nunca ha leído los libros y entienden las peliculas. Se comen escenas importantes como si nada. Aun no les perdono haberse saltado "The Hour of Gaunt". Es casi vital para entender el por qué Voldemort llegó a ser lo que fue D:
Shineless Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Puchams, tampoco yo entiendoms º-º ...

Aunque las películas de los primeros 4 libros son pésimas (en especial la 4).
QueenNekoyasha Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This makes me wanna read the series again. :heart:
Harley91594 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, I love this! This is a very interesting scene, it's great to see it come to life in your style.
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