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==Background information==
 
==Background information==
As a child, [[Tom Riddle]] was brought to the sea side for an outing, along with several other children from [[Wool's Orphanage]]. Riddle soon discovered a [[Horcrux cave|cave]] among the cliffs, where he took two other children, [[Dennis Bishop]] and [[Amy Benson]], terrorising them to the point that they were unable to speak of what happened. It is likely that he only managed to reach the cave with magical means, scaring the other children in the process of taking them with him<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>.
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As a child, [[Tom Riddle]] was brought to the sea side for an outing, along with several other children from [[Wool's Orphanage]]. Riddle soon discovered a [[Horcrux cave|cave]] among the cliffs, where he took two other children, [[Dennis Bishop]] and [[Amy Benson]], terrorising them to the point that they were unable to speak of what happened. It is likely that he only managed to reach the cave with magical means, scaring the other children in the process of taking them with him<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>.
   
By [[1979]], Tom Riddle had grown up to become [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], and the [[First Wizarding War]] had been raging for nearly a decade. In the contravening years, Lord Voldemort had created five [[Horcrux]]es in an attempt to attain immortality, and [[Regulus Black]], who had recently graduated from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]], had joined the [[Death Eaters]]. In the course of securing a hiding place for one of his Horcruxes, Voldemort asked his [[Death Eaters]] for a [[House-elf]]. Regulus volunteered [[Kreacher]], the [[House of Black]]'s aged, loyal elf, telling him that it was a great honour to assist the Dark Lord.
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By [[1979]], Tom Riddle had grown up to become [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], and the [[First Wizarding War]] had been raging for nearly a decade. In the intervening years, Lord Voldemort had created five [[Horcrux]]es in an attempt to attain immortality, and [[Regulus Black]], who had recently graduated from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]], had joined the [[Death Eaters]]. In the course of securing a hiding place for one of his Horcruxes, Voldemort asked his [[Death Eaters]] for a [[House-elf]]. Regulus volunteered [[Kreacher]], the [[House of Black]]'s aged, loyal elf, telling him that it was a great honour to assist the Dark Lord.
   
 
Kreacher was brought before the Dark Lord, and the two ventured to the cave by the sea. In order to test his carefully constructed defences, Voldemort used Kreacher's blood to open the cave and made Kreacher drink the [[Drink of Despair|potion]] from the basin on the [[Horcrux cave island|island]]. [[Kreacher]] was consumed by terrible pain and relived horrible memories as he drank the potion. With [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in place, Lord Voldemort left Kreacher on the island either to die of thirst or at the hands of the [[Inferius|Inferi]] in the lake. However, Kreacher was able to [[Apparition|apparate]] back to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] once his mission was fulfilled, as Regulus had ordered him to, since the magic that bound Kreacher to obey his master superseded all magical protections placed on the cave to prevent typical apparition in or out. [[House-elf magic]] was something Lord Voldemort considered far below his notice; therefore, he had not anticipated Kreacher surviving.
 
Kreacher was brought before the Dark Lord, and the two ventured to the cave by the sea. In order to test his carefully constructed defences, Voldemort used Kreacher's blood to open the cave and made Kreacher drink the [[Drink of Despair|potion]] from the basin on the [[Horcrux cave island|island]]. [[Kreacher]] was consumed by terrible pain and relived horrible memories as he drank the potion. With [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]] in place, Lord Voldemort left Kreacher on the island either to die of thirst or at the hands of the [[Inferius|Inferi]] in the lake. However, Kreacher was able to [[Apparition|apparate]] back to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] once his mission was fulfilled, as Regulus had ordered him to, since the magic that bound Kreacher to obey his master superseded all magical protections placed on the cave to prevent typical apparition in or out. [[House-elf magic]] was something Lord Voldemort considered far below his notice; therefore, he had not anticipated Kreacher surviving.
   
[[File:Kreacher_mod.PNG|thumb|left|Kreacher the house elf]]
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[[File:Kreacher_mod.PNG|thumb|left|Kreacher the house elf|221x221px]]
 
Regulus had been able to deduce the existence of Voldemort's Horcruxes from the vague references Voldemort made to his immortality. After hearing Kreacher's tale, Regulus decided to seek vengeance against the Dark Lord by setting out to destroy his Horcruxes, beginning with the one for which Voldemort had caused Kreacher such great pain. He ordered Kreacher to lead him back to Voldemort's cave by the sea.
 
Regulus had been able to deduce the existence of Voldemort's Horcruxes from the vague references Voldemort made to his immortality. After hearing Kreacher's tale, Regulus decided to seek vengeance against the Dark Lord by setting out to destroy his Horcruxes, beginning with the one for which Voldemort had caused Kreacher such great pain. He ordered Kreacher to lead him back to Voldemort's cave by the sea.
   
 
==The skirmish==
 
==The skirmish==
[[File:Hbplocket.jpg|thumb|The Fake Locket]][[Regulus Black|Regulus]] and [[Kreacher]] set out to the [[Horcrux cave]], Kreacher for the second time. As Regulus had ascertained that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was keeping a locket in the cave, he brought with him a copy of the Horcrux, which he ordered Kreacher to switch with the original after the potion had been drunk. Regulus also told Kreacher to leave the cave and destroy the Horcrux, without telling anyone within the [[House of Black|Black family]] what had transpired. Kreacher did as he was told, but not before witnessing Regulus dragged into the water and killed by [[Inferius|Inferi]] after consuming the [[Drink of Despair]].
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[[File:Hbplocket.jpg|thumb|The Fake Locket|175x175px]][[Regulus Black|Regulus]] and [[Kreacher]] set out to the [[Horcrux cave]], Kreacher for the second time. As Regulus had ascertained that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] was keeping a locket in the cave, he brought with him a copy of the Horcrux, which he ordered Kreacher to switch with the original after the potion had been drunk. Regulus also told Kreacher to leave the cave and destroy the Horcrux, without telling anyone within the [[House of Black|Black family]] what had transpired. Kreacher did as he was told, but not before witnessing Regulus dragged into the [[water]] and killed by [[Inferius|Inferi]] after consuming the [[Drink of Despair]].
   
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
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By [[1996]], [[Albus Dumbledore]] had also guessed the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]]'s secret and scoured the country for the [[Horcrux]]es. That summer, he was cursed while obtaining another horcrux,[[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]] also ; knowing that death was imminent, Dumbledore [[Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore's private lessons|taught]] [[Harry Potter]] about the Horcruxes and what they might be. In [[June]] [[1997]], they went to the cave by the sea to retrieve a Horcrux, not knowing that it had been replaced with a copy. Dumbledore was killed that night by [[Severus Snape]]; only after his death did Harry Potter discover that the Horcrux was a fake and that the real one had been stolen by the mysterious "R.A.B."<ref name="HBP" />
 
By [[1996]], [[Albus Dumbledore]] had also guessed the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord]]'s secret and scoured the country for the [[Horcrux]]es. That summer, he was cursed while obtaining another horcrux,[[Marvolo Gaunt's Ring]] also ; knowing that death was imminent, Dumbledore [[Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore's private lessons|taught]] [[Harry Potter]] about the Horcruxes and what they might be. In [[June]] [[1997]], they went to the cave by the sea to retrieve a Horcrux, not knowing that it had been replaced with a copy. Dumbledore was killed that night by [[Severus Snape]]; only after his death did Harry Potter discover that the Horcrux was a fake and that the real one had been stolen by the mysterious "R.A.B."<ref name="HBP" />
   
[[File:R.A.B. letter to the Dark Lord pertaining to the Horcrux Locket.jpg|right|250px]]
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In the summer of [[1995]], the [[Order of the Phoenix]] took the Black family home at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as their headquarters. In their efforts to make the residence habitable, the Order, under the direction of [[Molly Weasley]] and [[Sirius Black]], waged war on the house, throwing away many heirlooms, including the locket<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>. The locket was saved by Kreacher, but when Sirius died, [[Mundungus Fletcher]] took possession of the locket after ransacking the House of Black for any valuables. He was selling the items on the street when [[Dolores Umbridge]] appeared and asked him if he had a licence to do so. She let him off once he bribed her with the locket.
 
In the summer of [[1995]], the [[Order of the Phoenix]] took the Black family home at [[12 Grimmauld Place]] as their headquarters. In their efforts to make the residence habitable, the Order, under the direction of [[Molly Weasley]] and [[Sirius Black]], waged war on the house, throwing away many heirlooms, including the locket<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>. The locket was saved by Kreacher, but when Sirius died, [[Mundungus Fletcher]] took possession of the locket after ransacking the House of Black for any valuables. He was selling the items on the street when [[Dolores Umbridge]] appeared and asked him if he had a licence to do so. She let him off once he bribed her with the locket.
   
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After they had discovered R.A.B.'s identity, heard Kreacher's tale and tracked down Fletcher, Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|infiltrated]] the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] upon realising that Umbridge had the locket. They [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] Umbridge, replaced the locket with a [[Geminio|decoy]], and stole the real Horcrux before going on the run.
 
After they had discovered R.A.B.'s identity, heard Kreacher's tale and tracked down Fletcher, Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|infiltrated]] the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] upon realising that Umbridge had the locket. They [[Stunning Spell|stunned]] Umbridge, replaced the locket with a [[Geminio|decoy]], and stole the real Horcrux before going on the run.
   
[[File:Deathly_Hallows_book_Art_(Chapter_19).jpg|thumb|left|Severus Snape's patronus]]
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[[File:Deathly_Hallows_book_Art_(Chapter_19).jpg|thumb|Severus Snape's patronus]]
 
Later, the trio realised that one of the ways to destroy Horcruxes was with [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]], as it had been impregnated with [[Basilisk venom]] after Harry slew the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. Dumbledore left the sword to Harry in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]], but knowing that the Ministry would not give it to him, entrusted [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] with the task of getting the sword to Harry. In the winter of [[1997]], Snape discovered that Harry and Hermione were camping out in the [[Forest of Dean]]; he placed the sword not far from their tent and led Harry to it with his doe [[Patronus]]. The locket attempted to kill Harry before he could obtain the sword, but he was saved by Ron at the last moment. At Harry's insistence, Ron destroyed the locket shortly after [[Christmas]] of that year.
 
Later, the trio realised that one of the ways to destroy Horcruxes was with [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]], as it had been impregnated with [[Basilisk venom]] after Harry slew the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] in the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. Dumbledore left the sword to Harry in his [[The Last Will and Testament of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|will]], but knowing that the Ministry would not give it to him, entrusted [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] with the task of getting the sword to Harry. In the winter of [[1997]], Snape discovered that Harry and Hermione were camping out in the [[Forest of Dean]]; he placed the sword not far from their tent and led Harry to it with his doe [[Patronus]]. The locket attempted to kill Harry before he could obtain the sword, but he was saved by Ron at the last moment. At Harry's insistence, Ron destroyed the locket shortly after [[Christmas]] of that year.
   
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First skirmish at the Horcrux cave
Part of First Wizarding War
Location

Horcrux cave, England

Result
Combatants
Casualties

Regulus Black

The first skirmish at the Horcrux cave occurred in 1979, when the disillusioned Death Eater, Regulus Black, and his house elf, Kreacher, aimed to retrieve and destroy Salazar Slytherin's Locket, which Lord Voldemort had placed in the cave. While the locket was successfully removed from the cave by Kreacher, Regulus lost his life in the attempt, and the locket was not destroyed for another eighteen years.

Background informationEdit

As a child, Tom Riddle was brought to the sea side for an outing, along with several other children from Wool's Orphanage. Riddle soon discovered a cave among the cliffs, where he took two other children, Dennis Bishop and Amy Benson, terrorising them to the point that they were unable to speak of what happened. It is likely that he only managed to reach the cave with magical means, scaring the other children in the process of taking them with him[1].

By 1979, Tom Riddle had grown up to become Lord Voldemort, and the First Wizarding War had been raging for nearly a decade. In the intervening years, Lord Voldemort had created five Horcruxes in an attempt to attain immortality, and Regulus Black, who had recently graduated from Hogwarts School, had joined the Death Eaters. In the course of securing a hiding place for one of his Horcruxes, Voldemort asked his Death Eaters for a House-elf. Regulus volunteered Kreacher, the House of Black's aged, loyal elf, telling him that it was a great honour to assist the Dark Lord.

Kreacher was brought before the Dark Lord, and the two ventured to the cave by the sea. In order to test his carefully constructed defences, Voldemort used Kreacher's blood to open the cave and made Kreacher drink the potion from the basin on the island. Kreacher was consumed by terrible pain and relived horrible memories as he drank the potion. With Salazar Slytherin's Locket in place, Lord Voldemort left Kreacher on the island either to die of thirst or at the hands of the Inferi in the lake. However, Kreacher was able to apparate back to 12 Grimmauld Place once his mission was fulfilled, as Regulus had ordered him to, since the magic that bound Kreacher to obey his master superseded all magical protections placed on the cave to prevent typical apparition in or out. House-elf magic was something Lord Voldemort considered far below his notice; therefore, he had not anticipated Kreacher surviving.

Kreacher mod

Kreacher the house elf

Regulus had been able to deduce the existence of Voldemort's Horcruxes from the vague references Voldemort made to his immortality. After hearing Kreacher's tale, Regulus decided to seek vengeance against the Dark Lord by setting out to destroy his Horcruxes, beginning with the one for which Voldemort had caused Kreacher such great pain. He ordered Kreacher to lead him back to Voldemort's cave by the sea.

The skirmishEdit

Hbplocket

The Fake Locket

Regulus and Kreacher set out to the Horcrux cave, Kreacher for the second time. As Regulus had ascertained that Lord Voldemort was keeping a locket in the cave, he brought with him a copy of the Horcrux, which he ordered Kreacher to switch with the original after the potion had been drunk. Regulus also told Kreacher to leave the cave and destroy the Horcrux, without telling anyone within the Black family what had transpired. Kreacher did as he was told, but not before witnessing Regulus dragged into the water and killed by Inferi after consuming the Drink of Despair.

AftermathEdit

Kreacher returned to 12 Grimmauld Place to fulfil his orders. However, he could not destroy the locket as he was ordered to do and punished himself severely for it. He realised that he must open the locket in order to destroy it, but as no magic he used could accomplish this task, he eventually hid the locket within the Black home.

His master's death was something that Kreacher had to live with for the rest of his life, and he was reduced to sobs when he spoke of it. The Black family searched for Regulus to no avail, and Kreacher could not inform the family of the happenings in the Horcrux cave as Regulus had ordered him to keep his silence. The loss of Regulus was incredibly hard on the Black family.

By 1996, Albus Dumbledore had also guessed the Dark Lord's secret and scoured the country for the Horcruxes. That summer, he was cursed while obtaining another horcrux,Marvolo Gaunt's Ring also ; knowing that death was imminent, Dumbledore taught Harry Potter about the Horcruxes and what they might be. In June 1997, they went to the cave by the sea to retrieve a Horcrux, not knowing that it had been replaced with a copy. Dumbledore was killed that night by Severus Snape; only after his death did Harry Potter discover that the Horcrux was a fake and that the real one had been stolen by the mysterious "R.A.B."[1]

R.A.B. letter to the Dark Lord pertaining to the Horcrux Locket

In the summer of 1995, the Order of the Phoenix took the Black family home at 12 Grimmauld Place as their headquarters. In their efforts to make the residence habitable, the Order, under the direction of Molly Weasley and Sirius Black, waged war on the house, throwing away many heirlooms, including the locket[2]. The locket was saved by Kreacher, but when Sirius died, Mundungus Fletcher took possession of the locket after ransacking the House of Black for any valuables. He was selling the items on the street when Dolores Umbridge appeared and asked him if he had a licence to do so. She let him off once he bribed her with the locket.

After they had discovered R.A.B.'s identity, heard Kreacher's tale and tracked down Fletcher, Harry, Ron and Hermione infiltrated the Ministry upon realising that Umbridge had the locket. They stunned Umbridge, replaced the locket with a decoy, and stole the real Horcrux before going on the run.

Deathly Hallows book Art (Chapter 19)

Severus Snape's patronus

Later, the trio realised that one of the ways to destroy Horcruxes was with Godric Gryffindor's Sword, as it had been impregnated with Basilisk venom after Harry slew the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Dumbledore left the sword to Harry in his will, but knowing that the Ministry would not give it to him, entrusted Professor Snape with the task of getting the sword to Harry. In the winter of 1997, Snape discovered that Harry and Hermione were camping out in the Forest of Dean; he placed the sword not far from their tent and led Harry to it with his doe Patronus. The locket attempted to kill Harry before he could obtain the sword, but he was saved by Ron at the last moment. At Harry's insistence, Ron destroyed the locket shortly after Christmas of that year.

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