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'''Helga Hufflepuff's Cup''' was a [[magic]]al item created by one of the founders of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], [[Helga Hufflepuff]]. It was a small golden cup with two finely-wrought handles with a badger engraved on the side and a few jewels. The badger is the symbol of [[Hufflepuff]] [[Hogwarts Houses|House]]. The cup also has the dubious distinction of being the only object known to have been [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|stolen]] from a vault (specifically the [[Lestrange Vault|vault of the Lestrange family]]) at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]].
 
'''Helga Hufflepuff's Cup''' was a [[magic]]al item created by one of the founders of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], [[Helga Hufflepuff]]. It was a small golden cup with two finely-wrought handles with a badger engraved on the side and a few jewels. The badger is the symbol of [[Hufflepuff]] [[Hogwarts Houses|House]]. The cup also has the dubious distinction of being the only object known to have been [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|stolen]] from a vault (specifically the [[Lestrange Vault|vault of the Lestrange family]]) at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[File:Wallofportraits2.jpg|thumb|right|Helga Hufflepuff with her cup.]]
 
 
===Creation===
 
===Creation===
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[[File:Wallofportraits2.jpg|thumb|left|130px|Helga Hufflepuff with her cup.]]
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The cup was a creation of [[Helga Hufflepuff]], the celebrated Founder of Hufflepuff House. It was described as a shining golden cup with two finely wrought handles on either side and a badger engraved on its surface.The cup was said to possess many magical powers, though the exact nature of those powers is not known. Hufflepuff was brilliant with food-related charms and with [[house-elf|house-elves]], so the cup may have been the very first dining utensil at Hogwarts to assist in the magical transportation of food from the House-Elf Kitchens. The cup remained with Hufflepuff until the time of her death.
 
The cup was a creation of [[Helga Hufflepuff]], the celebrated Founder of Hufflepuff House. It was described as a shining golden cup with two finely wrought handles on either side and a badger engraved on its surface.The cup was said to possess many magical powers, though the exact nature of those powers is not known. Hufflepuff was brilliant with food-related charms and with [[house-elf|house-elves]], so the cup may have been the very first dining utensil at Hogwarts to assist in the magical transportation of food from the House-Elf Kitchens. The cup remained with Hufflepuff until the time of her death.
   
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The cup was passed down through the Hufflepuff family, and through the centuries made its way to [[Hepzibah Smith]], a descendant who kept the cup as a priceless heirloom. In [[1940s|1946]], Smith showed the cup to [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]], who was at that time employed at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. She dazzled Riddle with the cup and fondly stated she could never part with it. Along with the cup, Smith possessed [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]]. She kept them well hidden even from her family members.
 
The cup was passed down through the Hufflepuff family, and through the centuries made its way to [[Hepzibah Smith]], a descendant who kept the cup as a priceless heirloom. In [[1940s|1946]], Smith showed the cup to [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]], who was at that time employed at [[Borgin and Burkes]]. She dazzled Riddle with the cup and fondly stated she could never part with it. Along with the cup, Smith possessed [[Salazar Slytherin]]'s [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Locket]]. She kept them well hidden even from her family members.
   
[[File:Hepzibah_Smith.jpg|thumb|left|[[Hepzibah Smith]]]]
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[[File:HepzibahSmith.png|thumb|right|[[Hepzibah Smith]]]]
Smith was found dead two days later. Her elderly house-elf, [[Hokey]], recalled mistakenly putting poison in Smith's cocoa, however, Riddle had embedded a false memory in Hokey as he himself had murdered Smith for the artefacts. Riddle fled with the cup and the locket. Smith's family realised the cup and the locket were missing shortly after her death, but by that time Riddle had resigned his post at Borgin and Burkes. Riddle was neither seen nor heard of for a decade.
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Smith was found dead two days later. Her elderly house-elf, [[Hokey]], recalled mistakenly putting poison in Smith's cocoa, however, Riddle had embedded a false memory in Hokey as he himself had murdered Smith for the artifacts. Riddle fled with the cup and the locket. Smith's family realised the cup and the locket were missing shortly after her death, but by that time Riddle had resigned his post at Borgin and Burkes. Riddle was neither seen nor heard of for a decade.
   
[[File:Screen_shot_2012-04-29_at_11.29.49_PM.png|thumb|Bellatrix places the cup in her vault at Gringotts.]]
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[[File:Screen_shot_2012-04-29_at_11.29.49_PM.png|thumb|left|205px|Bellatrix places the cup in her vault at Gringotts.]]
   
 
Riddle, or [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] as he called himself at that point, transformed the cup into his fourth [[Horcrux]], using Smith's murder as the tool. Many years later he left it in the care of his trusted [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]. Although she did not know that the cup was a Horcrux, Lestrange treated the object with extreme priority, storing it in her [[Lestrange Vault|family vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]], considered to be impossible to plunder. In addition to the bank's extensive security measures, it was protected there by a spell which would cause any object to [[Gemino Curse|multiply exponentially]] if touched by anyone other than the vault's owners. In addition to this, a further protective curse was placed on the vault to cause the objects to glow hot as fire and [[Flagrante Curse|burn]] the flesh of anyone trying to remove them without authorization.
 
Riddle, or [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] as he called himself at that point, transformed the cup into his fourth [[Horcrux]], using Smith's murder as the tool. Many years later he left it in the care of his trusted [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]. Although she did not know that the cup was a Horcrux, Lestrange treated the object with extreme priority, storing it in her [[Lestrange Vault|family vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]], considered to be impossible to plunder. In addition to the bank's extensive security measures, it was protected there by a spell which would cause any object to [[Gemino Curse|multiply exponentially]] if touched by anyone other than the vault's owners. In addition to this, a further protective curse was placed on the vault to cause the objects to glow hot as fire and [[Flagrante Curse|burn]] the flesh of anyone trying to remove them without authorization.
   
 
===Search to reclaim the cup===
 
===Search to reclaim the cup===
[[File:DH2_Harry_Potter_in_Bellatrix_Lestrange's_vault.jpg|thumb|260px|Harry Potter reaching out for Helga Hufflepuff's Cup using [[Godric Gryffindor's sword]] inside the Lestrange vault.]]
 
 
{{Main|Horcrux hunt|Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)}}
 
{{Main|Horcrux hunt|Break-In of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)}}
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[[File:DH2_Harry_Potter_in_Bellatrix_Lestrange's_vault.jpg|thumb|220px|Harry Potter reaching out for Helga Hufflepuff's Cup using [[Godric Gryffindor's sword]] inside the Lestrange vault.]]
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Years later, [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Harry Potter]] theorized that Lord Voldemort had chosen Hufflepuff's Cup as an object for one of his Horcruxes. They did not, however, know where it might be located.
 
Years later, [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Harry Potter]] theorized that Lord Voldemort had chosen Hufflepuff's Cup as an object for one of his Horcruxes. They did not, however, know where it might be located.
   
 
During the hunt for the Horcruxes, Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were captured by [[Snatchers]] and brought to [[Malfoy Manor]], where Bellatrix Lestrange panicked at the sight of [[Godric Gryffindor]]'s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]] — which she had believed to be in her vault as well — in their possession. She interrogated and tortured Hermione with the [[Cruciatus Curse]] demanding to know what else they had taken. This made Harry suspect that Hufflepuff's Cup might be the other item in her [[Lestrange vault|vault]].
 
During the hunt for the Horcruxes, Harry, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] were captured by [[Snatchers]] and brought to [[Malfoy Manor]], where Bellatrix Lestrange panicked at the sight of [[Godric Gryffindor]]'s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]] — which she had believed to be in her vault as well — in their possession. She interrogated and tortured Hermione with the [[Cruciatus Curse]] demanding to know what else they had taken. This made Harry suspect that Hufflepuff's Cup might be the other item in her [[Lestrange vault|vault]].
   
[[File:Dragon_attack_Gringotts.JPG|thumb|left|260px|The dragon breathing fire as it escaped]]
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[[File:Dragon_attack_Gringotts.JPG|thumb|left|240px|The dragon breathing fire as it escaped]]
 
Later, Harry, Hermione and Ron infiltrated Gringotts with the assistance of the [[goblin]] [[Griphook]] and the use of [[Polyjuice Potion]]. As they searched the vault, Harry felt a jolt in his heart when his wand light passed over Helga Hufflepuff's cup, which was kept on a higher level. They managed to narrowly bypass the vault's securities before [[Griphook]] betrayed the trio and claimed [[Godric Gryffindor]]'s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]], as well as alerting the other goblins to their presence. The trio was forced to fleeing [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] on [[Ukrainian Ironbelly at Gringotts|one of the bank's dragons]].
 
Later, Harry, Hermione and Ron infiltrated Gringotts with the assistance of the [[goblin]] [[Griphook]] and the use of [[Polyjuice Potion]]. As they searched the vault, Harry felt a jolt in his heart when his wand light passed over Helga Hufflepuff's cup, which was kept on a higher level. They managed to narrowly bypass the vault's securities before [[Griphook]] betrayed the trio and claimed [[Godric Gryffindor]]'s [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Sword]], as well as alerting the other goblins to their presence. The trio was forced to fleeing [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] on [[Ukrainian Ironbelly at Gringotts|one of the bank's dragons]].
   
 
====Destruction====
 
====Destruction====
[[File:Ronhermionechamber.png|thumb|[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ron Weasley]] in the Chamber of Secrets preparing to destroy the cup.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_n52nxnXXtm1sl9lqro6_r2_250.gif|frame|Hermione stabbing the cup]]
 
The trio returned to [[Hogwarts Castle]] to find a possibly [[Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem|Ravenclaw-related Horcrux]], and the Death Eaters and Voldemort launched an attack known as the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. During the battle, Ron and Hermione ventured down into the [[Chamber of Secrets]] (with Ron doing a passable imitation of Harry's [[Parseltongue]] to enter) and retrieved several [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] fangs. Hermione used one of the fangs to destroy the Cup inside the Chamber, as Basilisk venom is one of the properties capable of destroying a Horcrux.
 
The trio returned to [[Hogwarts Castle]] to find a possibly [[Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem|Ravenclaw-related Horcrux]], and the Death Eaters and Voldemort launched an attack known as the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. During the battle, Ron and Hermione ventured down into the [[Chamber of Secrets]] (with Ron doing a passable imitation of Harry's [[Parseltongue]] to enter) and retrieved several [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]] fangs. Hermione used one of the fangs to destroy the Cup inside the Chamber, as Basilisk venom is one of the properties capable of destroying a Horcrux.
   
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*In the film, when the cup is destroyed, its destruction causes a tsunami to form in the nearby [[water]], and Voldemort's face to appear in the tsunami as the fragment of his soul is released and destroyed.
 
*In the film, when the cup is destroyed, its destruction causes a tsunami to form in the nearby [[water]], and Voldemort's face to appear in the tsunami as the fragment of his soul is released and destroyed.
 
*The Cup is now avaliable for purchase from the [[Noble Collection]].
 
*The Cup is now avaliable for purchase from the [[Noble Collection]].
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*In early plans, the Hufflepuff Horcrux was [[Helga Hufflepuff's cauldron|her cauldron]].<ref>http://www.pottermore.com/de/book6/chapter9/moment1/cauldrons</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey]]''
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==Notes and references==
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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[[es:Copa de Helga Hufflepuff]]
 
[[es:Copa de Helga Hufflepuff]]
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[[fr:Coupe-Horcruxe]]
 
[[fi:Helga Puuskupuhin kuppi]]
 
[[fi:Helga Puuskupuhin kuppi]]
[[Category:Founder relics|Hufflepuff]]
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[[ru:Чаша Пенелопы Пуффендуй]]
[[Category:Helga Hufflepuff's possessions]]
 
[[Category:Lord Voldemort's horcruxes]]
 
[[Category:Objects]]
 
 
[[Category:Cups]]
 
[[Category:Cups]]
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[[Category:Founder relics]]
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[[Category:Gold Objects]]

Latest revision as of 16:33, December 19, 2014

Cuupp
Helga Hufflepuff's Cup
Horcrux information
Manufacturer

Professor Helga Hufflepuff

Made

Founder's time

Usage

Dining utensil, Horcrux

Horcrux Victim

Hepzibah Smith

Owners

Helga Hufflepuff's Cup was a magical item created by one of the founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Helga Hufflepuff. It was a small golden cup with two finely-wrought handles with a badger engraved on the side and a few jewels. The badger is the symbol of Hufflepuff House. The cup also has the dubious distinction of being the only object known to have been stolen from a vault (specifically the vault of the Lestrange family) at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

HistoryEdit

CreationEdit

Wallofportraits2

Helga Hufflepuff with her cup.

The cup was a creation of Helga Hufflepuff, the celebrated Founder of Hufflepuff House. It was described as a shining golden cup with two finely wrought handles on either side and a badger engraved on its surface.The cup was said to possess many magical powers, though the exact nature of those powers is not known. Hufflepuff was brilliant with food-related charms and with house-elves, so the cup may have been the very first dining utensil at Hogwarts to assist in the magical transportation of food from the House-Elf Kitchens. The cup remained with Hufflepuff until the time of her death.

Horcrux transformationEdit

The cup was passed down through the Hufflepuff family, and through the centuries made its way to Hepzibah Smith, a descendant who kept the cup as a priceless heirloom. In 1946, Smith showed the cup to Tom Marvolo Riddle, who was at that time employed at Borgin and Burkes. She dazzled Riddle with the cup and fondly stated she could never part with it. Along with the cup, Smith possessed Salazar Slytherin's Locket. She kept them well hidden even from her family members.

HepzibahSmith

Hepzibah Smith

Smith was found dead two days later. Her elderly house-elf, Hokey, recalled mistakenly putting poison in Smith's cocoa, however, Riddle had embedded a false memory in Hokey as he himself had murdered Smith for the artifacts. Riddle fled with the cup and the locket. Smith's family realised the cup and the locket were missing shortly after her death, but by that time Riddle had resigned his post at Borgin and Burkes. Riddle was neither seen nor heard of for a decade.

Screen shot 2012-04-29 at 11.29.49 PM

Bellatrix places the cup in her vault at Gringotts.

Riddle, or Lord Voldemort as he called himself at that point, transformed the cup into his fourth Horcrux, using Smith's murder as the tool. Many years later he left it in the care of his trusted Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange. Although she did not know that the cup was a Horcrux, Lestrange treated the object with extreme priority, storing it in her family vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, considered to be impossible to plunder. In addition to the bank's extensive security measures, it was protected there by a spell which would cause any object to multiply exponentially if touched by anyone other than the vault's owners. In addition to this, a further protective curse was placed on the vault to cause the objects to glow hot as fire and burn the flesh of anyone trying to remove them without authorization.

Search to reclaim the cupEdit

DH2 Harry Potter in Bellatrix Lestrange's vault

Harry Potter reaching out for Helga Hufflepuff's Cup using Godric Gryffindor's sword inside the Lestrange vault.

Years later, Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter theorized that Lord Voldemort had chosen Hufflepuff's Cup as an object for one of his Horcruxes. They did not, however, know where it might be located.

During the hunt for the Horcruxes, Harry, Ron and Hermione were captured by Snatchers and brought to Malfoy Manor, where Bellatrix Lestrange panicked at the sight of Godric Gryffindor's Sword — which she had believed to be in her vault as well — in their possession. She interrogated and tortured Hermione with the Cruciatus Curse demanding to know what else they had taken. This made Harry suspect that Hufflepuff's Cup might be the other item in her vault.

Dragon attack Gringotts

The dragon breathing fire as it escaped

Later, Harry, Hermione and Ron infiltrated Gringotts with the assistance of the goblin Griphook and the use of Polyjuice Potion. As they searched the vault, Harry felt a jolt in his heart when his wand light passed over Helga Hufflepuff's cup, which was kept on a higher level. They managed to narrowly bypass the vault's securities before Griphook betrayed the trio and claimed Godric Gryffindor's Sword, as well as alerting the other goblins to their presence. The trio was forced to fleeing Gringotts on one of the bank's dragons.

DestructionEdit

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Hermione stabbing the cup

The trio returned to Hogwarts Castle to find a possibly Ravenclaw-related Horcrux, and the Death Eaters and Voldemort launched an attack known as the Battle of Hogwarts. During the battle, Ron and Hermione ventured down into the Chamber of Secrets (with Ron doing a passable imitation of Harry's Parseltongue to enter) and retrieved several Basilisk fangs. Hermione used one of the fangs to destroy the Cup inside the Chamber, as Basilisk venom is one of the properties capable of destroying a Horcrux.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Hufflepuff's Cup is neither seen nor mentioned in the film version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Similarly, the hypothetical Horcruxes of Nagini and an unknown artefact of Ravenclaw's are never suggested to Harry by Dumbledore prior to his death. This leaves Harry in a significantly more challenging predicament at the end of the sixth film than in the book, as he has only one lead to follow entering the final film: the original pilfered locket from the Horcrux cave. The clue he received in the film was from Bellatrix, who was in a frantic frenzy when she thought her vault was broken into.
  • In the film, Harry finds the Horcrux by sensing it due to his status as a proto-Horcrux. He is also able to find the diadem this way.
  • In the film the cup is never named; it is only called "The Horcrux" or "The Cup", and its back-story of Helga Hufflepuff owning it goes unmentioned, although there is a picture of a badger on the side.
  • In the film, when the cup is destroyed, its destruction causes a tsunami to form in the nearby water, and Voldemort's face to appear in the tsunami as the fragment of his soul is released and destroyed.
  • The Cup is now avaliable for purchase from the Noble Collection.
  • In early plans, the Hufflepuff Horcrux was her cauldron.[1]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

See alsoEdit

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