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Lich. I suspect this means the Necromancer has read D&D books. Hey, he's had (some number of) thousand years. He's gonna read pretty much everything.

On another note, the tagboard appears to have lost its mind. The message archive looks normal when I log in, so it's not spammers, it's just showing my one old message over and over. With any luck, normality will be restored by morning and you'll wonder what my message here is talking about.
On that subject, if you post something right now, you won't be able to see it, but it's in the message list when I log in, so don't double post... it's there somewhere. EDIT: Nevermind, it's fixed.

So, the layout on this episode was a little tough, and there's been a bit of reader confusion. I did some re-edits, which I think helped, but just in case, here's the down 'n dirty explanation of what's going on:

  • Harry and Hermione are talking to the portrait of the Necromancer in the Headmaster's Office at Hogwarts. The Necromancer was a former Headmaster, and therefore has had an active portrait there for some time.
  • They chat about Horcruxes, but the big reveal is that the portrait, is, in fact the Necromancer's Horcrux. And it fully contains his soul, not a fragment. This makes him more like a classic Lich than Voldemort's version.
  • The last panel is in the Necromancer's office in his duplicate of Hogwart's Castle. He's holding his copy of his own portrait. (Recall that people inside portraits can jump to ANY other portrait of themselves that exists. And they can also cross into unrelated portraits that are mounted on walls next to them.) Thus, the Necromancer's soul can actually jump between a nigh-unlimited number of objects, and thus protect itself.
  • Harry and Hermione don't realize any of this, they think they're only talking to a helpful portrait, as the portrait of Dumbledore has suggested.
  • The Necromancer, pretending to be a mere portrait, is using this conversation to gain information of his own.

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