Accepting or Destroying Ourselves

Pretty Magic in a Purse — Tom Riddle’s Diary Crossbody

As you may have concluded, I like to add a little bit of reflection and contemplation in my writing no matter the subject — including cool purses. This is a crossbody modeled after Tom Riddle’s Diary from Harry Potter, complete with a basilisk fang zipper, embroidered fang puncture and “Tom Marvel Riddle” personalization on the back.

Danielle Nicole released the Horcrux Collection with BoxLunch at the end of 2018. That is when I began my search for the horcruxes, and I am now sharing my observations on all 7 (stay tuned!).

“Well, you split your soul, you see, 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 . . .” 

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Tom Riddle’s Diary was introduced in Chamber of Secrets (book 2 of the Harry Potter series). At the time, none of us knew of horcruxes: what they were, what they do, what they mean. What we did know was it was some type of dark magic, aiming to hurt the protagonist of the story, our hero, Harry. We learn later that a piece of Voldemort’s soul was hidden inside and then destroyed.

The odd thing to me was the object that was chosen. Yes, it was his first horcrux; it could have been out of convenience or testing. But, Voldemort/Tom Riddle was never one to act on such things. He always did things with purpose, even as a young schoolboy. At any age, he despised his blood status.

He was a half blood; his mother was a witch and his father was a muggle (non magic). He wanted to be extraordinary. He wanted to be powerful. That small detail hindered him. To him, it tarnished his goals and his being.

I feel this had a profound affect on him. While the diary from the muggle world could represent his father and blood, I also believe his purpose was to defile that representation. He showed that with magic, anything ordinary can be altered into the image he saw fit. It was a deed of malicious intent towards his hateful mix and desire for purebloodedness.

Of course, Voldemort is not a role model. But, there is truth and weight into this action created by J.K. Rowling. Many of us have different characters, sides, groups that we associate with, intentionally or unintentionally. Some things we are born with or into, and others we choose. It is the ones we did not get the choice to be a part of that may collide at times. Many of us at one time or another wished (and/or accomplished) to disassociate from whatever made us feel inferior or disconnected, for better or worse.

I have experience when it comes to my contrasting cultures; my mom is Puerto Rican and my dad is Palestinian. This sentence is strikingly similar to the one I wrote about Voldemort’s lineage…

I, too, feel half blooded. It’s strange to relate to something from a fictional story, but that’s the point, isn’t it?

I never felt completely whole or that I belonged to one more than the other. Unlike Voldemort, however, I did not wish away an important part of me. With time, I realized that I am whole, but with two different parts. And that’s okay. It is what makes us unique. To accept yourself as you are, despite any conflicting sources, is to find inner happiness. It’s embracing yourself.

In today’s society, it is easy to neglect bits of who you are and shove them away so no one can see. But, it’s essentially hiding a piece of you, stowing it away in an object and creating darkness in beautiful, ordinary places. Don’t make any horcruxes from your soul, “existence in such a form… few would want it.”

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