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The Founders' Items

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I’ve been thinking recently about the Founders’ items which we see in canon (this was actually prompted by an interesting story that I read set in the era).  Godric Gryffindor left behind the Sword of Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff left Hufflepuff’s cup, Rowena Ravenclaw left her (lost) diadem, and Salazar Slytherin left the locket.

 

By the time that we properly get to learn about these items in the books, it’s because Dumbledore has realised that Tom Riddle sought out those items and intended to turn them into Horcruxes, because of the magical connections and properties that the items had.  But obviously that can’t have been the purpose of those items in the beginning, and we see that Gryffindor’s sword has special properties – it’s goblin-made, so it only imbibes that which makes it stronger, but it also comes to Gryffindors in times of need, when they have shown themselves to be true Gryffindors.

 

It made me wonder whether the rest of the items were also intended to be used in similar ways.  Ravenclaw’s diadem is associated with knowledge purely on the basis that Rowena owned it, but we know little of its properties or intended effects.  It’s the same for Hufflepuff’s cup and Slytherin’s locket, though both of these items are passed down through the families for generations, going to those who are direct descendants of the Founders in question, rather than presenting themselves to any “worthy” member of that house.

 

Do you think that each of the Founders created (or commissioned) these items with a specific purpose in mind?  Do you think that they all had magical properties or were somehow connected to their houses and house qualities?  And should they have all been passed down to descendants, or helped those who needed it?

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Tanda

An interesting topic, Sian.

 

🏆I remember my child was sorted into Hufflepuff at Pottermore when he answered eating food is important to do the next action, something like that. So I think Helga's cup could produce food for those who is hungry. 

 

💍Considering that Tom Riddle made some people believe in his idea about his circle, I think the ring could let the holder have the ability of oratory to get political power.

 

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