Harry Potter's Apparent Plot Hole Might Have a Simple Explanation After All
Fans have long debated this apparent plot hole.
No matter what people say about Rowling, she is a fairly imaginative writer. On the one hand, that's a good thing. In Harry Potter, it allowed her to create a rich world with its own mythology, history, and rules.
On the other hand, when there are too many ideas, it becomes an arduous task to tie them together into a coherent plot throughout the seven books, and so plot holes are born.
One of these plot holes can be found in the seventh book of the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Why did Harry insist that he and his friends wear the famous Horcrux around their necks when they could have stashed it in Hermione's purse, reducing its adverse effects? One Reddit thread suggests there may be a simple explanation.
The cursed necklace was part of the trio's only hope of defeating Voldemort. And with him actively searching for the Horcruxes, leaving the necklace in Hermione's bag or another location presented a much greater risk of it being discovered and taken by the Dark Lord's forces.
For instance, Hermione almost lost her bag when the snatcher's nearly caught them. If they were prepared to leave suddenly and unexpectedly, they needed to carry it with them at all times.
Another point raised was the Horcrux's evil nature. Eventually corrupting Ron, which led to him leaving the group, the necklace had a destructive effect on everything it touched. The item's toxic influence may have manipulated the purse's magic for its own purposes. Therefore, using Hermione's enchanted purse was out of the question.
After all, it tried to drown Harry, so we know it had some influence over its environment.
This brings us to the last reason why they had no choice but to each wear the necklace. All of the Horcruxes were highly exploitative. Remember how Ginny was drawn to the diary, especially after she tried to dispose of it.
So it makes sense that the locket was compelling Harry, Ron, and Hermione as much as it was previous victims of Voldemort's Horcruxes. The most they could do to fight it was to share the load.
Based on what the fans have determined, the decision to wear the Horcrux was necessary and not as much of a plot hole as it might seem. At the very least, it highlights the strong bond between the group.
Of course, the effect of the Horcrux put a strain on their friendship. But their willingness to endure the curse together demonstrated their trust and reliance on one another. And ultimately, in the end, their friendship played a crucial role in the defeat of one of the greatest dark wizards of all time.