Imagine that Voldemort were searching for a place to hide a horcrux in Utah. Where would \"He Who Must Not Be Named\" choose? While one cannot be sure, there are definitely some good options in Utah.
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In 1997 the literary world changed forever as we were introduced to an odd boy named Harry Potter. Eighteen years, seven books, and eight movies later, Potter fans around the world still adore every adventure of our heroes.
Perhaps the greatest adventure of them all was when Harry and company went to work destroying horcruxes that “He Who Must Not Be Named” hid all over the wizarding world.
If “moldy-old Voldy” (read in your best Jeeves voice) spent time in Utah, here are a few places he might have hidden his horcruxes.
The first horcrux in the Potter saga was Tom Riddle's diary. Given to an unsuspecting Ginny Weasley by the malevolent Lucius Malfoy, Riddle's diary was a source of power few could wield. A perfect place to hide a book is the Salt Lake City Library in downtown Salt Lake. With its gorgeous architecture and luxurious open spaces, it would be the best place to conceal a small diary.
Marvolo Gaunt’s ring is next on the list of horcruxes. The ring was found at the Gaunt shack, the sight of Tom Riddle’s mother’s home. With Utah’s rich history of pioneers and early settlers, there are several shacks where one could hide a small ring.
Those up for an adventure and a scenic drive — and what person seeking a horcrux isn't? — could head to one of Utah’s many ghost towns. While searching for that ring, one could also learn the Wild West’s history in person, and discover what the west was like before it was won.
Salazar Slytherin’s personal locket is the next horcrux in the stories. It was originally hidden in a cave that was cursed by Voldemort. In Utah, there are many caves where the Dark Lord could have hidden the locket.
The most obvious is Timpanogos Cave National Monument. With its beautiful clear pools of water and several different mineral formations, the sights to see are as beautiful as they are mystic.
Hufflepuff’s Cup rounds out the first four horcruxes. The Dark Lord's Death Eaters hide the cup deep in Gringotts Wizarding Bank. The bank was a maze filled with pitfalls, tricks and even dragons. While Utah may lack a full-grown Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon, we have one of the most breathtaking natural mazes in the entire world, Wizarding or Muggle.
Zion Narrows in Zion National Park is one of most popular hikes and offers breathtaking views and experiences. Hikers may hike from the bottom of the trail sans permit, or from the top with a permit, planning to spend a majority of time in water while shimmying up the canyon and looking for a gold goblet's hiding spot.
Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem is another horcrux from a founding member of Hogwarts. It was a beautiful head piece hidden in Hogwarts' Room of Requirement, where there is something for everyone. A place in Utah with something for everyone is Moab, one of the most magical places in the world.
With Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, the Colorado River, and dozens of trails and dirt roads to explore, it's no wonder this is a popular area. Moab also boasts nice hotels, wineries and gift shops featuring Native American art and, perhaps, a hidden horcrux.
Harry Potter was an inadvertent horcrux of the Dark Lord. In addition to being a gifted wizard, Harry was also a celebrity because of his athletic abilities on the Quidditch pitch. Utah is home to first-class professional and college teams, including the Utah Jazz, Real Salt Lake, Utah Utes, BYU and minor league hockey and baseball teams. You may discover an athlete — and a horcrux — as popular as Harry Potter.
The final horcrux was Voldemort’s pet snake, Nagini. This loyal companion stayed near Voldemort for several years until Neville Longbottom dispatched the evil slithering reptile. Regardless of your ability to speak Parseltongue, Hogle Zoo features a reptile exhibit and houses many types of animals. Its expansive grounds are the perfect place to hide a horcrux.