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    Humanoid Heart

    That title sounds odd.

    Earlier, I was thinking about the inhumanity of Voldemort. If you define him generally, he is a humanoid creature who cannot feel as a real human being does.

    I've got this character. Her name is Priscilla.

    So I was wondering. Could you not use magic to make yourself humanoid at heart, not completely human? Just not using such dark magic as Voldemort did.

    Another way to phrase the question: Do you think that one could obliterate a certain emotion with magic? I've got this idea that Priscilla might not be able to feel fear because...either she's very confident and quick, or she might have performed some sort of magic upon herself that prevented the feeling of fear from coming to her at all.

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    I'm sure that it could be possible to create a humaniod heart, I'm just not so sure that it could be done without Dark magic.

    I have a few reasons for thinking this. One of the defining characteristics of Dark magic is that it goes against the natural order of the universe (taking control of someone's mind and body, taking their life before their time, or contorted the body in ways that could not be done otherwise to cause severe pain). A heart is said to be what defines us as humans, a creating a non-human heart and to have one beating inside one's chest seems like something that could go against anything that could be conceived as good.

    This is just reasoning on literary basis. Does anyone have reason based on anything else?

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    Do you think that one could obliterate a certain emotion with magic? I've got this idea that Priscilla might not be able to feel fear because...either she's very confident and quick, or she might have performed some sort of magic upon herself that prevented the feeling of fear from coming to her at all.
    You can block sadness with antidepressants, pain with morphine, hyperactivity with Ritalin and endorphins with narcotics ect so I think it would be possible to block an emotion using magic, because you are able to do it through muggle methods, so why not magical ones.

    There is a brilliant book series called Fearless by Francine Pascal. The main character Gaia can't feel fear due to a genetic abnormality; maybe you could find a spell that mimics the DNA altering effects of radiation??

    I really like this idea, good luck

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    The main character Gaia can't feel fear due to a genetic abnormality; maybe you could find a spell that mimics the DNA altering effects of radiation??
    I may actually go and read this book. But as for the spell, I'd need help. I think it's close enough to what I'm looking for: changing up the DNA. See, I needed something that is permanent, that is a part of the person, not just an aid like morphine...which, I think, only holds off pain till a later point...

    A heart is said to be what defines us as humans, a creating a non-human heart and to have one beating inside one's chest seems like something that could go against anything that could be conceived as good.
    I'm not trying to create a heart--I just need to change it. That probably would be even Darker, haha. How Dark you guys will classify it? It's just messing with the person's brain and attitude, not like killing someone and then splitting the soul. I'm only trying to make Priscilla more confident and clear-headed in the face of danger--she's not completely Dark. She does bad things, but it's not like the Death Eaters or Voldemort. This lack of fear simply helps her.

    What do you think? That can't be so bad.

    Also...I might have a flashback. So how would the spell work? What might the person have to do? We don't know how Horcruxes are created, but this will probably be less complicated. So any help?

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    I personally think it would be a very Dark thing to do, but, of course, you can be Dark and not be a Death Eater. The two terms aren't synonymous, but I do think that ultimately changing your genetic make-up would be seen as very Dark magic.

    Why does there have to be a spell to make her not feel fear? Can't she just find a new determination to overcome her fears? Is there nothing you could do to the character to make her naturally just not see the dangers of what she's going to do? To me, it doesn't seem like you want your character to be a Dark wizard, so why do you want a spell? Not saying that using a spell is wrong, but that there might be a less complicated way of getting what you want.

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    I'm only trying to make Priscilla more confident and clear-headed in the face of danger--she's not completely Dark. She does bad things, but it's not like the Death Eaters or Voldemort. This lack of fear simply helps her.

    If you're completely taking away all her ability to fear, that wouldn't make her just "confident and clear-headed" and "simply help her". In my opinion, not feeling fear would be more of a hindrance than anything. She'd not fear for her life, so she would be incredibly reckless and probably die very soon. She'd not be afraid of getting hurt, so how long until she loses a limb?

    I'm sorry, but I really don't see the advantage in this. That's why I'd go with Sarah's idea rather than actually altering something (because that's very black-and-white, while Sarah offers a grey area.)

    The genetic altering or whatever would cause her fears to be entirely switched off. All her fears. There's a reason why we're afraid of stuff - it helps us survive. Not being scared doesn't make you stronger.

    I think I just don't really get what you're trying to do with this.

    How Dark you guys will classify it? It's just messing with the person's brain and attitude, not like killing someone and then splitting the soul.
    "Just" messing with someone's brain and attitude actually sounds very dark to me. Only because the Horcrux is like the darkest thing you could possibly do doesn't make what you're planning less dark, even in comparison...
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