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Is Harry the last horcrux?

by David Haber

In Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, we learned that, to make himself immortal, Lord Voldemort ripped his soul into seven pieces, and created six horcruxes (the seventh piece of his soul still residing in his body). We know or suspect about five of the horcruxes. Is it possible that Harry is the sixth horcrux? There are clues to suggest that he is.

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the sixth horcrux could never be something of godric gryffindor because his most valuable thing is the sword which harry destroyed the basilisk with which is safely kept in dumbledores office. so the sixth horcrux should be something of rowena ravenclaw

if harry potter was a horcrux why would voldemort try and him several times? ok lets say harry potter was a horcrux and if he got ed voldemort would still live because he still has a part of his soul in him.

Posted by Smiley from Sydney on January 26, 2007 05:55 AM

responding to what someone said a while ago...
i'm not so sure you do have to say a spell to create a horcrux. or maybe you do, but this time because of the circumstances, it seems like he wouldn't have had to be saying any special words. Vodemort just murdured someone, and he's trying to muder another, but that person is saved by love, which causes the spell to bounce off and hit voldemort who basicaly s (except not really because he had his horcruxes elsewhere). he very easily could have ripped his soul in half with the murdurs and acidentaly sent one half into harry when the curse rebounded.

Posted by kaity from here on January 26, 2007 1:17 PM

why would voldemort constantly be trying to his OWN horcrux?

Posted by laura on January 26, 2007 6:38 PM

I don't think one can accidently make a horcrux no more than one can accidently make a polyjuice potion or accidently send an avada kedavra curse, ing someone. I'm of the thought that it's very tricky magic, done with great s. I could be wrong though.

Posted by Mikey from New Jersey on January 26, 2007 8:26 PM

I like the way you explained the theory, but I agree with Mikey. A Horcrux involves a complex piece of magic, as said by Slughorn to Tom Riddle. 'Accidentaly' doing it does not sound very realistic (right... as if magic is realistic:p).

I still believe the 'powerful evil curse' was nothing but the avada kedavra. But let me take your line of thought, and assume the 'evil curse' was indeed something meant to make a horcrux, it contradicts the 'accidentaly done' point again because for any evil curse to work one must really really mean it (according to moody alias crouch jr in GoF). Just as an accidental avada kedavra cannot a person, an accidental horcrux is not likely to happen.

This theory would gain more substantiality if Voldemort had indeed wanted to make Harry as a Horcrux and succeeded in doing that, in the process destroying himself. That would mean Harry is definitely a Horcrux.

This brings us to another point. A lot of people think that if Harry is a Horcrux, then he must himself to completely destroy Voldemort. This I feel is a misconception. I believe there must be a way in which the soul inside a Horcrux may be destroyed while not harming the 'container'.

To support my point, take the case of the ring. In HBP, we have the following line in the 'Horcruxes' chapter -

'Yes indeed,' said Dumbledore, and he raised his blackened,
burned-looking hand. The ring, Harry. Marvolo's ring... (removed)...The ring is no longer a Horcrux.'

He says the ring is 'no longer a Horcrux', he does not say the ring is no longer there. So he has just fought through the ring's protection and destroyed the soul inside it. The ring is still intact.

Even the diary was not completely destroyed. Only the soul in it was removed by Harry.

So I think if Harry is a Horcrux, he does not need to actually himself in order to defeat Voldemort.

Posted by jamuna on January 28, 2007 06:00 AM

I have been wondering if Harry is a SOLUTION for the of Voldemort - not the SOURCE of Voldemort's demise.. Maybe he has to possess Voldemort's body (in the same way Voldemort possessed Harry in OotP..) And in doing so Voldemort is in such enormous pain that he orders one of his Eaters to him, thinking he just come back through one of his Horcruxes - that he is unaware that Harry has destroyed. In doing so, Harry fulfills that one part of the prophecy that Voldemort is unawares - he possesses the power that the Dark Lord knows not -- LOVE... So Harry, like his mother, sacrifices HIMSELF, in his love for his friends.

Posted by Terri from Ohio on January 28, 2007 11:21 AM

I think that is a great assumption. The clues do all lead to that and I've been doing everything to find out what happens in the 7th book and I read somewhere that Harry's going to so it could be possible Harry is going to himself.

Posted by Isabel from Indianapolis, IN on January 28, 2007 11:28 AM

Harry could carry a Horcrux from Voldemort, even inside his own body (the scar is a logical place for it).

But being himself a Horcrux would mean he shares Voldemort's soul. We saw that happening once, with Voldemort and Quirrel (PS/SS). Dumbledore said that Quirrel could share his soul with Voldemort because he looked for power, glory, and so on. Harry couldn't have shared his soul with Voldemort because he doesn't care about power and is full of his mother's love.

Dumbledore also said that Harry was what he chose to be, a Gryffindor and not a Slytherin. He may have to choose again, not between life and , but between his tremendous magic powers and Voldemort's defeat.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on January 29, 2007 12:11 AM

I believe the invisibility cloak is a Ravenclaw or Griffyndor item and might possibly be the last horcrux. Any other theories on that?

Posted by Chris Robinson from Tarpon Springs, FL on January 29, 2007 12:33 AM

Harry Potter is the last horcrux.

Dumbledore stated that he believed Voldemort was saving horcruxes for really meaningful s. And Harry's parents would've been that last excellent for him.
This plan obviously backfired. When Voldemort was hit with the warped and somehow deflected Avada Kedavra curse, it ripped apart what was left of him. This part could've been transfered to Harry unintentionally, but also unavoidably.

I think Book Seven be resolved with Harry realizing that he must for humankind to go on because he and Voldemort are, unfortunately, forever connected through blood, through magic and through the prophecy.
And if the whole thing (about the other pieces of the soul stay on earth until all are released) is true, then it would be necessary that he sacrifice himself for the betterment of the world. In the words of the prophecy:
"neither one can live... while the other survives."

In addition, Regulus Black is R.A.B. and I dont think the horcrux he stole has been destroyed. It was in Grimmauld Place when Mrs. Weasley and crew had to clean it out. He once lived there, obviously and probably wanted to do what he could to stop Voldemort before his own eminent .
It was a locket with an S on the front. It was extremely heavy and couldn't be opened no matter how hard they tried. There was quite a bit mentioned about it and while reading it, I thought it a bit odd that so much time be spend on a seemingly meaningless locket.

Posted by anne from nyc on January 29, 2007 01:40 AM

Rowling has refused to guarantee the safety of any of the characters, up to and including Harry. That has fuelled all the speculation that he is going to . No one really knows except JK Rowling and probably her editor, also possibly her husband. While I'm prepared to speculate on practically everything else, I wouldn't like to hazard a guess on whether or not Harry survive. Which is going to make reading the last book all the more exciting - as long as I can resist the temptation to cheat and read the last page.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on January 29, 2007 02:12 AM

terri, in OoTP when dumbledore shows harry the prophecy, it says that "either must at the hand of the other". and dumbledore tells harry that as long as voldemort continues to hunt down harry, then one of them end up ing the other.

Posted by david from south windsor, connecticut on January 29, 2007 04:14 AM

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