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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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While I agree with you that a "heavy Locket" may still be in 12 Grimmauld Place, it does not say so in my copy of OotP UK, that there was an ornate, serpentine S on it. I quote:

"A heavy locket that none of them could open...." But then - it would be so like Jo;-) to leave that tiny information out!

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 29, 2007 10:42 AM

The prophecy states that neither can live if the other s. My theory is that Ron finally gets his time in the spotlight, and that after Harry s/is ed, Ron must destroy Voldemort for good. In the first book, with the Mirror of Erised, Ron wanted to have more status than all the rest of his brothers. What better way than to Voldemort?

Posted by Susan from Denver, CO on January 29, 2007 2:43 PM

I would love Ron to be the guy who got some glory too! But the mirror, if I remember correctly, showed that Ron wanted to be 'as good' as his brother's rather than better and I think JK has attempted to tie that end by not only making him a prefect but on the quidditch team as well - exactly what he wanted in the mirror. It be best if Harry does this one on his own without fawkes or his parents or dumbledore - which does build a strong case for him or part of him being the horcrux.

Also, totally agree with Anne about the locket - there was some time spent on it.

Posted by Sarah from Auckland NZ on January 29, 2007 10:11 PM

Susan, the prophecy states neither can live while the other one survives. That doesn't imply Harry must . He can live if Voldemort DOES NOT survive, which is pretty much what we all hope.

I don't think Harry s at the end. When Agatha Christie "ed" Hercule Poirot for the first time in 1940, he was still so popular that she had to forget about it and let him leave again for several decades.

If Harry d, this would be such a shock for millions of fans (just see what happened about Dumbledore) that she would have to repair it in some way, and there would be a tremendous pressure on her to build a new book with Harry living again.

I would rather think that Harry live, deprived from almost all his powers. He be an ordinary wizard, just like Neville who has talented parents but isn't gifted.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on January 30, 2007 01:20 AM

susan, actually the prophecy says, and i quote, "either must at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives" survives, not s. and either must at the hand of the other, we learn from dumbledore that this means that as long as you-know-who, continues to hunt harry, beliving him to be the onl one with the power to him, one of them end up ing the other. and harry not rest untill he avenges his parents, and his godfather's .

Posted by david from south windsor, connecticut on January 30, 2007 04:18 AM

I am uncertain about this theory. I'm kinda going both ways on it. The Hagrid quote "That ain't no ordinary cut on your forehead....etc" and the Dumbledore quote "Voldemort transfered some of his power to you the night he gave you that, etc." suggest that Harry may be. But in "Halfblood Prince" Dumbledore stated that living things generally don't make good horcruxes (with the acception of Nagini).

So I am undecided.

Posted by Thomas from Columbia, SC on January 30, 2007 06:43 AM

Well, in a way, Harry WOULD be responsible for the of the Dark Lord if he were finding and destroying all Voldemort's Horcruxes. If Harry were to possess Voldemort's body (like Voldemort did Harry's in OotP), Voldemort would find himself in extreme agony over the emotions Harry can express.. Do we know that Voldemort can purge himself if possessed? Because Harry couldn't when Voldemort possessed him (although, Harry probably did not ever have any type of training for this eventuality)And if the Dark Lord were to order a Eater (even say SNAPE or WORMTAIL)to perform the Avada Kadavra to sacrifice himself of the pain he feels from Harry's emotions - wouldn't it just be SOOOO JKR to have Harry end up surviving THAT Avada Kadavra because Voldemort sacrificed HIMSELF? So really, Harry IS responsible for the of Voldemort through possession (and destruction of the Horcruxes) - - and it also lets Wormtail off the hook, cuz he is ing (or in this sense, maybe, purging) Voldemort FOR Harry...
I know, I know.. Its a stretch, but I am LOVING batting around sooooo many possibilities!

Posted by terri from ohio on January 30, 2007 08:25 AM

Realize that we actually doesn't know nothing from Ravenclaw... no students are friends of our hero's.. Also Ravenclaw never had the attention in the books like the other 3 had.

I think that a we can read a lot about Ravenclaw in book 7, JKR saved that for the last. Because Ravenclaw is for people with knowledge and their founder must be a VERY smart wizard. So I think that is going to play. Like the brother of Dumbledore is from Ravenclaw or something.

Why is Ravenclaw always, kind of a way, being ignored?

Posted by Paul from the Netherlands on January 30, 2007 12:09 PM

As to the comment that Olivander was kidnaped because of a 'ravenclaw wand' there is, sadly, nothing to support this. However, I should point out that if Voldemort wants to know 'everything' about Potter.. the prophesy and there is something else. Olivander wrote to Dumbledore the very day that Harry bought the matching wand. Olivander has been to Hogwarts in the very book that the two wands refused to function properly against each other with Prior Incantation (sorry not to use the latin). Only VOLDEMORT did not know WHY the two wands behaved in that manner. Oh, he might assume things, but only Olivander would know about their manufacture and relationships. My supposition is that Olivander was kidnaped for the purpose of finding out about Harry's and Voldemort's wands, not for Ravenclaw artifacts.

As to what might be a Ravenclaw artifact... She was a She after all... this is why the sudden appearance of 2 tiaras in HBP leads me to suggest that either the one to appear at Fleur and Bill's wedding OR the one marking the spot where the HBP book was hidden is a Ravenclaw artifact and hence could be a Horcrux. If this were so then Harry would not have to fight through defences to get at it. One of the problems with book 7 is that if we have to fight through as many defences as Dumbledore did in book 6 too much time be spent on these quests.. some of the Horcruxes have to be found more easily... the locket from Grimmauld place, the Tiara some one of those would help move the plot along without repetition. JKR does not like to repeat actions.. has worked Quiddich out in various ways so as to not repeat narrating games in books... the same thing have to happen in the Quest for Horcruxes.

That leave a lot of space to resolve the issue as to whether or not Harry, or the Scar, is the last Horcrux. If it were the scar alone it could be removed/destroyed without ing Harry. perhaps leaving him weaker and without some powers, but able to make the last word of the book....scar.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on January 30, 2007 9:15 PM

terri, harry would not be responsible for the of voldemort (shudders), by only destroying the horcruxes, he would only be liable for making voldemort mortal again. as for olivander being at hogwarts during priori incantatum, this is entirely coincidence. he was only there to inspect harrys wand, and we have no evidence that olivander was at the third task.

Posted by david from south windsor, connecticut on January 31, 2007 07:27 AM

Paul, Luna is from Ravenclaw, Cho is from Ravenclaw, as is, I believe, Penelope Clearwater...and that's just three of the top of my head.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 31, 2007 09:06 AM

even if the tiara is the ravenclaw horcrux, then harry have one heck of a time destroying it, most (if not all) goblin made things are indestructable. so it woul be a likley canidate for a horcrux as it cannot be destroyed

Posted by david from south windsor, connecticut on January 31, 2007 09:29 AM

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