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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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As to which curse... it is not only Moody who puts the AK forward. The films clearly use bright green light... Harry Remembers the green light from through his eyelids (this I wonder at as most light through eyelids is red) however... I concede that other curses do use green light spectrum effects but the classic AK is with green light..

Oh.. and if we are to speculate on the final ending as to Harry. Ponder this idea please: If the Scar itself is the Horcrux... remember the last word of book 7 is 'SCAR'. Let us imagine that the Scar were a horcrux.. when Voldemort is fully defeated, both living and the one to emerge from the Scar afterwards... Then the last line of the last book would be something like... 'and then Harry Potter steped into his new life, a life finally without a Scar.' The elimination of the Scar would then be the break between childhood and adolescence and adulthood and his new a normal person/wizard.

As to how we know that a tiara is Ravenclaw's... there is nothing other than suddenly tiaras appear in book 6. As I said, these could be 'red herrings' but... if it is preferred to be Ravenclaw's... it wont be Griffindor with a tiara and Huffelpuff already had the cup. (which Bellatrix may know the location she tells Snape that the Dark Lord has entrusted her with his most precious... and then breaks off the sentence) And, as one Tiara is at the wedding it could easily be the subject of conversation at the wedding which leads Harry to remember the Tiara at Hogwarts and leads him to recover it there. We are only making deductions here...if it were clear there would be no mystery.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on January 8, 2007 7:59 PM

Trying to make sense of the mysteries is half the fun of speculating. And, there were tiaras in HBP. But, knowing JKR's penchant for basing so much of her books on legends, mythology, etc. with her own twist or take on them, there might be a connection between Celtic legend (relating to British Hallows) and Ravenclaw's wand. Although, I'll concede that there's been nothing in the books so far to suggest that direction except the new title and apparently the other "hallows" such as the stone, sword and cup have been connected to the other three founders/houses.

Posted by Hannah on January 8, 2007 9:46 PM

There is one obvious flaw of the "Harry is a horcrux" that does not stand up. From Sourcerers stone until GOF the physical contact of Harry Potter was poison to Voldemort. It caused Professor Quarrell to disintegrate. How could a Voldemort Horcrux survive in Harry Potter for that many years with this in mind?

Posted by Chris from pennsylvania on January 8, 2007 10:20 PM

This just came to me. What if it's his trophy at hogwarts? The one Ron kept having to polish because of the slugs he kept throwing up? I'm too lazy to go look in the book right now....but it is a trophy to him...

He couldn't have made Harry a horcrux because Harry has dreams about the night his parents d, and nowhere in those dreams, is a spell like that being said. Only the ing curse is said.

Posted by Armin from California, USA on January 8, 2007 11:47 PM

Well, I heard this theory a little too often and it's quite weary. However, I totally don't support this theory as Voldemort is about the most powerful wizard in the world and would have somehow realized if harry was a hocrux. Plus, remember what dumbledore said in the half-blood prince?He said that voldemort continue to hunt harry so the question is why would voldemort want to destroy his own hocrux if what I've said is true?

P.S. A very happy birthday to snape, my most fave HP character.

Posted by Tiffany from Godric's Holllow on January 9, 2007 02:03 AM

This topic is great and the opening article remarkable.

I first believed that Harry might be a Horcrux, for the same good reasons, but I abandoned this theory because I cannot imagine how Harry could survive this. Of course, in a romantic point of view (Romeo and Juliet), Harry's final sacrifice would make sense, but HP series seems to have more roots in heroic fantasy than romantic literature.

I then thought of Harry's scar being the Horcrux. For a good reason, it would be a removable one (you can remove it, for instance with a Sectumsempra). Harry could get it away and he, or somebody else, could then destroy it. At the end of the story he could feel "as if he just started to live, now that he had got rid of that evil scar".

I have now a slightly different idea, since I re-read Dumbledore comment to Mc Gonagall at the very beginning of SS/PS: he wouldn't remove Harry's scar because a scar can be useful. He uses a parallel with a map of London Underground. What use do you make of this one?

Posted by herve from strasbourg, france on January 9, 2007 05:06 AM

ok so I do not think that Harry is a Horcrux because of many reasons.
1. Why on earth would Voldemort try to Harry several times if he was containing another part of his soul?

2. Dumbledore said that he thinks Voldemorts snake is a Horcrux because of the amount of control he has over it. Voldemort does not have THAT much control over Harry. Sure he knew how to get Harry to the department of mysteries and he got Harry into the Chamber of Secrets. But in both of these times, Voldemort was not controling Harry moer thaqtn just creating a situation that he knew Harry would rush to someone's aid.

3. Also (this kind of ties into my first point), Voldemort tried to Harry the night he got his scar. Think about it, it does not make sense. If for some odd reason Voldemort made Harry a Horcurx and then decided to him, why would he not Harry when he made the Horcrux. I mean, he was not interested in Harry until he heard the prophacy. And who's would Harry be a trophy of? It can't be either of his parents because the whole point was to Harry.

Posted by Kate on January 9, 2007 05:49 AM

Dumbledore warns Harry that even though Morty has shreded his soul and put pieces of it in hidded locations, his mind and his powers are not diminished.
Which leads me to believe that the soul has nothing to do with ones powers.
So it wasn't Morty's soul being put in Harry that gave Harry some of Morty's powers, so it must have been some as yet un-named transference.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 05:51 AM

There are several objections about the Horcrux being a part in Harry's body. Although they are pretty convincing, there are some answers.

1) Why did Voldemort try four times to Harry, since Harry first came at Hogwarts? If the Horcrux is Harry, it does not make sense. If the Horcrux is a part in Harry's body, such as the scar or anything next to the scar, it would probably not be destroyed by AK: the AK curse would Harry, but his body would remain just as before and Voldemort could get the Horcrux back.

2) Why then did Voldemort try to Harry at first? The purpose of Voldemort, when he came at Godric Hollow, remains a mistery although I'm pretty sure it was not only to get rid of Harry: Lily and James used a Fidelitas charm only a week before their , so Harry must have been an easy shot for Voldemort for more than one year long, and probably so was Neville. However, no attempt of ing Harry and Neville has been quoted so far.

3) If Voldemort wasn't to Harry (in the sense of getting life away from his body), then what did he do at GH? I have some hints, but it still seems too crazy to me to be exposed here. Anyway, it must be something that failed. Of course, the fact he tries to Harry shows that having an ambulant Horcrux just under Dumledore's nose is of no confort for Voldemort.

4) If the Horcrux was inside Harry, how would it bear Harry's contact? It's a good point, but Harry can handle a Horcrux without damage for the both of them: he does it twice with the diary. The Horcrux could act the same way if it was on - or inside - Harry's body.

Posted by herve from strasbourg, france on January 9, 2007 07:30 AM

I truly hope that Harry lives, but the forecast looks grim at the moment. Originally, I wouldn't let myself consider that Harry would have to sacrifice himself (as I couldn't bare it). But the facts are plausible and I can see Harry morally justifying giving his life the save others. Just the other day it dawned on me that the very first chapter was "The Boy Who Lived", wouldn't the story come full circle if he did in fact in the last chapter? I hate to say it, but it makes sense to me. My fingers are crossed, good luck Harry! Also, JKR might be lying about Harry not being a horcrux... if someone asked me in an interview the question that gave away an entire 7 book series; I would say "No" too.

Posted by Christina from Canada on January 9, 2007 07:50 AM

If voldy knows that the scar is a horcrux after book 5 why does he tries to him in the end, at the golden fountain? or doesn't he knows then?

Posted by george from the netherlands on January 9, 2007 07:58 AM

This is really interesting, i firstly wanna say that i also really enjoyed the "dumbeldore is not " article and am desperatley hoping you are right!

There are some really good quotes and ideas here that make me half believe it.. and yet i wonder wouldn't Dumbledore have figured this out? and if he had wouldn't he of mentioned it to Harry, to tell him?

Posted by Christina from Greece on January 9, 2007 08:19 AM

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