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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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Actually, one of the reasons that this site exists is that so few things happen in the series 'by coincidence'. Olivander was at the weighing of the wands cerimony probably ONLY to remind old readers and to inform new ones about the relationship between Harry's wand and Tom Riddle's. This then planted a 'clue' or information for what happens later in GOF.

Even so if nothing happens by coincidence, it is also a given that 'red herrings' are routine times that we and especially Harry, are misled. We, and Harry, jump to conclusions based on imcomplete information deliberatly set out by JKR.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on January 31, 2007 2:26 PM

I have been giving a lot of thought about the Avada Kedavra curse. Remember when Harry tried to use it on Bellatrix. She scolded him that he needed to use a lot of hate to make it work. I'm wondering what happens if the spell is cast and love is used. On page 366 of the HBP DD says, "...the Avada Kedavra curse does not usually leave any sign of damage.... The exception sits before me," meaning Harry's scare. Could this be a part of the finale in Book 7?

Posted by Chris Robinson from Tarpon Springs, FL on February 1, 2007 03:13 AM

I was just re-reading HBP and the passage in Dumbledore's memory when Tom Rriddle was asking Dumbledore for a teaching job shouted out to me. He suggests that Tom did not really want the job and had another reason for meeting him. Is it possible he was looking for another horcrux? Why else did he meet with Dumbledore to ask for a job he did not think he would get?

Posted by Jenna from England on February 1, 2007 06:53 AM

Why did Riddle go inside Dumbledore's office?

I had a thought about something. What if Gryffindor's blade inside Dumbledore's office was not the real one. I mean that the real one could have been lost or stolen a few centuries ago (or it was buried in Hogwart's cemetery)and replaced by a copy. What if Hermione found out this in Hogwart's history and told Harry?

There would be a very slight difference between the original and the copy and Riddle (who managed somehow to find the original one) would have made sure he really had the original and the copy was the one in Dumbledore's office. That way, Riddle would have got the real relic and made a Horcrux out of it in Godric Hollows.

Now, I have a much more far-fetched idea: I have good reasons to think the four remaining Horcruxes were a cup (Hufflepuff), a blade (Gryffindor), a stone with a pentacle engraved in it (inside Slytherin locket) and a wand (Ravenclaw). It makes sense regarding ancient wizardy and alchemy. Then, I had a look at the main disciplines taught at Hogwards, according to Mc Gonagall (what she tells Harry for being an auror): potions (the cup), DADA (the pentacle), charms (the wand), transfiguration (the blade!?). There is no need for a blade in transfiguration. But the blade could have been transfigured in something else (Nagini? or a small under the scar?). It seems pretty artificial, but the fact three disciplines correspond to three items so well might be a hint.

More seriously, I think transfiguration play a big role in book 7: it has never really been used, and Jo spends more time than necessary to describe transfiguration sessions. We don't hear much about History of Magic or Herbology. But we heard a lot about Divination, and it resulted in the prophecy in book 5.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 1, 2007 10:37 AM

how can voldemort make harry a horcrux? he wants to harry, doesn't he? he nearly s harry in the 4th book
and he is always after him! even the eaters get tempted to harry and voldemort isnt mad enough to make a horcrux which he himself wants to ...

Posted by XYZ from INDIA on February 1, 2007 8:50 PM

I have some support for your theory. It explains why Voldemort tries to Harry later on in the series, and the gleam of triumph in Dumbledore's eye after the showdown in GoF. If Harry was a horcrux, perhaps Voldemort used Harry in the graveyard the night he took Harry's blood, wormtails hand, and his father's bone. After Harry tells Dumbledore about this, Dumbledore gets a gleam of triumph in his eyes, and JK has stated many times that line is enormously important. Anyways...maybe Harry-as-Horcrux has been used, and so might not have to be for Voldemort to .

Posted by cDw from Hamilton, Ohio on February 1, 2007 10:04 PM

Well written, based on your backed excerpts from the book. However, I think that Horcrux making is not as simple as it would seem to be. For one, not every wizard who s makes a Horcrux. So, the fact that Harry could become an accidental Horcrux, assuming of course that Voldemort has already performed the pre-requisite spells, is highly unlikely. It's possible, of course.

Also, another major problem would be the fact that if Harry is an accidental Horcrux, then Voldemort has 7 Horcruxes instead of the 6. (Remember that he has to keep one fragment to live) It would therefore throw off Harry, Voldemort, and us at readers, to go to the climax of the battle only to find out there is another Horcrux. Seems unlikely.

But well written! =)

Posted by Jamie P. from Hanover, NH on February 2, 2007 05:39 AM

I think Dumbledore's gleam of triumph at the news that Voldemort used Harry's blood means Voldemort has slipped up somewhere. The ritual of blood bonding is an old one. Could it mean that Voldemort has actually vaccinated Harry against himself? Voldemort using Harry's blood might protect Harry from him by creating an even stronger bond between them.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on February 2, 2007 05:52 AM


Wouldn't the "vaccination" work both way, vaccinating Voldemort against Harry also? Harry already had protection against Voldemort.
I too have been puzzled over the triumph in Dumbledore's eyes. What kind of clue or evidence could he have deduced from what Harry told him?

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on February 2, 2007 06:26 AM

My theory about the "gleam of triumph" is not that it is a vaccination, or anything like that, but more like a Poison for Voldemort. Even though before, Voldemort couldn't touch Harry without being greatly burned (as Quirrel had). Now that Voldemort has Harry's blood, he is able to touch Harry. But It is stated in various terms that Voldemort isn't "human" anymore. When Harry was saddened in the Ministry of Magic, while Voldemort was inside his head, Voldemort felt excruciating pain. With that aside, with Voldemort having Harry's blood, it makes him a little more human, which would be a key factor in ing Voldemort. Without human blood, he is an immortal entity, but with it, he is succeptible to . If it doesn't have blood, it can't bleed.

Posted by AnieLin from San Jose, California on February 2, 2007 3:27 PM

I think Harry might actually be the last horcrux. Maybe its just because what I'm thinking is Harry have to Voldemort. Then himself so Voldemort be gone forever. Of course this is just what I think and it has no evidence behind it. Also at the end of the 1st movie the little scene where Voldemort goes through Harry rises suspicion in me.

Posted by Colleen C. from St.Louis,MO on February 2, 2007 3:32 PM

herve, does hogwarts even have a cemetery? i don't ever remember reading about one.

Posted by claire from townsville, queensland, australia on February 2, 2007 5:51 PM

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