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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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"Vaccination" was possibly not the best analogy to use. I've been reading up about small pox recently, but that's another story. Literally.
I'm not sure if it would work both ways. What I meant was that taking Harry's blood to regenerate himself, especially forcibly, might have put Voldemort somehow in Harry's . I think there be some small detail based on love or sacrifice that Voldemort has missed, that caused Dumbledore to be pleased about it. It might have made Voldemort more powerful than ever as he believed, but it might also have somehow given Harry an advantage. There always seem to be checks and balances on that sort of thing. Nothing is without moral consequences. Like horcruxes. Sure as long as your horcrux isn't destroyed, you'll live. But if it is, that's it. You're damned. It might be the same with forcibly taking the blood to regenerate; take it, and you're stronger, but maybe not against the uning donor?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on February 2, 2007 7:16 PM

If Harry is a Horcrux (which I strongly doubt), it is completely by accident. Per the prophecy, Voldemort wanted to destroy Harry not make him a Horcrux.

The key question is what about Harry caused Voldemort's mortal body to ? What magic did Lily perform to save Harry? James d to protect Lily and Harry, but did not pass on any protection to them. We know that it was an ancient magic which Voldemort knows, but does not value.

My thought is that perhaps the reason why Harry has his mother's eyes (commonly thought of as very important), is that she passed her soul and life to Harry. Then when Voldemort attempts to Harry, he fails because he is attempting to a single person where as there are 2 souls twined together. This would be similar to the process needed to create a ghost (also thought of as important). This also explains why the protection of blood would be the strongest Dumbledore could devise.

Voldemort would not value such magic because it would be a sacrifice of one's soul to save another. To Voldemort, such a would be the worst event imaginable since he does not value love and self sacrifice.

Posted by Ron from Peoria, Illinois on February 2, 2007 7:22 PM

It doesn't make sense to me that Harry is a Horcrux, because somewhere in HBP Dumbledore mentions that Voldemort would probably be unable to feel if one of his Horcruxes was destroyed. This suggests that he has very little connection with his Horcruxes, and thus would most certainly not have a psychic hotline with one of them (Harry).

Posted by Kristen from Chicago, Illinois on February 3, 2007 07:59 AM

I think Dumbledore was a horcrux! it seems logical to me... We know that the safest place was "wherever Dumbledore happened to be" and Voldemort wanted them to be safe, so why not stick it in the safest being around? and its the last place anyone would look. Maybe Voldemort did it when he tried to get the job at Hogwarts (we dont know how these things are done)
He didn't for a second expect Draco would get the job done of ing him and he didn't know about Snape's unbreakable vow. J.K. also said somewhere that there was a reason Dumbledore had to , sounds like a pretty good reason to me.

On another sly note, i also think Harry is the heir of Griffindor.

Posted by Ivor from Edinburgh on February 3, 2007 10:17 AM

Well, this is a very good argument, although I disagree with part. Dumbledore hints that he believes the last horcrux was meant to be made with Harry's , since the other horcrux's were made with s that were important to You-Know-Who. If Harry is a horcrux, then it is an accidental one, which very well may be the case, especially because of the "He put a part of himself in me" line back in book two. JKR does not word things in a certain way for no reason.

Also, I have a correction. The locket was not destroyed by Regulus Black. In the fifth book, when they are cleaning Grimmauld Place, there is a "dark, heavy locket that no one could open" or something like that. That is the horcrux obviously, because this specific locket is described elsewhere as heavy. Regulus Black is obviously R.A.B. although, the locket is either at Grimmauld Place or wherever Mundungus bartered it off to (more likely, since JKR wouldn't have Mundungus bartering off things for no reason).

Posted by Melissa from Baltimore on February 3, 2007 12:50 PM

I do not think that Harry is A Horcrux! It would not really make sense! Because Voldemort is TRYING himself to Harry, if Harry is Voldemorts Horcrux, then why would he be trying to his own Horcrux? I am totaly sure that Harry is not a Hrocrux, I think that we are thinking exactly what J.K wants us to think, that Harry is a Horcrux, we are so wrapped up in that, that we dont dig deeper.

Posted by Abigail from Beverly Hills, California on February 3, 2007 2:46 PM

Why would Voldemort make a person one of his Horcruxes, because the person would surely someday, for example, say every Horcrux was found and destroyed, and Harry was one too, and he was really old, and he d, then Voldemort would have no more Horcruxes, just himself. I dont think tha Nagini the snake is a Horcrux, because she/ he can of old age! I think that all of His horcruxes are things not living things that can .

Posted by Abigail from Beverly Hills, California on February 3, 2007 3:03 PM

I really doubt that Voldemort was intentionally trying to make Harry a Horcrux. Nor do I think that he did make Harry the Horcrux. First of all, if he intentionally did try to make Harry a Horcrux, he would know that, and he would know that he was successful. There then would be no explaination for why Voldemort would repeatedly try to Harry.

At the end of CoS Dumbledore tells Harry "Unless I'm much mistaken, he (Voldemort) transferrend some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I'm sure...." So, could Voldemort have accidentally made Harry into a Horcrux? I doubt it.

From many of the posts, it seems that we have concluded that rips the soul apart, and that some sort of spell (an evil spell----beyond normal evil) is necessary to actually tear off a piece of ones soul and put it into the Horcrux.

Remember in HBP, Slughorn says to Riddle " the wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damge to his advantage: He would encse the torn potion-"
"Encase? But How--?"
"There's a spell, do not ask me, I don't know!" said Slughorn.

It just seems that creating an Horcrux can not be accidental. Now, clearly Harry does have some of Voldemorts powers. The question is how? Is there a way to transfer power that we have not really learned about? We know that Dumbledore has a scar that is shaped like the london underground. Did Dumbledore have a connection to another wizard similar to Harry and Voldemorts connection? Will we learn a way to transfer power is 7?

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 3, 2007 7:01 PM

I just read this article and I must say I am a believer.
I heard this rumor that the last line of the ly Hollows is: Hermione said, "Harry, where's your scar?"

So this would link towards this theory. So someone, (either Harry himself or some other powerful wizard) removes the scar, (which is the horcrux) and everyone lives happily ever after again!

Posted by ian from snuffleville on February 4, 2007 05:44 AM

Maybe the Gryffindor sword is a Horcrux. It was missing from Hogwarts for a while, now it has been replaced by Dumbledore, who had been searching for Horcruxes. It may be a lure to bring Voldemort back to Hogwarts where Harry may have the homefield advantage. Once Voldemort figures out that Harry is after his Horcruxes, he might check on them to make sure they are safe. I know Dumbledore said the sword was now safe at Hogwarts but he may reveal more when Harry needs the info, through notes, or through his portrait.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on February 4, 2007 06:47 AM

After closely evaluating theories on Harry being Voldemort's horcrux, I thought why couldn't that theory go the other way? Harry caused Lily Potter's , not intentionally but Lily d for him. If Harry was not in the home at the time he would not have been scarred Lily Potter might not have been . So seeing as Harry was the reason Lily d (Harry ed her)therefor creating a horcrux that Voldemort somehow keeps.

Now on another note.
If Harry must Voldemort and he is Voldemorts horcrux (vice versa Voldemort s Harry but he is Harry's horcrux) then there is only one other person the proficy mentions is Neville Longbottom. Therefor maybe Neville have the power the Dark Lord knows not (Voldemort doesn't know the prophecy refers to Neville as well). Also as stated in the prophecy - Neither can live (Harry and Voldemort) while the other survives (Neville) That concluded my theory.

Posted by Tiera from Winnipeg on February 5, 2007 09:48 AM

I haven't heard anyone else mention this, but I think the sword of Gryffindor is the last Horcrux. Remember when Voldemort came back to interview with Dumbledore to be a teacher at Hogwarts, and just before he left it looked like Voldemort might pull out his wand, or something like that? I think he did whatever is needed to cast the spell to create a horcrux and did it to the Gryffindor sword. He knew Dumbledore would always protect the sword, so it was safe. Would be a nice way to bring the whole story back to Hogwarts and Dumbledore (his office at least) in the final book and have it culminate there. I think Harry s, after destroying the final horcrux (the sword), and Snape or Draco Voldemort.

Can't wait for the book no matter what the result!

Posted by Elmo van der Laan from Amersfoort, The Netherlands on February 5, 2007 12:32 PM

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