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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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Tiera, I'm not sure how Harry could have made Voldemort one of his own Horcrux's. This is evil magic and it requires a spell. Harry was a baby. I can't see how that would work. Also, Lily sacrificed her life for Harry. Harry didn't her.

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 5, 2007 1:51 PM

Are we sure that the sword is the only Gryffindor artifact left? Didn't the Sorting Hat say that Gryffindor took the Hat from his own head and it was then enchanted to do the sorting job? I grant you that all four houses presumably worked upon it, but if Gryffindor wore the hat isn't it a Gryffindor artifact?

By the way... the reaction of Petunia Dursley to the reappearance of Lord Voldemort was so strong... compared to many others, certainly compared to other Muggles this sparked a thought. While I do not believe that anyone was at Godric's Hollow, the thought that Petunia was hidden under the invisibility cloak by Lilly and James and was found hiding there by Dumbledore (who can see through the cloaks apparently) who retrieved the cloak and returned her to Privet Drive sprang to mind. And, No... I don't think Petunia or the cloak is somehow a Horcrux.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on February 5, 2007 3:24 PM

First off, i'd like to congratulate the makers in creating a truly wonderful site! until i came across this site i merely read the books at face value and for pure enjoyment and never really read to deeply into them. now i see that there may be a whole lot more to the story than i'd thought, and they've become much more fun! i only wish it hadn't taken so long for me to find it.
what i have to offer up is my opinion on the "harry is a horcrux" idea. although an intriguing thought, i do not believe this is the case. yes, it is believed voldemort reserved making horcruxes for significant s, and harry's would have indeed been highly significant for voldemort, but i believe that making harry the actual horcrux is highly inconsistant with voldemorts previous actions. he wants to harry. he's tried to harry many times, and the prospect of him wanting to make harry into a horcrux doesn't make sense to me. his horcruxes are meant to be hidden away safely to preserve the little bits of his soul that reside within. making something into a horcrux with the aim of destroying it, seems like a waste of time to me. i'm not saying it isn't possible that at the last moment in a last ditch effort to complete his goal of seven horcruxes, that voldemort didn't somehow trap a portion of his soul into harry, after all he'd just ed two people so his soul was already ripe for placement into a horcrux. i just find it quite improbable that as he is being ripped from his body he is able to preform the complex bit of magic to entrap part of his soul inside harry. and again, how much sense does it make to create a horcrux that you intend to destroy? all of voldemorts moves seem to be planned out so very well and with such depth, that i find this highly unlikely.
these are just my thoughts, and i'd be delighted to hear any opposing or sympathizing veiws.

Posted by Brandon from lawrence, kansas on February 5, 2007 11:09 PM

Hi, I think what happened at Lilly's is that LV wanted to make Lilly a horcrux, but Lilly realised that and at the same time ed herself to make a horcrux from herself in Harry('s scar). LV's horcrux was destroyed at the same time as Lilly d.
There are some clues of Lilly's presence in Harry
- Harry got Lilly's eyes
- the name 'Tom Riddle' was familiar, as a friend. Lilly knew him and was a friend at the beginning (though I guess knowing the later part of Toms life she also must have felt anger with him...)
- Jo says we learn more about Lilly. This surely is about how she protected harry, but probably more.

Posted by Ricardo from Utrecht on February 5, 2007 11:39 PM

Heather: I think that Dumbledore's words about his scar are just a joke. Such a scar would be useless to him, he never uses the Underground. It is only there to tell us that a scar can be used, like a map, to find something very important.

That's why I believe (and I know it's a pretty slight clue) that Voldemort put something under the scar, either a Horcrux or an "antenna", and it works like a bridge between Voldemort's soul and Harry's body. But the loving power inside Harry's body protected him up to now from Voldemort's intrusions.

Speaking of Godric's sword, I'm pretty sure Voldemort really wanted it to be a Horcrux. But I can't see how he could have managed that just under the eyes of Dumbledore. I can only think of two possibilities:
(1) The sword was retrieved from Hogwarts and brought back.
(2) The sword in Dumbledore's office is a false one, maybe a very old one, but not a relic from Gryffindor. The real one is somewhere else AND a Horcrux. Voldemort stepped inside Dumbledore's office to check on this point, because there is a slight difference between the two swords, that you can notice if you study Hogwarts history.

If Voldemort made a Horcrux from each of the founders relics, then Harry is not himself a Horcrux (unless he is a seventh Horcrux) but still he is closely linked to Voldemort.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 6, 2007 01:15 AM

Perhaps I'm reading this article a bit too late, but nevertheless it caught my attention. Doesn't it ring a bell that "Voldemort was ed?" He splitted his souls into 7 pieces, yes, that's right. He put them in 6 artifacts to preserve his souls, yes, that's right too. But when Voldy tried to Harry after he ed their parents, he - himself - d. That's 1 horcrux gone, if you ask me. 6 left. I don't know this too well, but I think I remember the book mentioning that Voldy WANTED to complete his 7-horcrux collection with Harry, but failed. So one of the Horcrux was made off the Riddle's caretakers when Voldy ed in him GOF. That makes 6 (with one of the pieces destroyed when he tried to Harry). And now, Voldy himself needs a piece of his 6 souls to revive, that makes only 5 artifacts out there.

Posted by Francis from New York, NY on February 6, 2007 9:28 PM

Just a quick comment on the importance of the bond between Harry and Voldy involving their blood and the gleam in Dumbledore's eye at the end of GoF. The reason I think the gleam was there was because Dumbledore obviously figured something out. As we know, has some of Voldy's power inside him. When Voldy used Harry's blood to come back to life, then perhaps Dumbledore realized that now Voldy is weaker because the blood of someone who has love in their life is now a part of Voldy. Remember Voldy has never truly felt love and that is part of the reason he is so evil. We also know that Harry shares many qualities of Voldy because of the transfer of power that took place when Voldy ed James and Lily. Perhaps Voldy is not as strong now because he has Harry's blood.

To take it a little further, perhaps Harry now have an advantage because of Voldy using his blood. Just a few thoughts.

Posted by Tbizzle FoShizzle from Lewisville, TX on February 6, 2007 9:31 PM

I think Ricardo is on to something with the the scar being a result of Lily's spell rather than Voldy's. Although I don't think it involves a Horcrux of any kind, I do like the idea of it being from Lily's spell. If the last line of the book is indeed as he says, then it would make sense if you follow my theory. Perhaps the spell that Lily used was one that allows Harry to always have protection against Voldy (or maybe just against the next person to try to harm him, which she knew would be Voldy). When he tried to use the Avadra Kadavra spell, the scar reflected it causing the downfall of Voldy. The last line would then make perfect sense if Harry does defeat Voldy at the end of book 7. With Voldy gone, the spell would be broken, thus the scar would disappear. To take it further, the spell could also include the scar to aid in Harry's protection by allowing him to see the things he has seen and do the things he has done involving Voldy. That would account for Dumbledore's words about how a scar can be useful in the 1st book.

Posted by Tbizzle FoShizzle from Lewisville, TX on February 6, 2007 9:55 PM

Considering that Harry's blood is used in the spell to bring back Lord Voldemort, is it possible as a side effect that a Horcrux for Harry was created in Lord Voldemort? We don't really know too much about the casting of the spell other then the fact that in order for it to be cast, a has to occur. Remember that Cedric Diggory was ed by Peter Pettigrew prior to casting the spell to resurrect Lord Voldemort. Also Lord Voldemort was able to touch Harry after the resurrection causing pain to Harry but none to himself which could have been when the transfer took place. It would make sense that blood would be involved in preparing the item to receive the part of the soul and that there would be pain involved in the actual transfer of the part of the soul. We do know that Dumbledore had a gleam in his eye when he heard that Harry's blood was used in the spell.

Posted by Razorback from Radcliff, KY on February 7, 2007 12:21 PM

I dont think so, Razorback (nice name btw), because you have to actually do the evil deed of ing someone before you can make a Horcrux, and the only Unforgiveable Curse that harry has ever attempted performing is the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange in OotP

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 7, 2007 3:56 PM

It seems to me the creation of a Horcrux is intentional, not accidental. Voldemort would have no reason to create a Horcrux in Harry that night in the graveyard, he was going to him. Harry does not know the spell involved, and would not have the intention anyway. Harry did not commit any , so his soul is still intact, so he does not have a Horcrux.

The question of whether or not Voldemort was intent on making a Horcrux on the night of the attack on the Potters depends on if he had already made six, or would Harry have been the with which to make Horcrux number six. If Voldemort was worried about the boy from the prophecy making life difficult for him, maybe he got all his ducks in row before coming after Harry, (and Neville next) and already had six Horcruxes.
If six Horcruxes were made before the attack on the Potters, Harry is not a Horcrux, and needs to find four(the diary and ring are no longer Horcruxes).
If Voldemort was ready to create a Horcrux from Harry's , I don't think he was in any condition to perform the spell after the AK backfired on him, so Harry needs to find up to 3 Horcruxes.
If Neville's was next and was also intended to create a Horcrux, then Harry needs to find up to 2 Horcruxes.

How Harry know what objects Voldemort would have used and where they are hidden? (hurry up, July 21)

I think Voldemort would already have six Horcruxes made before he went after Harry. With the evidence of what one Horcrux did to Dumbledore's hand, and how the protection of another weakened such a powerful wizard, how Harry overcome 4 more?
Maybe Harry end up as disfigured as Mad Eye Moody, and the last line of the book have him reminiscing about when all he had was one tiny little "scar".
Or maybe all end happily with Ginny and Harry's children looking just like their dad, except for the "scar".

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on February 8, 2007 06:00 AM

My intent was to suggest that a Horcrux for Harry was created in Lord Voldemort. The person who would have created it would have been Pettigrew. Considering that he had just ed Cedric he would have satisfied that part of the spell. We don't know for sure what else is involved, but remember that Pettigrew owes Harry a life . Creating a Horcrux for Harry could be considered a way for Pettigrew to pay his . Of course this is all dependent on a Horcrux for one person being able to be created by another person. Not sure if that would be possible, but it definately would be an interesting development.

Posted by Razorback from Radcliff, KY on February 8, 2007 11:10 AM

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