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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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Derek, I don't buy that theory, that JK must Harry or be bound to write sequels. Harry's world lives on whether he does or not. While I am sure there not be sequels, there could easily be sequels about Ron, Hermione, Krum, you get the picture.

And whether there or sequels or not, rest assured that the discussions on Beyond Hogwarts continue, way beyond the final book (that's why I called it *Beyond* Hogwarts!)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2007 12:25 PM

Further to my Wormtail's silver hand suggestion...I take your point, Derek, that Diggory's might have been the necessary sacrifice except for one thing - Voldemort did not Cedric in person so could the order " the spare" have caused his soul to split? Or was it 'pre-split' from the of Harry's parents?

Posted by shakespearean from bradford on February 26, 2007 12:34 PM

I believe it was Wormtail who ed Cedric with Voldemort's wand, so then Voldemort couldn't use Cedric's as the basis for creating a horcrux.

Also lets say Harry is at the end of book 7. So you'd think that would put an end to the possibility of sequels? Well in Chapter 1 of book 8 Ron steals Hermione's time turner that she managed to hold on to, goes back in time, rescues Harry, and...

Posted by mikey from New Jersey on February 26, 2007 4:17 PM

Or, Mikey, we could say that JKR is writing this book so that there cannot be any sequels, and writing a book 8 would totally ruin this effect.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on February 26, 2007 5:57 PM

well i dont think he is because well...the end just doesnt add up now does it? if he has to him but has to himself to then how can he him? (you lost? i am:P ) so i doubt this, and remember, that voldemort is the most powerful, other than dumbledore, and i think he could have easily survived without turning harry into a horcrux...i mean, didnt he have others at the time? im sure he did, so, harry survived because of the spell that lily put on him to protect him, and the prophecy wouldnt make sense if harry was the horcrux (but now trelawney is a bit of a phony isnt she?) all in all, i doubt he is, but IF he is, then well, itll just mean harry and voldemort both have to:)

And to what you mentioned yes, ing harry could easily bring up sequels which JKR has been saying forever she does not plan to write and she said that would be a reason to off harry so that NO non-author sequels come out or that no one else tries to write copies of her work, and shame on them if they do, this is going a bit off topic but im just saying why harry couldnt or could possibly .

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, Ca on February 26, 2007 7:09 PM

mikey, all the time turners were destroyed at the end of book five. and hermione turned in the time turner at the end of book 3.

Posted by dave from south windsor ct on February 28, 2007 04:22 AM

i don't think harry is a horcrux and i certainly believe that is was an AK that was used to harry. Because of the prophecy, voldemort tried to harry. What else was the reason that Lord voldemort was after the potters and they had to hide? He wanted to the person who should become the only one who could stop him. and it was only because of very ancient magic (GoF) that the spell rebounced. I believe it was mentioned in the goblet of fire that only one person survived the AK-curse and that person was sitting in front of moody (harry). A simple AK-curse could not make a piece of harry into a horcrux. It just connects two minds together so they can feel eachothers emotions.
Another point is that Lord voldemort tries to harry at the end of book four. This makes no sense when harry is a horcrux.

Posted by mark from rotterdam ,the netherlands on February 28, 2007 08:56 AM

Concerning the prophecy, I think everyone is getting caught up on the "one can not live.." portion. Remember JK likes to play with words. "Live" as everyone is reading it, means to 'be alive." What is "live" is to the effect of "living one's life."

Then "one can not live while the other is alive" takes an entirely new meaning. Is Harry "living" by not dating Ginny as Voldemont go after her? Harry is now obsessed with ing Voldemont and can't move on in his life (or live) until they battle.


Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on February 28, 2007 10:37 AM

dave from south windsor,
You're right of course about the timeturners. Then again all that was left of Peter Pettigrew was a finger. The truth is anyone can continue the Harry Potter Saga regardless if J.K. s harry off or not. To paraphrase Fudge, all it would take is invisible dementors, the reversal of time and the coming back to life; viola, book 8.
I really hope this would not be the reason that J.K. would off Harry.

Posted by mikey from new jersey on February 28, 2007 1:06 PM

If Voldemort intentionally tried to make Harry into a horcrux, why in the world would he continually try to him? If he made Harry into a horcrux at all, i would say that Voldemort had to have made it accidentally.

One other thing that is troubling me is that Voldemort only heard the first part of the prophesy. Technically there were two possible choices (Harry and Neville). I would think that Voldemrot would try to off both...then AND now...just in case.

Neville doesn't seem to affect Voldemort at all. Did he (or does he) know that Neville was even a choice? It just doesn't make sense that from Voldemort's perspective Neville is a nobody. Did Snape only tell Voldemort the first part of the prophesy and then tell him (on Dumbledore's orders) that the Potter boy was the only child who satified that criteria?

Did Dumbledore choose Harry's fate? Did Dumbledore have Voldemort try to Harry and then have Harry accidentally made into Voldemort's horcrux? why? And if so Dumbledore certainly left that out part of the story. Hmmm--is that what he was crying about in the cave?

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 28, 2007 6:32 PM

I personally think that Harry is not a horcrux because if he was, then why would Voldemort be so obsessed with ing him?! I think that the last horcrux is Voldemort's wand. He always had the wand, and Wormtail gave him the same wand as before. That means that it has been kept safe for the past 13 years (before Wormtail gave it back to him). Why would he do that if it weren't something important? The question is still unanswered, but this is a possible answer. But then again, there are many unanswered questions aren't there?

Posted by Massie from Los Angeles, CA on February 28, 2007 8:03 PM

Michael: you're right in saying that "live" in the prophecy doesn't mean alive (Harry would be if this was the meaning). I go a step further. I don't think the fact Harry has to Voldemort is the only reason why he "can't live". There is a huge difference between living and feel quiet.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on February 28, 2007 11:01 PM

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