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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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Cristina: That's a very good question. But how do you think Harry could go on knowing he's got evil inside him? Wouldn't Dumbledore chance not telling Harry if telling him meant Harry might not go on with his quest to destroy the horcruxes and then Voldemort?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2007 08:41 AM

as to your second point, according to the prophecy, if we believe it refers to Harry, Lilly and James would have "thrice defied" Morty. Perhaps he did take a couple of shots at Harry before that Halloween.

I do agree that there is little chance that Harry, or any part of him, is a Horcrux. with all that's been made of "Lilly's protection" it would be easier to convince me that Harry was Her Horcrux. and I don't see that happening....

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 08:45 AM

Dave: First i want to say that i love your dumbledore is not article. i despratly hope that you are right, and really hope that you are wrong when you say that harry . At the end of OOtP dumbledore explicitly tells harry that he tell him everything. why would he leave something this important out, as it would be the only way to voldemort? and after all, wasn't that what he is trying to do in the whole of HBP? then wouldn't that be a waste of harry and dumbledore's time?

Posted by David Anastasio from South Windsor, Connecticut on January 9, 2007 08:54 AM

what if Harry's scar does is a horcrux... if that's true it means that if Harry has got all the horcruxes destroyed except the one in his scar he is able to defeat the horcrux in the body of Voldemort. then if he does Voldemort is still alive but only in the scar of Harry, it is possible that after Harry has ed Voldemort he has to himself in order to get Voldemort . that would also fit in with the prophecy "one cannot live further when the other still survives". that means that Harry cannot live further while the other survives because he has a too big hate to Voldemort, and it also would say that Voldemort can't live further when Harry is still alive because Harry is a horcrux. I hope this isn't true and Voldemort and Harry live but this could be an end.

Posted by Job Starreveld from Woerden, Netherlands on January 9, 2007 09:42 AM

like I said earlier, I do not believe that Harry is the last horcrux. But I can see one way Harry could be a horcrux AND get around the whole Voldemort trying to him problem.

Did anyone else notice that it could be possible for there to be more than one voldemort at one time? Or at least the way I see Horcruxes makes it possible. To me, it seems as though you need to set a Horcrux active in order for it to work. In the Chamber of Secrets, someone needed to write in the diary to set it active.

ok I know this sounds crazy but think about it. So, for example, two different horcruxes became active around the same time. Remember when Tom Riddle came out of the diary? But there was also the fragment of Voldemort somewhere in that forest. So wouldnt it make sense if there were multiple Voldemorts?

This brings me to the point that I have about Harry, how would Voldemort made Horcrux become "active" if it was in Harry. What if he needed Harry to in order for the Horcrux to work? It would still go with the prophecy "Neither can live while the other survives." So lets say Harry is ed and the Horcrux inside him become Voldemort. It all works doesn't it?

(even though I have just written all this defending the theory that Harry is a Horcrux, I have to say that it seem incredibly unlikely and I doubt it happen

Posted by Kate from Wisconsin on January 9, 2007 10:04 AM

you know, what if Voldemort never made the sixth horcurx? Maybe he meant to create one after he ed Harry, to finish off his Horcurxes. I mean it would be a good to finish with, ing the one person who is destined to you.

Posted by Dory from Ocean on January 9, 2007 1:01 PM

Kevin, I think the prophecy states that the one who can vanquish Voldemort is born from people who had already defied three times Voldemort, before the birth. It doesn't tell anything for what may happen afterwards. It just seemed to me that if Lily and James had already been attacked by Voldemort, they would have taken the unplottable protection earlier. Just a thought.

In favor of "Harry's scar as a Horcrux" theory, I have one more clue. I wondered why Harry had to destroy the Horcrux before Voldemort was ed. As we saw, the of Voldemort doesn't automatically start the next Horcrux. Then, you can him and afterwards take care of the remaining Horcruxes. However, the drama cannot be anything but a quest for Horcruxes and then (and only then) the last fight to between Harry and Voldemort, and hopefully Harry's final victory.

Jo can manage it this way: to Voldemort, you need to get him in front of you, with absolutely no chance to disapparate if the situation turns awkward for him. So he needs a real good reason to come and stay where he is.

Then, it can stand this way:
1) After 500 pages of searches, Harry finds three of the four remaining Horcruxes (one from each of the houses, except Gryffindor) and s them as Horcruxes. As objects, they are stored in the room of requirement, along with the ring and the diary.
2) Snape gets to know about it and steals the objects.
3) Snape and Voldemort (who trusts Snape) realize that no more Horcrux exist, but the one that is in Harry's body.
4) They get inside Hogwarts, find Harry there and give him the choice of following Voldemort. They would join their forces and dominate the world. Snape asks Harry to do so (knowing that an advice from him would never be followed).
5) Harry makes his choice not to follow Voldemort.
6) Voldemort asks Snape to Harry (Voldemort cannot because of the twin wand).
7) Snape shoots an AK, but it is a fake one. Instead, he sends a very precise Sectumsempra curse that opens the scar and gets the Horcrux outside of Harry's body.
8) Harry puts his hands to his head and falls. When he realizes he is not , he understands (and us too) that Snape is on the good side.
9) Harry fakes , but when Voldemort approaches, Snape and Harry turn their wand towards him and him.

Why not?

Posted by herve from france on January 9, 2007 1:23 PM

i see where you are coming from.

but we all know that in harry potter and the goblet of fire, voldermort tried to harry in the duel in the graveyard. and in harry potter and the order of the phoenix, one of the members of the order said that harry messed up voldermorts plans because he survived in the graveyard and he wasnt supposed to.

i like the thought, but to me, it just doesnt make sense.

Posted by Whitney Ramsay on January 9, 2007 1:56 PM

I am glad you gave us this article Dave. After I finished reading it I cannot say that I am totally against the idea that Harry is indeed a Horcrux....

I don't know if this is important, but while rereading some chapter's today of CoS I came across this:

Quote: "And while Harry was sure he had never heard of the name T.M. Riddle before, it still seemed to mean something to him, almost as though Riddle was a friend he'd had when he was very small, and half-forgotten."

I think that here is something going on, why would Harry have the feeling that this unknown RIDDLE was known to him? I shudder to think that a piece of Voldemort's soul REACTED when it heard Ron mention his name!

You said: "It would be easier to convince me that Harry was Her (Lily's) Horcrux. What if this IS the solution, that in fact Lily made out of Harry a living Horcurx, while sacrificing her life for her son?

In effect, Lily Potter ed herself, because Voldemort gave her the chance to live. We know that Lily was very good at charms. She was also Horace Slughorn favourite student. IF he told Tom Riddle about Horcruxes why not also Lily?

Could it be that the AV Curse rebounded because Lily sacrificed her soul or some of it? WE are told over and over in the books that Harry has Lily's eyes. Does he have Lily's eyes because there is a bit of her soul in him?

Jo has told us that we learn something important about Lily in book 7. Is this the big revelation?

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 9, 2007 2:19 PM

Mistral: As to Harry feeling he had known the name before, I always assumed he had read it on one of the trophies in the trophy room and had forgotten it... But I like your explanation better!:-)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 9, 2007 2:22 PM

So many posts comment on the theory that LV wouldn't try to Harry if Harry is indeed a horcrux of his. True. But, it seems probable to me that since LV lost control of the situation that night in Godric's Hollow and the curse rebounded on him stripping him of a body, the torn part of his soul that was to be housed in a receptacle (whatever it may have been) ended up in Harry instead causing the scar--the mark of an evil curse (according to Hagrid). It is possible that having been stripped of his body made him lose awareness of where his soul was going. Without a body, he was then in no condition to fix anything.
Also, we have never been told how much of a soul is actually torn off the original when making a horcrux. If, and this is pure speculation, it is half, Harry does not have half of LV's soul. Doing the math, Harry who would have been horcrux #6 has only one/sixty-fourth of LV's soul residing in his body. Enough to create a connection (the two-way emotions during OofP), and enough to cause Harrry pain, but not enough to make LV want to protect Harry. He probably hasn't even noticed. According to DD, he might not even know where it's housed since he did not deliberately set out to house his soul in Harry Potter. LV wanted to him originally because of the Prophecy and each time he tried, he was foiled. This kid is a nuisance already!
Maybe the end be LV finally realizing Harry is a horcrux as he pushes him through the veil--so he jumps in after Harry to get back his soul but--too late.

Posted by Hannah on January 9, 2007 4:39 PM

This theory makes perfect sense, there are rumors saying a main character s in the seventh book. My theory is what if dumbledore put a horcrux in Harry?

Posted by Harry from great falls montana on January 9, 2007 6:02 PM

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