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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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Here are some reasons that I don't think Voldemort made Harry a Horcrux, whether intentionally or unintentionally, I address each theory:

-Unintentionally: There is no way that the most powerful dark wizard of all time accidentally made a Horcrux. I imagine that it is complicated magic that could not be performed inadvertently, especially by such an accomplished wizard. As far as Dumbledore asserting that Voldemort accidentally transferred some of himself into Harry when he tried to him, it has already been established that the love of Lily saved Harry. It makes sense that in this case Voldemort did not intend the results because his crucial weakness is his inability to understand the power of love. Love is the only branch of magic Voldeomort cannot understand, thus it is the only thing that ever has or significantly thwart his intentions.

-Intentionally: Why would Voldemort make Harry a Horcrux when he could not be assured of the security of a Horcrux placed in a living being, as Dumbledore mentioned w/ Nagini (over whom Voldemort has near complete control). Also, there would be no reason for Voldemort to try to destroy a Horcrux he had intentionally created (and yes, he has tried to Harry).

The "Harry is a Horcrux" argument is interesting speculation, but I just can't see it being true...

Posted by Jessica from California on March 10, 2007 2:51 PM

Ashley and Lisa,
The challenges at the end of book 1 correspond to the specialties of each House:
Herbology was the first challenge where the trio fell into the vines.
Next was Charms where Harry had to fly to grab the key which opened the door to the next challenge
Then was the Transfigured chess set
Last was the Potions logic challenge.
Finally there was Dumbledore's enchanted Mirror of Erised.
In keeping with the books mirroring each other, I am sure Harry face similar challenges hunting down and eliminating each horcrux.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on March 11, 2007 05:42 AM

I don't think Harry is a Horcrux either.

On the other side, it seems obvious that the scar contains part of Voldemort's soul, at least until the end of OotP. If the scar is not a Horcrux, could it be an extension of Voldemort's body, connected to Voldemort's brain (imagine an external hard-disk connected through a WiFi connection)? This extension of Voldemort's body could contain part of Voldemort's soul, but this part wouldn't be torn out as it is in Horcruxes.

Is it too much far-fectched or could it make sense?

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 11, 2007 1:34 PM

Say Voldemort did make Harry a Horcrux. I figured out the prophecy part. We think Professor Trelawney means that only Harry can Voldemort. But why not take another look at it? She says that he would mark Harry as his equal. He certainly marked him, he gave him a scar. And also as his equal, a part of Voldemort IS Harry. Maybe she didn't mean that only Harry can him, maybe she meant he's the only way to him. He must be ed in order to Voldemort.

I personnaly don't think Harry must him, I think he is the only way to him. If you look at it that way, it all makes sense. The power that the Dark Lord knows not IS love, and Harry was marked as Voldemorts equal. The part of neither can live while the other survives is just as Dumbledore explained, they WANT to each other. Or at least Harry wants to Voldemort, and Harry can't live on when Voldemort isn't . Neither can Voldemort, 'cause he's got a crazy teenager after him, out there to him.

And in the Half-Blood Prince, none of the Eaters may Harry, they must save him for the Dark Lord. But maybe that's just what they presume, he wants to capture him, so he live and Voldemort's soul survive. The reason why he wanted to him in Goblet of Fire was because he didn't know some of his other horcruxes allready were destroyed, he didn't even know that someone else knew of his horcruxes, let alone someone was out there to destroy them.

Posted by Yanick from Waddinxveen, Zuid- Holland on March 11, 2007 2:07 PM

I found the comment about the horcruxes maybe having something to do with earth, water, air, etc. intriguing. Perhaps the air could have something to do with flying, like a broom or something.

Posted by Kim from Manchester on March 11, 2007 4:37 PM

I agree Jessica. I dont think Harry is a horcrux but if he is maybe its just his scar and he has to remove it or something. Maybe the last horcrux is voldemorts wand. It seems like voldemort doesnt want to get a new one. He has taken really good care of it.

Posted by Matthew from Sugar City Idaho on March 11, 2007 5:10 PM

I just thought of something to add to my previous list of enchantments that tie in with the Heads of Houses, and the elements associated with each House.


Music is the greatest magic of all, according to Dumbledore. Music calmed Fluffy before any other challenge was met. Fawkes' song calmed everyone after Dumbledore's fall from the tower.

Fawkes, representing Hogwarts as a whole, not just one House, may play a part in disenchanting a horcrux, or defeating Voldemort.

Ashly, there may be something to your Phoenix Theory, yet...

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on March 12, 2007 05:13 AM

I don't think it's possible to create a horcrux unintentionally. Slughorn said that after commiting , there is a spell that splits the sould and allows the person to put it into an object.
I also agree that with the fact that Harry is most likely not a horcrux.

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on March 12, 2007 09:06 AM

Yanick from Waddinxveen,

I have a one problem with your theory, why do you think that Voldemort knows that other people know about his Horcruxes?

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 12, 2007 09:56 AM

Emilio from Mexico City,

If you read carefully you may have seen me say I don't think he knew allready, that's why he thought it's ok to Harry in GoF. And I think he knows now, because of the happening in the Chamber of Secrets, when the diary got destroyed. Dumbledore said Voldemort was furious at Lucius Malfoy when he found out the diary was destroyed, and I think Voldemort's clever enough to think of the possibility that someone may have used Veritaserum on Lucius. And I also think the Dark Lord knows that if that person would be Dumbledore, Dumbledore could have figured out that it was a horcrux, based on what Lucius said and Harry explanation of what happened in he CoS.

Posted by Yanick from Waddinxveen, Zuid-Holland on March 12, 2007 1:58 PM

I was bored and re-reading for the umpteenth time GoF, and I marked about 50 phoneix references in that book alone. There are five books that we see Fawkes (we didn't know about phoenixes in book one) so think about how many Canary Creams that is... sorry F&G; moment there...
But seriously we talk about phoenixes alot thats why I think it would make alot of sense.
And as for doing a "Gandalf", I'll find a loophole.. somewhere..
And to Emilio and all it concerns--
As far as I know, and Dumbledore's shrewd ideas turn out pretty accurate so this is probably right, Voldemort still thinks that "he alone knows about his Horcruxes." and I quote that from my hero, thanx very much!

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 12, 2007 4:08 PM

Herve, i really don't think that Harry is a Horcrux either, but i do think that they have a connection through that scar. If Voldemort had made Harry into a Horcrux intentionally, it makes no sense that he would be trying to him. Although I have entertained the idea that perhaps Harry was made into a Horcrux accidentally, and this still may be the case, it just seems far fetched. We know that a specific spell is necessary and for that reason, it could not have been accidental.

So the question is Herve (and I am in agreement with you) what is their connection? I think that we have not been told the exact definition yet. They have a connection and we don't know it's name. I have all sorts of visuals. I don't understand electronics as you do, but i have other visuals. Perhaps a long microscopic fiber that links Voldemort's soul to Harry's scar. I imagine a piece of chewing gum or silly putty stretched on either end. in the middle there is that hair like thread of a connection. This may be the link, but not a true Horcrux.

Posted by Heather from NJ on March 12, 2007 5:33 PM

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