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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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But we don't know how to make a Horcrux.

It requires, apparently, 2 steps. A (which splits the caster's soul) AND a spell to transfer the split portion to the Horcrux.

What we don't have any clues about is what order these have to be performed in. Let us assume, for argument's sake, that Voldemort arrived at the Potter's with an object to become an Horcrux. He s James and then Lilly Potter. If he planned to make the horcrux with Harry's does he first perform the Horcrux spell, or does he do it after?

If the spell were performed BEFORE he attempted to Harry, then as it all goes bad the following may have happened: Voldemort's body is ed and Harry, or his scar became the Horcrux and not the object which Voldemort had brought along.

The scar is significant as there are no apparent marks on the other horcruxes. The diary, locket and ring do not have 'scars' from being made an Horcrux. If Harry is then an Horcrux I still favor the view that it is only the scar which is the horcrux and not Harry himself.

As to the 'object' brought by Voldemort... it either be at the Potter home or have been retrieved by the same person/people who retrieved Voldemort's wand that night. ct

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on March 13, 2007 08:31 AM

Hi. Just to semi-respond to those who have suggested that Harry has to remove his scar or tamper with it in some way...JKR has revealed that the last word in the ly hallows is "scar". Unless she totally alters her narrative style, it would seem that, or alive, probably DOES still have her scar at the close of the saga.

Posted by shakespearean25 from bradford on March 13, 2007 10:38 AM

Harry still have his scar, I'm sure of it... and I dont think his scar is removeable... Because in SS, Dumbledore said, "Even if I knew how I wouldn't (remove his scar)" Or something like that...

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 13, 2007 10:42 AM

But could not the last sentence be 'and then Harry went out into the wizarding world for the first time without his Scar' or any other lead in but ending with 'without his scar'?

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on March 13, 2007 3:00 PM

Ashley from Missouri
If you remember, in the first book, Minerva McGonagall mentions the �Horrible Scar� on little Harry�s forehead and asks Dumbledore if he can remove it, but Dumbledore tells her that he could, but that Scars might be useful, like Subway maps, so I do think the scar can be removed at the end.

The last sentence can be something like "And finally, Harry would be able to walk arround without anybody stering at his scar"

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 13, 2007 6:10 PM

"Either must at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives..." there's a riddle in that line see how it says "either must at the hand of the other" can be interpreted to mean that they both each other or as voldemort s harry so too does he himself...

Posted by Morsmordre from Dallas, Texas on March 13, 2007 11:59 PM

Morsmordre: it hasn't been translated this way in french. The french translation (which I think is pretty accurate on main points, Jo being a french teacher) stands that one has to at the end of the other. Not both , but one .

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 14, 2007 09:50 AM

Morsmordre from Dallas,

I understand the "Either must at the hand of the other...", as both have the ability to the other, "...for neither can live while the other survives..." and they cannot live with themselves knowing that the oter is alive,

I do not interpret the "EITHER must at the hand of the other...", as BOTH must at the hand of the other...". EITHER is "one or the other", not "Both"

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 14, 2007 09:53 AM

Correct, Emilio. JK was devastated to off Sirius, and I doubt she has any intention to fiish the Seventh Book with a sobbing Ron and Hermione and twin s. Anyway, I see no possible way for Harry to be a Horcrux. I believe he must have had some knowledge of someone planting a portion of their soul in his very body. Yes, yes, I know the whole 'he put a part of himself within you' from Book 2. But I still sincerely doubt it. And remember, Dumbledore was on Voldy's case since Book 1, ad he was the one who made the 'out a part of himself within you' statement, he would have had Harry purged the second he met him.

Posted by Koby from New Jersey on March 14, 2007 1:46 PM

I agree that Harry could be a horcrux because, that is a very smart part on Voldemort, because he most likey realized that Harry won't want to himself. In the 7th book Harry could, instead of ing himself, find a way to get rid of the curse. Possible? Then voldemort realizes that Harry could do that and try to him first?

Could that be a possibility?

Posted by Anonymous on March 14, 2007 3:58 PM

So, I agree with the possibility, I really don't think that Harry is the last horcrux....I think that in the end, its definately going to be something else. But a major possibility would be to have something in Lily and James' house in Godric's Hollow. That would also work. Something like tapestry or a vase, something so inconspicuous that no one would ever think that it could be that...I just dont think that Harry is it, or even his scar, though it is peculiar how he is so mentally connected with the darkest wizard in the world, especially since he tried to him

Posted by zwiggly77 from Netcompton, New Jersey on March 14, 2007 4:46 PM

Could it be possible that Voldemort didn't make his last horcrux? Maybe he's still waiting to Harry to finish his quest! In that case, Harry needs only to find:
1. the locket (unless it has already been destroyed by RAB)
2. the cup
3. Voldemort's wand (remember, it contain's one of Fawkes' tail feathers and is a "brother" to Harry's wand)
4. Voldemort, himself

Posted by Pam from Yachats, OR on March 14, 2007 8:44 PM

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