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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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I must admit, at first I had a EUREKA moment when I thought about Harry being a horcrux. It would definitely be a brilliant element within the plot of this entire saga. In fact, it would probably be the pinnacle of all the climatic events in the stories thus far. However, if Harry was a horcrux, what so many of you are saying (or thinking despite your wishes) is true. Harry cannot Voldemort without ing himself first. And unless Harry is going to become a ghost and then Voldemort, I don't believe that is going to happen. Maybe J.K. expected us to suspect that. After all, there is a variety of speculation to be done with the horcrux factor now isn't there? Also, Voldemort has tried to Harry in the past. Multiple times! He would not jeopardize his own existence. Of course, maybe he doesn't know. But before adequate speculation can proceed I and all of you would have to accept the fact that Harry is in fact the final horcrux. Or, we could just hypothesize, there is no harm there. It is all so complicated. Harry, one person tied to Voldemort in a way that others barely understand. Do we have reference to a person becoming a horcrux, I mean to say, other than the performer of the encantation? Is it common? And if it is possible, which I am sure, wouldn't it be more formidable than simply performing the Avada Kedavra curse? Honestly, this is maddening. The point is, if Harry Potter is a horcrux, we all know what has to happen, and that seems literally impossible. But of course, somethings, particularly events witnessed with these stories, defy what is possible. We might be analyzing the entire situation to hard in the first place, making it more difficult than it really is. Relief be provided when the book is released. So, is Harry a horcrux...

Posted by Ryan from Sulligent, Alabama on March 22, 2007 5:54 PM

harry did a stinging hex or something accidentaly in his occlumency class, so you can do a spell unintentionally. the spell for horcruxes might be different though...

Posted by oatmeal from chapel hill on March 22, 2007 6:02 PM

Well, I hate when theories are punctured like this, but, I made an error in saying what if Voldemort didn't know about Harry becoming a horcrux. He IS the creator. I suppose I am sort of desperate for Harry to be one because of plot climax and all. But, you never know!

Posted by Ryan from Sulligent, Alabama on March 22, 2007 6:07 PM

Yes, I know Dumbledore said to Harry in HBP, "Horcruxes": "That seventh piece of soul be the last that anybody wishing to Voldemort must attack the piece that lives in his body." This is often used as a argument that Harry can't be a horcrux.
But does that make sense? What if you destroy 5 Horcruxes, then /destroy/... Voldemort's body (so releasing his 7th part of his soul) and after this destroy horcrux #6?
I always see the picture (someone here used it) of the horcruxes being tent pegs holding down a tent in the storm (like holding back a person's earthly existence from passing to ). Would a tent stay standing in a storm if you first pulled some pegs, then cut it to pieces with a knife and after that pulled the last peg? Definitely not.
So why couldn't Horcrux-Harry first destroy 5 horcruxes, then /destroy Voldemort's body and after that commit suicide (and so give Voldemort the final blow to )?
Thus having said I still think that Harry is not a hrocrux.

Posted by jens from freiburg, germany on March 23, 2007 4:59 PM

Jens: I believe you're over-analyzing the horcruxes. Remember, it's only Voldy who invented the idea of multiple horcruxes, nobody in their right mind would ever have thought of making more than one, that means that the horcrux is designed to work with just one. Having just one anchors you just fine. I think the consensus on this is that the multiple horcruxes do not have "additive power". They are simply "insurance". One anchors you just as well as six, but if one is destroyed, you still have five, etc...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 23, 2007 8:23 PM

Dave, don't know if there is a misunderstanding. I aimed at the necessary order to Voldemort:
Is it only possible to first destroy the horcruxes and then (and only then) Voldemort (his body) with the result of Voldemort being finished forever (soul, body, earthly existence, magical powers,...) or (as I believe) is the order irrelevant and you might just start with Voldemort's body?
We could of course reduce this question to one person with one horcrux: I believe first ing this person (body) and then destroying the horcrux would result in the person being really . Of course only if you destroy the horcrux before some little helper restored the person's body (as Wormtail did in the end of GoF).

Posted by jens from freiburg, germany on March 24, 2007 08:49 AM

But what you're forgetting is that it's just not that easy to the body of a wizard. If it was, the evil wizards wouldn't need curses like the AK, which s you and leaves your body looking like it wasn't even touched. Even a really nasty curse like Sectumsempra was cured with no more than a scar remaining.

So, I understand your point about ing Voldemort's body first and then making it impossible for him to stay around by then destroying the last horcrux. But I think we can safely say from evidence in the books that Wizards don't so easily from physical causes.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 24, 2007 08:53 AM

Couldn't Harry just perform surgery, have some fun stamping on his scar until it was mushy paste and then throw it in the trash? Another question. Scars usually go away after some time. I got burnt accidentally once and got a scar but recently the scar has gotten fainter and you really can't see it now. So how comes Harry's hasn't come off?

Posted by Eaten from Toronto on March 24, 2007 12:07 PM

Because Harry didn't get his scar from a cut or a bruise. It's a scar from a magical curse. In Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid tells Harry, "That was no ordinary cut. That's what you get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh." And Dumbledore tells McGonagall, "He'll have that scar forever."

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 24, 2007 12:17 PM

Also, the Propechy said something about: by attacking him, the Dark Lord would mark him as equal.

This would explain it wouldn't it? If Harry is a Horcrux, then Harry has 1/7th of Voldemort's soul, and the real Voldemort also has 1/7th of his soul, so they are equal.

Many people (including Dumbledore) have interpreted this "equal" part as having Voldemort's abilities (parseltongue, etc), but they could be wrong.

Posted by hendrata from Boston, MA on March 25, 2007 08:35 AM

it is very intresting but i have some comment.
if harry had voldermorts 6th soul in his scar couldn't he just cut the scar off and then heal himself afterwards? also harry could make a horcux himself by ing the snake so he could himself after making one and come back alive. he would still have d but only for a moment so that the sole in his scar would be destroyed. could it be possible?

Posted by Francesca from Qatar, Doha on March 26, 2007 04:35 AM

i agree with what hendrata said so mayby the way is to make a horcrux in voldermort then himself and voldermort have one less 1/7 of a soul then voldemort and hip hip hurray he is !

Posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2007 04:42 AM

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