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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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Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico
Having never seen that interview, I'll have to take your word for it. Your connection between the two tiaras makes sense. Dumbledore says that he is not sure why Voldemort came back that last time, but perhaps if it was not to bewitch the Hat into a Horcrux, it was to place the tiara into the Room of Requirement, which Voldemort most likely knows about.

Posted by Reilly K from Rigby, ID on March 29, 2007 1:10 PM

When JKR says that Harry isn't a horcrux it doesn't infact mean that the scar isn't a horcrux. It is absolutely possible that the scar itself is a horcrux and not Harry's entire body. By having the scar/horcrux on his forhead, Harry has a direct link to Voldemort.

Love destroy the horcrux. It is the most logical and most alluded to outcome in all the Harry Potter books. Simple.

Posted by Mavis from Orangedale, Nova Scotia on March 29, 2007 2:39 PM

Wouldn't simple love destroying the Horcrux seem kind of anti-climatic?

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on March 30, 2007 2:40 PM

I think love is all like powerful and everything but still kind of... wimpy. I'm still expecting a dramatic battle with alot of clues to an unlimited number of theories to crop up, all of which be unanswered.
I don't think the Horcrux be destroyed by simple love, but something about Harry's ability to love being stronger than Voldmort's fear of .
"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!"
But Dumbledore never said exactly what he meant love was protecting. We know, obviously, that it was Voldemort, but what if there is more to it than that? What if Harry was protected from the damage that the Horcrux could cause? Hmm?

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 30, 2007 6:28 PM

Now that Voldemort has Harry's blood, love is no longer a physical protection or weapon that Harry has. It protects him only because Voldemort cannot corrupt him. Dumbledore says exactly this in the last couple pages of the Horcruxes chapter.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on March 31, 2007 11:26 AM

Connor K
Unless Harry's blood is a physical protection in the way it could "infect" Voldemort's spells against Harry, skewing them in a way he does not expect. Intent matters with the Unforgivable Curses. If Voldemort's evil intent is tainted by the love in Harry's blood, his curses might not be as ly as they could be.

Posted by Patty from Quincy Massachusetts on March 31, 2007 1:20 PM

Dumbledore explained to Harry, when harry asked how it was possible that Nagini is a horcrux, that it is difficult to place your horcrux in a body which can act and think for itself, but not impossible.
If Harry is a horcrux,why is Voldemort so keen on destroying Harry?
I don't support this theory, though there are chances that it MIGHT just be possible.

Posted by Anonymous on April 1, 2007 05:06 AM

I don't think Harry can be the last hurcrux because of something Dumbledore tells us in Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix. It is chapter number 22 St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Malas and Injuries. I quote:

After a few seconds, the tiny puffs became a steady stream of smoke that thickened and coiled in the air... a serpent's head grew out of the end of it, opening its mouth wide. Harry wondered whether the instrument was confirming his story: he looked eagerly at Dumbledore for a sign that he was right., but Dumbledore did not look up. 'Naturally, naturally,' murmured Dumbledore apparently to himself, still observing the stream of smoke without the slightest sign of surprise. 'But in essence divided?' Harry could make neither head nor tail of this question. The smoke serpent, howerver, split itself instantly into two snakes, both coiling and undulating in the dark air. With a look of grim satisfaction, Dumbledore gave the instrument another gentle tap with his wand: the clinking noise slowed and d and the smoke serpents grew faint, became a formless haze and vanished.

There are three very intesting thing in this part that proofs that Harry isn't a hurcrux. The snake repressents Harry and Voldemort togetter as one. This might say that a part of Voldemorts soul is in Harry, so Dumbledore asks 'But in essence divided?'. Now the snake splits in 2 snakes which means that Harry's soul and Voldemort's soul are not truely connected as would be that case if Harry were a hurcrux. Confirmation about all this is that Dumbledore gives "a look of grim satisfaction".

Posted by Axel from Leuven Belguim on April 1, 2007 12:29 PM

I bet you are right. I couldn't make head or tail of that either, but it makes perfect sense has Harry's and Voldemort's soul.
But I think that the "grim satisfaction" would mean that whatever Dumbledore was doing, it was proved true, and he didn't want it to be. Which would be why the satisfaction is grim.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 1, 2007 8:42 PM

Axel: that's a very interesting, simple and plausible explanation of what happens in Dumbledore's experiment. If Harry was a horcrux, his soul would be twisted with Voldemort's soul.

I believe more and more that Harry's body contains two souls in different places:
(1) Harry's soul in the whole Harry's body, except the scar.
(2) Voldemort's soul in Harry's scar.

The scar protects Voldemort's soul, so that it can't be damaged by Harry's love power. On the other hand, Harry's power (love) protects him from being invaded by Voldemort's soul. Voldemort put his entire and power to have his soul invade Harry's body at the end of OotP, but was chased again by Harry's love.

That's how I understand the prophecy: Voldemort can't live much longer in his own old tiring body, but he can live in Harry's body, provided that he can expell Harry's soul and take the whole possession of the body. Harry can't really live with Voldemort's soul surviving inside his own body.

What Harry has to do is get rid of Voldemort's soul and accept the consequences. In this case, Harry hasn't got to , and even Voldemort might not , but become a vegetable human, something worse than .

Harry have to choose his future: his soul or Voldemort's soul. Voldemort's soul would give him power and glory and wealth. But his destiny is to simply be Harry. It's like the path in Lord of the Rings: you can go left or you can go right. Somehow, the scar works like the ring: the best and the worst thing. The best: it provides high powers. The worst: it corrupts and leads to evil. It's obvious to me that Harry make the choice of remaining pure.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 2, 2007 08:14 AM

Why on EARTH would Voldemort try to something holding his soul?! Voldemort nearly did Harry in his first, second, fourth and fifth year. In fact at the Ministry he said after taking over Harry's body:
"If is nothing, Dumbledore, the boy..."
Why would he make so many attempts to destroy a potential Horcrux?

Posted by Annemarie from Motherwell, Scotland on April 2, 2007 08:32 AM

Axel from Leuven Belguim,

An interesting analysis of the paragraph, this confirms my suspicions that Harry is not a Horcrux, but maybe his Scar is a part of Voldy's soul, that was uningly placed within baby Harry. If this is the case, it explains the link between them, first by Harry feeling his proximity and then his mood swings and finally seeing his thoughts and visions.

Voldemort Tries to Harry because he does not know that he uningly placed a piece of his soul within him when de first AK backfired.

Three things might have happened since OotP,
1.- Voldy realized what had happened and does not care loosing the piece of his soul within Harry and tries to him himself anyway.
2.- Voldy realized what had happened and attempt to extract that piece to place it in another "vessel" or "recipient" before ing Harry, thus Snape's reminder of Voldy's order to the Eaters "Do not harm the boy, he belongs to the Dark Lord"
3.- Voldy is trill unawares of this fact and is just puzzled about the connection, but wants to extract his vengeance on Harry by ing him himself, to prove the Magical World that HE, Lord Voldemort, is the most powerful wizard ever.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 2, 2007 09:11 AM

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