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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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Don't think Harry is the last Horcrux - it's a bit too much like the ending to Matrix for me. I think JK have something very original.

Posted by Adam from Portadown on April 13, 2007 04:17 AM

Liz from Sydney said:
If Harry is the last horcrux and he has destroyed all the others he should go to a point in time where he has the opportunity to voldemort and miss the chance without getting himself ed.

Liz, thats absolutely IMPOSSIBLE. If the two Harry's were to meet that would create a paradox... if "past" Harry were to , "future" Harry would cease to exist!

You can blame Einstein for putting the dampeners on your theory!

Posted by John Hancock from London on April 13, 2007 2:14 PM

Harry can't possibly be the last horcrux, because Voldemort is always trying to him! The point of a horcrux is to have a place to store your soul without anyone ing it, but Voldy is constantly schemeing of ways to get rid of Harry! Also, I don't think the horcrux could be one of Griffindor's, because the only known relic is in Dumbledore's office, the sword. And it probably isn't Ravenclaw's, either, for she is not a founder we know much about. Of course, niether is Hufflepuff.

Posted by Hannah from Pa on April 13, 2007 4:06 PM

I've always been a firm supporter that Harry is NOT the last horcrux. I believe there be one in the firm of a Gryffindor relic and also a Ravenclaw relic (to complete the set), I don't even think Nagini is one (Dumbledore has been wrong before).

The strongest reason I believe Harry cannot be the last horcrux is simply because Voldemort came to Harry that night in Godric's Hollow. Every horcrux so far he has come to protect, and then if he intended to a baby why give it a piece of your soul before hand.

Dumbledore stated (you included it, in your report) that power was shifted from Voldemort to Harry BUT Dumbledore said by accident, Voldemort never wanted that to happen.

Besides even when Voldemort used Avada Kedavra, and it failed no way would he have time to rip another piece of his soul as the curse rebounded on to himself.

Nice theory though.

Posted by Gagsy from Kent, England on April 14, 2007 01:07 AM

I also did not think Harry was a horcrux, but now, i am not sure what to think. JKR is a sneaky writer, and she COULD make it happen. Someone earlier said that Harry would have to make his own horcrux to destroy himself, then come back. Well, if this did happen, who would he ? And Harry is such a good guy, do you really think he could do it?
The connection between Harry and Voldy due to the possible horcux is also a good idea.

Posted by Enna from Annapolis, Maryland on April 15, 2007 6:14 PM

This is a very interesting article. It really makes you think about what J.K. is going to do with the ly Hallows. One thought did occur to me though. At the end of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore mentions to Harry that there was an alternate possibility for who "The Boy Who Lived" is. He mentions that Neville could have also been in Harry's situation which causes me to think that maybe in the end of ly Hallows, Harry has to himself and then Neville has to Voldemort

Posted by Adam from Canton, Ohio on April 15, 2007 8:41 PM

Ya know, Canton-from-Ohio, that's a very good theory. Still, I don't think Neville has anything to do with the Voldemort/Harry ing. I mean, Harry and Neville are just two possible guys. There were probably tons of boys born at the end of July. I mean, it could be an Irish wizard who J.K. Rowling never even mentions, cause the series is called Harry Potter, not Some Irish Wizard. Harry is the one we know cause that's who Voldy took action against.

Posted by Hannah from Pa on April 16, 2007 4:19 PM

Very specific guidlines were set down in the prophecy about the Chosen One; some random Irish wizard would not have fit those guidlines. Born at the end of July was only one of the requirements; I doubt that tons of wizards were "born to those who have thrice defied him" or "marked as the Dark Lord's equal" or "have powers the Dark Lord knows not" or have a mother ing to for her son.
My best friend has that same exact theory. I think the line:
"Either must at the hands of the other for neither can live while the other survives"
means exactly what it says. Voldemort Harry, or Harry Voldemort, but I highly doubt that Neville step into the situation and the most powerful Dark wizard ever to exsist, when he can't perform a Switching Spell and managed to transplant his ears onto a cactus.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 16, 2007 6:05 PM

Did anyone ever think about the Weasley Clock being the Gryffindor horcrux? I mean...there is a change that ron is a heir of Gryffindor and this could be the reason why wormtail went to him (to protect the horcrux, like Malfoy did with the book). His mother has also said in OOTF (or HBP, I'm not sure) that they were the only one with such a clock. That might be, because this was Gryffindor's.

Posted by Wwizard on April 17, 2007 04:37 AM

Alright Ashley, you got me. I'm just trying to make the point, though, that the only candidates might not have been just Neville and Harry. But speaking of "thrice defied him", what do you think Lily and James did? I mean, was it something that could affect the whole 7th book? Or did Dumbledore say it and I forgot it (that could be possible, I haven't read the book in a while)?

And Wwizard, that's a good theory. But, of course, that would either mean that they bought the clock (very unlikly, unless they lost all their money for the clock), it was a streak of luck, or they are Griffindor's decendent. This would have to mean that Griffindor was a pureblood. And then, what about the clock's faces? Those would have to be put on later on, and who would want to damage such a clock?

Posted by Hannah from Pa on April 17, 2007 2:37 PM

The only KNOWN Gryffindor relics are the Sorting Hat (GOF--"he took me off his head" etc) and the sword. Oddly enough, it was the sorting hat which held or produced the Gryffindor sword.

However, if the Hat were a Horcrux I would assume its powers of seeing into 'heads' would have spotted the soul fragment hidden within itself and ratted to Dumbledore.

Even so, it is the second known relic.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 18, 2007 2:40 PM

JKR had a highly amusing response to the Sorting Hat being a Horcrux:
"No it isn't. Horcruxes do not draw attention to themselves by singing in front of large crowds." Smiles.
I'm wondering that too, what James and Lily did to defy Voldemort. Here is my question: Has Voldemort ever expanded his evil reign out of Britian? Cause I don't think he has Eaters in Ireland...

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 18, 2007 5:19 PM

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