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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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This would explain why Harry had a feeling to "bite" Dumbledore during his little fits when his scar hurt/ or he felt Voldemort's emotions. This is assuming that Nagini is a Horcrux, and that Harry and Nagini also share feelings,being that they are connected via Voldemort's soul

Posted by Greg on April 18, 2007 7:25 PM

i think some people are missing a very important point, dumbledore says that voldemort would have wanted to make his last horcrux with the of harry, but harry didnt . isn't it possible that the last horcrux was never, in fact, even made?

Posted by catheine from belfast, ireland on April 19, 2007 1:33 PM


I don't know. Maybe, I mean, we've heard about Karkaroff, haven't we? He was a eater, and a Burlgarian (or something like that), wasn't he? I mean, that could have just been that he was one in Britain, and moved to wherever.
And Voldy's whole plan was what, to gain power and rid the wizarding world of muggle borns? To be an almighty ruler, right? So wouldn't that include all of the world?
Obviously, that being his home country, he would conquer Britain first. And he could be hiding in another country, after Snape ed Dumbledore.
I don't know, maybe after (and if, I'm a big 'Voldy conquer' person) he conquers the world, he'll create another world to torture. Just a thought.

Posted by Hannah from Pa on April 19, 2007 4:47 PM

Hannah - If I recall properly, Albus had a shrewd idea that, while Voldemort did not create a horcrux the night he ed James and Lily, he had finished his complete seven-part soul set (to his knowledge anyway) afterward; I believe he suspected the ing of Frank Bryce. Therefore, by the time Albus gave Harry this information, Voldemort had indeed made his six horcruxes.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando Fl on April 20, 2007 06:45 AM

Despike JKR's pronouncement that Horcruxes do not sing in public... hiding something in the open is often more effective than hiding it where people would assume things to be hidden. My only real point is that there are, in fact, 2 Gryffindor relics known.

As to the internationality of Wizarding issues... the of the Dark Wizard Dumbledore defeats is 1945 and had a Germanic sounding name. This has always implied to me that WWII was either a war which included the respective Wizarding worlds OR that WWII was in part a cover for a huge Wizarding War(!). Given memory modifications and disinformation campaigns which wuold be involved there really wouldn't be any way to tell unless JKR were to inform us. And as there are undercurrents of Hitler's interest into unconventional metaphysical practices in the actual histories of those years there is a ready-made 'connection' between actual history and the septology's 'history'. In any event European-wide conflict cannot be ruled out in DH other than the space necessary in the book to describe it would appear to be too large for the stated number of pages.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 20, 2007 06:52 AM


You are right in saying that The Dark Lord wanted to create his last Horcrux after Harry's (according to Dumbledore).

I believe that when he "came back", even if he was very weak and still didn't have a proper body, one of the first things he must have done is to create the horcrux, and if Dumbledore is correct, this last Horcrux was Nagini, the snake.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 20, 2007 09:58 AM

Emilio, I still think that Dumbledore is partly right, partly wrong in saying that Nagini became a horcrux after Bryce's . I believe that Nagini was created after an object, tranfigured by Voldemort, and this object was a Horcrux before it became Nagini. Then, Nagini is a Horcrux but not a mortal living creature.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 21, 2007 1:01 PM

If Nagini is a Transfigured object, what do you think is the sixth Horcrux? If we have the cup, the locket, the snake, something of Gryffindor's or Ravenclaw's, the ring, and the diary, we have six, but if you say the snake is a different Horcrux Transfigured, we have five. What is the sixth, in your opinion?

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 21, 2007 4:45 PM

Someone mentioned a few pages back about Neville stepping into help. I think there is still more to him. His forgetfulness is just mentioned so often that it is almost unnatural. Maybe he knows a power the dark lord does not but has had a memory charm on him to protect him (causing his constant memory lapses). also, did he not get Ollivander's last ever wand made prior to Ollivanders dissapearance in HBP? Maybe that is an important point also.

Posted by Tirnanog from Stevenage on April 22, 2007 4:03 PM

Tirnanog, I agree with you wholly, Neville is truly important, a foil to harry, "the boy who could have been chosen." Also, how many times has JKR lied to the Harry Potter Community, I know this site is all theory and speculation, but when she comes out and says harry is not a horcrux, why would she lie?

Posted by Yahya from Glastonbury, CT on April 22, 2007 7:32 PM

If Harry is a horcrux, it would make sense that Voldemort keeps trying to him...he doesn't want all that love to run amuck in the world and prevent him from doing all the evil things he has up his sleeve. He also doesn't want that love to boomerang and destroy him; like it nearly did when he ed Harry's parents. Voldemort thinks, because he can touch Harry now, it's erased the love inside Harry...and perhaps it has, to a degree, but by using Harry's blood to come back to life, Voldemort now has love coursing through his veins and I would imagine it's like having acid dripped on your skin...a pain so horrible, it destroys him...or at least, the evil inside him. That, alone, would make Voldemort himself. He couldn't stand the ridicule of "playing nice" would it look to his followers? Maybe that's when he Dumbledore put it: (not an exact quote) "there are things far worse than ."

Posted by Dee from Somewhere south of NY on April 23, 2007 05:06 AM

Actually, it is not only that Neville's memory is mentioned so often, it is also in exactly the same language as Bertha Jorkin's bad memory was/is mentioned.

There has been however simply not a single hint as to what Neville's memory could have had covered over. Had Neville been present when his parents were tortured Bella would have tortured him first to work on the parents (see OOP comments about torturing 'the little one' first etc). None of that has been mentioned and presumably any such torture would have been as much as that which caused the parents to become insane. This has always left me at a end for speculation.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 23, 2007 07:34 AM

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