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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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it's a good idea, but a specific spell is needed to make a horcrux. I know we haven't been given much information about them, but I don't see how a horcrux can be made without the giver of the soul planning it. Just say a bit of soul was transfered to Harry, would it have been put back when Voldemort used his blood? Can a soul join back up? If so, is this why Dumbledore had the mysterious gleam of triumph? Or Lily's protection, which (correct me if I'm wrong) runs out on the Dursley's house, but not Harry himself, prevent Voldemort actually ing Harry? I also do not think Harry . This is simply due to the fact JKR has said no more harry potter books are planned, but she hasn't said never. True these could be either prequels or sequels, but how can it be "Harry Potter and the..." if Harry is ?

Posted by mmc from sa on May 1, 2007 9:34 PM

On the official J. K. Rowling website, Helga Hufflepuff is the May Wizard of the Month. When you click the link, you get a drawing of Helga with her Cup! I wonder if Rowena Ravenclaw be the June Wizard of the Month...

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on May 3, 2007 2:02 PM

I also think that Harry is not a Horcrux, due to the prophecy. If I understand it well, it says that Voldemort can't live while Harry survives. If Harry was a Horcrux, the wording would be the exact opposite: Voldemort can live as long as Harry (his Horcrux) survives.

Harry's scar and Voldemort are connected. I think this connection includes Voldemort's soul: Voldemort's soul lives in Harry's scar. But I don't think it is a split part of Voldemort's soul, like in a Horcrux, but the same part of soul, which is shared between Voldemort's body and Harry's scar. This way, Harry can receive some bits of Voldemort's memories, just like in a pensieve.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 4, 2007 1:44 PM

I do not think that harry is the last horcrux, because as slughorn says, "a horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed a part of his soul" (pg464Hbp) so naturally why would voldemort split his soul's sixth part in his worst enemy. as david haber stated, harry being the last one it isn't justified. splitting a soul is an intentional thing and not done accidently.

Posted by Abhishek Kaulgud from Pune,Maharashtra on May 6, 2007 04:19 AM

In posts about Snape I've said I thought the chapter names are important. When I've written stuff for myself and I've used chapter names, I've always made it somehow refer to what happen/be discussed in the chapter. I think JKR has similarly chosen the best names to tell the reader without giving too much away. She has also carefully chosen character and place names. Keeping this in mind, I think the name of chapter 1 of HP1-The Boy Who Lived, is very important. Regardless of some details that may've changed over the years, JKR still would've known whether Harry would ultimatly live or at the end of book 7. Knowing this, he could have been given anyname in this 1st chapter, but The Boy Who Lived was chosen. Whether Harry is a horcrux remains to be seen, but I think at the end of book 7, he remain, The Boy Who Lived.

Posted by mmc from sa on May 7, 2007 5:46 PM

i really don't believe that harry's the last horcrux... i have no idea what the 7th horcrux be, if it is an object or an animal or whatever. anyway, jo already said that harry's NOT a horcrux. so i believe in her.

i don't think that horcruxes could be made or done accidentally... as what you've said in your article "the horcrux is described as the most evil of any magic, so evil that its very mention is banned in Hogwarts.". the process of accomplishing a horcrux is complex and it couldn't be just a simple Alohomora-ish spell that could easily be said verbally/nverbally. sure, voldy's careless to not know that Lily's love could bounce back his avada kedavra but i DON'T think voldy's that sooo stupid to accidentally make Harry as his last horcrux. and anyway, he already made 5 horcruxes before that night at Godric's Hollow right? so that makes perfect sense that voldy's expert enough to make one.

on the thought of ginny as the last horcrux, wow. that's total sadism for jo! but i have to admit, this plot is brilliant and more possible. jo's one great author and i don't think she would end the harry potter series with one boring/typical ending (they all live happily ever after.. blah blah).

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 13, 2007 03:06 AM

Hannah from Pa & Ashley from Missouri---

The three of us are wondering the same question: What was the 3 things James & Lily did that made them defy Voldy? What we only know is that James and Lily didn't join Voldy's Eaters or his side. That's one thing they might have done to defy him. How about the other 2?

You know I had a weird thought last night.. after pondering on that question. And it resulted into a funny yet possible theory of mine...

Tom Riddle, Lily Evans and James Potter were schoolmates that time before Lord Voldemort rose to pure evilness. Maybe Tom fell in love with Lily Potter before? As in head over heels or maybe to the point of being obsessed? This isn't impossible as Lily was a charming lady.. And confirmed information posted at says that "We find out something "incredibly important" about Lily Potter."

Maybe that's one of the reasons why Tom hated Lily and James so much, because they defied him by being together. And maybe that's why Voldy was so not immuned to Lily's love... because he never had Lily's love.

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on May 13, 2007 03:50 AM

In HBP Dumbledore clearly states that by trying to Harry and fulfilling the prophecy Voldemort created his own worst enemy. If somebody is looking for immortality, why would he do so? And isn't it too dangerous to put Horcruxes in animals, let alone people? This is too farfetched, and Rowling denies it.

Posted by Dennis from Netherlands on May 13, 2007 04:49 AM

I dont think that Harry is a horcrux, i think that he was one. I dont know if you think like this too, but when Voldemort came back alive at GoF he needed Harry's blood, becuase Harry was a horcrux. He told Peter Pettigrew in the beginning of GoF that "The boy is most important" or something like that. But this is only my theory.

Posted by Anonymous on May 13, 2007 3:45 PM

Ashley from Baguio City,

Riddle was long gone from Hogwarts when James and Lily where stu there, only Hagrid was there, but a few years behind Tom.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 14, 2007 3:43 PM

I do not think Harry is a Horcrux. You included two passages from the books in your article:

"You can speak Parseltongue, Harry," said Dumbledore calmly, "because Lord Voldemort -- who is the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin -- can speak Parseltongue. Unless I'm much mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I'm sure..." "Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?" Harry said, thunderstruck. "It certainly seems so." (CoS pg. 332/245)


"Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. Thats what yeh get when a powerful evil curse touches yeh." (SS/PS pg. 55/45)

I would like to add that Dumbledore or Hagrid did not know about the Horcruxes in Philosopher's Stone or Chamber of Secrets. They probably hadn't even speculated the possibility yet.

Posted by maddy g on May 14, 2007 3:45 PM

Ariel Kuperman from Melbourne, Australia

i'd never actually thought of that before, yet it seems so obvious.
It makes sense, as to bring himself back to life he needs to use a horcrux

however, there is one flaw i literally just thought of, if Dumbledore had suspected this, would have been the gleam of triumph, would he not have told Harry this when they were trying to guess what the horcruxes were?

but a really really good point

Posted by Catherine from Belfast on May 15, 2007 1:28 PM

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