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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 have an idea that the last horcrux is the trophy to Tom Riddle for special services to the school in the trophy room. It would explain Tom's motive to come into Hogwarts and ask Dumbledore for the DADA job. I don't know how easy it is to store your soul and how long after a you have to do it but he could have done it before or after the interview.

Posted by Nick Scorpio from Hudson, MA on May 25, 2007 4:52 PM

In my humble opinion, Harry simply MUST be a Horcrux. It seems to me as if the entire six books so far have simply been screaming "set-up" for Harry's scar to be explained away as a horcrux in the end. Come on, fellow readers! Are we really supposed to believe that Harry is NOT a horcrux? That there could exist some OTHER explanation for why he "has a piece of Voldemort inside him" and his "scar hurts when Voldemort feels strong emotions"...for why he can be possesed by Voldemort, why he's almost put in Slytherin, why he's a Parselmouth? Why they go to extra lengths to explain that living things can be horcruxes? The entire series just SCREAMS that Harry is a horcrux.

If you ask me the only reason people argue this is because they don't want to believe that Harry has to ! And that's also why Dumbledore doesn't tell Harry, when Dumbledore has known all along. Very believable that Dumbledore would not tell Harry this out of love for Harry. Also, there is no question that Harry is an accidental horcrux, because Voldemort would have never done it on purpose, and you can see clear signs of when Voldemort stops trying to Harry at the moment he realizes that Harry is one. The entire night of Harry's parents was one gigantic mistake after another for old Voldy. I think personally that the sword of Gryffindor or some other Gryffindor artifact was at Godric (Gryffindor's) hollow-very sensible assumption- and that this was why Voldy went there instead of off to Neville. Thought he'd get the sword and make it a horcrux, see, and then Harry's mom has to go and mess everything up. And Harry's the horcrux now.

He still could have made Nagini one, if he did before he realized that Harry was a horcrux. But that would be after the Diary was destroyed anyway, so not really a net gain.

Also, doesn't necessarily mean Harry has to , but makes for all sorts of dramatic nail-biting ending possibilites. IE, Harry destroys all the horcruxes and Voldy taunts him, saying Harry can never win unless Harry s. Voldy doesn't understand that some people don't fear . Then Harry grabs him and chucks him through the veil, then jumps in after him and "dissolves" the scar-horcrux, while Voldy s a terrible . Then Harry hops back out of the curtain minus one scar. (I happen to think something along these lines is exactly what's going on in the US cover, by the way.)

Posted by Katherine from Austin, Texas on May 26, 2007 04:40 AM

I think Harry could be the last horcrux, and the only way to Voldemort in the end of the series be to himself.

Posted by Jordan K from US on May 27, 2007 8:13 PM

I know what the last horcrux is. In book 4 when the sorting hat was doing his speech, he said that godric griffindor pulled his hat off his head. Maybe secretly voldemort made it a horcrux and thats why its dirty and rippy.

Posted by Joey from chandler, arizona on May 28, 2007 01:12 AM

Katherine from Austin -

I admire your passion for your opinion. I myself donít think Harry's scar, or Harry himself, is a horcrux, but I also don't think that he absolutely has to live. If Albus believes this, but refrains from telling Harry that he is a horcrux in order to spare his feelings, or out of love, it only end up hurting Harry more, both with personal angst when he finally finds out and hinder his quest to find the remaining horcruxes.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on May 28, 2007 08:58 AM

I think that the last horcrux is Ginny.When Harry and Tom Riddle were in the chamber of secrets Riddle tells Harry that he managed to get a part of him into Ginny (or something like that) so that leads me to the conclusion that Ginny be the last horcrux Harry have to destroy. I think however that this "LOVE" that Dumbledore kept mentioning help Harry destroy the horcrux without ing Ginny, maybe he hurt her but (at least i hope) that he won't have to her.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 28, 2007 1:02 PM

I dont think that harry could be a horcrux. By Slughorn's words we can see that a wizard can not create a horcrux unnowingly. There must be some incantation for creating a horcrux. As the Dark Lord has tried to Harry several times, he could not have created the horcrux knowingly as well. so I don't believe this theory.

Posted by santhanam from India on May 29, 2007 04:40 AM

Santhanam from India,

I agree with you, in principle, but remember that when Harry was having occlumency lessons with Professor Snape, he, Harry, was trying to close his mind, and unconsciously used PROTEGO and entered Snapes mind, or blasted him back (I donít remember which of the two it was).

Afterwards Severus asked him why he had used Protego, to which Harry answered that he didn't know, that it had just happened.

If we take this into consideration, it just might happen, that as Voldemort was attacking Harry, thinking that he would make a horcrux just after his (if this is the way it is done), then the spell must have been close to the top of his mind, and could have just come out at the moment that the AK backfired.

I donít think that Harry is a Horcrux, but maybe his scar is.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 30, 2007 09:38 AM

Santhanam & Emilio

I agree that Harry himself isn't a horcrux, and especially with how Emilio suggested the scar could have become a horcrux. I posted a less complete and similar theory a few pages back, and you have filled in the gaps of how it could have happened. Dumbledore said that scars could be useful things, and not having to look so hard/far to find the last horcrux would make Harry's task easier in the last book.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on May 30, 2007 1:14 PM

The prophecy says that "neither can live while the other survives".

In your theory, you mentioned that Voldemort obviously wouldnt wan't to Harry if he's the last Horcrux...

1) He has tried and failed to Harry before, so either he wants to destroy the last horcrux EVEN if it means ing Harry, or it means that
2) Harry is not the horcrux

Dumbledore and Harry did not collect all the horcruxes so far. If Voldemort s Harry, destroying a Possible 7th horcrux, won't Voldemort survive since he still has other horcruxes protecting parts of his soul? I think so.

Posted by Jordan from Buffalo, NY on May 30, 2007 5:54 PM

Jordan:

or 3) Harry became a horcrux of Voldemort's by accident and Voldemort doesn't know it.

To your second point, all the more reason that Harry has destroy all the other horcruxes first before facing Voldemort.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2007 8:55 PM

Dave and Jordan:
Or 4) Voldemort never tried to Harry. Isn't it surprising that none of the Avada Kedavra he's supposed to send make the "strong gust of wind" that Harry feels when Crouch s the spider?
And for sure, Bellatrix sends a green light curse which isn't an Avada Kedavra.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 31, 2007 02:13 AM

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