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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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herve - Observant as always! But I don't think that those curses weren't Avada Kedavra just because a gust a wind isn't mentioned every single time one is cast. Was there a mention of wind when Frank Bryce or Cedric was ed? I don't remember there being one, but I don't have access to my books at the moment to check.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on May 31, 2007 09:10 AM

My friend considered this theory for a while but I don't believe it. Again, I put it down to JK's writing abilities that she has produced another red herring to lead us on. If Harry was a Horcrux, Voldemort wouldn't try to him because he created horcruxes for safekeeping, not to be carelessly destriyed. Unless, Voldemort is unaware that a part of his soul resides in Harry, which would make more sense. I am also keen to know more about Priori Incantatem mentioned in GoF. What happen at the final battle which must inevitably come if both wands don't wish to act out actions on their brother wands?

Posted by Rashida from England on May 31, 2007 6:52 PM

Monkeeshrines: I think there was a gust of wind, at least for Frank Bryce, but I'm as poor as you are, having no access to my books right now. Another clue is the wording, but maybe it's just Jo's style: when she describes the curse Voldemort sends to Harry in OotP, she writes "a green light curse". This curse is stopped and Voldemort realizes that Dumbledore is there, invisible. Dumbledore shows up and Voldemort throws him a curse. Jo writes "another green light curse". Again, the curse is stopped and Voldemort tries again to curse Dumbledore. There, Jo writes "another ing curse". It means that the first curse sent to Dumbledore was a ing curse (Avada Kedavra), but there is no proof that the curse sent to Harry was a ing curse.

Moments earlier, Bellatrix and Harry get duelling. Bellatrix tries to summon the prophecy by sending Accio curses. When Harry retrieves his hand, Jo writes that "another green light curse" is sent to him. Of course, there was no reason for Bellatrix to Harry, and she probably wasn't allowed to do so. And she wouldn't take the risk of breaking the prophecy. This scene clearly shows that Accio curses can produce green light.

I'm pretty sure that Jo did that on purpose.

Now, I must admit that Jo left in the whole series an incredible amount of clues and hints, and she probably left open a lot of different options for the last book of the series. Maybe, only a few things were decided from the beginning (who's going to win, Dumbledore's , Sirius's ). Then, certain clues can be very logical, and not be used by Jo because she chooses another way.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 1, 2007 12:57 AM

I think you're right you know....I have been thinking it through in my head and i think you're right, harry is a horcrux and jk rowling lied she told us that he wasnt.

Posted by Teigan from sydney on June 2, 2007 06:30 AM

If Harry has to , then Voldemort would remain, but if Dumbeledore's not , which I don't think he is, then would Voldemort rule? As Hermione tells Harry in the first book,

"So, who's the only person he's afraid of?...Dumbeldore!"

So, if Dumbledores' not , then Voldemort wouldn't rule, would he? But if Dumbeledore's , then Voldemort rules. But here's something: What if Fawkes was the last horcrux? It would make sense, as Fawkes can never truly , and if it is, no one would think of Fawkes being a horcrux. Could Fawkes have been made a another horcrux? If he contains a part of Voldemort, then he should be abe to take some of Voldemort's soul, right? Tom would have had time while Fawkes was flying overhead to harry to wordlessly make him a horcrux, and what if the made was the basilisk, or even Tom?

Posted by kihara from riverview on June 2, 2007 6:28 PM

Kihara from Riverview,
I don't think that Fawkes can be a horcrux, I think that you have to make a yourself to make a horcrux and moreover, I think that Tom Riddle had not taken full-form when Harry destroyed the diary, beause if he had he would have ed him with the Avada Kedavra.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on June 3, 2007 04:35 AM

I still don't think Harry can be a horcrux.

Tom Riddle asked Slughorn what the incantation was for creating a horcrux and Slughorn said he wouldn't tell even if he knew. Now, if all it took to create a horcrux was a ing, then there would be horcruxes all over the place including those made by ministry people because, as stated during the first war the Minister allowed the use of unforgivable curses...

Therefore there must be an incantation used to create a horcrux, and if Voldy had used the incantation that night in Godrics Hollow then he would know that Harry was a horcrux...would he then try and him?

Posted by John Hancock from London on June 3, 2007 2:02 PM

I feel the dementors help harry. Dementors can suck souls, therefor, what if it sucks the soul present in the horcruxes?

Posted by Nivedita from Surat on June 5, 2007 07:52 AM

Good theory. But, when Dumbledore tells us that he thinks Nagini the snake is a horcux he tells us that it is unwise to put a fragment of your soul in something that can move and think for itself. If it is unwise to put it in a snake imagine how unwise it would be to put it in Harry.

Also, when we see Tom Riddle asking Voldemort about Horcruxes, Voldemort asks how to make one and slughorn says, there is a spell, do not ask me i do not know it. Dumbledore tells us that when Voldemort went to Harry's house that night to him, he only had made 5 horcruxes, he was 1 short, so he had intended to use Harry's to make his final horcrux. But Voldemort was hit by the spell that bounced off Harry. You need to commit a to create a horcrux, but you must also cast the spell that Slughorn mentions. Voldemort was hit by the Avada Kedavra curse he aimed at Harry before he could cast the Horcrux spell, therefore i don't thinks it is possible for Harry to be a horcrux.

Posted by Charlotte from London on June 5, 2007 12:00 PM

Maybe there are only 5 horcruxes- Voldemort might have intended to make the sixth one on the night he lost his powers, but failed when his curse didnt work on Harry. If there IS a sixth one, it'll more than likely be at Godric's Hollow unless a eater retrieved it. Voldemort wouldn't have had a chance to hide it like the locket as he didn't have any powers or a body.

Posted by Lizzy from Oxford on June 5, 2007 12:11 PM

I think that Harry is a horcrux, but that at the end, somebody else has to Voldemort (there's something about a hand in the prophecy), maybe wormtail?
And I don't agree with John, maybe Voldemort thought that, because of the spell that failed, the horcrux wasn't created.

Posted by Nad�ge from Oostende, Belgium on June 5, 2007 1:06 PM

I agree with you and in your last paragraph I understand it but yet it is confusing at the same time. It sounds like Voldemort is going to live because the only way he could (if harry is a horcrux) harry would have to himself.
Remember that this is the last book so either Harry or Voldemort is going to have to end the series...or are they?

Posted by Taylor from MS on June 5, 2007 3:03 PM

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