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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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Charlotte has a point, there where five horcruxes the day that Voldemort attacked the Potters, as he could not make his sixth and final horcrux that day, he made Nagini his sixth and last after ing the muggle caretaker of his fathers estate.

At that point in time The Dark Lord thought that he already had a 7 piece soul earthbound, his six horcruxes and the piece remaining in his body, it was untill later that he found out about the Diary Horcrux's destruction. He still does not know about the destruction of the ring, and probably not even about the missing locket.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 6, 2007 10:02 AM

Charlotte, Emilio: There is nothing in canon that stands for sure that Dumbledore is always right. Jo herself said he's never far from the truth, and Dumbledore himself says he makes mistakes.

Dumbledore thought that ing Harry or James would give Voldemort the opportunity to produce his sixth Horcrux. But there is no evidence that he had only made five Horcruxes. And once again, Nagini could be a Horcrux if she is in fact an object transfigured.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 7, 2007 01:08 AM

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.
Unless he made Nagini his last one as you said...

Posted by Lizzy from Oxford on June 7, 2007 01:19 AM

This article brought a question to my mind that I had not considered before. In GOF, when Tom Riddle's father and grandparents are discovered , the muggle authorities are stumped because there is no mark of on the three bos. They appear healthy and unmarked, but very .

So, if the A.K. curse does not leave a mark, why does Harry have a scar? Does it have something to do with the spell going wrong? Did Lily's protection cause the ing curse to bounce off but result in a scar where the curse was deflected? Is that the mark left by Voldemort's (inadvertently) making Harry a horcrux? I have tended not to give much credence to the idea that Harry could be a horcrux because JKR said he was not. But the appearance of a scar, when the ing curse does not leave marks, is interesting.

Posted by Cathey Hargrove on June 7, 2007 06:25 AM

Cathey: interesting thoughts.

We know that the scar (or something underneath the scar, in Harry's head) has magical properties and is connected to Voldemort: it gives special abilities to Harry like speaking Parseltongue, it almost fouls the Sorting Hat, it sends Harry bits of memories from Voldemort's brain, it ackes everytime Voldemort is near Harry or angry.

Learning whether the scar was made by Voldemort prior to the curse he delivered, or is a result of the curse itself, is capital. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until the ly Hallows to get the answer. My belief is that the scar was made by Voldemort intentionaly, and had a special purpose. But I guess I'm deeply in minority on this site by thinking so.

It might even be possible that if the scar is operating, and carrying Voldemort's soul, then an Avada Kedavra wouldn't Harry, for it doesn't damage the body, but only release his soul and Voldemort would take possession of Harry's body. The protection over Harry would have saved his soul and rejected Voldemort's soul. That's just a wild assumption, though.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 7, 2007 10:15 AM

JKR has been evasive or cryptic when she does not want to answer a question but, to my knowledge, she has never lied to us, so I think we should believe her when she tells us that HARRY is not a horcrux.

To my knowledge, she has never denied that the SCAR is not a horcrux, so it might have been an unintentional Horcrux. If we believe Dumbledore's deductions, Voldemort had in mind to make his last Horcrux with Harry's , so he might have had in mind the spell to make it.

When Harry was having Oclumency lessons with Professor Snape, he (Harry) inadvertently used the Protego spell to ward of Severus' intrusion to his mind, this same thing could have happened to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named when the AK bounced of Harry, thus creating the Scar Horcrux.

Herv�, I am still not convinced about the object transfigurated into Nagini, which could be possible, but I do believe that Nagini (transfigurated or not) is the last horcrux ever produced by Lord Voldemort. You are right in saying that there is no EVIDENCE to point out how many horcruxes The Dark Lord has made, but we can safely assume that his goal was to have a seven piece soul, just as seen in Slughorn�s real memory (obtained by Harry), six horcruxes and the one residing in his own body.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 7, 2007 11:31 AM

Emilio: if an object is a Horcrux (like the locket) and this object is transfigured into an animal (let's say the locket becomes a small tortoise, just to make fun), is this animal still a Horcrux? In my theory, I thought that the sword could have become a Horcrux much earlier.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 8, 2007 06:08 AM

I don't think that Harry's scar is a horcrux, BUT

If it is a horcrux, Harry does not have to be to destroy the horcrux. The other objects are not destroyed, they still exist. They are just no longer horcruxes.

Posted by Wanda on June 8, 2007 7:47 PM

i don't think Harry is a horcrux.
first, because Dumbledore said it was Lilly's love that made the AK curse rebound, hence leaving Harry with his famous scar.
And second, when the curse works as its meant to, it doesn't leave a mark, hence the reason the riddles were unmarked when they were found.

also someone said there was no evidence that lord voldemort had never gone after Neville at all. well then tell me why was Neville's parents tortured into insanity? my theory is lord voldemort sent his eaters to find the whereabouts of Neville (who was secretly hidden at his gran's) while he went to Godrics hollow after Wormtail betrayed Lilly and James.

Posted by sarah evans from geelong, australia on June 10, 2007 5:24 PM

Sarah Evans,
First of all Voldemort had already vanished when Bellatrix, Crouch Jr. and Rodolphus Lestrange attacked the Longbottoms because they thought that Frank and Alice being aurors they would have information about The Dark Lord's whereabouts. The only thing i don't get is why they didn't or drive Neville insane too.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on June 11, 2007 05:31 AM

I agree with Wanda; a horcrux doesn't necessarily have to be destroyed, it only has to cease being a horcrux, which means if Harry, or his scar, is one, he won�t have to /get rid of his scar.

Um, Sarah. Bellatrix attacked Frank and Alice AFTER Voldemort's fall in order to find Voldemort's whereabouts. There has never been any real mystery about this as it is stated explicitly in Goblet of Fire when we first learn of the attack.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 11, 2007 05:54 AM

sarah evans from geelong,

As far as we know, Bellatrix went to the Longbottoms AFTER Voldemort had attacked the Potters. Both of Neville's parents where Aurors and part of the Order of the Phoenix, and where tortured in order to find the whareabouts of The Dark Lord, not to Neville.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 11, 2007 11:11 AM

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