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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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Reader Comments: (Page 57)

I believe it, but the quote from Hagrid isn't really a clue. An evil curse means Avada Kedavra, not a horcrux.

Posted by Em M. from NY on July 2, 2007 06:30 AM

Heather (page 56) - That's a theory I haven't heard yet. It's possible, even thought I don't agree for story continuity's sake. "Born to those who have thrice defied him" seems to indicate that, at the time of "the Chosen One's" birth, his parents - both of them, as per use of the word "those" and not "he" or "one" - have already defied him three times. Your examples are all quite a bit after Harry, Neville, and Draco were born. Furthermore, defy does not necessarily mean betray. The American Heritage dictionary provides no such definition, actually. "To oppose or resist with boldness or assurance; to refuse to submit or cooperate with; to be unaffected by; resist or withstand; to challenge or dare someone to do something." This does not mean Lucius has not defied Voldemort, but it seems to me that this would more likely describe a member of the Order refusing him rather than the betrayal on Lucius' part.

We know Draco's birthday not because it is in the books (it's not, you're right in that respect) but because every year on June 5th (almost a full two months prior to the seventh month ) on her website, Jo says "Happy Birthday Draco" - this year was no exception. This goes in support of your theory that Draco was the youngest wizard initiated into the Eaters. I actually believe Regulus was out of school by the time he was accepted into the fold, which would make him 18 as opposed to Draco's 16. But I see no reason why Lucius and Narcissa would have to lie about when Draco was born, especially if the defiance had not yet occurred, and impossible to do anyway because of the record keeping quill at Hogwarts that records when a magical baby is born. The prophesy is almost definitely not about Draco, and I think we have to believe Albus that Harry and Neville were the only two possibilities.

Anonymous from Here (also page 56) - While I'm not a proponent of the "Harry is a horcrux" theory, I admit that there is no real solid evidence to the contrary other than Albus' word, and there has to be some reason Jo took so much time in telling us that he could be wrong. Most assertions to "Harry is definitely not a horcrux" bring up that Voldemort keeps trying to him, forgetting or not realizing that a big part of the argument, for most people, anyway, is that making Harry a horcrux was inadvertently performed unbeknownst to Voldemort. He was prepared to do it with Harry's - something significant enough, being that he was ing who he believed to be the only one who had a possibility to him - so it's possible that the horcrux spell had already been performed as was ready to be placed in an object as soon a Harry was . If Voldemort's spell could then rebound on him, then it is not so hard to believe that the horcrux spell hit Harry and, using the tears from James' and Lily's , made Harry a horcrux.

In addition to what you said about Ravenclaw's artifact, Hufflepuff is just as undercut as Ravenclaw, Cedric being, as he is within the fantasy of the story, the only one to really bring a bright spotlight over to Hufflepuff; yet we are almost certain that Hufflefuff's cup is a horcrux. We also have Cho (for what it's worth) and Luna to represent Ravenclaw and balance Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff out. The fact that, within the fantasy of the story, Ravenclaw was a substantial contributor to the founding of Hogwarts, not only in founding a House and being one of the first teachers, but also designing most of the castle itself (as stated on the Famous Wizard cards). She and her House may not be overly mentioned in the books, but, from the characters' perspective, she is just as important as Gryffindor or Slytherin, and therefore just as likely as one of them to have an artifact made into a horcrux.

While the sword has indeed "been eliminated from our inquiries" as a horcrux based on what Albus told Harry, it is also interesting to note that, for Wizard of the month on Jo's site, in May we saw Helga and her cup, in June we saw Salazar and his locket - these two we are, as I said, almost certain they are horcruxes, and this month we see Godric and his sword. Does this mean that the sword actually is a horcrux, and Albus was wrong? Or is it simply that it is the only known relic we can draw him with, seeing as that the hat is quite tattered and would not be "grand" enough to draw with him?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 2, 2007 12:05 PM


A few of those events mentioned happened AFTER Voldemort marked Harry as his equal. As for the theory of Harry being a horcrux, it is quite possible as JK hinted at ing him off. I'm not saying it for certain as there are many other ways of bumping the hero off and she may very well not him at all. I believe Harry being the horcrux would tie everthing up well.

As for the problem involving him ing himself then Voldemort still being alive, I rekon Snape isn't quite as evil as JK would try and have us believe...

Posted by Apocalypse Death from England on July 3, 2007 07:57 AM

The prophecy said, "Neither can survive, while the other lives"... Could "other" mean Dumbledore? Maybe, for some reason, Voldy and Harry both cannot survive as long as Dumbledore is alive. And that is why Dumbledore had Snape him in order to enable Harry to have a go at Voldy.

Posted by Bhoojie Voojie from Herndon, VA on July 3, 2007 10:34 AM

I think there are 3 items that are gryfindor in the series, (well, close enough for the last one). I still think harry is the Horcrux but there is a third artifact: the first is the sword,the second, Gordic's Hollow, third, the griffin knocker on the headmaster's door, it's a griffin door knocker, say it aloud and it's gryffindor knocker...but this means nothing other than a third object.

Posted by anonymous on July 3, 2007 11:59 PM

I think that the 7th piece of Voldy's soul- the one that's in his body- may already be from the time he first tried to Harry and the spell rebounded.

Posted by Julia Saxby from Seattle, WA on July 4, 2007 1:14 PM

has jk rowling mentioned anywhere the time required to make a horcrux?
using spells to create a horcrux may or may not require any time. let's assume creating a horcrux require's some time. in that case how would have voldemort got the time to make make harry as one of his horcruxes as the curse immediately rebounded upon him (voldemort)?
assuming he should have come prepared with the preliminary stages of creating a horcrux (that we don't know) and then just cast the spell on harry, then probably there might have been a chance of harry becoming one of voldemort's horcruxes. if they dont require any time then it's 100% fine.

Posted by VIJAY from BANGALORE on July 5, 2007 02:28 AM

I was just on Jo's site and read about the Wizard of the Month being Griffindor and it got me thinking, it said at the end that the sorting had was first owned by Griffindor, so has anyone thought that maybe a horcrux? Sorry if you've already talked about that possibility as I've not had time to read through all the posts on here.

Also, I partly agree that Harry may be a horcrux, but not voldermorts. What if it's his mother who split her soul at some point and put part in Harry? People are always saying he has her eyes etc. So perhaps when Harry s that part of his mothers soul be reliesed again i.e. when voldermort s Harry, then his mother shows up again to voldermorts surprize and s him.

Posted by Mark Sherfield from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire on July 5, 2007 06:01 AM

I dont think harry is a horcrux but i reckon voldermorts wand is...

Posted by hayden from queensland, goldcoast on July 5, 2007 07:00 AM

How can Harry be a horcrux? Voldemort has tried many times to Harry. If he ed harry hed be destroying one of his horcruxes. About harry being lilys horcrux, its possible because JK did say in an interview that its important that harry has lilys eyes.

Posted by ce from california on July 5, 2007 4:00 PM

Apparently in an interview in New York JKR stated that the Sorting Hat is not a Horcrux.
Somehow I can't picture one of Harry's parents springing up from the grave to Voldemort. It undermines the series as well as the theme of Harry and Voldemort being orphans.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 5, 2007 5:20 PM

I think the importance of Harry having Lily's eyes is that they are green, Voldemort's are red, and all throughout the series there has been many instances of red vs. green (Gryffindor vs. Slytherin, Ireland vs. Bulgeria at the Wolrd Cup...), it could be something else, but for him to be Lily's Horcrux would mean that Lily ed someone and it's very hard to believe that the person who is said to be able to see good in anyone is a er. It's possible that it could mean that he could see good in anyone (FYI I do NOT support the big hug theory) like his mother, but to be her Horcrux is too unbelievable for me.

Posted by anonymous on July 5, 2007 9:41 PM

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