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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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Heather (Charlevoix, MI ), I apologize for not citing my source. It was an interview Jo made to Scholastic on February 3, 2000:

"The Ministry of Magic doesn't find out which children are magic. In Hogwarts there's a magical quill which detects the birth of a magical child, and writes his or her name down in a large parchment book. Every year Professor McGonagall checks the book, and sends owls to the people who are turning 11."

As far as not knowing if Neville was a wizard, it is never stated that Albus or Minerva doesn't know, only that Augusta (Gran), Uncle Algae, and the rest of Neville's family don't know. They found out when Uncle Algae dropped him out of a window, yes, but the Headmaster of Hogwarts may have known prior to that. Many students don't know they are magical until they get the letter, mostly Muggle-borns, but why not for others as well? It is likewise never stated that no one knew Arabella Figg was a squib; only Harry and the Ministry didn't know, and the Ministry wouldn't have any reason to bother themselves with squibs, who they hold on equal ground with Muggles.

You do make a very good point about Voldemort's use of Avada Kedavra on Harry. If no one was there that night, how did they know for sure that it was AK? Was everyone just assuming, or was someone there, invisible? We may find out in two weeks.

herve - For the purpose of your theory, I'm curious to know what the difference would be if Voldemort placed a bit of his soul in Harry's scar while not making the scar a horcrux versus making the scar a horcrux by placing the bit of soul in his scar? Would this bit of soul not able to be used in preserving/resurrecting him for some reason, and if so, why not? What would have been his reasons for doing this?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 7, 2007 12:10 PM

Your comment that Voldemort could not exist in Harry at the Ministry is valid (he did not try to exist within the scar). This leads to 2 conclusions. 1st, Harry's body is not a horcrux, which I totally agree with. And the 2nd conclusion is that the scar may or may not be a horcrux. I have posted before and still stand by the idea that the scar is an accidental horcrux. I also stand by the idea that the last word in DH is "scar" because it has been removed and that Harry is looking in a mirror and miss being it on his forehead.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on July 7, 2007 2:09 PM

The Joe Solution: Harry is the last horcrux, but he doesn't have to to Voldemort. I'm convinced that he sacrifices all of his magical powers to destroy the horcrux. It fits. The prophecy is fulfilled and so is Rawling's prophecy that the story of Harry won't be able to be continued.

Posted by Joe from B-Town, Utah on July 7, 2007 2:45 PM

Im the one who made the dementor theory earlier and I found out about two things:

a) If Harry was Voldemort's horcux he must still be. The blood transfusion didn't changed anything since in HBP he can still understand parsel.

b) Voldemort says dementors are evil by nature so that means even if they're on the evil side now, they can still betray their leader. JK said that PoA's director Alfonso Cuaron gave many foreshadowings in his movie. Didn't Dumbledore bewared the students about dementors saying "Dementors are vicious creatures. They dont distinguish between the one their seek and the one who stands in their way"? Not pretty sure if it was only in the movie or in the book too. And after that in GoF Barty Crouch Jr. revealed his escape from Azkaban saying that after he and his mother drank the polyjuice potion the dementors sensed something like "A healthy soul leaving and a healthy going out" which means that dementors slightly noticed Crouch's scape but didnt minded.

Another clue. In PoA (again) Dementors usually affected Harry the most. Lupin said it was because he had suffered real trages before, trages some people couldnt even dream of. But what if it wasn't for that? Maybe Harry had the little of broken putrid soul of Voldy's and that was what attracted the dementors. Now lets think harry isnt an horcrux. Did any book specified that dementors had to suck the soul form a living being? Could dementors just like, betray Voldemort and suck the soul out of his horcruxes? They would be attracted by it coudnt they? Maybe Dumbledore warning was one of the foreshadowings JK warned about? Plus the kiss of the dementor said to leave people like an empty shell, arent horcruxes like shells before, you know, they are actually horcruxes? JK said this very much and I dont believe in coincidences either.

Posted by areluna from california on July 7, 2007 7:33 PM

The one thing people are forgetting is this: in any epic, something is given to the hero that helps him combat his enemy. The scar is just that, POWERS from voldemort. Thats it. Nothing more.

Posted by Nighthawk from Connecticut on July 7, 2007 11:30 PM

does any body else think harry is the heir of gryffindor?
it would make him the perfect opposite of voldemort; the heir of slytherin. he pulled the sword out of the hat. and his parents lived in GODRICS hollow, this is the house of gryffindor (rowling confirmed there is a connection). their ancestors were friends but then fought, which could explain the pity harry feels, they have a connection.

it makes sense, that part of his soul made him choose to be in that house, whereas the voldemort part caused the sorting hat to ask him if he wanted to be in slytherin.

could this be foreshadowing of the outcome?

Posted by poonam mandalia from london on July 8, 2007 09:20 AM

I like the idea that the scar, and not Harry, might be a Horcrux. That would satisfy JK's statement that Harry is not a Horcrux. There is also the possibility that Voldemort intended to make him a Horcrux, but Lily's power of love mutated his curse, so it did not work. Maybe there aren't seven - Voldy just thiks there are, or were.

Posted by ch from ft. collins, co on July 8, 2007 2:17 PM

If Dumbledore's theory is correct and Voldemort was saving Harry's for the last horcrux, how could it have even been made? We all know the ing curse backfired, Harry did not and Voldemort was reduced to almost nothing. Would Voldemort still have been able to make his sixth horcrux?

Once the ing curse backfired, Voldemort lost his physical powers and wouldn't have been able to make the sixth horcrux at that point. Or perhaps since he ed James and Lily first, he could have unintentionally made Harry the sixth horcrux when he tried to him.

Posted by Jewel from Massachusetts on July 8, 2007 5:25 PM

OK, let's look at this for a moment. If you can't trust the author, who can you trust? JKR said in a recent interview, and I quote, "Harry is not a Horcrux." Plain and simple. Why would she lie about this?

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 8, 2007 7:58 PM

Harry is not a horcrux. The 7th bit of Voldemort's soul is in his body.

Posted by Cami on July 8, 2007 11:17 PM

Areluna: your idea about dementors is interesting: if the scar contains a part of Voldemort's soul, it can be sucked out by a dementor. A couple of dementors could operate, one sucking the soul out of Harry's scar, one sucking the soul out of Voldemort's body. If the dementors were invisible, they would become a "couple of invisible dementors", as Fudge quoted in OotP. A -and-bull story Fudge invented, or an incredible story Dumbledore told Fudge?

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 9, 2007 01:03 AM

I don't think Nagini is Gryffindor's sword transfigured...I think she is a horcrux in her own right. If Gryffindor's sword is a horcrux...then it could be the horcrux hidden at Hogwarts...seeing as Hogwarts and Gringotts are the safest places to hide anything (Hagrid in PS)...It would make it all more unexpected than having a horcrux hidden in the room of requirement or the trophy room as have been suggested.

Posted by Joe from England on July 9, 2007 09:49 AM

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