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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 think that harry's scar is a horcrux, and that harry have to learn how a horcrux is made to sever voldemort's soul from his. once harry makes this horcrux, then he can destroy that part of voldemort. and if, as someone back a ways guessed, harry is a descendant of griffindor, wouldn't that have made voldemort glad, if he couldn't find a griffindor relic? of course harry would have to to make this horcrux, but of course i'm just guessing here.

Posted by michelle from GLASSBOBO, NJ on July 9, 2007 7:12 PM

Harry's scar can contain part of Voldemort's soul without being a Horcrux. That would mean, to some extent, that the scar is a part of Voldemort's body, connected to Voldemort's mind with something like a "bluetooth" connection. That would definitely mark Harry "as the Dark Lord's equal".

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 10, 2007 12:12 AM

Monkeeshrines (added to my last post): what I think about a Horcrux and the "bit of soul in the scar theory".

In a Horcrux, the soul is torn away. The Horcrux works like an anchor, Kevin explained that fairly well in his article.

My theory about the scar is that Voldemort put inside Harry's body something that is directly connected to him, in order to possess Harry. That way, Voldemort's soul would replace Harry's soul in Harry 's body. It would be Voldemort's soul, memories, power, brain and so on, in Harry's body. This way, Voldemort would get a body fifty years younger.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 10, 2007 02:00 AM

i believe harry is a horcrux. i think it happened accidentally and here is a thought. what if the person who made the hrcrux cannot destroy his/her own horcrux? so therefore, if harry is a horcrux, then voldemort might not be able to him. but then look on the flip side, say harry or his scar is a horcrux. harry cannot voldemort with a part of voldemorts soul remaining. so i believe harry have to destroy the horcrux within him or in his scar to be able to voldemort, which makes voldemort happy because he can harry. and heres a thought, what if voldemort doesn't know harry is a horcrux?

Posted by mike from kansas on July 10, 2007 12:41 PM

Well Harry can't be a horcrux for these reasons...
1. Lets say its the final battle, harry has two choices...either he s voldemort's body first, eliminating his soul. but voldemort still exist, as his soul is within harry...else harry s himself, but there is no one to the Dark both cases Vol lives...

2. also if harry s both himself and vol, then prophecy is not fulfilled...both , as opposed to one living while the other s....becoz even when vol's body s, he and harry exist within hary's body.... OOTP, Dumbledore picks out a silver instrument and asks, it sumthing when a green snake spirit comes out of it. He asks " but in essence divided...", on which the snake splits into two...this may mean sumthing more. Maybe dumbledore thinks that nagini is a horcrux, as we cum to kno later on. so he asks where voldemort was, in answer to which the snake comes up. splitting into two means, two souls were within nagini...that of voldemort who was possessing her, and the soul of vol which was "horcruxified" in her. if harry had been a horcrux, the snake shld have divided into three, as he was also there at that time...

However harry may be a horcrux and still the prophecy may be fulfilled...remember when harry asks abt slytherin's ring, dumbie says it is no longer a horcrux. he dsnt say it has been destroyed. so there may be more ways of ing a horcrux without harming the object/person ehich encases it...which gives harry a chance...

Posted by Pramit from Kolkata, India on July 11, 2007 08:49 AM

herve - I think I get what you're trying to say... that the piece of Voldemort's soul in Harry's scar is not separate from it as a horcrux would be, but rather like an extension of it? To use your bluetooth example with, say, a cell phone headset, it would be kind of like Harry's scar is the headset "programmed" to be receptive to Voldemort, who represents the phone. Without that program, it can't do anything; whereas a horcrux phone would be able to be used as a phone by itself without the connection to the Voldemort phone, as if it had a "shared minute plan" but was an independent phone. Am I on the right track?

Voldemort's reasons for this, you said, were so that he could possess Harry, or at least possess him more easily, when he wanted to leave his own body when he was done with it and move into Harry's, a la Dante in Fullmetal Alchemist? (I tried to find another example, but couldn't come up with any in such a short time...) This may be possible, as Voldemort's body seems to already be deteriorating as he gets older.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 11, 2007 12:19 PM

Hey you all me and my fellow CSI's have made a bet on who came up with the closest hypothesis on the final ending. The prophecy states "the Dark Lord mark him as his equal" that almost implies that Harry is equal to Voldemort: right, almost so equal that they might be the same (aka horcrux). It also says "He have power the Dark Lord knows not." Dumbledore then says that this means love for the ones that he lost "it was your heart that saved you... it was your heart that made voldemort not be able to possess you." Neville had parents who were driven insane (and to be an incompetent) fighting the same way and for the same reason that Lilly and James d for. This gives Neville that same power too. My conclusion from this piece of evidence is that Harry is going to destroying the horcrux within him leaving Neville to Volemort which he be successful.

Posted by David from Las Vegas Crime Lab, Nevada on July 11, 2007 3:12 PM

I'm with you, Mike from Kansas. The "unknown Horcrux" that is Harry allows the seventh book to have a horrible ending. The Scoobs Voldemort in a final climactic encounter, believing they have obtained and destroyed the four remaining Horcruxes. However, Voldemort endures, and Harry realises that he has to in order for Voldemort to be ed permanently. Gruesome, but it allows JR the luxury of a faux ending which is all hugs and puppies, and then a true ending which is anything but. Classic.

By the way - the Slytherin Horcrux, IMHO, WAS retrieved by Regulus Black, in the company of none other than Kreacher. Kreacher would gladly down goblets of poison for his beloved master. Kreacher is sufficiently magically powerful to have been allowed in the cave, as was Regulus. Regulus' intention was to destroy the Horcrux - however, Voldemort had him ed before the deed could be done. Kreacher would subsequently have protected the locket from anyone visiting Grimmauld Place - so the Eaters didn't find it, and the Scoobs couldn't open it.

Now Harry OWNS Grimmauld Place, and Kreacher too, it's just a matter of time and direct questioning.

Posted by Moz from London on July 11, 2007 4:31 PM

i think its more likely that ginny is a horcrux. because of a quote i read in the second book. actually i think it might be on this website somewhere something about voldermort saying (this is just what i remember not the actually exact quote) "i fed of her her soul, her darkest fears and depest secrets, and a a result i pored A LITTLE OF MY SOUL INTO HER"

sounds like a horcrux to me. so if that is the case, is it possible to destroy a horcrux without harming the person or object it lies within? mm interesting.

Posted by ashlee from sydney australia on July 11, 2007 6:47 PM

I thin the last horcrux could be in Neville Longbottom. I know there was a bit of speculation as to if he might be the one to Voldemort. Maybe he placed it in Neville to force harry to his friend before he could fight him.

Posted by Joe from Louisville, KY on July 11, 2007 8:02 PM

I think half of this theory is true... you can never say what each character holds in each book... so until the book releases, its only gusswork and more guesswork for all the harry potter fans...

Posted by Seema from India on July 12, 2007 05:58 AM

Tom Riddle collected trophies and there is mention of a trophy that Bellatrix Lestrange (Black) acquired while at Hogwarts "A trophy awarded to "Bellatrix Black" can be seen in the "Fan Sites" section of J.K. Rowling's official website, suggesting she was an accomplished student."

Could this be one of the horcrux?

Posted by Daniel from Indianapolis, IN on July 12, 2007 1:17 PM

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