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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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What you say makes sense, Hermione, but (and this is an unfair, unanswerable metaphsyical question) does a Snake have a soul? Because Dumbledore says Nagini could be a Horcrux.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2007 2:33 PM

I think that your therory is a really good one, it saddens me to think that Harry Potter might , but it has been known since the beginning. J.K. Rowling has already stated that Two MORE characters would . I, and a few of my friends, believe that these two people may possible be Harry and Voldemort. Furthermore, i've heard theories about Ron and Hermione in each others arms. I believe that there are a million possibilities of what could come in the last book, but there is only one theory that shine through the rest.

Posted by Kera from Galena, Mo on January 11, 2007 3:19 PM

Hold Up!
I just thought of something, what if Harry WAS one of Voldemort's Horcruxes but when he heard the snipit of the prophecy, Voldemort realized how dangerous it would be to have a portion of his soul inside the one person who was destined to him. So he goes to Godrics Hallow to Harry, so then one of his horcruxes either be destroyed or it just be released. I do think that he would have worried too much about loosing a horcrux if he could still create other ones. So he goes to Harry and remove the Horcrux and the ing curse backfires but the Horcrux in Harry is destroyed.

Posted by Kate on January 11, 2007 4:52 PM

Well... but that supposes that Voldemort made Harry one of his horcruxes BEFORE the night he ed James and Lily at Godrics Hollow, and furthermore, it supposes he did it on purpose. I don't think any of this makes sense unless you can show that Harry became a horcrux of Voldemort BY ACCIDENT.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2007 5:01 PM

To Kevin's point above: Why do you assume that Voldemort might make only 6 Horcruxes for his soul chunks to reside in when 7 is the number he was facinated with? It just occured to me that one way of checking the guilt of Peter Pettigrew would be to see if his soul had split once for the muggles slain when Sirius got blamed and once for Cedric. The innocence of Sirius could easily be proven by the last Black still having an unsplit soul. His guilt in slaying the muggles as Peter fled would surely have severed his psyche.

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 11, 2007 9:35 PM

I haven't read all of these comments yet, but why are you all assuming that a living Horcrux ceases to be a Horcrux when the host s. Certainly all of the known Horcruxes are non-living things. Perhaps the of the host triggers the revivication process. Perhaps you need the same "eye of newt, tongue of frog, hand of servent freely given" used in Goblet of Fire by Pettigrew. Perhaps each Horcrux is different.

Avada Kedavra s without leaving any sign. The scar WAS a sign when Harry wasn't slain. Harry like Ginny under the Riddle Diary's influence had parseltongue (Ginny opened the CoS remember, snaketalking required there) but when asked if Ginny still had the gift of parseltongue, JKR replied "NO"! (end of quote) Only while Head Boy Tom possessed her could she speak serpent.

Personally I think that the animagus form of phoenix would be a great form of limited immortality. Toast marshmallows and regain your youth at the same time!

Posted by ken from la ca usa ea(rth) on January 11, 2007 10:18 PM

Kate, why Voldemort make harry a horcrux if he could make any other person? if he made harry a horcrux on purpose that means it is after he heard the prophecy. well if he made harry a horcrux on purpose (this is what i think) he did it because he knows the only way for him to be mortal again is to destroy all the horcruxes and the only one who can him is harry, if harry wants to voldemort he would have to himself (after destroying all the horcruxes) and then he would fall into Voldemort's plan and then no one can Voldemort ecept neville.
okay, before you all start sending comments about how neville can't finish off Voldemort think again, JKR clearly said that a squib finaly use magic and this is very rare. we know neville is a squib and the prophecy is can also mean to him, but only the last part.

Posted by ahmed al sairafi from manama, bahrain on January 11, 2007 10:40 PM

Hermione, the Sorting Hat is not a horcrux. JKR has clearly and specifically stated that in an interview.

Posted by Hannah on January 11, 2007 11:21 PM

When I see some recent comments, it pretty much turns around the idea that two souls cannot share the same body, but a part of Voldemort's soul is somehow inside Harry. That fits very well if you set that Harry's soul in within Harry's body and Voldemort's soul in a Horcrux inside Harry's body, under the physical protection of the Horcrux.

Kevin, this Horcrux would be a very tiny one, so Harry can't see it in the cemetery during the Priori Incantem.

The Horcrux can also be a Godric Gryffindor relic: have you ever thought that Gryffindor, as anyone else, had at least one relic left somewhere (besides the one at Hogwarts), and it doesn't seem a big matter for Voldemort to violate cemeteries.

At the end of GoF, Voldemort gets his body back. He does it through Harry's blood. When Dumbledore hears that, he first jumps to his feet and then for a very short while, seems triumphant. The fact must be very relevant to Dumbledore. I first thought it might have weakened Voldemort in some way, but then I re-read the second prophecy, that says Voldemort was more powerful than ever. There must be another explanation, and I could manage this one.

Voldemort's wandering soul does not have a body connected to it, because this body was abandoned in GH (a guess). So by no way Voldemort can get his body back directly from it. He can't do any more Horcrux (Nagini definitely cannot be one, for a bunch of good reasons) and must get to one of his old Horcruxes. Seemingly, the easiest he can work out is the one in Harry's body, and Pettigrew gets it through Harry's blood.

Why is Dumbledore released? Because it shows that the Horcrux inside Harry is not protected, and removing it not Harry. Why does he then seem older than ever? Because Voldemort's soul is still inside Harry, and Harry's soul is very much in danger since he has no more protection from his mother.

Posted by herve from strasbourg, france on January 12, 2007 01:09 AM

Kevin, you're right for the Dementor's kiss. I'll have to check how it is precisely explained in PoA. But I really think an AK s the soul (this is why it is an Unforgiveable Curse: in wizardry, everything that damages the soul is evil, and only the Dementors are allowed to do so) while it has no visible effect on the body, as the Muggle doctors saw with the gardener: they could not figure out why he was , they saw absolutely no reason why he would have d, except the fact that he was .

Posted by herve from france on January 12, 2007 01:21 AM

I found this theory to be quite ingenius, and very probable...if you ignore one small thing: the creation of a Horcrux is very powerful magic. From the way it is described in HBP, it involves the recitation of incantations AFTER the ing of a person. Considering that (by all accounts) Voldemort intended to Harry because of the prophesy, it seems improbable that he would have had the intention of creating a Horcrux until all his intended victims were .

There is one valid question that this raises, though: how do we know that Voldemort didn't create a Horcrux after ing Lily and James? I think that there is one thing that we have forgotten, and that might be very relevant. In Goblet of Fire, Harry's wand invoked Priori Incantatem upon Voldemort's, by which according to Dumbledore, "One of the wands force the other to regurgitate spells it has performed- in reverse." GOF, pg. 697 In the total of seven spells that were "regurgitated", all seven were s. The last two to come out were James and Lily Potter, respectively. There was no indication of another spell to create a Horcrux. Interestingly, this could also be proof that Nagini is not a Horcrux, unless the spell was performed with a different wand.

Regarding the idea of Harry's scar and the powers that it holds: if you (like I) believe that Dumbledore was at least AWARE OF if not PRIVY TO the fact that his life was going to end (or "end"), it wouldn't be very logical for him to withold the scar-Horcrux connection from Harry. This is especially true in the light of the general theme of HBP, which was revelation from Dumbledore to Harry. He gave Harry as much information as he possibly could; I don't think that this would be something he would have held back.

Bravo to theories and speculation; this is what makes the waiting bearable...maybe even fun!

Posted by Jonny Lowell from Boston, MA on January 12, 2007 01:56 AM

jonny lowell, i don't know if nagini is really a horcrux but about the harry is not a horcrux, how can the Priori Incantatem show if he used other spells than AK curse, Voldemort used the Cruciatus Curse on wormtail didn't he? but it didn't give a sign so maybe thats the reason why the making horcrux spell didn't show in anyway.
as i said before Voldemort made harry a horcrux by ing lily

Posted by ahmed al sairafi from manama, bahrain on January 12, 2007 07:26 AM

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