Harry Potter Speculation: Horcrux, Harry’s Death, the Scar and More

With all the important issues in the world to discuss, I’ve decided to concentrate on something truly vital–Harry Potter. Though people who frequent websites and forums where Harry Potter is discussed won’t glean much new from this, I thought I’d speculate a little bit about what will happen in the next and final book of the series.

For what it’s worth, you can blame the fact that I’m writing it now on Topher. His blog pointed to an article about Harry Potter that contained a couple things that I wasn’t aware of. The article wasn’t actually available on the web when Topher wrote his entry, but it is now.

For the convenience of those who haven’t read the sixth book in the series (and want to remain ignorant), I’m requiring people to click through to read the rest of this one.

Hey? Still here? Cool. Spoilers ahead.

So the big area of controversy at the moment is “Will Harry Potter die?” According to J.K. Rowling, “Every time I’ve been asked if I believe in God, I’ve said, ‘yes,’ because I do. But no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that and, I have to say that does suit me. … If I talk too freely about that, I think the intelligent reader — whether 10 or 60 — will be able to guess what is coming in the books.”

The question that comes to my mind then is what are J.K. Rowling’s religious beliefs? Some options and associated death speculations based on my garbled recollections of that religion’s contents and history:

Some Religions:
Islam: Harry is assumed into Heaven from the top of a mountain?
Buddhism: Harry dies (possibly by food poisoning) and achieves Nirvana.
Bahai: Harry dies a prisoner–possibly in Palestine.
New Age: Harry channels a wise and ancient being that destroys Voldemort and founds a cult. Harry dies wealthy beyond his wildest dreams.*
Scientology: See above.
Christianity: Harry dies (but might be resurrected?).

*Actually that’s not fair to the New Age movement which is really a bunch of different beliefs that don’t necessarily have much of anything to do with each other and isn’t centrally organized. Harry could just as easily defeat Voldemort with the power of love, enlightenment, or in his next reincarnation and still fit into one of many New Age belief systems. It is possible that UFO’s could be involved as well.

Christianity?
Bearing in mind that Rowling’s comment seemed to imply that people would be able to guess without doing any research, I’m going to assume that Christianity is her major religious influence.

That assumption made, it seems inevitable that Harry will die (or at least get close). The question is whether he will be resurrected. It’s interesting that Rowling has revealed that the last word in the book is “scar” because that dovetails into a theory that I’ve had for a while.

Horcrux
One of the key plot points in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was that Voldemort had divided his soul into multiple parts and placed it in various objects (called horcrux) Harry figured out what a few of the objects were, but doesn’t know what a couple others look like.

My guess (and I suspect a fairly obvious one) is that Harry is a horcrux. According to the sixth book, the creator of a horcrux needs to murder people to do it. Harry’s mother might have been a sacrifice for that cause. Harry being a horcrux would also explain his connection to Voldemort (hearing his thoughts, dreaming of his actions, his ability to talk to snakes and briefly being possessed by him in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) as well as the fact that he’s the only known survivor of a curse that always kills.

The unfortunate thing is that in order to kill Voldemort, all the horcrux must be destroyed. If Harry’s a horcrux, he’s got to find a way to get Voldemort’s soul out of himself or alternately kill himself.

I’m guessing that Harry’s death is the only way to get Voldemort out.

Bearing in mind that Harry’s scar is the physical remains of the curse, it will likely disappear. Thus the last line will be something like, “… had no scar.”

I’m unsure as to whether Harry will be alive or dead at that point, but for the sake of taking a stand, I’m going to bet alive. I don’t really have a good reason for this. Just some hope.

More Speculation:
Well that’s not quite true, but, my reasoning isn’t able to connect all the dots yet. The main reason I think that Harry will survive is the whole “protected by his dying mother’s love” thing. In the first book, it is impossible for Voldemort to touch Harry without experiencing massive pain and damage. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this protection is removed/transfered to Voldemort as well through the spell that embodies Voldemort. Yet when Harry tells Dumbledore about this, Dumbledore seems to think this good news. He doesn’t explain why.

I’m betting it will have some major affect on the story’s ending.

Another thing I’m looking forward to is finding out what role Peter Pettigrew will have. After Harry spares Pettigrew’s life, Dumbledore comments that Voldemort will regret having a servant in Harry’s debt. This seems like one of those things that will be important at a pivotal moment in the story.

Final Speculation
The final thing that I’m thinking could be important is the Dursleys. I don’t see them of having major, plot changing importance in the story, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something noticeably bad happened to one or more of them. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they were characters outside of the “pre-Hogwarts” and “end of the book” portion of the story. I say this mostly because the barriers between them and the magical world have been continually eroding. This being the last book, Rowling will be pulling out all the stops and thus no one is safe.

Oh wait, one more final thing… Snape. I’m still hoping that he’s somehow against Voldemort and that Dumbledore had good reason to believe he’d left Voldemort’s service. Why? Mostly because he’s more interesting as a character. A nasty character that’s against Voldemort is more interesting than a nasty character who’s for Voldemort.

So anyway, that’s all. I’m spent. End of my speculations on this issue.

Anyone else have some thoughts?

9 thoughts on “Harry Potter Speculation: Horcrux, Harry’s Death, the Scar and More”

  1. I have a couple thoughts, some of which contradict themselves.

    In the vein of Christianity, we’ve already had a great leader betrayed by someone close to him, and killed. And Dumbledore wasn’t fighting very hard. This makes Snape truly bad though, and I don’t think that’s the case.

    I also think that Snape is good, and I thought it odd that Dumbledore said “Please” to him at the end. As if Dumbledore NEEDED to die, and had asked Snape to do it, and Snape really didn’t want to. This removes the “betrayer” label from him though.

    I’ll bet we’ll know in the next book.

  2. I sure hope we’ll know.

    I’ve got to admit that I haven’t decided exactly what I think about Snape’s behaviour at the end of the sixth book. Certainly the Unbreakable Vow (which would result in death if he didn’t help Malfoy) gives Rowling an out if she decides to have Snape ultimately be on Harry’s side.

    My suspicion has been that Snape will die heroically in the last book. But we’ll see.

  3. One challenge to your Horcrux speculation: if Voldemort made Harry into a horcrux when he killed Lily Potter, then why would he then try to kill Harry as well?!? Killing him would only destroy the horcrux he just created, and that doesn’t make much sense…

    IMHO, the only possible way to potentially save your theory would be to say that Harry become a horcrux when Voldemort “killed” himself by using the Avada Kedavra on Harry. The part of him that was there (as opposed to the other horcruxes) did die, so maybe Harry became a horcrux through this “death”. However, as far as I understood, someone must perform another spell to trap the piece of soul that is ripped by the killing and put it in the desired object. (I don’t think there is such a thing as a “horcrux by mistake”) But Voldemort was not around at that time to perform this piece of magic, as the curse bounced back at him and “killed” him…

    So, I am not sure your theory stands, honestly…

  4. I think you’ve got a good point.

    I’ve always regarded that as a weak point in my theory. Of course, there’s a lot of things that we as readers simply don’t know. For example, we don’t know the details of what would make a horcrux work.

    For example, maybe using a spell like Avada Kedavra would be necessary to make it work on a living being? Also, maybe you could create a horcrux by mistake under certain circumstances. Perhaps Voldemort had everything ready for creating a horcrux of Harry’s remains and all that remained to do was kill him? In that situation, the creation of the horcrux might happen “automatically” after Avada Kedavra was cast.

    So anyway, I think you’re right in that the weakness of my theory is the circumstances of how it might happen. The thing that points to the possibility though is the evidence that I mentioned in my original post.

    We’ll see what Rowling actually chose to be the case though. I don’t pretend to know.

  5. There are a Lot of options on how Harry Potter can die and who has the locket. I think that R A B is Regulus Black because maybe he got the locket, wore it around his neck, but died before he could get out of the cave. If you look back at the part in the sixth book where Harry is trying to summon the locket, something moves in the water but doesn’t come out. Could that have been the locket around Regulus’s body reacting to the summoning charm?

  6. Although I don’t like the idea of Regulus Black having found the horcrux (this is due to my finding it odd that such a significant role would be filled by an addition in the final book), my discussions with friends leads me to conclude that he did. Also, the inferi that rose from the lake could not have been Regulus Black. As, I’m sure many who have read this have heard, in the fifth novel, when cleaning the Black family house, a heavy locket was found, which no one could open. This leads me to believe that the horcrux/locket is within the black house, and Kreacher’s connection to Harry will bring about its discovery.

  7. The idea about the locket is interesting. I hadn’t remembered the bit about the locket that no one could open and I certainly hadn’t connected it with the possibility of being a horcrux.

    Cool.

    I’d agree that Regulus Black is probably RAB and doubt strongly that he was one of the inferi.

    I think I ought to write another post of Harry Potter predictions before the last novel and find out how right/wrong I am.

  8. hey, yeah i guess i agree with most of the things you said, but as you said to kill Voldemort Harry will have to kill himself. But if thatas the case then why does Voldemort want to kill Harry? I mean surely Voldemort dosent want to destroy himself. Thats the auror’s job.
    So, yes HARRY would be the one who wants to kill himself to destroy Voldemort, if Harry’s a hurcrux why does Voldemort want to kill him?

  9. I’m inclined to think that Harry’s scar (as opposed to all of Harry) is the horcrux. So while I think that it will be a point of tension in the novel as to whether Harry will have to die, it will ultimately be the scar that gets destroyed.

    As for Voldemort, the impression I get is that he’s got multiple horcrux anyway and losing one that he didn’t entirely intend to make would be okay. By contrast, if Harry is left alone, he will continue to try to destroy Voldemort–and I’m pretty sure Voldemort’s against that.

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