Years after the final book was released, Potterheads are still speculating about Harry's tale. There are plenty of questions left unanswered, which call fan theories to action. The most recent I've stumbled across explains how Harry survived after being hit by Voldemort's killing curse in The Deathly Hallows. And, spoilers, it has nothing to do with Lily's love.
Cast your mind back to the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to relive the moment we are our going to scrutinize. The scene in question shows our young hero arriving at the heavenly King's Cross platform, after facing Voldemort in the Forbidden forest. In the somewhat hazy, otherworldly sequence an bemused Potter comes across Dumbledore who delivers the emotional words in the clip below:
Dumbledore also adds that Voldemort accidentally made Harry into a Horcrux when he was a baby, meaning that when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named struck Harry with his curse, he killed the part of himself that lived in Harry's body, rather than Harry himself.
Voldemort also took Harry's blood to create a new body for himself in The Goblet Of Fire. Voldemort and Harry live within each other. The connection of blood made Voldemort able to touch Harry, where previously Lily's protection had prevented such corruption. It's lovely idea, with a great sentiment, but the theory below argues that this simply cannot be true.
According to Reddit user WippitGuud, during all of this, the noble wizard was either wrong or simply not telling poor Harry Potter the truth.
Reasons Why Dumbledore Is Chatting Shit:
- When Voldemort cast his killing curse against baby Harry, it rebounds, this we know. The curse killed Voldemort, necessitating that he creates a new body. When Voldemort kills Harry in the forest this does not happen, Voldemort has no need for a new body because he was unharmed. Meaning Harry could not be still alive because there is no need for him to keep living.
- When the curse rebounds off of baby Harry, it gave him is famous lightening scar. The second time Harry is hit with the curse from Voldemort there is no visible curse left. This must mean this time the curse has hit Harry, there was no rebound and there was no rebound, because there was no protection.
- We know from Harry, Ron and Hermione's adventures that in order to destroy a Horcrux, the container must also be destroyed. If Harry was truly a Horcrux everything about him should have been destroyed in order for Voldemort to fall. If Lily's protection has saved Harry, he would have survived, meaning Voldemort would never have been defeated because ol' Harry the Horcrux would still exist.
How Did Harry Survive?
The fan theory says outright he didn't, Harry died. Plain and simple, dead, dead, DEAD! The boy who lived, and died, and lived again. I must say the evidence surrounding this theory is very compelling:
- When Harry is talking to Dumbledore in the other worldly King's Cross, he is in limbo, he has the choice to 'go on.' Only those who have died can move on to the other side. As Dumbledore says to Harry in The Deathly Hallows:
"We are in King's Cross, you say? I think that if you decided not to go back, you would be able to...let's say...board a train."
The reason Harry was able to resurrect himself was because he was the sole owner of the Deathly Hallows, a story to which he only came privy too a few weeks earlier:
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Master Of The United Hallows
Harry was master of the united Hallows, he'd always had the invisibility cloak as it was gifted to him by his late father. The resurrection stone was concealed inside the golden snitch by Dumbledore. The wand was under Harry's control, so even though Voldemort cursed with the wand, it did not obey him.
The wand never became Voldemort's when he killed Harry because Harry did not defend himself, therefore he wasn't defeated. This means the allegiance did not change. Harry did what the third brother had done before him and greeted death. Owning all the Hallows, even without realizing it meant Harry was the master of death, giving him the ability to resurrect himself.
The theory argues that Dumbledore knew this all along and felt it unwise to tell Harry that he was the master of the Hallows, as it consumes a person. Dumbledore and Voldemort both, at one point or another sought out the Hallows and it did not end well for either of them.
Harry Pulled A Lily
Due to Harry ultimately sacrificing himself to stop the murder of the ones he loved, he did exactly what Lily had done for him. As Harry says in The Deathly Hallows:
"I've done what my mother did. Haven't you noticed how none of the spells you put on them are binding? You can't torture them. You can't touch them."
If he really did what his mother did, well then Harry must have died.
The theory arguably covers all questions arising from Harry's "death." However, you definitely lose the emotional rush of it being Lily's love that saved Harry all along.
Problems With This Theory:
The main problem with this theory is the resurrection stone. Does the resurrection stone have loyalty? Harry clearly drops the stone on his way to face Voldemort. Does the stone work on a 'last person to touch me' basis? Is the stone still lying in the forest?
Avada kedavra leaves no detectable damage, so the theory of scarring is out. The curse simply destroys life, Horcruxes included. Had Harry's body been destroyed there would have been no way for him to return.
Thankfully, because of the prophecy, Voldemort always intended on killing Harry himself, which was ultimately his downfall. Sucker! The Hallows may well have brought Harry back, but it seems the protection of his mother's love and the blood bond could be greater and far more powerful concept.
Ultimately it's a fairly solid theory that explains a lot about Harry's magical return to the land of the living in a calculable way rather than a romantic ideal . Why else were we presented with the story of the Hallows so close to Harry's death? J.K. Rowling, you're as sneaky and mystical as Dumbledore.
Do you think this theory works out?