After reading this Harry Potter Horcrux theory brought to you by Tumblr user marauders4evr, I actually had to do a frantic search for my rescue inhaler. I may have said “whaaaaaa” and then “gasp!” multiple times. The idea is that Harry made not one but two Horcruxes, by accident.
Making a Horcrux, an object in which a wizard can store tiny piece of their soul which keeps them alive, isn’t like going to work wearing two different shoes or forgetting to defrost the chicken — it’s seemingly not an easy mistake to make. And yet… The theory is that after setting Professor Quirrell on fire in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he accidentally made a Horcrux with the Sorcerer’s Stone in hand. Then after killing the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he actually made Fawkes into his second Horcrux. There are, of course, all sorts of “buts” and “whatifs,” but marauders4evr manages to hit each point. I’m literally shivering right now.
Alright, let’s dive right in, shall we?
First off, to create a Horcrux one must do an unspeakable act
…or as marauders4evr puts it, “J.K. Rowling said it herself — in order to create a Horcrux, you have to perform a ritual so disgusting that her editor nearly vomited when hearing about it.” Though it’s technically wrong to kill people and giant snakes — both actions were basically in self-defense, so like, not THAT bad. But the theory points out that Harry’s soul was already weak from being Voldemort’s accidental Hocrux (proving that an accidental Horcrux can happen). If anyone’s also going to pop out some Horcruxes by mistake, it totally makes sense that it would be Harry Potter, the guy with the biggest connection to Tom Marvolo Riddle and an already-corrupted-by-Horcrux soul.
When Harry burned his professor alive (and received no Hogwarts-enforced therapy after, like what even) he had the Stone in hand. So it’s totally possible that a little sliver of his soul slid into the magical rock. Dumbledore told Harry that Nicholas Flamel destroyed the Sorcerer’s Stone — and one has to wonder how difficult the process was, Horcrux-worthy maybe?
But that’s not the only potential Horcrux theorized about — the idea is that some serious magical abracadabra nonsense went down after Harry stabbed the Basilisk.
In fact, “a little piece of his soul jumped ship” and merged with Fawkes’ soul while the phoenix was using its tears to save Harry. As marauders4evr points out, “The others seem comforted by his [Fawkes’] songs but Harry has always had a genuine connection with him which isn’t really explained. What if this is that connection? Two souls reaching out to one another…” Who better to hold a little piece of soul than the life-saving perpetual soul of Fawkes the phoenix?
Of course, traditionally Horcruxes are just what an evil person wins for brutally murdering another human, but hey, thousand-year-old Basilisks have rights too — especially when their venom is one of the only things that can destroy Horcruxes. So stabbing one in cold blood is kind of, dare I say, unspeakable?
Maybe Harry Potter’s got a phoenix Horcrux, which seems great in terms of Horcruxes to have except when you remember one thing (which might make your stomach hurt, or maybe that was just me) — the birds can never die.
So, gulp, Harry will never die. Which is hypothetically why when he met up with Voldy at the Battle of Hogwarts, he inexplicably continued on living. And why theoretically the prophecy says, “either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives” — to make sure the Big Bad never returns, Harry has to stick around forever.
I’m hopeful that if this theory is true and Harry does become The Boy Who Lived Forever and Ever, he will remain spry. Being 500 years old seems like it would definitely lead to some inescapable back pain. Maybe he’ll just combust at the end of his life like Fawkes and be reborn. Could be cool. If Harry has to spend an eternity with anyone, at least it could be Fawkes — he’s an useful critter to have around.