This Harry Potter theory suggests a totally different reason for why Harry survives in ‘The Deathly Hallows’

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  • It's actually very plausible

    We’re constantly in awe of the fan theories that are swirling the internet – J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

    But if you thought the theory about Neville and Snape was impressive, wait until you hear this one.

    Reddit author WippitGuud has shared a pretty interesting theory that suggests Harry was not saved from the killing curse at the end of The Deathly Hallows – rather that he was resurrected by the Hallows.

    The author writes that: ‘Everybody goes by the explanation in Deathly Hallows given by Dumbledore as to why Harry didn’t die at the end of the book. He says: because Voldemort took Harry’s blood to recreate his body, Lily’s protection kept Harry from dying.’

    They then go on to explain the evidence that counters this explanation. Firstly, ‘When Harry was hit by the killing curse as a baby, it rebounded and killed Voldemort, necessitating that he create a new body. This did not happen the second time.’

    Secondly, ‘When Harry was hit by the killing curse as a baby, it left a visible mark. This did not happen the second time.’

    And finally, ‘To destroy a Horcrux, the container must be destroyed.’

    The writer notes that the third point is particularly important as Harry needed to be ‘destroyed’ in order for Voldemort to be killed. Had Lily’s protection been responsible for his survival, the portion of Voldemort’s soul would not have died. Therefore, Harry must have been killed.


    Pretty interesting stuff, eh?

    According to the author, while Harry is in King’s Cross, he could have chosen to move on and be dead, but some other force must have been at work in order for him to have the choice to return to life. At that time, Harry was the master of the Hallows: He had the cloak, the stone, and was the master of the Elder Wand from which the curse was cast (because Harry chose not to defend himself, the Elder Wand’s allegiance did not change).

    The author later added that Harry says: ‘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 touch them.’ And for that to have been effective, Harry would have needed to die just as his mother did.


    We need a lie down after that one…

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