According To This Fan Theory, Harry Potter Actually Died In ‘The Deathly Hallows’

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There has been a ton of speculation and confusion surrounding Voldemort’s final demise in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Since he was never master of the Elder Wand, Voldy’s final curse simply destroyed the Horcrux within Harry. Or at least that’s what we have come to understand. According to reddit user WippitGuud something way more sinister was actually occurring there. According, this WippitGuud’s fan theory, Harry actually did die as a result of being hit by the killing curse, and was simply resurrected by the Hallows.

Dumbledore always maintained that Harry did not die in the Deathly Hallows because, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort took Harry’s blood to recreate his body, Lily’s sacrifice and protection kept him from dying. But according to WippitGuud  this statement doesn’t quite make sense for three reasons.

  1. 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.
  2. When Harry was hit by the killing curse as a baby, it left a visible mark. This did not happen the second time.
  3. To destroy a Horcrux, the container must be destroyed.

Three is the most important point here. It means that Harry would have needed to die in order so Voldemort’s soul could be killed. However, had Lily’s love been responsible for his survival, he would not have died and Voldemort’s soul wouldn’t have died either. Therefore, Harry would have had to be killed in order for Voldy to truly meet his end.

Just after Harry is hit with the killing curse in Deathly Hallows, he greets Dumbledore in a dream-like sequence at King’s Cross. According to WippitGuud’s theory, in that moment Harry could have chosen to move on. (Which means he was actually dead.) However, because he was the master of death (he had the stone and the cloak, and the curse was cast from the Elder Wand, which he was the master of), he was able to choose to be resurrected.


The Elder wand is a vitally important aspect part of this puzzle. Since Harry chose not to duel with Voldemort prior to getting hit with the killing curse, the wand never defeated Harry and it’s allegiance never changed. Dumbledore even remarks on that saying, “And that, I think, will have made all the difference.”

Once again, Dumbledore kept Harry in the dark to try and protect him. Also in the book, you probably noticed that none of the cuVoldemortrmort puts on anyone at Hogwarts seem to really stick. Harry even says at one point, “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.”  Harry would have had to actually die for his friends and comrades at Hogwarts to have the same protection he received when he his mother sacrificed herself.


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