Does Harry Potter Die in the Last Movie? [Explained]

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Harry Potter does not die in the last movie. When Voldemort fires the Killing Curse at Harry, he simply kills the part of his (Voldemort’s) soul that is in Harry as a Horcrux. So, a part of Harry dies, but just a part that connects Harry to Voldemort.

There you have it. The answer to the question of does Harry Potter die in the last movie. But, there is more to it. In the rest of this article, we will walk you through every single detail of Harry Potter’s “death”, resurrection and why he isn’t immortal. Or maybe he is immortal?

History of Voldemort and Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a young wizard, born on July 31, 1980, as the only son of James and Lily Potter. He is a Half-Blood, as his maternal family is of Muggle heritage. When he was a boy, a prophecy named him as the only person able to take down and kill Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War.

After finding that out, Lord Voldemort went to Godric’s Hollow with the intent to kill Harry while he was still a child. He killed his parents, but the protection his mother gave Harry spared the child’s life, as Voldemort’s Killing Cure backfired and seemingly killed him, leaving the child with a thunder-shaped scar on his forehead. 

The books follow Harry’s education in Hogwarts and his growth, as he prepares for the final confrontation with the now-resurrected Lord Voldemort, who was never actually dead thanks to the Horcruxes he created. 

After finishing his education, Harry Potter married Ginny Weasley, the younger sister of his best friend, Ron Weasley. In continuity, he currently works as the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement with the Ministry of Magic, after previously having headed the Auror Office; he is also a guest lecturer of Defence Against the Dark Arts in Hogwarts. 

How Does Harry Potter Die and Come Back to Life?

This specific article is going to deal with the issue of Harry Potter’s death and (im)mortality, so there might be some spoilers ahead.

To make things clear now – as of this moment, Harry Potter is (in continuity) alive and is heading the Department of Magical Law Enforcement with the Ministry of Magic. So, no – he did not die. But the issue is not that simple and we are going to see how and why.

1. The Tragedy in Godric’s Hollow

According to a prophecy recited by Professor Sibyl Trelawney (who taught Divination at Hogwarts), Harry Potter was named as the person who would stop Lord Voldemort.

The prophecy was made in 1980 and in 1981, Lord Voldemort, the leader of the Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War, went to Godric’s Hollow to murder Harry Potter, after having found out about the prophecy. 

Despite being protected by his parents, James and Lily Potter, Harry soon met Lord Voldemort, as he killed his parents with ease and approached the child. 

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A young Harry Potter meeting Voldemort for the first time in 1981

Voldemort intended to kill Harry, but his Killing Curse backfired and he was not successful. Lord Voldemort seemingly died in this incident, while Harry was left with his famous thunder-shaped scar. The rest is history – Lord Voldemort never actually died, but disappeared for a while, while was sent off to his Muggle relatives until his enrolment in Hogwarts. 

2. The “Death” of Harry Potter

The scene where Harry Potter actually “dies” happened in the seventh book, Deathly Hallows, during the Battle of Hogwarts. After a lot of fighting and several losses, Harry decided to accept Voldemort’s previous offer to give himself up to save the lives of his friends and colleagues. He went on to the Forbidden Forest, where Voldemort was waiting for him with his Death Eaters. 

As they faced each other, Harry Potter gave himself up without a fight, an act Voldemort punished by casting the Killing Curse at Harry. 

Harry Potter fell to the ground and awoke in a place called the Limbo. There, he met his old mentor, Albus Dumbledore, who apologized for his behavior and explained his actions. Dumbledore’s spirit further explained to Harry that he wasn’t actually dead, but could choose to stay there or return to the real world.

Dumbledore explained that due to the fact that Voldemort used Harry’s blood to resurrect (a scene shown back in The Goblet of Fire), the two were intrinsically bound, which protected Harry from being killed by Voldemort.

Also, after the incident in Godric’s Hollow, Harry unwillingly and unknowingly became a Horcrux, since he had a part of Voldemort’s soul inside him; Harry met that crippled piece in the Limbo. 

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Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore in the Limbo, several moments after Harry’s “death”

After reconciling with his former mentor, Harry decided to go back. He woke up in the Forbidden Forest but feigned death. Voldemort sent Narcissa Malfoy to confirm Harry was dead, which she did, although she was aware he had been alive (Narcissa decided to betray Voldemort to save her son, Draco, from his clutches).

After torturing Harry’s “corpse” with the Cruciatus Curse, Voldemort ordered Rubeus Hagrid to bring the “corpse” back to Hogwarts and claim his ultimate victory. 

3. The Final Battle

To Voldemort’s and – well – everyone’s surprise, Harry Potter suddenly wakes up in front of the castle and once again faces his archenemy. This was their last confrontation and the fulfillment of the prophecy uttered by Trelawney in 1980.

In a heated duel, Harry Potter managed to defeat and ultimately kill Lord Voldemort for the last time, thereby ending the Second Wizarding War. 

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The final battle between Harry Potter (right) and Lord Voldemort (left)

So, there you have it. This is a short chronology of events that explains everything you need to know about the “death” of Harry Potter. As you can see, he survived all clashes with Voldemort and is today alive and well, running a department in the Ministry of Magic. 

The (Im)mortality of Harry Potter

Although it might seem that Harry Potter cannot be killed and even the prophecy might suggest that if Voldemort died, Harry would become immortal, there is really no evidence to substantiate that. The Internet is full of different interpretations of the famous prophecy and you’ll certainly come across some good explanations on why Harry is immortal. 

Still, neither the books nor Rowling herself has said anything to support this thesis. Certainly, Harry and Voldemort had to be killed one by the other, but it was never clearly said that the one who survives would gain immortality. 

So, as we can deduce, Harry Potter is not immortal and he can and will die somewhere in the distant future (wizards are notoriously known for their high life expectancy) and until we get some hard evidence to the contrary, we cannot state otherwise. It is fun to speculate, but that’s just it – it cannot go beyond speculations. 

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