Is it possible that Harry Potter will live on after Lord Voldemort’s death? According to a fan hypothesis based on Sybill Trelawney’s prophecy, this is the case.
The Harry Potter books and films exposed readers to the Wizarding World, its most well-known characters, and the historical events that shaped it. J.K. Rowling introduced readers to her magical universe in 1997 with Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone, the first in a series of the seven books about “the child who lived” and Lord Voldemort, the worst wizard of all time. The prophecy regarding Harry and Voldemort was influential in the Wizarding World’s history. What if the sign meant something very different and sad than initially thought, and Harry Potter is now immortal?
The Harry Potter books became a worldwide hit, and, like with many other popular book series, Hollywood was quick to take the notice of this strange plot. Between 2001 and 2011, the Harry Potter saga was released, with the final novel, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, being split into two films. The film series was a success, but it also raised many questions about certain aspects of the Wizarding World. While Rowling has answered many of these questions over the years, some remain open to interpretation, such as the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort, which some fans believe was worded in a way that implies Harry is now immortal.
This prophecy, also known as Lost Prophecy, was given to Albus Dumbledore by Sybill Trelawney (played by Emma Thompson) during her interview for the position of Divination instructor at Hogwarts in early 1980. The prophecy specifies the qualifications for a boy capable of overcoming Voldemort, but it does not state that he would kill the Dark Lord. These requirements were that the boy is born in the final days of July 1980, that his parents defied Voldemort three times and lived to tell the tale, that the boy has a power Voldemort cannot grasp, and that if more than one boy satisfied these requirements, Voldemort would choose the one. “Either must die at the hand of other, for neither can live while the other remains,” says one section of the prophecy, and this is the part that has been misread for years.
Since the release of Harry Potter books and films, it has been understood that this section of the prophecy means that one must murder the other. Still, a fan has proposed a different interpretation, implying that Harry has become eternal. According to the theory’s creator, this line in the prophecy might suggest that the only way either of them can die would be at the hands of the other, leaving the one who survives with no other option for death, adding to Voldemort’s desire to live forever. In Deathly Hallows, Harry is finally defeated and kills Voldemort. If this interpretation of prophecy is correct, Harry sacrificed his death to save the world, which is tragic for Harry because death is the only way he can be with his loved ones again – his parents, Sirius Black Remus Lupin, and others. Harry would have been immortal if Voldemort had died and “would eternally be The Boy Who Lived.”
This hypothesis adds a tragic twist to Harry’s story, as the only way he’d be able to see his parents again would be through magical artifacts such as the Mirror of Erised (which was destroyed during the Battle of Hogwarts) or other means that might be more of an illusion than a reality. Whether or whether this interpretation of the prophecy works is up to the individual viewer, but it’s worth considering the next time you read or watch the Harry Potter series.