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10 Harry Potter Mysteries JK Rowling Has Actually Answered

10. Did Harry Die In The Forbidden Forest?

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In an interview with Time Magazine, JK Rowling explained that she wrote this scene very carefully so that it could be interpreted in more than one way. The key point is that Harry entered a limbo between life and death, and faced a choice about which way to go.

She explained on her original website that this confrontation involved some complex magic, which Voldemort himself did not understand.

"Having taken Harry's blood into himself, Voldemort is keeping alive Lily's protective power over Harry - except that the power of Lily's sacrifice is a positive force that not only continues to tether Harry to life, but gives Voldemort himself one last chance ... Voldemort has unwittingly put a few drops of goodness back inside himself; if he had repented, he could have been healed more deeply than anyone would have supposed. But of course, he refused to feel remorse."

In addition, Voldemort is using the Elder wand, which actually belongs to Harry. As a result, neither the Cruciatus or the Killing Curse work properly. "The Avada Kedavra curse, however, is so powerful that it does hurt Harry, and also succeeds in killing the part of him that is not truly him, in other words, the fragment of Voldemort's own soul that is still clinging to his. The curse also disables Harry severely enough that he could have succumbed to death if he had chosen that path."

So, did he die? No, but he certainly could have done.

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