You may be wondering whether or not Harry Potter actually dies in the last movie.
How could such a thing happen to the main character, especially when he goes on and has children of his own?
While such an event may seem a bit crazy, just about anything you can imagine can happen in the wizarding world.
After all, the Resurrection Stone with the ability to bring back someone from the dead is one of the three Deathly Hallows.
If you’ve read the books, you probably know the definite answer, or at least you think you do.
In an alternate reality, something completely different happens than you’d expect.
Does Harry Potter die in the last movie? While Harry Potter does indeed die by Voldemort’s hand near the end of the final movie, he manages to survive with the possession of the Resurrection Stone. Even if he didn’t have possession of such a stone, his death would still have been a requirement even for a chance of defeating the dark lord.
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The Deathly Hallows
These three powerful magical items include some of the most sought-after objects in this fictional universe.
This includes the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in existence; the Resurrection Stone, an object that can call various dead spirits; and the Cloak of Invisibility, an item that completely engulfs the user in invisibility.
While most never even see or come into contact with these objects, they all come into play during the main story.
The origin of these magical items comes from the story of Cadmus Peverell and his two brothers, as recounted in The Tale of the Three Brothers by Beedle the Bard.
As legend has it, they escaped Death’s grasp by conjuring a bridge to cross the river without dying.
Each brother was offered a gift that was meant to eventually lead them all to their deaths.
However, it’s more likely that the stone was created by Cadmus himself, but still used for the same purpose.
If someone brings all the hallows together, he or she would become the master of death itself.
Going from this, it’s not hard to see how someone can become dead and come back to life, which happened in the final movie.
The Resurrection Stone
As the fable goes, this powerfully magical object was created by the Spirit of Death.
Its primary function is to recall loved ones from the dead and come into contact with them.
Originally, it was used by Cadmus Peverell to bring back a girl he loved who he was about to marry but ended up dying instead.
Harry Potter actually used it to summon images of the various deceased who were dear to him, including his parents James Potter and Lily Evans.
It turns out the stone doesn’t actually bring people back from the dead as if they were still alive, at least not normally.
Cadmus realized this and felt that a veil was between them.
His loved one’s suffering as a spirit in the living world led him to release her.
However, his grief eventually gave way to his death.
Harry Potter, while not in such a state as Cadmus was in, saw that his loved ones were as mere ghosts or shades.
The Life and Death of Harry Potter
With all of the adventures and risk-taking people’s favorite wizarding hero does in the series, it’s not hard to see how he could die in some way.
Even as an infant, his life has been at risk at the hand of Voldemort and his followers.
After all, he’s part of the prophecy involving their downfall so it’s easy to understand why they would want him dead.
While they seem to get close multiple times, the young Potter eventually grows into the old Potter.
Harry Potter’s Near-Death Experiences
This all starts with an encounter with Voldemort when he was just an infant.
This is when he was in hiding with his parents in Godric’s Hollow with some assistance from magic and charms.
However, they were soon found out by the dark lord from one of his close associates and made his pursuit.
While this dark wizard managed to murder both of Harry’s parents, he didn’t actually manage to murder the child, which was his purpose for being there.
There are also multiple events where the young wizard could have died.
After all, he did do battle with one of the largest serpents in existence at Hogwarts.
He also managed to get past a dragon at the wizard bank, along with all the other traps in place.
Just about every dark witch and wizard wanted him dead since he was born, which isn’t something easy to defend oneself against.
Much danger was around during the second wizarding war while he was staying away from Hogwarts.
Harry Potter’s Death in the Movie
It turns out, Harry actually had to die to eventually defeat Voldemort in the end.
This is because he was made into a Horcrux when the dark wizard tried to murder him as an infant.
As long as he was alive, so was the dark wizard.
This leads the young Potter to willingly give himself up to Voldemort as a sacrifice to help end the war.
He ends up dying in the scene by the woods and meets with Albus Dumbledore in the next world.
Since the Resurrection Stone was in his possession during this time, he was able to come back and eventually put an end to Voldemort.
This is convenient as no one else seems brave or powerful enough to put a stop to the evil magician.
Otherwise, it would be a much darker world.
Harry Potter’s Death in the Play
While you probably know about his death if you’ve read or watched the final story in the main series, you might not know about his death in the eighth story that was made into a play.
In fact, he does die by Voldemort’s hand, just like what happened in the final book and movie, but this time it’s permanent.
The dark wizard and his forces take control over the world and that’s the end of that story.
However, it’s just an alternate universe that gets accidentally created when Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy time travel to prevent Cedric Diggory’s death.
This leads to an unintended consequence of Cedric becoming a death eater himself during the second wizarding war as a response to his humiliation during the Triwizard Tournament.
This prevents Nagini’s death and lets Voldemort win the war and take control.
That’s unfortunate for the people living in this alternate reality.
Harry Potter dies in the last movie, but not permanently.
Who knows what would happen in the main story’s reality if that were a permanent situation.
Perhaps that is a question left to additional alternate realities.